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Victoria records 20 new COVID-19 deaths, 365 people in hospital

Victoria has recorded the deaths of a further 20 COVID-19 patients.

The number of people in hospital after contracting the virus sits at 365, down from the 379 reported on Friday.

Of the people in hospital, 55 are in intensive care units and 13 are on ventilators.

The state has reported 6,280 new infections. That tally includes 2,066 positive PCR tests and 4,214 positive rapid antigen test notifications.

It takes the number of officially reported active infections to 48,420, down from 48,852 recorded on Friday.

About 54 per cent of the state’s adult population has now had a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Purpose-built quarantine facility to open its doors next week

The first quarantine patients will begin arriving at a purpose-built facility in Melbourne’s north as soon as next week.

The $200 million Center for National Resilience will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 people, but will open with only 500 beds available as construction continues on the site.

Two further villages are due to be completed by March 31.

“It has world-class ventilation, I think we’ve said you can see it from the moon,” Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

However, Ms Neville said only a small number of residents were expected to be moved to the facility next week as the state winds down its existing hotel quarantine system.

“We’re imagining small numbers, 7 to 10 [residents] on Monday, and then we’re just going to need to see as that grows,” she said.

Victorians who are unable to isolate will be able to stay at the facility without charge, while adult unvaccinated travelers coming into the state must pay a fee of $1,500 for their stay, with $500 charged for each additional adult.

Children aged 3 to 18 will be charged a fee of $250 for their stay.

Unvaccinated travelers entering Victoria must undergo seven days in quarantine, after the state recently halved its quarantine requirements.

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