Traces of BA.4/BA.5 in Victoria’s metro and regional wastewater have “risen significantly in recent weeks, indicating increasing transmission”, says Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.
“This is because the strain has a greater ability than BA.2 to evade immunity provided by vaccination and earlier COVID-19 infection.”
There are more than 227,000 active cases nationwide and almost 3,100 patients in hospital care.
Labor says department of customer service data shows that with just days to go until the vouchers expire, only 58 per cent have been spent statewide.
Northern Territory: 221 cases, no deaths, 16 in hospital, none in ICUs