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Victoria COVID cases back over 1000 on Thursday and 12 deaths ahead of rule easing announcement


Victoria has recorded another COVID-19 case increase as residents prepare for an announcement on when most restrictions will drop off.

On Thursday, the health department confirmed there had been 1007 new cases in the 24 hours until midnight.

There were also 12 more COVID-19 related deaths.

Victoria has now passed 93 per cent first dose vaccination coverage and a huge 88 per cent of the eligible population are now double dosed.

The number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in the state remains stable at 337.

Of those 63 are in intensive care and 34 are on a ventilator.

There were 996 cases recorded on Wednesday, 797 on Tuesday, 860 on Monday and 905 on Sunday.

Andrews will announce new rules this week

Victorians will have “very few rules at all” by the end of the week Premier Daniel Andrews says, as he confirmed the next restriction easing will include more mask freedoms.

The state is fast closing in on 90 per cent COVID-19 double dose vaccine coverage and on Tuesday, Andrews said there were “very exciting announcements” just days away.

Andrews said he would address the public about when the rules fall away on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media. Credit: SCOTT BARBOUR/AAPIMAGE

At 90 per cent double dose vaccine coverage, all gathering limits as well as capacity and density limits will no longer apply.

On-site work can return for anyone fully vaccinated.

Andrews also confirmed at 90 per cent double dose, masks will only be needed to be worn in high-risk settings.

“Things like public transport, hospitals and aged care,” he said.

“So no masks in the office, which will be very important in terms of getting people back into the office.”

Under the current 80 per cent double dose vaccine rules, Victorians have a home gathering cap of 10 people, outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people and masks must be worn indoors.



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