Victoria has recorded its darkest day of the COVID-19 pandemic with 15 deaths and 725 new cases.
It’s the biggest increase in deaths and new cases since the pandemic began.
A man in his 30s is among the latest deaths, the youngest person in the country to die from the virus.
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It takes Victoria’s death toll to 162.
The other deaths include three males and a female in their 70s, three males and three females in their 80s, and three males and one female in their 90s.
Twelve of the latest deaths are linked to aged care facilities.
“Can I send my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to each of those families. This will be a terrible time and any and all support we can provide to you we will and we are with you in this very difficult time,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
There are now 7227 active cases across Victoria with 538 people in hospital and 42 in intensive care.
It comes as the majority of industries across Melbourne prepare to shut down from midnight tonight.
Essentially only supermarkets, grocery stores, chemists, petrol stations, banks, post offices and newsagents will remain open.
“I simply ask all those Victorians who are not been making the best of choices please change your behaviour,” Mr Andrews said.
“To all those doing an amazing job, I’m so grateful and so proud to think Victorians are dealing with this challenge, a bigger challenge than perhaps we have ever faced and they are doing it with a sense of compassion, a sense of care for each other, a sense of concern, of course, but that really clear understanding that we are all in this together
“If we all continue to do as we should, making better choices, then we’ll keep our community safe and we will get to the other side of this.
“The alternative, of course, is these restrictions lasting for much longer than they should.”