Victorian authorities have reported three more coronavirus deaths, as well as 363 new infections within the last 24 hours, and restrictions are set to tighten further.
Two men and a woman, all in their 90s, sadly passed away overnight. It brings the state’s death toll from the virus to 38, and the national death toll to 121.
It comes as Victorian battles to get a hand on community transmission, with the Premier announcing new restrictions to come into place this week.
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From 11.59pm on Wednesday, everyone within the lock down areas of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be required to wear a face mask or covering when outside their home.
At present, people within the lockdown areas are only allowed to leave the house for essential work, medical appointments, one hour of exercise, or supermarket shopping.
Children under 12-year-old will be exempt, as well as teachers when they’re teaching in the classroom.
Premier Daniel Andrews says there are a few exceptions to the new rules, but everyone should be using their common sense.
Police will be out and about to enforce the new restrictions, with everyone warned that there’ll be fines of $200 if they don’t comply.
People living within the Melbourne area or the Mitchell Shire are now being asked to think really hard about how often they’re leaving their homes and how necessary it is.
Premier Andrews says people should only be out in public if they absolutely have to be, warning that further restrictions could be brought in if people aren’t doing the right thing.
Victoria’s state of emergency has also been extended through to August 16, with daily case numbers showing no signs of letting up just yet.