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Victoria has recorded another 392 new local cases of COVID-19 on the first day of a three-week vaccination blitz targeting hotspots around the state.

Of today’s new cases, 285 are not linked to existing outbreaks or clusters, while 48,00 tests conducted in the last day.

There are now 3112 active cases in Victoria, with 147 in hospital, including 34 in intensive care.

Across the state, 36,400 doses were administered yesterday at state vaccination clinics.

Just over 65 per cent of Victoria’s eligible population has now received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Premier has announced new measures to ramp up vaccination rates where they are lowest across the state.

“We are very seen to take the vaccination program to local communities, to families,” he said.

“Today we can announce a series of pop-ups at 100 priority postcodes, postcodes where there are case numbers, postcodes where there are perhaps not enough people going through the vaccination program.”

Premier Dan Andrews has announced new measures to ramp up vaccination rates where they are lowest across the state. (Nine)

Mr Andrews said many of the 70 sites would be at schools.

“These pop-ups are just another step towards reducing any barriers there might be to being part of this vaccination program.”

Mr Andrews said the popup vaccination clinics would be opened in stages and would add to the existing 55 state vaccination hubs.

“We can’t open all of those pop-ups in one day,” he said.

“The first of those are five community-based pop-ups. They will be in areas that need the most, so he in outbreak areas where cases are potentially growing, so in Hume, Dandenong and Casey.”

Mr Andrews said more details of Victoria’s roadmap to reopening would be decided in meetings in the coming week, refusing to provide any certainty about schooling arrangements for Term 4.

“I hope to be able to make some announcements in a week’s time that give people clarity, as best you can throughout a pandemic, about all of these rules.”

Today’s cases and areas of concern

Of today’s 392 cases:

  • 255 cases are in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, including 137 in Hume, 49 in Moreland and 42 in Whittlesea
  • 89 cases are in Melbourne’s western suburbs – 30 in Wyndham, 19 in Hobsons Bay, 13 in Brimbank, 11 in Melbourne, seven in Melton and eight in Moonee Valley
  • 38 cases are in the south-east of Melbourne, predominately in Casey. Six are in the Greater Dandenong area, three in Port Phillip
  • In the east, four are in Stonnington and four in the Yarra Ranges
  • Five are in regional Victoria – one in Greater Geelong, one in Mildura, one in Macedon Ranges and two in Gippsland

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dan O’Brien said a number of cases were associated with childcare and schools, including in Truganina, Glenroy and Roxburgh Park.

Professor O’Brien said there was a “significant outbreak” at Fitzroy Community School involving at least 30 cases among staff and students.

Yesterday saw 450 new COVID-19 cases in the state – the biggest daily increase since the start of the Delta outbreak.
A traffic sign with restriction warnings stand on the Western Highway between Melbourne and Ballarat.
A traffic sign with restriction warnings stand on the Western Highway between Melbourne and Ballarat. (Getty)

Health Minister Martin Foley pushed for vaccine uptake, stating there is “still more capacity out there” to do more.

“We could do a whole lot more good by getting those vaccines that are in storage into more Victorians’ arms.

“So, please continue to come forward.”

More than 40,000 people were given a vaccination in the 24 hours to 8pm Friday, meaning that now 65.2 per cent of the adult population has now received one dose.

Source: 9News

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