COVID-19 infections hit record daily high as Victoria reports four deaths, 766 new cases

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Four Victorians have died and the state has reported a daily record of 766 new coronavirus cases.

There were 26,408 COVID-19 tests processed on Wednesday, while more than 40,957 Victorians received a coronavirus vaccine.

Nationally, 48.53 per cent of Australians aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated while 73.43 have received one dose. In Victoria, 45.24 per cent of those eligible for jabs are fully vaccinated, and 74.44 per cent have had their first dose.

The state now has 6666 active cases of the virus.

Four schools and childcare centres are among new public tier-1 exposure sites listed on the Victorian government’s website.

The exposure periods at Lalor North primary school were on September 16 and 17 between 8.40am and 3.50pm, during drop-off and pick- Bacchus Marsh Primary school on September 15 and 16, and Our Lady Help of Christians school in Brunswick East during school hours on September 15 and 16.

Green Leaves early learning centre in Craigieburn was also exposed to the coronavirus on September 18, 19 and 20 from 9am to 6pm.

Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 location during the times listed must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.

There are also dozens of new tier-2 listings, including Costco Warehouse in Epping on September 17 from 10am to 5pm, a McDonald’s restaurant in Glen Huntly Road in Elsternwick on September 15 from 6pm to 11.59pm and on September 16 from midnight to 8am.

Anyone visiting a tier-2 site should get tested urgently and isolate until they have a negative result.

The latest numbers come as protests over the state government’s decision to mandate jabs in the construction sector, and over lockdown restrictions, are set to continue for a fourth day today.

More than 200 demonstrators were arrested on Wednesday, some for serious offences such as discharging flares, and throwing golf balls, tap handles and batteries at police.

Also on Wednesday, a state government move to mandate coronavirus vaccines for teachers and childcare workers was almost universally backed by Victoria’s education unions.

“Anyone who works on site at schools or early childhood settings, they will not be able to work on-site if they are not vaccinated,” Deputy Premier James Merlino said.

He said staff must have their first dose by October 18 or have a booking within a week of that date.

But Christian Schools Australia warned that some schools would have difficulty enforcing the vaccine mandate.

Also yesterday, federal aged care minister Richard Colbeck promised people will be able to hug and touch family members and friends in aged care facilities, as part of a plan to allow visitors back as soon as possible.

Visitors to residential aged care facilities could still be required to wear masks, undergo rapid antigen testing and maintain social distancing when they return with some protection measures needed to shield unvaccinated workers and residents.

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