Victoria COVID case Wednesday is an increase of nearly 1,000 and nine deaths

Victoria has recorded another increase in the case of COVID-19 with the highest figure in four days.

On Wednesday, the National Board of Health confirmed that there had been 996 new cases for 24 hours until midnight.

There were also nine more COVID-19-related deaths.

Victoria has now passed 93 percent first-dose vaccination coverage, and a whopping 87 percent of the eligible population is now double-dosed.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state remains stable at 357.

Of these, 58 are on intensive care and 35 are on respirator.

797 cases were registered on Tuesday, 860 on Monday, 905 on Sunday and 1221 on Saturday.

Wednesday’s case numbers are the lowest day for Victoria since 705 cases were registered on 27 September.

Protesters spend another night in parliament

Protesters woke up Wednesday after spending another night occupying the steps of the Victorian parliament in anger over the state government’s proposed pandemic laws.

Debate on the Public Health and Wellness Bill (Pandemic Management) began in the upper house on Tuesday afternoon and went well into the night.

It has been put on hold as the chamber deals with non-state business, but it is expected to resume on Thursday.

The bill, which gives the prime minister and health minister the power to declare a pandemic and issue public health orders, will almost certainly be passed after the government makes changes to secure the support of three MPs.

People seen during a demonstration outside the Victorian state parliament in Melbourne on Tuesday.
People seen during a demonstration outside the Victorian state parliament in Melbourne on Tuesday. Credit: JOEL CARRETT/AAPIMAGE

But it has become a lightning rod for anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination groups, with hundreds of protesters planning to camp on the steps of parliament throughout the debate.

A video posted on social media shows the protesters gathered around a wooden gallows and shouting “Freedom”, “Traitor”, “Kill Dan Andrews” and “Hang Dan Andrews” as they tried to place the head of an inflatable doll of the premiere through the loop.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the scenes outside parliament were not a reflection of Victorian society as the overwhelming majority had been vaccinated against COVID-19 and he accused the opposition of playing “political games”.

– With AAP

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