Victoria records 14,020 new COVID-19 cases

Victoria’s COVID-19 case numbers have hit five figures for the first time with 14,020 new positive cases.

Two more people have died and there are more than 500 people in hospital.

The figures take the total number of active cases in Victoria to 48,297.

There were 60,000 test results processed by Monday evening, a jump on the figure from the day before but down on the peak.

Dozens of testing sites closed down early again on Tuesday morning, reaching capacity shortly after opening.

Others listed wait times of more than three hours for those lucky enough to get a spot.

Result times have blown out because of the increasing cases, with all swabs now being tested one by one.

Previously swabs were batch tested and if a positive result was returned, individual swabs were reviewed.

Testing commander Jeroen Weimar said on Monday that one-in-five cases being PCR tested was positive, a tenfold increase over the past few weeks.

Tuesday’s figures showed a slight bump in results returned, up to 60,000 from 44,000 on Sunday, but it is still down on the peak in another sign of the increasing reliance on rapid antigen tests.

But the RATs are increasingly rare to find, with shortages prompting the creation of a website where shoppers advertise where they are in stock.

– AAP

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