Another 1510 COVID cases in Vic, seven deaths

Premier Daniel Andrews was at an event on Saturday attended by a person with COVID-19.

Premier Daniel Andrews was at an event on Saturday attended by a person with COVID-19. Photo: AAP

Victoria has reported 1510 COVID-19 infections and another seven deaths, as Premier Daniel Andrews leaves isolation after testing negative for the virus.

The health department confirmed on Friday the state was managing 12,578 active infections.

There are 386 patients in hospital, 82 of whom are actively infected with the virus in intensive care and 43 on ventilators.

The seven-day hospitalisation average has risen by 10 to 356.

Testers processed 82,301 results on Thursday, while 11,888 people were vaccinated in state-run hubs.

Health authorities are managing 13 confirmed Omicron infections in the state. About 30 of the state’s cases are being treated as suspected infections of the variant.

The latest figures came as Mr Andrews returned a negative result from a COVID-19 test after a scare.

He was at an event on Saturday – his first day of about a month’s leave – attended by a person with the virus.

Mr Andrews was not a close contact but was instructed to get tested and isolate until he received a negative result.

AAP understands he has since been notified of his negative test result and is free to leave isolation.

Mr Andrews, who earlier this year suffered a serious back injury in a fall, plans to spend his summer break in the Mornington Peninsula.

His deputy James Merlino is Acting Premier, with Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan to fill in later this month.

Meanwhile, the Victorian government is considering opening more state-run clinics to fast-track the uptake of COVID-19 booster vaccines.

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