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Vic records new 1608 COVID-19 cases

Thousands of Victorians spent Christmas Day lined up at COVID-19 testing sites across the state, with bad news for 1608 who returned positive results.

Another two deaths were recorded while the number of active cases dropped from nearly 17,600 to 17,392.

There are 374 people in hospital, below the seven-day average of 381.

There are 77 patients in intensive care, five more than Saturday and 43 who are ventilated, up one.

The number of positive cases came from 72,519 tests processed on Christmas Day.

Masks will be a common site again at at the first day of the Boxing Day Test on Sunday.

The requirement was brought back on Friday for people eight year and older at all major events with more than 30,000 patrons. They can be removed while seated outdoors but must be worn while moving around in venues.

Masks are also required for entering hospitality and entertainment venues and offices.

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