Victoria records deadliest day of coronavirus

UPDATE @ 4.10 PM | Another Victorian has died from COVID-19, taking the state’s death toll today to seven.

Two men and two women aged in their 80s, and two men and a woman aged in their 90s sadly lost their battle with the virus in the past 24 hours and have passed away.

It brings Victoria’s death toll since the pandemic began to 56 and the national toll 140.


Victoria recorded 300 new cases of coronavirus today, with just 51 of those connected to known outbreaks.

A worrying 249 still remain under investigation.

EARLIER @ 11.45 AM | Victoria has reached another grim COVID-19 record today, with 300 new infections and six deaths – the state’s deadliest day since the pandemic began.

Three people in their 90s and three people in their 80s sadly lost their battle with the virus and passed away in hospital overnight.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed five of those were linked to aged care.

“We send our best wishes, our condolences, our thoughts and our prayers to the families of those six individuals,” Premier Andrews said.

It takes the state’s death toll to 55 and the national toll to 139.

Of the 300 new coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria overnight, just 51 are connected to known clusters, while a whopping 249 remain under investigation.

There are now 206 people in hospital, including 41 people who are severely ill in intensive care.

Premier Andrews also today announced that Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed across the state to door-knock on the homes of people who have tested positive to COVID-19.

It’s understood they will be phoned first by health authorities and if they don’t answer, they will be called again within two hours.

If authorities are still unable to get in contact, the ADF will then be “deployed to go and door-knock the person’s house and conduct that interview on their doorstep, as opposed to doing it over the phone”.

“This is about going that extra step to make sure that we cannot just call but we can connect and have that meaningful interaction, get that interview done and then begin the process of tracing contact,” Premier Andrews said.

More than 24,000 people were swabbed for the virus in the past 24 hours.