Victoria has hit a horror new record, with 723 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the past 24 hours and a further 13 deaths.
It is now the biggest spike ever recorded in the country since the pandemic began, smashing the previous record of 532 cases in Victoria on Monday.
Sadly, 13 more people have died from the virus, marking the deadliest day yet.
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Premier Daniel Andrews confirmedpassed away in hospital overnight.
It’s understood ten of the 13 deaths were residents of aged care facilities.
The state’s death toll now stands at 105 and the national toll has soared to 189.
Worryingly, there are now a whopping 5885 active cases across the whole state, with 312 Victorians in hospital, including 34 people severely ill in intensive care.
In a major announcement, Premier Andrews has revealed face masks will be mandatory across the whole state from midnight on Sunday.
It has also been announced that residents of the local government areas of Colac Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains and Queenscliffe will no longer be allowed to have visitors or visit other people from Friday.
However, they will still be able to go out to dinner at restaurants and cafes, with Premier Andrews revealing a large number of positive cases are being spread via household-to-household transmission.
In the past 24 hours, 19,921 people have been swabbed for the virus.