Victoria records 1,510 new COVID-19 cases as new pandemic laws to be introduced

He said a report setting out the reasons for the declaration of the pandemic and both the advice of the Minister and the Chief Health Officer then has to be tabled in both houses of parliament. 

“No other state or territory requires that arrangement,” he said.

“This declaration can be made initially for four weeks but can be extended for a three-month period until pandemic no longer represents a serious risk to the community.”

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Mr Foley said the laws will replace the current framework where state of emergency arrangements need to be reviewed and extended by the minister every four weeks. 

“These orders replace the current public health directions and become pandemic directions,” he said.

“They will include things like…the next stage of how quarantine [works] for infectious people, how potential third booster doses, should they be approved by the Commonwealth, get managed.

“How we restrict and protect the community from the ongoing, by changing risk of this global pandemic.”

As of Tuesday morning, the state has 24,715 active cases of COVID-19.

Healthcare worker is seen working at a drive-through Covid19 testing facility in Melbourne.

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There are 817 people in hospital, including 147 in intensive care, 88 of whom require ventilation. 

Of those people in hospital on Monday, 87 per cent were not fully vaccinated. Ninety-six per cent of people in intensive care were not fully vaccinated. 

“That is not a statistic, it is a story of people, but it tells you everything you need to know that if know that if you are vaccinated, double dose protected, then your chances of ending up in hospital really unwell is very small,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“Put another way, the protection that these vaccines give you is clearly proven and they will keep you out of hospital.”

The latest deaths take the toll from the current oubreak to 234. 

About 75 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over are now fully vaccinated, with the state tipped to hit its 80 per cent target sometime next weekend.

Whether it does or not, restrictions will ease further and align across the state from 6pm on Friday.

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The long-running ban on travel between Melbourne and regional Victoria will be scrapped, masks will no longer need to be worn outdoors, and entertainment venues, gyms and retail stores can reopen indoors to fully vaccinated patrons.

The Victorian government has also announced almost all coronavirus restrictions will end once 90 per cent of the 12-plus population are fully vaccinated, forecast to occur on or around November 24.

With AAP

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