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Victoria to miss 80 per cent first dose target date as state records 733 new cases

“We are urging protesters to get tested should they experience COVID-like symptoms, no matter how mild,” the spokesperson for the department said.

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Enjoy the AFl grand final and stay home: Sutton

Health authorities have implored AFL fans not to visit other people’s houses to watch Saturday’s grand final.

“Enjoy your fancy cheese boards … at home,” Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said, confirming the 9pm to 5am curfew in Melbourne to remain in place on Saturday.

“Put the barbecue on, but also put your iPad up and have your phones on FaceTime.”

He warned that significant COVID-19 transmission was still occuring between households, and said supporters should not flock to the spiritual homes of the Doggies or the Dees, either.

“We don’t want to see crowds down at the Whitten Oval, we don’t want to see crowds down at Gosch’s Paddock after the match on Sunday, either in celebration or commiseration.

“The overwhelming transmission that’s occurring is between households for people who are not aware that they’re positive.”

Majority of state’s new cases people under 50

Mr Foley says 84 per cent of the 733 cases reported on Friday were people under 50 years of age.

“It continues to be, overwhelmingly, an outbreak among both the unvaccinated and disproportionately younger Victorians,” he said.

There are now 297 people in hospital with COVID-19 in Victoria. Sixty-six people are in intensive care, with 46 patients with the virus on a ventilator.

Of those hospitalised in Victoria, 77 per cent are not vaccinated at all, 19 per cent have had one dose and four per cent are fully vaccinated.

Mr Foley said the four per cent was a bit of an “anomaly” because a number of fully vaccinated residents at the Meadow Heights Aged Care centre – where there is currently an outbreak – have been moved into a low-acuity hospital as a precaution.

Victorian exposure site list expands

A primary school in Melbourne’s western suburbs and a childcare centre in Melbourne’s north are the latest tier-1 coronavirus exposure sites listed by the Department of Health.

Sunshine North Primary School was listed as a tier-1 exposure site on September 15, meaning that any students, staff or parents who attended the school will need to isolate for 14 days and get tested immediately.

Joybelle Childcare Cente Fawkner, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, has also been listed as a tier-1 exposure site on September 17.

Other tier-1 exposure sites listed last night include Prestige Tyre and Auto Service in Roxburgh Park, which was visited by COVID-positive person September 16 and 17.

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