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Rush for COVID tests

COVID-19 exposure sites in central Victoria have seen a spike in demand for testing at Boort and Inglewood this week.

Tier 2 sites including Bendigo Marketplace were listed over the weekend as case numbers continue to rise in Victoria.

The spike in regional cases has seen four local government areas enter their eighth lockdown - City of Ballarat, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell.

Boort District Health, which has been providing daily testing, said it experienced a large demand on Monday “with the Tier 2 exposure sites in Bendigo”.

“However, the team are managing extremely well and a drive in clinic has been set up for swabbing.”

Boort’s COVID screening clinic is open Monday to Friday from 12.30pm.

Inglewood and Districts Health Service is also offering testing Monday to Friday.

IDHS says bookings are required and the clinic will operate from midday to 2pm.

Acting CEO Greg Pullen said: “IDHS nursing staff have been extremely busy since the weekend COVID-19 testing approximately 100 local residents.”

Meanwhile, Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday released the Victorian Government’s roadmap to easing of restrictions.

Key dates are linked to first and second dose vaccination rates with restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria expected to align from November 5.

This includes up to 10 people (including dependants) permitted to visit homes, up to 150 fully vaccinated people dining indoors and up to 30 can gather ing in public outside.

Indoor community sport will be allowed for the minimum number required. and masks only required inside. People will still be required to work from home if they can and only fully vaccinated people allowed in the workplace.

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