Victoria Records 950 Cases As Latrobe Plunged Into Lockdown
Modest easing of restrictions
Victoria's Covid cases surge as the state recorded its highest daily figure with 950 new locally acquired infections on Wednesday and 7 deaths.
Mid-week also delivered the worst day for fatalities of the current outbreak, bringing Covid-related fatalities in the Delta wave to 38.
The new infections were reported out of more than 61,300 tests on Tuesday, while 34,028 people received a Covid vaccine.
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It comes as greater Melbourne wakes to a modest easing of restrictions with the 10km radius rule expanded to 15km and contactless sport like golf and tennis opened.
Meantime, the City of Latrobe, in Gippsland has entered a seven-day snap lockdown with just six hours’ notice for residents after an increase in Covid cases.
Four of Wednesday’s reported infections are from the Latrobe Valley area, where cases had earlier been detected in Moe, Morwell and Traralgon.
The Latrobe outbreak is the result of a household gathering which occurred over the long weekend, with 16 cases reported across three households.
“A number of these cases were unfortunately infectious in the community for a number of days and we’re aware of a household gathering that occurred over the weekend,” COVID Response Deputy Secretary Kate Matson said.
Residents in Moe, Morewell and Traralgon are now under the same restrictions as Melbourne, apart from the curfew.
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