Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Victoria covid numbers remain high at 1,185; Premier says no aggressive omicron strategy

Victoria has recorded 1,185 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths. There are now 13,050 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 566 people have died during the state’s current Delta outbreak.

There are 297 people in hospital with COVID-19, of whom 47 are in intensive care and 25 are on a ventilator. The health department said a further 55 people were in intensive care but their COVID-19 infections were no longer considered active.

The new cases were detected from 52,257 test results received yesterday. There were 3,769 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites yesterday, and more vaccinations at GP clinics and other venues. Victoria has now fully vaccinated more than 91 per cent of its population aged 12 and over.

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However, Premier Daniel Andrews assured the border with NSW would not be shut and the state would not pursue an aggressive “Omicron zero” strategy to lock out the new Covid-19 variant.

“The notion that we try and keep this out forever … that just doesn’t make sense,” he said.

“We think that’s important not just for the people of Victoria and NSW, but if Victoria and NSW are working closely together, I reckon that’s pretty good for the rest of the country as well.”

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