Australia’s virus death toll rises as VIC records 217 new cases

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

A man and woman, both aged in their 80s, succumbed to the virus and passed away overnight.

It comes after the state recorded 217 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.


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Of those, just 11 are from known outbreaks, while a massive 205 are still under investigation.

There are now a worrying 2608 cases still active across the whole state.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has pleaded for everyone to follow the rules this weekend and stay at home.

“This is not an ordinary weekend,” he said.

“It’s far from that… We can’t ignore the reality that we face nor can we be finding reasons, inventing reasons to travel a long way from home.”

Mr Andrews said police will be out in full force and won’t be afraid to issue fines to those doing the wrong thing.

Police are out there in force and they are not mucking about,” he said.

“Stay means just that, stay at home. It is pretty simple and it will work if we all do the right thing.”

On Friday, Victoria recorded its highest ever daily increase in coronavirus cases with 428 new infections.

The state’s death toll now stands at 34, while the national death toll has risen to 118.

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I think it would be appropriate to include the statistics for all other deaths in Australia, rather than focusing on a few deaths from covid. This would put the death rate in proportion to other problems we have in this country.