BREAKING | Victoria records deadliest day of coronavirus

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.


Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two women in their 80s, and two men in their 90s passed away in hospital overnight.

“We send our condolences, our best wishes, our thoughts and prayers to those families. This will be incredibly challenging,” Premier Andrews said.

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.

“So, that is from midnight Sunday, everyone in regional Victoria, and therefore everyone across the whole state, will have to wear a mask or a face covering whenever they’re out of their home,” he said.

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.