Victoria has recorded 1,220 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths overnight as the state recovers from another day of anti-vaccine protests attended by angry workers soon to be sacked by vaccine mandates.
It comes as the cases announced on Saturday smashed the pandemic record of 1,438 recorded on Thursday, with 1,488 new infections.
More than 100 anti-lockdown protestors marched through Melbourne on Saturday, with Victoria Police forced to make several arrests.
Victoria has recorded 1,220 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths overnight (pictured, a woman shopping in Melbourne)
The demonstrators flooded the city just one day after sweeping vaccine mandates were announced by the Victorian Government.
Under the plan, constructions sites can reopen for workers who have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. They must be fully vaccinated by November 13.
Authorised workers must also have their first vaccine dose by October 15 and a second by November 26 to keep working on site.
The requirement will cover retail workers, personal trainers, MPs, journalists, faith leaders, judges, police, lawyers, actors and professional sportspeople.
At around 1pm, dozens of anti-vaxxer protestors marched through Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens along the Yarra River chanting ‘my body, my choice’.
There were 36,248 vaccines administered and 71,275 Covid-19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, construction workers will be allowed to return to the worksite from Tuesday, with several safeguards in place.
All operators will need to formally attest their site complies with the industry-wide health directions.
Workforce caps remain for some building sites, except for outdoor state government projects, and single-dose workers can set up ahead of Tuesday’s reopening.
Fully vaccinated workers can move between regional Victoria and Melbourne, while tearooms will reopen with enhanced cleaning, density limits and additional ventilation.
The reopening comes after the construction industry was placed into a two-week lockdown following anti-vaccination demonstrations.
Premier Daniel Andrews has given all authorised workers an ultimatum: get vaccinated within the next two weeks or risk losing their jobs.
It comes as Greater Shepparton and Moorabool Shire, to the west and north of Melbourne, both entered snap, seven-day lockdowns overnight to contain growing cases.
Shepparton and its surroundings recently battled a major outbreak that sent about a third of its population into home quarantine, before the region emerged from lockdown just over two weeks ago.
Source: Daily Mail UK