Victoria records 177 new coronavirus cases

Victoria has recorded a further 177 new cases of coronavirus, the state’s lowest daily increase in four days.

However testing rates also dropped on Sunday with 22,943 people swabbed.

Victoria now has a worrying 1612 active cases across the state.


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Of the new cases, 25 are linked to known outbreaks, one is from hotel quarantine and 151 are still under investigation.

The number of people being treated hospital has risen to 72, with 17 of those in intensive care.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says despite a fall in the number of new cases today, now is not the time to be complacent.

“It’s great it’s lower than our peak, but it may not be our peak yet, so I would like to see a week of decreasing numbers before I come and say I have greater confident about the direction we’re going in,” Professor Sutton said.

“As a reflection of the actions that people took a week or two ago, it’s probably a good sign this is exactly what happens when people are following the stay at home directions, isolating and testing appropriately, and minimising their contact with others. This is exactly what we’ll see as people do the right thing and it will continue to drive down if those behaviours are sustained.”

 

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