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Victoria records 13,507 new COVID cases, 35 deaths as self-imposed ‘shadow’ lockdowns end

A total of 1089 Victorians infected with coronavirus are being cared for in hospital, including 113 in intensive care and 40 on a ventilator.

Health authorities have reported a 23 per cent drop in emergency department presentations since a “code brown” emergency was declared in the state’s over-stretched hospitals last week.

The number of patients being taken by ambulance to emergency departments has also dropped 35 per cent, from 1240 on January 18 to 806 on January 23.

The code brown, which began last Wednesday, allows hospitals to cancel staff leave and redeploy them to priority areas, and triggers a deferral of non-urgent care.

To further ease the pressure on the hospital system, the state government announced on Tuesday it would encourage COVID-19 patients to recover at home through a new advertising campaign.

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The campaign will urge Victorians with mild symptoms to stay at home, rest, hydrate and take pain relief medication if they can, instead of going to hospital.

Victorian state-run clinics administered more than 25,45 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, taking the total number of triple-vaccinated Victorians to more than 1.7 million.

About 19,500 children were booked to get the vaccine over the past week, with 4500 second-dose appointments recorded in the system.

There are more than 230,000 vaccination appointments available for the next month, including almost 70,000 for children aged five to 11.

With Cassandra Morgan, Timna Jacks, Aisha Dow and Melissa Cunningham

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