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