Victoria has recorded 1993 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths on Saturday.
There were also 79,214 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
More the 63 per cent of the state’s population aged 16 years and older has been fully vaccinated, almost reaching its 70 per cent target to begin easing restrictions.
Camera IconA total of 1993 new local Covid-19 cases were recorded in Victoria on Saturday. NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie Credit: News Corp Australia
On Friday, it was announced that fully vaccinated people in NSW red zones would soon be able to enter Victoria without facing two weeks of quarantine, despite there being 2179 new cases of community transmission and six deaths recorded.
Travellers entering the state from red zones would need a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before their arrival.
Those who aren't fully vaccinated will also need to return a negative test no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival but will need to be retested on day 13 and complete 14 days of quarantine.
“People who are fully vaccinated have a right to reduced requirements because they present reduced risk,” Health Minister Martin Foley said.
Camera IconVictoria’s Covid response commander said the number of cases expected this week were “worrying”. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia
Victoria’s Covid response commander Jeroen Weimar said authorities were expecting significantly high numbers in the coming days and weeks.
He said the numbers this week were “worrying”.
Mr Weimar’s comments came as the state recorded two straight days of soaring case numbers past the 2000 mark on Thursday and Friday.
“We know with a high attack rate of coronavirus, of the Delta strain, within households we expect to see significantly more numbers coming out of those new households in the coming days and weeks.”Internet Explorer Channel Network