Back to Victoria, premier Dan Andrews said the Delta outbreak in the state is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”, highlighting that 91% of new cases reported Sunday were in people under 50.
The highly transmissible Delta strain is most prevalent across younger cohorts who have not had the same opportunity to get vaccinated as older groups.
The age breakdown confirms that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.
Of the new cases today, 91% are under 50. Victoria has 89 cases in hospital, 24 in intensive care units and 13 on ventilators.
Only one person who is in hospital has been fully vaccinated, again, making the point that if you are double-dose protected with either of the vaccines that are available then you are almost certain to avoid very serious illness.
It’s another reminder and important point to make about an appointment to get vaccinated and vaccinated quickly.
Victoria has 1,714 active cases: 216 cases are aged 0-9; 232 are aged 10-19; 348 are aged in their 20s; and 245 are aged in their 30s.
New Zealand records 20 new Covid cases
New Zealand authorities have ALSO just provided their Covid-19 update.
New Zealand has reported 20 new cases of coronavirus in the community, bringing the total number in the outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant to 801. It is the fifth day in a row cases numbers have remained low, and an encouraging sign the strict lockdown measures are working.
Since Sunday’s likely peak of 83 cases, daily case numbers have been 53, 49, 75, 49, 28 and now 20, two days in a row.
The country recorded the first death from the outbreak on Saturday – a woman in her 90s who died in Auckland’s North Shore hospital on Friday night.
There are 38 people in hospital, with six people in intensive case, and four patients requiring ventilation machines.
As of Sunday morning, 38,120 close contacts had been identified, with 90% of those tested for the virus. More than 77,000 vaccine doses were administered on Saturday.
Deputy prime minister Grant Robertson said:
We are heading in the right direction when it comes to getting in control of the virus, but the job is not done yet.
With Delta, there is no room for complacency, so please, stick to your bubble; stay under the one roof. That means no going and visiting your family and friends, isolate if you’re a contact and get a test if you’re sick. Let’s double down and let’s get the job done.
Over to Victoria, where authorities are also providing today’s Covid-19 update.
Victoria has recorded 183 new Covid-19 cases, 101 of which are linked to known outbreaks. 82 cases remain under investigation.
Premier Dan Andrews praised Victorians for their willingness to sign up for, and attend vaccination appointments.
We have hit our 60% first dose administered target and we are well on our way to achieving the 1m jabs over a five-week period.
We are indeed ahead of that a bit and we should meet that target ahead of schedule.
Andrews praised Victoria’s testing regime saying 98-99% of test results within the states are returned within 24 hours, allowing contact tracers to quickly track down areas of outbreak.