DESPITE an increase in daily case COVID-19 case numbers in Latrobe City up from 35 new cases reported in Friday, to 52 new cases on Saturday, the number of active cases in all six Gippsland Local Government Areas (LGAs) continued to ease according to daily coronavirus update by the Victorian Health Department.

Gippsland’s regional total of active cases was also down from 784, reported on Friday, to 697 reported on Saturday, November 6.

Here are the new/active case numbers in Gippsland’s six LGAs:

* Bass Coast 20-1

* Baw Baw 168-5

* East Gippsland 36-1

* Latrobe 431-52

* South Gippsland 15-1

* Wellington 27-2

On Friday there were 26 active cases in Bass Coast, 202 in Baw Baw, 50 in East Gippsland, 448 in Latrobe, 21 in South Gippsland and 37 in Wellington.

LGA vaccination rates haven’t been updated since November 1, but the latest figures were Bass Coast 91.4%, Baw Baw 85.3%, East Gippsland 87.7%, Latrobe City 76.7%, South Gippsland 86.5% and Wellington 83.8%.

Statewide, 92.9 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 84.0 per cent have had two doses. Closing in on those figures are 92.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82.8 per cent have had two doses.

There were 651 COVID-19 cases reported in hospital in Victoria on Saturday with 106 of those cases in intensive care, and 70 cases on a ventilator.

Of the cases in hospital yesterday, 84 per cent were not fully vaccinated. Of the cases in intensive care, 96 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Victoria was notified of 1268 new cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 Local Government Areas with the highest number of new cases are Casey, Wyndham, Brimbank, Hume, Greater Dandenong, Latrobe, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Melton and Greater Shepparton.

Those LGAs on the South Gippsland/Bass Coast doorstep have the following new/active case numbers: Cardinia 385-22, Casey 1680-118 and Greater Dandenong 1253-61.

The good news is that the active numbers in these three areas have also eased in the 24 hours, Cardinia down from 446 to 385, Casey 1960 to 1680 and Dandenong 1471 down to 1253.

These three areas have also increased their vaccination rate Cardinia 83.2%, Casey 82.6% and Dandenong 76%.

There are 16,662 active cases in Victoria.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 7 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 50s, 70s and 80s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1168.

There was an increased number of 65,410 COVID-19 tests processed yesterday.

There are currently more than 77,600 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Travel update

Travel Permit Zones. From 11:59pm on Thursday, November 4, the ACT and all remaining orange zone areas in New South Wales have become green zones under Victoria’s travel permit system.

Travellers, including workers, who are entering Victoria from a green zone face no testing or quarantine requirements, but are still required to obtain a permit from Service Victoria before they arrive to attest that they aren’t COVID-19 positive or required to isolate as a close contact.