LATROBE City has dramatically reduced the number of active cases of COVID-19 in its local government area with only 2 new cases reported on Thursday, November 25 for a total of 54.

It means that Latrobe now has the third highest number of active cases in Gippsland, behind Baw Baw 5 new cases, total 73 and East Gippsland 17 new cases, total 105.

The improvement in Latrobe is on the back of a significant improvement in the vaccination rate in that LGA, 92% fully vaccinated (16+) and single dose above 95%.

Other Gippsland LGAs reported the following new cases and active cases on Thursday: Bass Coast 36 active2 new, Baw Baw 73/5, East Gippsland 105/17, Latrobe 54/2, South Gippsland 27/1 and Wellington 22/6.

It was reported on Thursday, November 25 that 93.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 90.0 per cent have had two doses.

There are 310 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 48 active cases and 48 cleared cases are in intensive care, with 31 cases on a ventilator.

Of those in hospital 63 per cent were not fully vaccinated, meaning that a rising number of those hospitalised were fully vaccinated, a concerning 37 per cent.

And of those in ICU 82 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

The number of people in hospital increased from yesterday but is still at the 7-day average, which stands at 309.

Victoria was notified on Thursday of 1254 new cases of COVID-19.

The 10 Local Government areas with the highest number of new cases are Wyndham, Brimbank, Casey, Hume, Whittlesea, Melton, Bayside, Melbourne, Boroondara and Port Phillip.

There are 10,276 active cases in Victoria.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of five deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1306. There were 75,348 COVID-19 tests reported on Thursday. There are currently more than 51,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.