BALLARAT COVID UPDATE | Tuesday, November 30
NEW CASES: 1 (down from 2 yesterday)
ACTIVE CASES: 25 (up from 23 yesterday)
Ballarat has recorded one new case of COVID in the 24 hours to midnight Monday.
The new case is listed in the 3352 postcode, taking the number of active cases in that area to eight.
Across the city there are 25 active cases, two more since Monday.
The Moorabool Shire has recorded one new cases with its active tally standing at 50.
The Golden Plains has also recorded a new case.
The Hepburn and Pyrenees Shires have not recorded any new cases today, with active cases standing at eight and two respectively.
VICTORIAN COVID UPDATE | Tuesday, November 30
NEW CASES: 918 (down from 1,007 yesterday)
DEATHS: 6(up from 3 yesterday)
ACTIVE CASES: 11,417(down from 11,501 yesterday)
IN HOSPITAL: 305 (up from 300 yesterday)
IN ICU: 41 (down from 45 yesterday)
ON VENTILATOR: 19 (up from 18 yesterday)
Victoria has recorded 918 new coronavirus cases as the numbers dip below 1000 again.
A total of 305 people were in hospital with COVID-19, while 41 people were receiving intensive care and 19 patients were on ventilators.
Another 45,000 tests were performed at state run clinics. About 91 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
In Ballarat, an alert has been issued after a COVID case was confirmed to have attended the Ballarat Cup.
However, there are not any isolation or testing orders in place.
There were two new cases confirmed in Ballarat yesterday, taking the active case count to 23 in the city.
Today's numbers have not yet been confirmed.
Meanwhile, the Victorian government has made significant changes to its pandemic legislation to secure the extra vote it needs to pass parliament.
The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill is on the top of the upper house's agenda when parliament resumes on Tuesday for the last scheduled sitting week of the year.
The legislation, which gives the premier and health minister the power to declare a pandemic and the ability to enforce restrictions, is set to replace the state of emergency which expires on December 15.
Voting on the bill was delayed by the attorney-general to allow for negotiations with key crossbenchers - Transport Matters MP Rod Barton and Sustainable Australia's Clifford Hayes - in an effort to break a deadlock.
Overnight, the state government agreed to six amendments after securing a vote on the bill from Mr Barton.
The amendments include the creation of a cross-parliamentary committee as soon as practicable after a pandemic declaration is made, with the committee given the power to recommend the disallowance of pandemic orders.
Parliament will also be able to disallow pandemic orders by an absolute majority in a joint sitting of both houses, under the changes.
Additionally, a two-year review, carried out by independent legal and health experts, will commence within 18 months of a pandemic declaration.
A new independent merits review scheme for detention orders will replace the current Detention Review Officer Panel, and the amendments will remove the aggravated offence clause.
The changes will also clarify that complaints about detention can be made to the Victorian Ombudsman and parliament or a committee can refer a matter for investigation.
A government spokeswoman said the negotiations were "rigorous" and thanked Mr Barton for coming to the table "in good faith".
"The emergence of the Omicron variant highlights that the pandemic isn't over, and that Victoria needs the powers that all other jurisdictions across Australia have to keep our community safe," she said.
"Over the past fortnight, we offered negotiations to the entire crossbench, giving them the opportunity to work with us on changes to this bill that would ensure Victoria has such a framework in place.
"If this bill passes, we will have strengthened parliamentary oversight, with an independent joint investigatory committee and the ability for the parliament to revoke pandemic orders."
The other key crossbencher, Mr Hayes, told reporters at parliament on Tuesday he would not be supporting the amended bill.
The bill had been expected to pass parliament in the previous sitting week with the support of three crossbench MPs, but former Labor minister Adem Somyurek announced he would return from a self-imposed absence to vote against it in its current form.
His return meant the government needed the support of one additional crossbencher to pass the legislation.
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