Victoria recorded 1,612 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and eight deaths from 73,138 test results processed on Sunday.

The state’s active cases are now at 19,012, and the death toll from the current outbreak stands at 93.

The grim results have come as the state edges closer to its vaccination goals at a time when 34,279 doses were administered at state-run sites and thousands more at GPs and pharmacies around the state. The current toll shows that more than 85 per cent of Victorians aged 16 or over have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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In Sydney, there is euphoria as restrictions were lifted from today after 100 days of lockdown.

Restrictions have been lifted after more than 90 per cent of the eligible population in NSW has had at least one dose of the vaccination, while 73.5 per cent of the state’s population are double dosed.

Champagne bottles popped as the clock struck midnight, while shoppers descended to stores in the dead of the night to pick up bargains.