Victoria has recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic yet, with the death of 10 people overnight.
Seven of those deaths are linked to aged care facilities following a huge and concerning spike in cases at nursing homes.
The latest fatalities takes Victoria’s death toll to 7 and the national toll to 155.
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“We, of course, send our condolences and best wishes to those families. This will be a terribly difficult time for them, and they are in our thoughts,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday.
The state has also recorded 459 new cases overnight, its second highest daily increase to date.
Victoria’s total number of cases has soared to 8181, with the state now dealing with 4233 active cases
There are 228 people being treated in hospital with 42 of those being treated in intensive care.
The number of cases in Victoria’s nursing homes has risen to 560, while 381 healthcare workers have now been struck down by the virus.
Premier Andrews says the jump in cases involving healthcare workers is a “significant challenge.”
“Whilst we have overall capacity and we’ve worked very hard all throughout the year to grow the number of people that can be available for our fight against this virus in a clinical sense, whenever we have clinical staff and other critical health workers away, furloughed because they are a close contact or in fact as an active case, that does put some additional pressure on our system.
“That’s why we are looking at a whole range of innovative ways to grow the total capacity of our health system.”