Victoria reports 1,612 new local COVID-19 cases and eight deaths

Victoria recorded 1,612 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths in the past 24 hours.

Monday’s figure is a drop on Sunday’s tally of 1,872 infections.

The total number of cases recorded in the state since the pandemic began has now reached 19,012.

Some 73,138 tests were received in the past 24 hours.

From Monday, 15 regional venues will take part in a trial that will see businesses trial the checking of double vaccinations.

The system will be scaled up so double-vaccinated Victorians can attend the Melbourne Cup and live music within weeks, under plans to open up the economy when the state hits an 80 per cent double dose vaccination target for eligible people, expected around November 5.

About 10,000 racing fans will be able to attend the Melbourne Cup on 2 November, while Oaks Day and Stakes Day will be allowed similar-sized crowds if the state reaches its 80 per cent double-jab threshold.

A live music event will also be held at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl on October 30 with thousands attending.


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