Victoria has recorded another 429 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths as the state government announces a major shutdown of most businesses and industries.
Eight of the latest deaths are linked to aged care, with the state’s overall toll now at 136.
Among the deaths are a man in his 60s, two men and woman in their 70s, two men in their 80s and five women and two men in their 90s.
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There are now 6489 active cases across Victoria with 416 people in hospital including 35 in intensive care.
Premier Daniel Andrews today outlined which businesses and industries will be forced to close after declaring a state of disaster on Sunday.
Under stage four restrictions in Melbourne, most retailers will shut with the exception of supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, petrol stations, banks, newsagencies and post offices.
Delivery and pick-up services will remain open.
Some manufacturing will also be forced to close, hardware stores will only be open for tradespeople while construction will be limited.
“As heartbreaking as it is to close down places of employment, while I never thought that I would be telling people not to go to work, that is what we have to do in order to stop the spread of this wildly infectious virus, this deadly virus,” Premier Andrews said.
The new measures will come into force from midnight on Wednesday.
Premier Andrews concedes these measures are extremely difficult, but necessary.
“They are the decisions that will keep us safe and drive down case numbers so that at the end of six weeks, we have every chance of having got this back under control and we are not having to then countenance even further action.”