Australia’s coronavirus toll rises after VIC records 12 deaths

The country’s COVID-19 death toll has sadly risen again today, following another twelve deaths in Victoria

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed a man in his 30s is among the state’s latest fatalities.

The other deaths include two men aged in their 70s, two men and three women in their 80s, and four women in their 90s,


“We send our best wishes and condolences and sympathies to those families and we acknowledge this will be a very difficult time for them… They are in our thoughts and prayers,” the Premier told reporters.

Six of the twelve fatalities have been linked to aged care homes.

It now takes the state’s death toll to 193 and the national toll to 278.

The state has recorded 466 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with there now a worrying 7808 cases still active.

Of those, there are 636 Victorians in hospital, with 44 severely ill in intensive care.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said numbers in the state are stabilising, but admitted it’s still not good enough.

“Certainly we are seeing some stabilisation in numbers. We are 400 to 500 cases each day, more or less the average over the last week,” he said.

“That is not good enough, but it’s a positive that we have averted an exponential increase through the last couple of weeks.

“If we hadn’t stabilised these numbers, we would have seen thousands of cases per day and there are estimates that we’ve averted 20,000 or more cases by virtue of the stage three restrictions.”

Professor Sutton said Stage Four restrictions will make a difference, but we won’t see them for another week or more.