Covid rate slows

By Brendan Rees

Two people remain infectious with Covid-19 in Casey City, according to the state’s latest health data.

The city’s tally stood at 58 cases – with two active cases of the virus recorded in the past 24 hours to 22 May.

Elsewhere in the southeast, Greater Dandenong and Cardinia have recorded 16 cases respectively and Frankston 40 – however, none of the council areas had confirmed active cases.

State-wide, there have been 1593 cases – an increase of 12 since in the 24 hours to 22 May.

Of them, 1479 people have recovered. Confirmed community transmissions stand at 171. 

Ten Covid-19 patients remain in hospital including five in intensive care. Eighteen Victorians have died of the virus.

Of the new cases, five are linked to the Cedar Meats outbreak, bringing the total to 111.

“Today’s increase in cases illustrates once again that while we have been flattening the curve, our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.

“We are also asking Victorians to continue this amazing effort and get tested if they have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, because the more tests we do, the more data we have about the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.”

Meanwhile, Victoria Police have issued eight fines to people breaking social distancing rule since Sunday 17 May.


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