Victoria registers 64 new local cases, including 15 dissociated
Victoria has recorded 64 local cases of COVID-19, with the state government in talks with the Commonwealth to increase the supply of vaccines to inoculate an additional 120,000 Victorians per week.
Twenty-eight of the new cases manifested in the community while infectious, while 49 of the 64 locally acquired cases recorded on Saturday have been linked to the current outbreak.
More than 55,300 test results were delivered on Friday, with 35,753 doses of vaccine completed. No cases were detected in hotel quarantine.
The health department has listed 868 exhibition sites in Victoria as of Saturday morning, with no new exhibits added overnight.
The latest Level 2 show sites were listed in the North Melbourne suburbs, Hoppers Crossing, Croydon, Croydon North, Broadmeadows, Wheelers Hill, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, and CBD.
Barakat International Goods at Hoppers Crossing is listed as a Level 1 exposure site for more than a week, meaning that those who visited the business during potential COVID-19 exposures must isolate themselves for 14 days and get tested.
High-level discussions are underway to send more vaccines to Victoria after months of supply refills to New South Wales, and Victoria is forecast to hit the first dose target a month after its northern neighbor.
The state government is also considering direct payments to GPs to encourage them to vaccinate patients on weekends, when subsidies in the federally run scheme often don’t cover salary costs.