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COVID-19 latest: Premier addresses record number of new local cases


Victoria has recorded a huge surge in new local COVID-19 cases.

There were 1438 new local cases across the state.

It’s the highest number recorded in the state on any day since the pandemic began.

Sadly, another five people with COVID-19 died.

There are 398 people in Victorian hospitals with COVID-19, 83 of those receiving intensive care and 57 on a ventilator.

There are now 11,018 active cases of the virus across the state.

“We have been very clear that these numbers would go up,” Daniel Andrews said on Thursday.

“They go up faster, of course, if people don’t follow the rules.

“They go up faster if people are out visiting each other in their homes.”

The Premier said many of the 1438 new COVID-19 cases were “completely avoidable.”

Jeroen Weimar said roughly a third of the new cases were linked to social gatherings on grand final weekend.

There were 34,323 vaccine doses administered at state-run hubs yesterday and 65,497 test results received.