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Victoria COVID cases on Wednesday are increase at 1312 and five deaths


Victoria has recorded another COVID-19 increase and its biggest case figure in five days.

On Tuesday, the health department confirmed there had been 1312 cases in the 24 hours until midnight.

There were also five more virus-related deaths.

Hospitalisations in the state remain stable at 303 and of those 51 are in ICU and 27 are on a ventilator.

Victoria passed a major vaccination threshold a week ago and 91.6 per cent of all people aged over 12 are now fully vaccinated.

There were 1185 cases recorded on Tuesday, 1073 on Monday, 980 on Sunday and 1365 on Saturday.

Omicron case fears

An investigation is continuing after a COVID-19 case was detected in a vaccinated traveller who arrived from overseas and is now in hotel quarantine.

On Tuesday, the health department confirmed the traveller arrived in the state on December 3 on a flight from the Netherlands via Abu Dhabi.

They were taken directly to hotel quarantine and have not been in the community while infectious.

Victoria currently has no known cases of the new variant Omicron and the genome sequencing for the overseas case is underway.

The case initially returned a negative PCR test on Saturday and then became symptomatic on Monday.

They then returned a positive test with the “finding of S gene dropout”.

“The source of acquisition remains under investigation. All other passengers on the inbound flight will be assessed to ensure they have undergone a test,” the health department said.



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