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Victoria records 20,180 new COVID-19 cases as state approaches peak

Victoria has recorded 20,180 new cases of Covid, as officials predict the state is reaching its peak in the latest Omicron outbreak.

The Victorian Department of Health revealed on Tuesday 1152 people were in hospital with the virus.

There are currently 127 people in ICU and 43 on a ventilator.

In Victoria, 22 people died of the virus overnight.

While authorities revealed the state was approaching its peak, chief health officer Brett Sutton said the health system was bracing for an influx in hospitalisations.

“Those hospital numbers are going to increase, there’s a lag compared to our daily case numbers and over the next few weeks we will see hospital numbers go up,” he said.

“We really need to make sure we’re protecting each and every single person who is eligible for a booster to avoid hospital.”

More to come.

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