Victoria has recorded another 567 locally acquired COVID cases – the highest number this outbreak:
Reported yesterday: 567 new local cases and 0 cases acquired overseas.
– 39,939 vaccines administered
– 50,915 test results received
– Sadly, 1 person with COVID-19 has died
— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) September 19, 2021
One person has also died.
The next chart plots Victoria’s daily cases:
Victoria’s daily cases are running way ahead of NSW’s at the same point in time:
Total active cases have climbed to nearly 5700:
And Victoria’s active cases are running ahead of NSW’s at the same point in their outbreak:
Yesterday, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews released the state’s reopening roadmap. In a nutshell:
- Once 80% of eligible Victorians have had a single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine – expected late this week – Melburnians will be able to do outdoor sports like tennis and golf and travel 15km from their homes.
- At 70% double dose – anticipated by late October – Melbourne’s hard lockdown will end, students will start return to school, and hospitality venues can host up to 50 fully vaccinated patrons. But retail and gyms will remain shut.
- At 80% fully vaccinated – set for early November – up to 10 fully vaccinated people will be able to visit someone else’s home and retail/gyms will reopen subject to density limits.
- Regional Victoria will have restrictions eased at a faster pace.
Premier Andrews also stated at yesterday’s press conference that:
- 87% of Victorian hospital admissions are unvaccinated. Only 1% are fully vaccinated.
- Modelling by the Burnett Institute predicts that Victorian daily cases will peak at 4500 by mid-December and hospital admissions will peak late December.
Thus, Melburnians – who on Thursday will to become the world’s most locked-down residents – are facing months more pain.