Victoria shows 4,867 cases, nine deaths | the islander

Victoria added 4,867 new infections to her COVID-19 case tally along with nine more virus-related deaths.

Health officials say the state continues to manage more than 46,700 active coronavirus cases, up from 48,420 reported Saturday.

There are 358 COVID patients currently in Victorian hospitals, 51 of them in intensive care units and a dozen who require ventilation.

Of the new cases recorded in the 24 hours to Saturday evening, 3,141 were rapid antigen test results and 1,726 were reported via PCR lab tests.

Meanwhile, the state will welcome the first cohort of unvaccinated international travelers to its new $200 million quarantine center on Monday.

The facility, at Mickleham in Melbourne’s north, will replace hotels and become Victoria’s sole quarantine site from April.

“The Omicron variant has shown us that we must continue to be flexible in our response to the pandemic – and the specially designed Victorian Quarantine Hub will be essential to how we manage pandemics now and in the future,” said Police Minister Lisa Neville during a visit on Saturday.

Victoria’s Quarantine Commissioner, Emma Cassar, said the hub’s open-air setting will eliminate many of the quarantine challenges posed by hotels.

Accommodating up to 1,000 residents, its self-contained cabins allow for constant fresh airflow, individual ventilation systems and CCTV monitoring.

Guests will have access to electronic food ordering and in-house entertainment to minimize contact between residents and the site’s 560 employees.

The hub’s cabin-style accommodation includes entry and exit points via exterior decks to prevent the virus from spreading through shared hallways.

The site is divided into four villages, with all services and amenities delivered directly on site to limit unnecessary internal or external travel.

Staff are being trained on site, and other final preparations are underway, including stress testing of all systems to ensure infection prevention and control processes are in place.

Meanwhile, Victorians continue to enjoy the freedom to visit nightclubs and other dance venues, after restrictions were eased on Friday.

Australian Associated Press

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