Victoria sets national COVID-19 record after RAT reporting opens

Victoria has leapfrogged New South Wales to set a new national record for daily COVID-19 cases, recording 51,356 in 24 hours.

The increase comes after the state established a reporting system for at-home rapid antigen tests, which is not in place yet for NSW.

Victoria Health also said many of the positive results from rapid antigen tests had been reported yesterday when the online form opened, but that the tests had been taken earlier in the week.

More than half of the case numbers overall were from RATs.

Nine further deaths were recorded, with 644 people in hospital.

There are 106 people in intensive care, including cleared cases, with 24 on ventilators.

It comes a day after an online registration form for Victorians who test positive on rapid antigen tests was launched.
Victoria’s COVID-19 case numbers are expected to continue to climb. (Photograph by Chris Hopkins)

“Returning a positive RAT is the same as testing positive on a PCR – you are required to isolate, tell your contacts, and to log your positive result so we can ensure you have the care, information and support you need,” she said.

The form, which can be accessed here, will allow the government to allocate required medical support and to keep track of cases.

It has been declared mandatory for anyone in Victoria who tests positive on a rapid antigen test to complete the form.

Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said people who test positive on a rapid antigen test will be required to answer nine easy questions on the government’s online form.

Yesterday the state recorded 21,728 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths.

Hospitalisations have risen to 644, with 58 in intensive care and 24 on ventilators.

A sign on display advises the public to the requirements of face masks.

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New restrictions are in place across Victoria in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

A density limit of one person per two square metres have returned to indoor entertainment and hospitality venues.

Indoor seated cinemas and theatres, where people are seated and masked, will be exempt from the limit.

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