Coronavirus Australia: Victoria records 1749 new local cases, 11 deaths

AAP & staff writersThe West Australian
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media.
Camera IconVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Victoria has recorded 1749 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, as the end of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown nears.

The health department confirmed the state now has 22,476 active cases, up by almost 150.

There were 68,702 tests processed and 36,751 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at state-run hubs on Monday.

The new deaths take the toll from the current outbreak to 163.

It comes as Victoria’s COVID-19 commander suggests businesses split staff into separate groups to avoid entire workforces being knocked out by the virus as the state reopens.

With the state already managing more than 61,000 primary close contacts, Jeroen Weimar said the changes would minimise the impact of reopening on businesses and customers.

“It’s not our intention to be in a world where ... every person in a pub is (a close contact) because one positive case has walked in for 15 minutes,” he told reporters on Monday.

Mr Weimar said said it was likely there would still be about 22,000 active cases in the state on Thursday when the city’s lockdown wraps up.

“There will be exposures in our shops, in our hospo and all of our other settings,” he said.

“It’ll be down to how effective those control systems are as to minimise the impacts on other people around them at that time.”

The Victorian government confirmed it would add shorter isolation to its list of rule tweaks when the state hits its 70 per cent double-dose vaccination target.

From 11.59pm on Thursday, isolation orders for fully vaccinated, non-household primary close contacts such as work colleagues and friends will be slashed from 14 days to seven.

Restrictions will ease further when 80 per cent of the eligible population has received both vaccine doses, forecast by some data analysts to be as early as October 31.

Meanwhile, more than 40 Victoria Police staff have been stood down and face losing their jobs after refusing to have a COVID-19 vaccine.


COVID-19 cases continue to decline in NSW, with 273 new cases and four more deaths.

The number of people in NSW hospitals with COVID-19 has also dropped, with 589 in hospital with the virus, 128 of whom are in intensive care.

In the 24-hour reporting period to 8pm on Monday, 92.1 per cent of people 16 and older have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 80.8 per cent of people are fully vaccinated.

The state began the second stage of its roadmap out of lockdown on Monday after passing the 80 per cent full vaccination rate.

“As mobility increases across the state, case numbers will increase,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Monday.

“This is not over. There’s a long journey to go.”

NSW residents can now start planning journeys north of the border after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed her state’s plan to reopen.

Fully vaccinated travellers who test negative will be allowed into Queensland without quarantining by December 17.

That is when the state is expected to pass its 80 per cent vaccination target, but Ms Palaszczuk said the date was “locked in“, indicating it is not reliant on the state hitting that target to allow travellers to skip quarantine.

From Wednesday, fully vaccinated people can apply for a permit for travel from “red zones” in NSW to Victoria without quarantining.

They’ll need to test negative within 72 hours of arrival, and isolate until they receive another negative test result after arriving.

Fully vaccinated travellers from outside of “red zones” can travel to Victoria without testing or isolating.

Both still need a border permit.


The ACT is preparing to open to all of NSW on 1 November but it is less certain when eased restrictions are slated for Victoria.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr brought forward the relaxation of some restrictions after the territory eclipsed the 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone.

The ACT will align with NSW’s decision to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated international arrivals from November 1.

The reopening of non-essential retail in the ACT has also been brought forward to October 22 with density limits of one person per four square metres in place.

Masks will no longer be mandatory outdoors from October 29.

Mr Barr said the vaccination rates should give people confidence about travelling for Christmas, the summer holidays and into 2021.

Hotspots in NSW will be limited to local government areas and the threshold for when a declaration is made will increase significantly from the start of November.

ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said it was yet to be seen whether Victoria’s daily case numbers have peaked.

Health authorities will assess how eased restrictions in the state impact the level of community transmission over the next two weeks.

It is unlikely that Victoria’s hotspot label will be removed by November 1 but the ACT government is working with NSW to implement more localised declarations.

The ACT recorded 24 locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. There are 18 people in hospital and 10 in intensive care.

Just under one in 10 Canberrans with COVID-19 during the current outbreak were fully vaccinated at least two weeks before becoming infected but only three of these breakthrough cases were hospitalised.

Canberra will likely reach the 99 per cent double dose vaccination threshold by the end of November.

The ACT will stop broadly reporting on people who were infectious in the community as vaccination coverage continues to rise.

It will instead focus on cases of rapid transmission and areas where vulnerable people are likely to have been exposed.

Dr Coleman said the ACT will see more community transmission and higher daily case numbers as restrictions ease and linking every case will not be possible.

“COVID zero is no longer here,” she said.



NSW - 273 new local cases, four deaths

VIC - 1749 new local cases, 11 deaths

ACT - 24 new local cases

QLD - zero new local cases





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