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Two new local Vic cases, both isolating

Victoria has recorded two new local cases of COVID-19 as health authorities declare the end of the state’s Delta outbreak is drawing near.

Both cases are linked to Victoria’s current outbreaks and were in isolation for their entire infectious period.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton expects daily numbers to keep dropping in coming days.

“In the next week or so, we will run out of individuals who are close contacts who could test positive and we will have those days of proper zero again,” he said on Sunday.

There are 134 active cases in Victoria, down 27 from Sunday.

More than 21,000 test results were received in the 24 hours to Monday morning, while about 15,000 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites during the same period.

It comes as Victoria changes its regime for rolling out Pfizer at state clinics to protect more of the population faster.

From Monday, all people who receive a first dose of Pfizer will wait six weeks – not three – for their second dose.

Professor Sutton said Victoria is in a good position to hit 70 and 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination coverage, which would trigger escalating levels of freedom from restrictions nationwide.

“We’re as well placed as any of the big states,” he said.

Some 19.2 per cent of Victorians over 16 had been fully vaccinated to Saturday, fractionally ahead of NSW (19.07 per cent), Queensland (18.32 per cent) and Western Australia (16.12 per cent).

A data analysis snapshot of 204 locally acquired cases in Victoria from July 12 to 28 shows 25 had at least one vaccine dose. Only 10 were fully vaccinated.

Of those 10, none were hospitalised and all were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.

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