Man in his 20s among two new COVID-19 deaths as Victoria records 445 new cases

A man in his 20s is one of two Victorians who have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours after the states recorded 445 new local COVID-19 cases. The deaths come as Victoria is expected to administer its one millionth COVID-19 vaccination dose at state vaccination clinics tomorrow. The state has recorded two deaths in Melbourne's north overnight, where the majority of Victoria's COVID-19 cases are - a man in his 20s from Hume and a woman in her 80s from Brimbank. READ MORE: Victoria launches construction compliance blitz Deputy Secretary COVID response Kate Matson said the man died at home, while the woman died in hospital. Ms Matson said the man was not a known case of COVID-19 and was only found to have had the virus after he died. Ms Matson said while his cause of death was not 100 per cent confirmed, there were strong indications it was caused by COVID-19. Of today's new local cases, 129 are linked to known cases and outbreaks. Health Minister James Merlino says 85 pe..

A man in his 20s is one of two Victorians who have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours after the states recorded 445 new local COVID-19 cases.

The deaths come as Victoria is expected to administer its one millionth COVID-19 vaccination dose at state vaccination clinics tomorrow.

The state has recorded two deaths in Melbourne's north overnight, where the majority of Victoria's COVID-19 cases are – a man in his 20s from Hume and a woman in her 80s from Brimbank.

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Deputy Secretary COVID response Kate Matson said the man died at home, while the woman died in hospital.

Ms Matson said the man was not a known case of COVID-19 and was only found to have had the virus after he died.

Ms Matson said while his cause of death was not 100 per cent confirmed, there were strong indications it was caused by COVID-19.

Of today's new local cases, 129 are linked to known cases and outbreaks.

Health Minister James Merlino says 85 per cent of Victoria's 3799 active coronavirus cases were aged under 50.

There were 36,615 vaccines administered in the last 24 hours to 8pm and 42,694 test results received.

Victoria is "very close" to meeting its one millionth vaccine dose administered in state vaccination hubs, with the target expected to be reached tomorrow.

A construction site in Melbourne.

The building industry was flagged yesterday as one of the main sources of COVID-19 hotspots in Victoria by Treasurer and Industrial Relations Minister Tim Pallas and a four-week compliance blitz targeting the sector was announced.

"This industry is in a very, very precarious position," Mr Pallas said."The construction industry is young, it is mobile as a workforce. They often visit multiple sites in any given week and they return home to all areas of metropolitan Melbourne."

He said the average construction worker who had caught COVID-19 lived about 20 kilometres from the construction site where they caught the virus, leading to widespread transmission.

The government is set to release 20,000 priority Pfizer appointments to construction workers over the next week and unlimited access to AstraZeneca.

Senior government and industry sources told The Age the government is also discussing mandating vaccinations for construction workers, a move which could come into effect as early as next week.

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If the mandate goes ahead Victoria will become the first state to make vaccines compulsory for the construction industry.

However, mandating vaccines is likely to be opposed by unions who have advocated for workers to be given the choice.

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