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Revealed: Shock number of Covid deaths since laws lifted

The Department of Health on Friday afternoon confirmed 469 people had died between February 26 this year, and now.It was notified of 18 Covid deaths on Friday, with 13 of those occurring over the past week.And Covid case numbers across the state have continued to rise, with 13,181 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours. It brings the total number of active cases in Victoria to 73,727. It comes as Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton revealed he had also contracted Covid. Professor Sutton on Friday said he was experiencing symptoms, and used his diagnosis to spruik the importance of the third jab. “I’m down with Covid,” he wrote on Twitter. “Feeling pretty rubbish, tbh. “Razor blade throat and painful cough. Clearly not the same for everyone. “Can’t imagine how it might have been – for me – without three doses of vax. “Good on science.”Professor Sutton was a familiar face during Victoria’s several Covid waves, but his media appearances have reduced in recent months.Premier Dan Andrews dramatically relaxed Victoria’s Covid restrictions from February 26, allowing for masks to be off in all but high risk settings, more people to return to their offices and for large gatherings to take place.And restrictions have been further relaxed since that time, with life in Victoria returning to what many would describe as normal.

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