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Victoria recorded 12 new locally-acquired COVID-19 infections on Saturday.
Health authorities say the infections are all linked to current outbreaks. Ten of the cases were in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period.
Victoria’s authorities are expected to provide a COVID-19 update on Sunday. This article will be updated with the time as soon as it’s confirmed. Click here to watch the press conference LIVE.
The numbers come with 19,281 vaccine doses administered in the past 24 hours in Victoria and 39,846 COVID tests conducted.
The state recorded 14 cases on Friday, 11 of which were in quarantine for their entire infectious period.
Premier Daniel Andrews said those results, amid high testing numbers, were “very encouraging”.
Police meanwhile say they are concerned about “entitled” protesters planning to mass in Melbourne on Saturday.
They say the gatherings have the potential to thwart the state’s efforts to emerge from its fifth lockdown.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton addresses the media during a press conference.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton addresses the media during a press conference. Credit: DIEGO FEDELE/AAPIMAGE
Rising cases in Sydney prompted the premier on Friday to call for a “ring of steel” around the northern city, to prevent virus spread into his and other states.
The strategy, involving policed roadblocks and mobile checks, was used to separate Melbourne from regional Victoria during part of the state’s 112-day lockdown in 2020.
The premier pitched the idea at national cabinet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other state and territory leaders on Friday afternoon, but his request was denied.
In a press conference following the meeting, Mr Morrison argued stay-at-home rules were enough to keep the virus at bay.
Earlier on Friday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Sydney needed extra Pfizer doses to protect younger people.
Mr Andrews said he doubted vaccine doses destined for Victoria would be sent to NSW, with the prime minister confirming no change to current Pfizer allocations.
Seven people are in hospital with COVID-19 in Victoria including two in intensive care, though neither are on ventilators. The state is managing a total of 146 active community cases.
More than 43,000 test results were received in the 24 hours to midnight on Thursday, while some 14,300 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites during the same period.
Victoria’s current set of restrictions are set to be eased on July 27, but Mr Andrews has said health authorities want more data before deciding if the lockdown will end on time.