The number of active coronavirus cases in the state's hotel quarantine system has risen again.
Four new confirmed cases means there are now 14 active infections among returned travellers in quarantine.
But the health department confirmed there were no new locally-acquired cases in Victoria. It was the 52nd consecutive day with no local transmission.
Yesterday there were no new local cases and 4 new case acquired overseas (currently in hotel quarantine).— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) April 18, 2021
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The state government announced on Sunday it will reopen its mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics to all people eligible under stage 1A and 1B of the vaccination program.
Health Minister Martin Foley said from Wednesday, three sites will reopen in the state.
They are the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Royal Exhibition Building, and the former Ford factory in Geelong.
"We do this because our key aim is to get as many vaccines into as many arms as quickly and safely as we can," Mr Foley said. "That is the path to recovery.
"We're doing this program in partnership with our GPs and our primary healthcare providers because what we have picked up over the past few weeks, particularly following the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation program, is that there is a sense of urgency to get this program done.
"This is a key part of Victoria's recovery and Australia's recovery."
Residents who fall in the 1A and 1B categories will still be able to receive the vaccine from their GP clinic.
From Wednesday, the state government will also lift the pause on the administration of AstraZeneca to eligible people under the age of 50 who choose to receive this vaccine.
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