VICTORIA has recorded 1252 new coronavirus cases as Greater Bendigo's total numbers hover above 100.
Another five people have died statewide.
A total of 299 people were in hospital with COVID-19, while 42 people were receiving intensive care and 22 patients were on ventilators.
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The cases come as the World Health Organisation identifies a new coronavirus variant.
The 'Omicron' variant first emerged in Botswana and has been detected in South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium.
It has double the number of mutations as the Delta variant that sparked a third wave of outbreaks and lockdowns in Australia this year.
- With Australian Associated Press
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