Victoria records 397 new virus cases and three deaths

Victoria has recorded another triple digit increase in new coronavirus cases, with 397 new infections in the past 24 hours.

Sadly, three more people have died from the virus, taking the state’s death toll to 114 and the national toll to 201.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s, and a woman in her 90s passed away in hospital overnight.


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“We send our condolences, our best wishes, our support to each of those families,” he said.

“This has been a very difficult time for them and I hope there is some small measure of comfort in knowing that we are with you and we send our best wishes to you.”

There are now a whopping 5919 active cases across the whole state, including 379 Victorians who are in hospital, with 41 of those severely ill in intensive care.

Of today’s new cases, just 37 are linked to known outbreaks, while a worrying 360 remain under investigation.

“This is a very significant number of new cases and while it’s tempting to read into the trends there is a growing concern for community transmission,” Premier Andrews said.

It comes after the state recorded its two deadliest daily case totals this week, with a record 723 new cases and 13 deaths on Thursday.

In the past 24 hours, 25,501 people have been swabbed for the virus.

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