Half of the 22 new deaths confirmed on Saturday died in the past two days, the Department of Health confirmed. Of the deaths, people were aged from their 50s to 90s. The total of deaths in Victoria since the start of the pandemic comes to 3,123, according to the department. Wastewater detections uncovered two Omicron subvariants, including 15 for BA. 4 and BA. 5 strains. “Evidence suggests these Omicron sub-lineages are more transmissible than Omicron BA. 2 but do not cause more severe disease,” the Health Department said in a statement on Saturday. There are 76,385 active cases in the state.Victoria relaxed restrictions in February allowing masks to be off, with people allowed to return to offices and large gatherings.
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