Victoria records 392 new Covid cases

Victoria’s Delta outbreak has risen by 392 overnight, as the state’s vaccine rate ticks closer to 70 per cent.

Victoria has recorded another 392 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday morning, as the state’s vaccination rate climbs higher.

Just 107 have so far been linked to existing outbreaks and cases, suggesting contact tracers are struggling to keep up with the surge.

More than 36,000 vaccines were administered on Saturday, and 48,063 tests were carried out.

As of Sunday morning, 65 per cent of Victorians have had at least their first dose of vaccine.

Sunday’s numbers come as a leading epidemiologist told Nine Newspapers Victoria’s high case numbers were accelerating due to “lockdown fatigue and slow vaccine uptake”.

“Victoria came in with a sledgehammer, but that still didn’t work,” Professor Catherine Bennett said.

“Every time my partner comes back from his hour of exercise or bike ride, he tells me he’s seen 40 people with no mask and 20 with a mask, so there’s this sense that even early in this lockdown it quickly looked a bit like the end of the last big lockdown.”

Melbourne residents have been given no end date for their current lockdown, while locals in regional Victoria (excluding Shepparton) are enjoying their first free weekend after they were released from lockdown.

But, Ballarat residents are on high alert after Covid-19 fragments were found in wastewater.

Health Minister Martin Foley said on Saturday there was no plan to reintroduce lockdown measures in regional Victoria, despite eight new cases being recorded far from Melbourne earlier in the day.

More to come.

Originally published as Victoria records 392 new local Covid-19 cases as unlinked cases spike

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