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Vic records highest number of cases yet and one death

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Victoria has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases in the current outbreak and one death, as businesses groups describe the state’s roadmap out of lockdown as a “roadblock”.

The health department on Monday confirmed 567 new local cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 5675.

The death brings the toll from the current outbreak to 12.

In the 24 hours to Monday, 50,915 tests were processed and a record 39,939 Victorians received a vaccine dose at state-run hubs.

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Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday unveiled the state’s roadmap, detailing small changes to Melbourne’s restrictions when 80 per cent of Victorians over 16 have received a single vaccine dose.

But lockdown will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians are double- vaccinated, which is forecast for October 26.

At that stage, the city’s curfew will be lifted, the travel limit will increase to 25km and hospitality can open outdoors for 50 fully vaccinated people.

Once the 80 per cent double-dose target is met, forecast for November 5, the travel limit is scrapped, retail, gyms and beauty services reopen for the fully vaccinated and hospitality resumes indoors.

The opposition and business groups have described it as “a roadmap with roadblocks“, saying the plan is too conservative when compared with NSW’s plan.

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“It is extremely tough to look over the border and see our NSW neighbours get back to relatively normal life while we continue to be locked down in a holding pattern,” Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra said.

Events Minister Martin Pakula said trials on double-vaccinated entry into businesses and events will begin from October.

He said the Commonwealth and Services Victoria are working on technology for people to be able to show their vaccine status on their phone or while booking tickets to an event.

Mr Pakula also said he is working with the Victoria Racing Club on a draft plan for the Melbourne Cup, which will be submitted to the public health team for approval.

“I would tell them to prepare for a draft plan for a 10,000 crowd, 15,000 crowd, I don’t think it’s going to be massive,” he told 3AW.

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