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Victoria Covid-19: Melbourne 1,838 new cases and five deaths

Victoria’s coronavirus outbreak continues to grow as the state recorded 1,838 cases and five deaths overnight with residents anxiously waiting for restrictions to ease.

The new cases marks a pandemic record and raises the total number of active infections to a staggering 16,823.  

More Victorians are being hospitalised while battling the virus, with 39 people admitted on Wednesday, bringing the total number of patients to 564.

The death toll is also rising, with two more deaths reported on Thursday, taking the toll from the current outbreak to 70.

Premier Daniel Andrews said daily cases were ‘higher than we’d like them to be’ and urged Melburnians and regional residents in lockdown to follow the rules for a couple more weeks.

Victoria’s coronavirus outbreak continues to grow as the state recorded 1,838 cases and five deaths overnight with residents anxiously waiting for restrictions to ease (pictured, shopper in Melbourne)

More Victorians are being hospitalised while battling the virus, with 39 people admitted on Wednesday, bringing the total in hospital to 564 (pictured, residents in Melbourne)

More Victorians are being hospitalised while battling the virus, with 39 people admitted on Wednesday, bringing the total in hospital to 564 (pictured, residents in Melbourne)

Once 70 per cent of the state’s population above 16 is fully vaccinated, expected around October 26, Melbourne’s curfew will ease, the travel limit will be expanded and venues can open outdoors to the fully vaccinated.

There were 36,600 vaccines administered and more than 77,500 Covid-19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. 

Victorians will have to wait until the 80 per cent double-dose target for significant changes, forecast for November 5, including Melbourne hospitality reopening for seated service and visitors to be allowed in homes.

Conversely, fully vaccinated adults in NSW will receive a swathe of new freedoms from Monday, with up to 10 adults allowed to visit homes, and people allowed to eat at restaurants and go to the gym.

Mr Andrews said he had no plans to alter Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown, but the state opposition said the premier’s plan ‘doesn’t cut it’.

The opposition is calling for a return of customer density limits at the 70 per cent target, paving the way for hospitality venues to open indoors.

Some 55 per cent of Victorians aged above 16 are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 84 per cent have received their first dose. 

Dr Katherine Gibney from the Doherty Institute said the state should expect more cases in the coming weeks, putting strain on the health system.

‘The modelling does show the numbers will go up in the next couple of weeks before they start to plateau and turn around,’ she told Nine’s Today Show on Friday.

Victoria recorded 1,838 more Covid-19 cases on Friday with the outbreak worsening just weeks before the state is scheduled to begin easing restrictions

Victoria recorded 1,838 more Covid-19 cases on Friday with the outbreak worsening just weeks before the state is scheduled to begin easing restrictions

Premier Daniel Andrews said daily cases were 'higher than we'd like them to be' and urged Melburnians and regional residents in lockdown to follow the rules for a couple more weeks

Premier Daniel Andrews said daily cases were ‘higher than we’d like them to be’ and urged Melburnians and regional residents in lockdown to follow the rules for a couple more weeks

Busy St Kilda Beach on the weekend, with lockdown fatigue setting in across the city a possible contributor to skyrocketing infections

Busy St Kilda Beach on the weekend, with lockdown fatigue setting in across the city a possible contributor to skyrocketing infections

‘There is no doubt there is a strain on the hospital system already and that is going to get worse but it is being managed in terms of spreading cases around amongst Victorian hospitals.’

Meanwhile, a Victoria Police officer has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 after working at recent anti-vaccine protests in Melbourne CBD.

Police Association of Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt has confirmed two officers from an inner-north west Melbourne police station have tested positive for COVID-19.

He said one of the officers was transferred to hospital early Thursday morning after his condition deteriorated.

‘The officer in hospital is receiving support to breath, I’m unsure of further treatment but clearly it’s serious enough to warrant hospitalisation,’ Mr Gatt told reporters on Thursday.

‘At least one of the members that has tested positive has been active in terms of working operationally at protest activity, I’m not sure which of the demonstrations.

Once 70 per cent of the state's population above 16 is fully vaccinated, expected around October 26, Melbourne's curfew will ease, the travel limit will be expanded and venues can open outdoors to the fully vaccinated (pictured, masked diners in Melbourne)

Once 70 per cent of the state’s population above 16 is fully vaccinated, expected around October 26, Melbourne’s curfew will ease, the travel limit will be expanded and venues can open outdoors to the fully vaccinated (pictured, masked diners in Melbourne)

‘It highlights the risk our members face in this pandemic, and heightens the need for us to make sure they’re protected at work.’

Hundreds of people gathered in Melbourne CBD a fortnight ago to protest against mandatory vaccinations in the construction industry.

The construction union believes at least seven infections had been recorded among people who attended CFMEU headquarters for a rally on September 20.

Twenty-five police have been stood down due to potential exposure, the police union said.

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