Victoria jumped New South Wales today and set a new national record for daily cases, with 51,356 in 24 hours.
The increase comes after the state set up a reporting system for rapid at-home antigen testing, which has not yet been implemented for NSW.
More than half of the total number of cases came from RATs, and Mr Foley said only one in five of those were actually positive tests from yesterday.
The others constituted “at least a week” of backed up cases, with the minister predicting more days of inflated number of cases as people became accustomed to the online reporting system.
“In many ways this is exactly what we wanted to happen, and we thank all those people for reporting their COVID-19 status to us,” said Mr. Foley.
“It gave us a realistic picture of transmission in the community. We knew there were undiagnosed cases.
“With this realistic figure, we can connect more people with the support they need.”
Nine other deaths were recorded, with 731 people hospitalized as of 9.30am today.
There are 109 people in intensive care, including approved cases, 22 of whom are on ventilators.
“Returning a positive RAT is like testing positive for a PCR – you need to isolate, inform your contacts and record your positive result so we can make sure you get the care, information and support you need,” said she.
It has been made mandatory for anyone in Victoria who tests positive for a rapid antigen test to complete the form.
Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said people who test positive for a rapid antigen test should answer nine simple questions on the government’s online form.
The number of hospital admissions has risen to 644, of which 58 in intensive care and 24 on ventilators.
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New restrictions are in place throughout Victoria to contain the spread of the virus.
A density limit of one person per two square meters has returned to indoor entertainment and hospitality venues.
Indoor cinemas and theaters, where people sit and are masked, are exempt from the limit.