State records two new local Covid-19 cases

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Victoria has recorded two new locally acquired cases on Monday, as the state continues its cautious path out of a two-week lockdown.

Both infections were linked to existing clusters and had been in quarantine during their entire infectious period, Victorian Department of Health officials said.

The state’s active caseload has shed 27 infections, dropping to 134 active cases on Monday.

More than 21,417 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours, and 15,030 vaccine doses administered.

It comes after revelations just 10 Victorians who tested positive for Covid-19 during the state’s latest outbreak were vaccinated against the virus, highlighting the importance of the vaccine.

A snapshot of the 204 coronavirus cases in Victoria between July 12 and 28 showed only 10 were fully vaccinated against the virus, Victoria chief health officer Brett Sutton said.

“Of those 10 positive cases who were fully vaccinated, none of them were hospitalised, all were either completely without symptoms or had mild symptoms,” Professor Sutton said.

Victoria has recorded more than 200 cases linked to the two outbreaks that jumped the border from Sydney’s deadly Delta cluster – one from a team of Sydney removalists who transited through the state and the other from a family who returned to Melbourne’s north from a NSW red zone.

Health officials will front the media later on Monday.

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