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The surprising reason Victoria may get out of lockdown on time as state records 45 new Covid cases

Victoria may get out of lockdown on time if they can avoid ALL mystery cases – as the state records 45 new Covid infections

  • Victoria has recorded 45 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday morning
  • There were 28 cases infectious in community throughout with 9 mystery cases
  • The state’s lockdown is set to end on September 2 with officials looking at figure
  • Herald Sun reporting lockdown could end on time if there are no mystery cases 

State leaders are looking at a key statistic to move Victoria out of lockdown on time as 45 new cases of coronavirus are confirmed on Wednesday.

The health department confirmed 36 cases were linked to known outbreaks, while the source of the remaining nine infections are under investigation.

Twenty-eight cases were infectious in the community and not isolating.

Health authorities are now focusing their attention on the mystery case figure, as they approach the current lockdown’s end date of Thursday, September 2.

Senior officials inside Premier Dan Andrews’ government told the Herald Sun the current lockdown could be lifted if there are no mystery cases, even with daily numbers still in double figures. 

State leaders are looking at a key statistic to move Victoria out of lockdown on time as 45 new cases of coronavirus are confirmed on Wednesday

Premier Andrews said on Tuesday he was confident Victoria would 'have options that Sydney won't have' before the September 2 lockdown cut-off

Premier Andrews said on Tuesday he was confident Victoria would ‘have options that Sydney won’t have’ before the September 2 lockdown cut-off 

The health department on Wednesday confirmed 36 cases were linked to known outbreaks, while the source of the remaining nine infections are under investigation

The health department on Wednesday confirmed 36 cases were linked to known outbreaks, while the source of the remaining nine infections are under investigation

Wednesday’s total brings the total number of active cases in the state to 538.

Victoria is on track to reach the magic 80 per cent vaccination number on November 16, but state leaders are quietly confident they will be able to open up faster if they can control mystery cases.

A figure of 60 per cent vaccination is now being targetted, in accordance with the Doherty Insitute modelling which is being used by state and federal governments.

The state should hit that number on October 13, which could see a number of restrictions lifted.

Premier Andrews said on Tuesday he was confident Victoria would ‘have options that Sydney won’t have’ before the September 2 lockdown cut-off.  

‘We’ve got a chance of having some options and some choices to make between now and 70 per cent,’ he said.

‘That’s what we’re working towards.’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly referred to the Doherty modelling, saying: ‘at 70 and 80 per cent you can reopen safely.’

The health department on Wednesday confirmed 36 cases were linked to known outbreaks, while the source of the remaining nine infections are under investigation

The health department on Wednesday confirmed 36 cases were linked to known outbreaks, while the source of the remaining nine infections are under investigation

Victoria is on track to reach 80 per cent vaccinations on November 16, but state leaders are quietly confident they will be able to open up faster if they can control mystery cases

Victoria is on track to reach 80 per cent vaccinations on November 16, but state leaders are quietly confident they will be able to open up faster if they can control mystery cases

On Tuesday the state government’s vaccination website crashed when thousands of young people tried to secure a booking.  

It comes as Pfizer eligibility was expanded to people aged 16 to 39 across Victoria’s 55 vaccination hubs on Wednesday morning, as supply ramps up courtesy of 175,000 doses imported from Poland.

Premier Andrews said more than 830,000 vaccination bookings over the next four weeks will be made available from 7am on Wednesday, including 450,000 first-dose Pfizer appointments.

But within minutes of bookings opening, the website appeared to buckle.

Many young people reported receiving a ‘500 internal server error’ after waiting in the queue to book their appointment, while others were told they were ineligible for the vaccine.

Victoria has recorded 45 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday but the state are looking to a key statistic as it looks to move out of lockdown on time

Victoria has recorded 45 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday but the state are looking to a key statistic as it looks to move out of lockdown on time



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