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Victoria has recorded 221 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as up to 100 people who illegally gathered in Melbourne’s southeast are expected to be fined.
Camera IconVictoria has recorded 221 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as up to 100 people who illegally gathered in Melbourne’s southeast are expected to be fined. Credit: DANIEL POCKETT/AAPIMAGE

NSW has reported 1480 new locally acquired cases and nine deaths.

The nine deaths were a man in his 20s, a man in his 40s, two people in their 60s, two men in their 70s, two men in their 80s and a man in his 90s.

It takes the State’s death toll for the current outbreak to 148.

There are 1136 COVID patients in hospital in NSW, with 194 people in intensive care and 78 on ventilators.

Despite the high case numbers, Premier Gladys Berejiklian is sticking to her guns and planning to begin reopening the State when the 70 per cent vaccination target is reached.

It is a moved backed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Pleasingly, NSW has satisfied another important hurdle — 75 per cent of our state have at least the first dose of vaccine,” Ms Berejiklian said.

She said that a decision on the extension of lockdown in regional NSW would be made later this week.

Some parts of regional NSW are heavily COVID-affected, while others are COVID-free.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said that all of Greater Sydney should emerge from lockdown at the same time — including the 12 local government areas that are COVID hotspots.

VICTORIA RECORDS 221 CASES

Victoria has recorded 221 new cases as up to 100 people who illegally gathered in Melbourne’s south-east are expected to be fined.

The Health Department said that 98 cases were linked to known outbreaks, with the source of the remaining 123 infections under investigation,

It brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the State to 1920.

In the 24 hours this morning, 42,429 tests were processed and 36,716 Victorians received a vaccine dose at a State-run hub.

It comes as police are expected to fine up to 100 people who gathered to mark the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, in breach of lockdown restrictions.

Members of the Orthodox Jewish congregation entered a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue yesterday and told police they would not leave until nightfall.

Police surrounded the front and back entrances of the building and took details of those who began to file out of the building just after 8pm.

Several worshippers became aggressive.

“All adults who attended will be issued with a $5452 fine,” a Victoria Police spokesman said.

“A number of children who were present will not be fined.”

In August, Victoria Police handed out more than $300,000 in fines to the hosts and guests of an illegal engagement party at Caulfield North. It was hosted by a prominent Jewish family.

Melbourne will remain under tough lockdown restrictions until at least 70 per cent of eligible Victorians receive their first vaccine dose

TWENTY INFECTIONS IN CANBERRA

Canberra has revealed 20 cases after becoming Australia’s first jurisdiction to crack the 80 per cent full vaccination rate in an age group.

Of today’s cases, nine are linked and at least seven have been in the community for at least some of the time while infectious.

Federal figures show 80.2 per cent of over-70s in Canberra are double-dosed, nd the over-50s cohort is at 71 per cent.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr expects full vaccination rates for those cohorts, as well as people in their 40s, to hit 95 per cent in the coming months.

Nearly 250,000 people have received at least one vaccine dose.

QLD ALL CLEAR

Queensland has recorded no new virus cases as it plans a quarantine bubble for up to 400 returning soldiers tasked with an eleventh-hour evacuation mission in Afghanistan.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the Government had been working with the Defence Force on special quarantine measures for its personnel.

“The ADF notified us yesterday that they had secured an appropriate hotel and advised that they would submit a management plan today,” he said.

The Defence Force has indicated up to 400 personnel will arrive by the end of the week.

STATE-BY-STATE CASE BREAKDOWN

NSW – 1480 cases & nine deaths

VIC – 221 cases

ACT – 20 cases

QLD – zero cases

WA – TBA

NT – TBA

SA – TBA

TAS – TBA

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