Victoria records 507 new local COVID-19 cases and another death

Victoria has recorded 507 new local COVID-19 cases and another death in the last day, as authorities prepare to reveal the state’s plan out of lockdown today.

More than 58,000 tests were conducted across the state on top of 43,000 vaccines administered.

The results come a day after violent protests erupted on the streets of inner city Melbourne, after some 700 people descended on Richmond and clashed with police.

So far, a total of 235 people arrested and more than $1 million in fines have been issued.

Yesterday, the state recorded 535 new local cases and another death.

Lockdown restrictions across Melbourne and Ballarat eased at 11.59pm on Friday, with modest changes coming into effect after the state hit its 70 per cent first-dose vaccine milestone.

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Health Department deputy secretary Kate Matson said yesterday that suburb of Craigieburn remains of major concern to authorities.

“We have 295 cases in the northern suburbs, which is 55 per cent, and 62 of those in Craigieburn,” she said.

“Craigieburn is one of the most serious situations in terms of case numbers, from yesterday’s numbers, it is more than double the next suburb, being Roxburgh Park, with 28 cases.

“We now have over 2500 active cases in those northern suburbs.”

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