News Blog, February 1: Preparations Head to School; Victoria records 11,311 new cases of COVID-19 and 34 virus-related deaths

Ready, set, go: Verna Baksh and Archie MacKenzie Ross are leading the race into the school year.

Visit the news blog throughout the day for all the latest headlines from the Goulburn Valley

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the first news blog of February, featuring Georgia Rossiter.

Warm weather continues, with a high of 34 degrees expected and a touch of cloud cover.

UPDATE, 10:25 a.m.: RAT race delivers the goods to Goulburn Valley farmers

All aboard: Victorian Farmers Federation chief executive Jane Lovell with the delivery of 56,000 rapid antigen tests for members. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

From today’s front page comes Rosa Ritchie’s report that Goulburn Valley farmers desperate to secure rapid antigen tests for workers have joined a bulk order of more than 56,000 kits.

Just a fortnight ago the leaders of the Victorian Farmers Federation, Food and Fiber Gippsland and Fruit Growers Victoria held an urgent meeting to discuss the idea of ​​procuring RAT kits for their members.

“We’ve started to really see big shortages of food on the shelves – basically a market failure,” said VFF chief executive Jane Lovell.

UPDATE, 9:45 a.m.: Preparations begin for school and daily COVID-19 numbers.

Starting the day with a positive story, journalist Caitlyn Grant visited Gowrie Street Primary School on Monday morning and met the new class of prep pupils.

Read her story for a dose of Tuesday morning sweetness.

In regards to COVID-19 news, Victoria has recorded 11,311 new cases of coronavirus and 34 virus-related deaths.

There are 851 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized in the state.

Of these, 106 are in intensive care and 30 are on ventilators.

Victoria now has 72,710 active cases and 39% of the population aged 18 and over have received a third dose of the vaccine.

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