Covid hospitalisations SURGE in Victoria as state records 1189 new cases and six deaths
Victoria has recorded 1189 new Covid-19 infections and six deaths
The surge comes as hospitalisations hit highest level in a month
Victoria will become home to a vaccine manufacturing factory in 2024
By Emily Woods For Aap
Published: 23:42 GMT, 13 December 2021 | Updated: 00:02 GMT, 14 December 2021
Victoria has reported 1189 new COVID-19 infections and a further six deaths, as the number of people in hospital with the virus grows.
The state is now managing 11,051 active cases, the health department confirmed.
Hospitalisations with COVID-19 have reached the highest level in almost a month, growing by more than 40 patients in a day to 364 on Tuesday.
Victoria has reported 1189 new COVID-19 infections and a further six deaths
The last time numbers were of a similar level was on November 16, when 394 people were in hospital with the virus.
Of those in hospital, 80 patients are actively infected with the virus in intensive care and 44 on ventilators, an increase of four from Monday’s figures.
The seven-day hospitalisation average is 327, a rise of 15 from Monday.
More than 92 per cent of Victorians aged over 12 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Testers processed 54,467 results on Monday, while 8433 people were vaccinated in state-run hubs.
The latest figures come as Victoria will become home to a mRNA vaccine manufacturing factory under a state government deal with the federal government and Moderna.
It’s expected the facility will produce up to 25 million doses each year from 2024, with the ability to scale up to 100 million doses per year to combat future pandemics.
Some 500 construction jobs and 500 ongoing roles are also expected to be created as part of the southern hemisphere-first facility.
‘This is a huge announcement not just for Victoria, but the whole country – being able to manufacture mRNA vaccines and treatments locally will lock in vaccine security both on our shores and across our region,’ Acting Premier James Merlino said in a statement on Tuesday.
Australia has been reliant on overseas supplies for mRNA vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, with AstraZeneca’s viral vector jab the only coronavirus immunisation produced on its shores.
Victorian scientists created Australia’s first mRNA vaccine last month.
Researchers at Monash University developed the vaccine during a five-month period, and are now conducting clinical trials.
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