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Eleven deaths in Victoria as 1749 new COVID-19 cases recorded

Victoria has recorded 1749 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to midnight.

The state also recorded 11 deaths.

There were 36,751 vaccinations administered in the past day, while 4,234,036 have been given in total.

98,702 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

The funding will target those living with a disability, at-risk youth, seniors, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, social housing residents and family violence survivors.

Meanwhile, Victoria's COVID-19 commander has suggested businesses split staff into separate groups to avoid entire workforces being knocked out by the virus as the state reopens.

With the state already managing more than 61,000 primary close contacts, Jeroen Weimar said the changes would minimise the impact of reopening on businesses and customers.

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"It's not our intention to be in a world where ... every person in a pub is (a close contact) because one positive case has walked in for 15 minutes," he told reporters on Monday.

It is recommended businesses split workforces into separate groups to avoid their entire staff being out of action for a week.

"It is exceptionally likely that come Thursday there will still be 22,000 people with COVID in the state," Mr Weimar said.

Nationally, plans to reopen Australia's internal and international borders are accelerating, with the country on the cusp of a 70 per cent full vaccination threshold.

The Queensland government has announced its borders will open in time for Christmas regardless of whether the state has double-dosed 80 per cent of residents aged 16 and older.

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Fully vaccinated people will be able to enter Victoria from "red zones" from Wednesday without quarantining for two weeks as long as they return a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arriving.

Quarantine-free travel is also slated to resume between NSW, Victoria and New Zealand's South Island from Wednesday.

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Passengers arriving in Australia must be fully vaccinated, unless they are younger than 12 or have a medical exemption, and return a negative test no more than 72 hours before departure.

The federal government has been in discussions with Singapore about a possible "green lane" travel bubble between the two nations.

- with Australian Associated Press

This story Eleven deaths in Victoria as 1749 new COVID cases recorded first appeared on The Wimmera Mail-Times.