Victoria Covid update: Latrobe Valley to enter lockdown as state overtakes NSW with 867 new local cases

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Victoria has officially overtaken New South Wales in daily Covid case numbers, recording its highest since the beginning of this Delta outbreak.

It comes as the state's health department revealed an error meant almost 150 cases had not been tallied over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Victoria recorded 867 new, locally acquired cases and four deaths.

The City of Latrobe will enter a seven day lockdown from 11.59pm Tuesday, after case numbers increased to 18, including a further four cases detected later on Tuesday afternoon.

"A number of these cases were unfortunately infectious in the community for a number of days," health deputy secretary Kate Matson said.

"And we are aware of a household gathering that occurred over the weekend, so we have concerns these case numbers will grow."

Residents will be under the same restrictions as metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew, and will be unable to travel to elsewhere in regional Victoria other than for essential reasons.

Acting chief health officer Ben Cowie said it was "vital" to protect the rest of regional Victoria from significant outbreaks.

"We've just seen the Ballarat and Geelong communities get through an outbreak so we know it can be done," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, residents in Moe, Morwell and Traralgon in the Latrobe Valley have been asked to be on "high alert" for symptoms and to monitor the exposure list, with testing capacity to boost in…
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