There were 1420 new COVID-19 cases listed for Victoria on Wednesday, along with 11 deaths.
The results came a day after Victoria recorded its highest tally, with 1,763 new cases on Tuesday. More than 71,000 Victorians rushed to get tested and an additional 36,542 vaccinations were administered bringing the vaccination figures to 82.9 per cent of eligible Victorians having received at least a single dose and 53.6 per cent being fully vaccinated.
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There are now more than 530 venues listed as exposure sites – a drop because Victoria’s Health Department has stopped publicly listing the Tier 2 sites this week.
Overnight new sites listed included Only About Children in Campberwell (7:45am and 5:45pm on 22 September 22 and from 8:00am to 6:00pm on 27 September); Swan Childcare in Derrimut (from 9:00am-5:45pm on 30 September and 9:00am-5:45pm on 1 October); Nathalia Library (from 9:30am and 5:30pm on 30 September and 9:30am-1:00pm on 1 October); Mount Macedon Trading Post (9:42am-11:15am on 30 September); and Mr Cafe at 23 Victoria Street, Macedon between 8:45am and 10:15am (29 September).
Year 12 fears
Schools are encouraging Year 12 students to get vaccinated and undergo regular COVID tests now that they are back on campus.
Victoria’s Education Department figures show that about 98 per cent of staff and 73 per cent of students have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Parents of Year 12 students from classrooms across Melbourne received letters on Tuesday night stating that anyone who attended the General Achievement Test (GAT) must now “stay home and limit their movements”.
Roxburgh College and Point Cook Senior Secondary College are among schools affected after positive cases attended the exams, whereas a Year 12 student at Aquinas College in Ringwood is also awaiting results after a member in their family has tested positive to COVID-19.
There are fears among students that they may catch the virus and be unable to sit for exams.