Victoria records 1,196 new Covid cases and three deaths as 90 per cent vaccination milestone nears

New Covid-19 cases in Victoria has climbed back into four digit figures (pictured travellers arriving at Melbourne Airport following the opening of a travel bubble with Singapore)

Victoria records 1,196 new Covid cases and three deaths – but almost nine in 10 residents now double vaxxed

  • New Covid-19 cases in Victoria has climbed back into four digit figures
  • Victoria recorded 1196 infections and three deaths on Wednesday
  • Double dose rate of vaccinated Victorians aged over-12 remains 89 per cent 










Victoria has recorded 1196 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths as the state edges closer to 90 per cent double dose milestone.

The spike in new infections announced on Wednesday brings the state’s tally of active cases to 9774, including 284 in hospital, lowering the seven-day average to 308. 

There are 52 patients are in intensive care while 29 are on a ventilator. 

The latest deaths take the state’s toll from the pandemic to 1302 after Victoria recorded 19 deaths 24 hours earlier, its second-highest this year. 

New Covid-19 cases in Victoria has climbed back into four digit figures (pictured travellers arriving at Melbourne Airport following the opening of a travel bubble with Singapore)

Around 72,754 Victorians came forward for testing on Tuesday while 3358 rolled up their sleeves for a jab.

More than 89 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over are now fully vaccinated days after the Victorian government eased a raft of restrictions.

It’s third consecutive day the vaccination rate has stalled at 89 per cent.

The state’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton describing the declining ICU figures as encouraging while confirming 17 of the 19 death were not vaccinated.

‘Entirely preventable,’ he tweeted on Tuesday.

Premier Daniel Andrews said it was a ‘terrible outcome’ and clearly demonstrated vaccine effectiveness.

The state’s push to hit 90 per cent full vaccination is stalling, with the proportion of Victorians aged 12 and over remaining at 89.3 per cent for a second straight day.

The Victorian government eased a raft of restrictions on Friday expecting to reach the target at the weekend.

It comes as long-term modelling shows the working-from-home revolution is likely to change Victorians’ way of life into the next decade.

Victoria's vaccine double dose vaccine rate has stalled at 89 per cent for a third consecutive day (pictured Melburnians in Bourke Street Mall on Tuesday)

Victoria’s vaccine double dose vaccine rate has stalled at 89 per cent for a third consecutive day (pictured Melburnians in Bourke Street Mall on Tuesday)

Victoria is expected to reach the 90 per double dose milestone within days

Victoria is expected to reach the 90 per double dose milestone within days

Based on a third of people working from home two to three days a week by 2036, the Infrastructure Victoria report found Melbourne’s population will become more spread out throughout the city and regional cities including Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.

That is contingent on workers factoring in a lower commute time-cost and seeking a tree or sea change.

Infrastructure Victoria acting chief executive Jonathan Spear said people are more willing to tolerate longer commutes if venturing into the office fewer days each week.

South of the border, NSW has also seen a slight rise on daily infections with 248 new cases and two deaths.

Around 72,754 Victorians came forward for testing on Tuesday

Around 72,754 Victorians came forward for testing on Tuesday

‘But access to major job precincts remains a factor in people’s housing choices, which means these dispersion effects occur in the immediate vicinity of Melbourne and big regional cities, but do not extend to other regional areas further away,’ he said.

The report also indicates working from home may not reduce Melbourne’s CBD to a ghost town, with the modelling projecting flexible arrangements tend to accelerate jobs growth in inner Melbourne.

The state opposition on Tuesday announced if it won government it would build a dedicated infectious disease response centre as part of a $400 million package, with an advisory panel to guide its location.

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