The bizarre reason Victoria’s Covid numbers were higher than ever before today


The bizarre reason Victoria’s Covid numbers were higher than ever before today – and it has nothing to do with protests or residents failing to isolate

  • Software error resulted in 149 Covid cases not being included in tallies
  • Victoria recorded 867 new cases today, as well as the additional infections
  • It’s the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, surpassing 847 


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A software error has resulted in 149 Covid-19 cases in Victoria not being included in previous daily tallies.

Victoria recorded 867 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and four deaths on Tuesday, as well as the additional 149 infections.

It is the state’s highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, surpassing the previous record of 847 cases on Saturday.

Health Minister Martin Foley said 140 cases have been added to Monday’s tally and nine to Sunday’s following a ‘software update by a third party vendor who supported one of our pathology providers’.

While the results hadn’t been reported to the health department’s central system, Mr Foley said the 149 people who had tested positive had been notified.

Health Minister Martin Foley said 140 cases have been added to Monday's tally and nine to Sunday's following a 'software update by a third party vendor who supported one of our pathology providers'

Health Minister Martin Foley said 140 cases have been added to Monday’s tally and nine to Sunday’s following a ‘software update by a third party vendor who supported one of our pathology providers’

‘That software problem has been rectified,’ he told reporters.

This means there are now 9261 active infections across Victoria, including 375 in hospital, with 81 in intensive care.

Mr Foley said the four deaths were two men, aged in their 80s and 70s, and two women, aged in their 80s and 50s.

They lived in the local government areas of Hume and Whittlesea and at least three were unvaccinated. The deaths bring the toll from the current outbreak to 29.

Deputy Health Secretary Kate Mateson said while most of the new cases were based in Melbourne’s north, west and southeastern suburbs, authorities were concerned about 12 infections in the Latrobe Valley, believed to have stemmed from a household gathering at the weekend.

People in the Latrobe Valley, Morwell and Traralgon are warned to be on high alert for symptoms, with a rapid response testing unit to be set up at the Traralgon Basketball Stadium and more testing sites to be established.

Mr Foley did not rule out a lockdown for the region if cases continue to grow.

Also of concern to authorities is an outbreak at a construction site in Richmond, which has been linked to 11 positive cases and about 300 close contacts and an outbreak at a Meadow Heights aged care facility that has grown to 29 infections.

Almost 79 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while more than 48 per cent have had two doses.

Tuesday's numbers are the state's highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, surpassing the previous record of 847 cases recorded on Saturday

Tuesday's numbers are the state's highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, surpassing the previous record of 847 cases recorded on Saturday

Tuesday’s numbers are the state’s highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, surpassing the previous record of 847 cases recorded on Saturday

Melbourne’s lockdown will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 are double-vaccinated, which is forecast for October 26.

A more significant easing of restrictions will occur when the 80 per cent double-dose target is met, forecast for November 5.

However, some modest changes will be made to restrictions on Wednesday, when the state passes 80 per cent single-dose vaccination coverage, including extending the travel limit to 15 kilometres and resumption of some sports for fully vaccinated people.

Meanwhile, the state government is calling on Victorians currently self-isolating to take part in the trial of an app that could be used to check on people quarantining after returning from interstate and overseas.

The app matches selfies with location-based technology to confirm a person is at home. 

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