The results came from an increased testing rate with 77,554 swabs and takes the number of active cases in the state to 16,823.
More information on the cases and deaths will be provided at Friday’s daily press conference.
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Cop tests positive following Melbourne protest
A Victorian police officer has tested positive to coronavirus after he was exposed to the highly infectious Delta strain during Melbourne’s recent protests against the vaccination mandate.
Victorian Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt said the officer is one of two to have tested positive and were taken to hospital on Thursday.
Two Victorian police officers hospitalised with COVID-19
“We’ve got members who have gone home and their family members, their children have tested positive subsequent to their work,” he said.
“We’ve had members who have been at protest activity in the city who have also tested positive.
“It heightens the need for us to focus on making sure they’re protected at work that they have PPE,” he said.
Both are reportedly unvaccinated and one is believed to be in intensive care.
At least another 23 officers have been stood down and forced into two weeks quarantine after being exposed to the virus.
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ADF to drive ambulances
Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will drive ambulances and triage tents will be set up outside hospitals to treat coronavirus patients as the Victorian health system buckles from record daily cases.
In a bid to improve response times, there will no longer be two paramedics in one ambulance, with the crew to be split and joined by a driver from the ADF, St John’s Ambulance, State Emergency Service or student paramedics.
ADF called in to assist Victoria’s paramedics as COVID outbreak worsens
Ambulance Victoria Executive Director of Clinical Operations Mick Stephenson said ten defence staff have been initially brought on to assist crews from next week.
“It’s something we would have liked not to have done, but that is the state of the nation, we’re in such dire circumstances we have to do it,” he told The Age.
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Hospitalisation increase warning
Acting Chief Health Officer has warned coronavirus patients in intensive care and on ventilators will continue to rise after the latest data showed a spike in the past 24 hours.
Victoria Health on Thursday announced 564 coronavirus hospitalisations, an increase of 39 patients from Wednesday.
The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care increased by 21 to 115, while an additional 21 Victorians requiring breathing assistance took the number of those on ventilators to 74.
Acting Chief Health Officer Professor Ben Cowie has warned hospitalisation will likely increase over the coming weeks. Picture: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
“They will continue to go up,” Acting Chief Health Officer Professor Ben Cowie said during Thursday’s COVID-19 press conference after the state recorded its second highest daily figure of 1,638 cases.
“Tragically, as cases go up, we will see a week, 10 days afterwards, hospital cases go up. When someone is first diagnosed, the real danger is seven days after the onset of symptoms, particularly in the second week.”

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