Victoria’s deadliest month since the pandemic began

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Omicron’s sub-variants BA.4.5 and BA.5 have taken hold nationally.

Victoria recorded more than six-hundred (650) COVID related deaths in July, surpassing the total recorded in January.

The majority of Victoria’s COVID-19 related deaths have been among people aged 80 and older.

Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton suggested the worst of the winter wave may be ceasing and expected the case numbers to drop in the coming weeks.

Victorian Numbers

Across Victoria over 69 percent of people aged 12 years and older are now up to date with three COVID-19 vaccination doses, while over 95 percent have received two doses.

In addition, almost 57 percent of children aged five to 11 years in Victoria have now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

Victoria has recorded more than 7,115 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 with 21 lives lost.

Around some of the states

Here are some of the latest COVID-19 statistics across Australia as of July 30.

New South Wales recorded more than 13-thousand (13,425) COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths in the last 24 hours.

More than two-thousand (2,210) people are in hospital including 68 in ICU.

Western Australia has reported more than four-thousand (4,034) new COVID-19 cases.

With more than four-hundred (417) people in hospital with the virus, including 15 in ICU.

Northern Territory recorded just over three-hundred (303) new COVID-19 cases in the last reporting period.

There are 56 people in hospital with the virus.

South Australia reported more than two-thousand-seven-hundred (2,767) new COVID-29 cases and four deaths.

More than three-hundred (335) people are in hospital including 10 in ICU.

Health Message

All Australians over the age of 30 are now eligible for a second booster or fourth dose of a COVID vaccine.

People over the age of 16 who are severely immunocompromised, disabled or at risk of severe COVID symptoms are also eligible for this fourth shot.

To receive it, there must have been at least three months elapsed since having the previous booster, or third dose.

In Victoria the fourth dose is available from most GPs and pharmacies.

To book, use the online booking system or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

(NEMBC Multilingual News Service)

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