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Victoria virus woes continue as cases hit record high

Victoria has recorded 847 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and another death from the virus.

The State now has 7611 active coronavirus cases.

Thousands of people are isolating at home in Queensland, including more than 2000 dubbed close contacts of COVID-19 cases, new figures reveal.

Vics record 847 virus cases, one death

Victoria has recorded 847 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and another death from the virus.

The State now has 7611 active coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile Melburnians will have to wait a little longer to hit the golf course or tennis court, with Victoria set to miss its first COVID-19 roadmap target this weekend.

The State is 3.7 per cent shy of reaching 80 per cent first dose vaccination coverage for those aged over 16.

With vaccination rates typically lower over the weekend, Health Minister Martin Foley concedes the State is likely to hit 80 per cent first dose mark mid to late next week instead of Sunday as initially forecast.

The delay will delay Melburnians enjoying additional freedoms, including a resumption of contactless sport for up to five fully vaccinated adults and expansion of the city’s travel limit from 10km to 15km.

It comes as police and riot squad members descended on Northcote on Friday afternoon, dispersing a crowd of up to 80 protesters and making 31 arrests.

A scuffle took place outside Northcote Plaza and several of those involved were led away by police at nearby All Nations Park.

Others were stopped and questioned about their reasons for leaving home as helicopters flew overhead.

Camera IconThe COVID-positive protester was at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday. Credit: NCA/NCA

More than 200 protesters were arrested across Melbourne as part of the fifth day of the recurring protests, with police expecting to issue 215 fines for health direction breaches.

Victoria recorded 733 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including a man who attended Wednesday’s protest in Melbourne’s CBD that centred on the Shrine of Remembrance.

Health chief Brett Sutton says it will take a couple of weeks to learn whether the protest was a super-spreading event.

The protests began on Monday in opposition to mandatory vaccinations for the construction sector and the closure of building site tea rooms but have morphed into a wider anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine movement.

Thousands isolating at home in Qld

Thousands of people are isolating at home in Queensland, including more than 2000 dubbed close contacts of COVID-19 cases, new figures reveal.

Some 3607 people are in home quarantine in the Sunshine State, according to data obtained by AAP.

Despite low COVID-19 case numbers, 2199 of those people have been sent into quarantine because they were close contacts of locally-acquired cases.

Interstate arrivals from hotspots, which include NSW, Victoria and the ACT, are generally supposed to quarantine for 14 days in government-managed accommodation at their own expense.

But on Friday, 421 people were isolating at home instead of a hotel after arriving from a hotspot.

A nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Camera IconA nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Anyone who wants to enter Queensland from a hotspot, isolate at home instead of in a hotel or cross the border by road instead of by air must apply for a permit.

Some 4277 exemption requests have been made this month, including 3262 for those wishing to enter from a hotspot.

About one quarter of those coming from interstate – 823 – were granted some form of approval.

Police say they’ve turned around more than 200 domestic passengers who have flown into Queensland without correct paperwork since September 1.

Some 2613 have been sent to hotel quarantine after arriving from interstate between August 31 and September 23.

COVID CASE NUMBERS

NSW: TBA

VIC: 847 new cases, 1 death

ACT: TBA

QLD: TBA

WA: TBA

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