WATCH LIVE: Dan Andrews press conference today with Vic’s COVID-19 update as outbreak continues to escalate
Victoria has registered 50 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and guests at an illegal virus-spreading party have been fined $ 305,312 as the state’s coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate .
Victoria health authorities provide a COVID-19 update at 11:45 am AEST on Tuesday. You can watch the press conference LIVE in the video player BELOW as soon as it becomes available.
The health department confirmed on Tuesday that 40 of the new cases were linked to known outbreaks, while the source of the remaining 10 infections is under investigation.
Thirty-nine cases were contagious in the community and not isolated.
This brings the total number of active cases in the state to 522.
COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said on Monday that state health teams were working around the clock “to chase after all of these cases.”
He said if the Victorians continued to work together, then “we absolutely can” end the outbreak and come out of lockdown on September 2.
“These numbers will continue to increase, but the responsibility now falls on the whole community as this delta is moving very quickly,” he told reporters.
Vic COVID update
Of Tuesday’s 50 new local cases of COVID-19, 10 could not be linked to known outbreaks or clusters as only 11 isolated themselves throughout their infectious period.
The number of active cases in the community is likely to lead to new exposure sites.
Among those active cases are several guests at an illegal engagement party held earlier this month in Caulfield North.
Victoria Police confirmed on Tuesday that 56 fines of $ 5,452 each were imposed on adults in attendance. The children present at the party did not receive a fine.
Police have completed their investigation.
After revealing on Monday that officers were investigating reports that hundreds of people, including some from NSW, attended a funeral in Shepparton, where there is an outbreak of the virus, police said on Tuesday that no violations COVID rules had not been observed.
Meanwhile, new rules regarding child care and authorized workers came into effect overnight.
As of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, only authorized workers can access child care, kindergarten and early childhood services, with work permits required to leave home to work.
Labor caps will apply to several sectors, including construction, slaughterhouses, meat, poultry and seafood processing.