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Victoria records 1510 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths

Victoria has recorded 1510 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the 24 hours to midnight.

Across the state 75 per cent of those aged 16 years and older are now fully vaccinated.

Yesterday 55,679 tests were conducted and 28,232 vaccine doses were given at state-run clinics.

In total 4,484,902 vaccinations have been administered in state-run clinics.

There are 817 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 147 in ICU and 88 ventilated.

The state has 24,715 active coronavirus cases.

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The Victorian government is set to introduce new laws to parliament that would allow the health minister to make public health orders for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several MPs have confirmed to AAP the Public Health and Wellbeing (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 will be introduced to the lower house when parliament resumes on Tuesday.

The bill is expected to permanently replace the current state of emergency, which has been in place for more than 18 months and expires on December 15.

According to the summary, sent to MPs on Monday night, the bill will provide the health minister with "broad powers to make pandemic orders" on the advice of the chief health officer.

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Currently, only Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton can issue such orders.

The laws will bring Victoria in line with jurisdictions such as NSW and New Zealand, where the health minister is directly accountable to parliament.

- with Australian Associated Press

This story Victoria records 1510 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths first appeared on The Courier.