New case numbers after a big bounce

Victoria recorded another peak in COVID-19[female[feminine cases, with 17,636 new cases recorded today and 11 more deaths, as reservations for children’s vaccines are expected to begin.
The jump in cases comes after the state recorded 14,020 cases yesterday and 7172 Monday.

There have been 75 more people admitted to hospital with the virus, reaching a total of 591, with 53 people in intensive care and 20 people on ventilators.

There are currently 51,317 active cases in the state.

Victorian-era Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan thanked the nearly 60,000 Victorians who were tested for COVID-19 yesterday.

“We know these are a tough and trying times to go out and get tested,” she said.

Ms Allan announced that parents will be able to book young children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, both online or via the telephone hotline.

“Starting next week, children between the ages of five and 11 become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine,” she said.

Yesterday several testing centers closed in Victoria. (Chris Hopkins)

Ms Allan said she was delighted the vaccinations had started as the vaccines were designed to protect not only children but also older members of their families.

She said she was convinced Victorian parents would move to get their children vaccinated.

“Victoria has one of the highest childhood immunization rates in the world. “

Royal Children’s Hospital associate professor of medicine Tom Connell said COVID-19 is not necessarily mild in children, as is generally believed.

He urged parents to get their children vaccinated.

“We all want the best for our children,” he said.

“It is the right thing to do right now for the people of Victoria.”

Doctors at the Royal Childrens Hospital have urged parents to vaccinate their children. (Photograph by Chris Hopkins)

Faster antigen testing on the way to the Victorians

Meanwhile, Ms Allan said an additional 10 million rapid antigen tests have been obtained by the state government, with 44 million underway.

She said how the tests will be distributed will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ms Allan said the deployment of tests should ease the pressure on the test centers.

A huge backlog of testing forced 54 centers across the state to close yesterday, and there are fears that could be repeated today.

Closed sites, run by private pathology labs, will work around the clock to try to remove the buildup and reopen when done.

Government testing sites, where wait times of up to six hours are observed, remain open.

It is not yet clear what caused the delay, but staff shortages have already been blamed for pushing paramedics to the limit.

A sign on the display informs the public of the requirements for face masks.

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