Victoria COVID LIVE updates: Victoria nervously awaits latest numbers, vaccine and testing sites under pressure, 20 new exposure venues identified

We have made our live blog of the coronavirus pandemic free for all readers. Please consider supporting our journalism with a subscription.

Key posts

  • Why has the vaccine rollout been so slow?
  • Timing of lockdown exit a day-by-day proposition: Health Minister
  • 1 of 1

Why has the vaccine rollout been so slow?

The day before Victoria went into its fourth lockdown, Australia finally clocked up 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a target Prime Minister Scott Morrison had promised would be reached by the end of March.

Back in January Health Minister Greg Hunt had said the federal government’s goal was “very clear”: “We aim to have the country vaccinated before the end of October.”

Australia’s vaccination rollout has been slower than was hoped.Credit:The Age

As of May 28, just under 15 per cent of the population had received their first vaccination dose and about 1.3 per cent had been fully vaccinated, according to The Age ’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker, which is based on federal and state health department figures.

Australia, which Mr Morrison once claimed was “front of the queue”, ranks 119th in the world for the percentage of its population that has been fully vaccinated, Our World in Data figures show.

Click here to read the story.

Timing of lockdown exit a day-by-day proposition: Health Minister

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley says four of the five locally acquired COVID-19 cases recorded in the state on Saturday were related to a worker from a large food distribution centre who travelled across Melbourne.

The total number of cases linked to the cluster has climbed to 35, with the other new case linked to the Port Melbourne workplace outbreak.

Health Minister Martin Foley.Credit:Justin McManus

While all of Saturday’s cases had known links to previous cases, the Health Minister said it remained a “day-by-day” proposition whether Victoria’s seven-day lockdown would end as planned.

“It is too early to make that announcement. Today is the second day of seven days,” he said.

“We will continue to work through the evidence as it comes in, day by day, and keep Victorians informed”.

Click here to read the story.

Good morning

G’day everyone and welcome to today’s COVID-19 live blog. I’m Roy Ward and I’ll be taking you through today as we await the latest case results and vaccine dose numbers that are due later on.

Please feel free to leave a comment on the blog which is free and outside our paywall.

Enjoy the day to come.

  • 1 of 1

Most Viewed in National

Source: Read Full Article