Three more deaths as VIC records another worrying spike in cases

Another three people have died from coronavirus in Victoria as the state records 374 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The spike is one of the biggest in daily increases and takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria since the pandemic began to 6289.

Of the new cases, just 62 are connected to known outbreaks, while 312 are still under investigation.


There is now a worrying 3,078 active cases across the whole state, with 174 Victorians in hospital, including 36 in intensive care.

Sadly, three women aged in their 100s, 90s and 80s, succumbed to the virus and passed away in hospital overnight.

It takes the state’s death toll to 42 and the national toll to 126.

“I’m sorry to have to inform you of three further deaths bringing the total number of fatalities due to this virus to 42,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“We send our best wishes and condolences to their families, it will be a particularly difficult and challenging time for them”.

The new infections come after almost 30,000 people were swabbed for the virus yesterday.

Since January 1, 1,361,238 tests for COVID-19 in Victoria have been conducted.

Premier Andrews has praised residents for wearing their masks when out and about.

“Tomorrow night we move to mandatory mask-wearing… I want to congratulate Melburnians for having taken up the call to wear masks,” he said.

“It’s heartening to see so many people listening to those messages, changing their normal habits and embedding mask and face covering-wearing as part of the normal daily routine.

“It’s a small thing, but again a bit like coming forward and getting tested, it makes a significant contribution given the amount of virus we have out in the Victorian community and our absolute determination as part of this six-week strategy to bring stability to those numbers and to drive them down”.