1355 new Covid cases in Victoria and 11 deaths as state enjoys more freedoms this weekend

Victoria records 1355 new Covid cases and 11 deaths as state enjoys first weekend of new freedoms

  • Victoria recorded 1355 locally acquired Covid cases and 11 deaths on Saturday
  • 68,484 tests processed and 22,455 vaccine doses administered on Friday
  • Victorians are set for first taste of post-lockdown major events this weekend 
  • Crowds flocked to retail stores as they reopened to double-vaccinated patrons 
  • Indoor entertainment venues and gyms also reopened to double dosed people 


Victoria has recorded another 1355 locally acquired Covid-19 infections and 11 deaths, as the state readies for its first major events out of lockdown.

The health department on Saturday confirmed the figures, which bring the total number of active cases in the state to 21,095 and the death toll from the latest outbreak to 293.

There are 747 people in hospital, an increase of nine from Friday, with the seven-day average at 769. Of those, 135 are in intensive care with 83 on a ventilator.

Victoria has recorded another 1355 locally acquired COVID-19 infections and 11 deaths (Pictured: Melbourne residents walking along Swanston Street) 

About 78 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 are now fully vaccinated (Pictured: Diners at a Vietnamese restaurant in the CBD)

About 78 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 are now fully vaccinated (Pictured: Diners at a Vietnamese restaurant in the CBD) 

About 78 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 are now fully vaccinated.

There were 68,484 tests processed and 22,455 Covid-19 vaccine doses administered at state-run hubs on Friday.

Saturday will be the last daily Covid-19 briefing, with key information and statistics to instead be issued through a media release.

There were 68,484 tests processed and 22,455 COVID-19 vaccine doses at state-run hubs on Friday (Pictured: Melburnians out and about in the CBD)

There were 68,484 tests processed and 22,455 COVID-19 vaccine doses at state-run hubs on Friday (Pictured: Melburnians out and about in the CBD) 

Saturday will be the last daily COVID-19 briefing, with key information and statistics to instead be issued through a media release (Pictured: Pedestrians on Lonsdale Street)

Saturday will be the last daily COVID-19 briefing, with key information and statistics to instead be issued through a media release (Pictured: Pedestrians on Lonsdale Street) 

The latest figures come as Victorians are set for their first taste of post-lockdown major events, with crowds to test the state’s Covid-19 vaccination check-in system.

A 5500-strong crowd is expected through the gates of Flemington Racecourse for Derby Day on Saturday, marking the start of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival.

On Saturday evening almost 4000 music fans will gather for a concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and soak up performances from Baker Boy, Amyl and the Sniffers, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

The latest figures come as Victorians are set for their first taste of post-lockdown major events (Pictured: Bar-goers dancing at a container bar in Melbourne's CBD)

The latest figures come as Victorians are set for their first taste of post-lockdown major events (Pictured: Bar-goers dancing at a container bar in Melbourne’s CBD)

A 5500-strong crowd is expected through the gates of Flemington Racecourse for Derby Day on Saturday

A 5500-strong crowd is expected through the gates of Flemington Racecourse for Derby Day on Saturday

Crowds test the state's COVID-19 vaccination check-in system as retail opened for fully-vaccinated patrons

Crowds test the state’s COVID-19 vaccination check-in system as retail opened for fully-vaccinated patrons

Other smaller outdoor gigs affiliated with the Play on Victoria series will also be held across regional Victoria at the weekend.

Attendees will need to show proof they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to get into this weekend’s events.

It comes as Melbourne and Victoria’s regions reunited after coronavirus restrictions eased at 6pm on Friday, ahead of the state hitting its 80 per cent full vaccination target at the weekend.

The border between Melbourne and the regions has now come down, masks no longer need to be worn outdoors, and capacity limits increased for restaurants, pubs and cafes, and indoor entertainment venues, gyms and retail reopened to fully vaccinated patrons.

There were long lines outside stores at Bourke Street Mall and Chadstone shopping centre before doors were thrown open to shoppers.

Melburnians flocked to stores at Bourke Street Mall (pictured) and Chadstone shopping centre with reports of long lines before the doors were thrown open to shoppers

Melburnians flocked to stores at Bourke Street Mall (pictured) and Chadstone shopping centre with reports of long lines before the doors were thrown open to shoppers

Keen shoppers line up at a Nike store as retail re-opened on Friday night with the easing of further restrictions

Keen shoppers line up at a Nike store as retail re-opened on Friday night with the easing of further restrictions 

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