Australia Corona Virus News

Victorian COVID hospitalisations at 998, as 17 deaths and 11,695 new infections reported

IMAGE: The number of Victorians receiving a third COVID-19 vaccine dose is steadily rising.(ABC News: Peter Drought)

Source: ABCnews

Victoria has reported the deaths of 17 more people with COVID-19.

The number of people in hospital after contracting the virus has fallen to 998, down from a high of 1,229 a week earlier.

That includes 119 people in Victorian intensive care units, of whom 47 are on a ventilator.

While there has been a dip in hospitalisations, the figure of 47 ventilated patients is the highest since mid-December.

There is still significant pressure on the state’s stretched healthcare and hospital system.

The state has officially recorded another 11,695 new COVID-19 infections, another significant drop in daily figures.

The tally is comprised of 7,207 rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 4,488 PCR test results.

The number of PCR tests processed daily is continuing to drop, with 21,675 swabs analysed on Saturday.

It brings the official number of active cases across the state to 186,073, significantly down from the 245,000 active cases just seven days earlier.

About 32 per cent of the adult population have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, a figure which has been gaining pace over a four-day booster “blitz” across the state.

Authorities have flagged an expected rise in the number of infections across the state when schools reopen for term 1.