Ballarat COVID UPDATE, Saturday, November 27
NEW CASES: 2 (down from 3 yesterday)
ACTIVE CASES: 20 (no change from yesterday)
Two new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Ballarat in the 24 hours to Saturday, however the number of active cases remains steady.
One new case is from the 3350 postcode, and one in 3356.
In Moorabool, a further seven new cases were announced, with one more in Hepburn, and none in Golden Plains or Pyrenees shires.
The confirmation comes as the federal government reacts to news of a new 'variant of concern' of the coronavirus emerging in southern Africa, with many countries already announcing travel restrictions, including Australia.
It's understood epidemiologists are concerned about mutations on the virus that could make it more transmissible, but are awaiting more information.
VICTORIAN COVID UPDATE, Saturday, November 27
NEW CASES: 1252 (down from 1362 yesterday)
DEATHS: 5 (down from 7 yesterday)
ACTIVE CASES: 11,257 (up from 10,887 yesterday)
IN HOSPITAL: 299 (down from 308 yesterday)
IN ICU: 42 (down from 46 yesterday)
ON VENTILATOR: 22 (down from 26 yesterday)
Victoria has recorded 1252 COVID-19 cases and five deaths.
The figures, confirmed by the health department on Saturday, bring the total number of active infections in the state to 11,257.
The deaths bring the toll from the virus to 1318.
There were 57,292 tests processed in Victoria on Friday and 4938 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at state-run hubs, which are beginning to wind down now Victoria has reached 90 per cent double dose vaccination coverage for those aged above 12.
Landmark sites at the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will deliver their last jabs in mid-December, along with Box Hill Town Hall.
Other clinics at Eastland shopping centre and Wyndham's Eagle Stadium are scheduled to shut at the end of the week, followed by St Vincent's Private in Werribee, the Melbourne Showgrounds and the Olivia Newton-John centre next to Austin Hospital.
State-run hubs have been the engine room of Victoria's vaccination push since first opening in March, delivering about half of the state's 10.6 million doses.
Fifteen metro and regional sites will remain open into next year to administer booster shots and potentially first and second doses to five to 11-year-old children, if and when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved by federal regulators.
- Australian Associated Press
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