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

The bizarre reason why Victoria’s Covid numbers were higher today than ever before – and it has nothing to do with protests or residents not isolating themselves

  • Software error resulted in 149 Covid cases not included in the counts
  • Victoria registered 867 new cases today, as well as the additional infections
  • It is the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, more than 847










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

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

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

Health Secretary Martin Foley said 140 cases were added to Monday’s total and nine to Sunday following a “software update by a third-party vendor supporting one of our pathology providers.”

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

Health Secretary Martin Foley said 140 cases were added to Monday’s total and nine to Sunday following a “software update by a third-party vendor that supported one of our pathology providers”

“That software problem has been fixed,” he told reporters.

This means there are now 9,261 active infections across Victoria, including 375 in hospital and 81 in intensive care.

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

They lived in the local government areas of Hume and Whittlesea and at least three were unvaccinated. The dead take the toll of the current outbreak at 29.

Deputy Health Minister Kate Mateson said that while most of the new cases were in Melbourne’s northern, western and southeastern suburbs, authorities were concerned about 12 infections in the Latrobe Valley, believed to have come from a family gathering over the weekend.

People in the Latrobe Valley, Morwell and Traralgon are being warned to be very vigilant for symptoms, with a rapid response testing unit to be set up at the Traralgon basketball stadium and more testing sites set up.

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

Authorities are also concerned about an outbreak at a Richmond construction site, which has been linked to 11 positive cases and about 300 close contacts, and an outbreak at a Meadow Heights retirement home that has grown to 29 infections.

Nearly 79 percent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while more than 48 percent 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.

The Melbourne lockdown will remain in effect until 70 percent of Victorians over 16 have been double vaccinated, which is expected to happen on October 26.

A more significant easing of restrictions will occur when the 80 percent double dose target, which is expected before Nov. 5, is reached.

However, some modest changes will be made to the restrictions on Wednesday, when the state passes 80 percent vaccination coverage for a single dose, including extending the travel limit to 15 kilometers and resuming some sports for fully vaccinated people.

Meanwhile, the state government is calling on Victorians currently in self-isolation to participate in the trial of an app that could be used to check whether people are quarantined after returning from interstate and overseas.

The app pairs selfies with location-based technology to confirm someone is home.

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