Victoria records another two deaths and 779 new COVID-19 cases

The race to reach vaccine targets comes as the Sunday Age reveals digital COVID-19 vaccine exemption certificates will be available for those with a legitimate medical reason from next month.LoadingLegitimate exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines can only be assessed and lodged to the Australian Immunisation Register by GPs, paediatricians and infectious disease physicians on behalf of a patient. Patients can’t access the register themselves.The latest tier-1 exposure sites include the head office of a grain supply business in Ballarat, a pizza and pasta restaurant in Melbourne’s north-east, and a chemist in the northern suburbs.A positive case visited Da Vinci Pizza & Pasta Gallery in Watsonia on the evening of September 19, with the business now considered a tier-1 by the Department of Health.Chemist Warehouse within the Merrifield City Shopping Centre in Mickleham, 29 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD, has been listed as a tier-1 exposure site on September 21.CHS Broadbent’s office in the Ballarat suburb of Wendouree has been listed as an exposure site at various times on September 20 and 21, with staff who visited the site expected to isolate for 14 days and get tested immediately.Some patrons and staff at Ballarat’s Arch View Cafe may have to quarantine for 14 days, after a positive case attended the business every day between September 18 and September 25.The cafe is considered a tier-two exposure site across eight days, but the Department of Health will be directly contacting some attendees to advise them that they are primary close contacts of the case.Other tier-two exposure sites listed late on Saturday night span across Roxburgh Park, White Hills, Epsom, Bendigo, and RMIT University’s City Campus.

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