Victoria records 270 new coronavirus cases

Victoria has recorded yet another triple-digit increase of new cases of coronavirus, with 270 new infections in the past 24 hours.

It comes after almost 22,000 people in the state were tested for the virus overnight.

That is a very significant effort given the stay-at-home order and so many people that will be, because of those orders, staying at home,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday.


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“I just want to, again, thank all of those who have come forward to get tested. It’s such a powerful contribution to our fight against this virus.”

Of the new cases, 28 are connected to known outbreaks, while the remaining 242 are still under investigation

Following today’s increase, there are now a worrying 1803 active cases across the whole state.

It’s the ninth day in a row Victoria has recorded triple-digit growth in cases.

“Obviously with such large numbers it’s a real challenge to get to the bottom of exactly where those people have been, who they’ve spent time with, who are their close contacts,” Premier Andrews said.

He’s described the virus as a “wicked enemy”.

“It is so wildly infectious… It moves  so fast. It’s cunning in some respects where people can be infectious for quite some time and not know it – not have symptoms or, if they have symptoms, they’re so mild,” he said.

“That’s why, if you’ve got symptoms, you’ve got to come forward and get tested. There’s more than 150 test sites right across the state.

“It’s a relatively simple and easy process and it makes a massive difference, a powerful difference to our understanding about how much virus is out there, where it is, how it’s how it’s travelling and how we can have the most appropriate public health response to it.”

There are now 26 people in intensive care, with 21 of those on ventilators.

“So that’s a measure of the fact that we’re going into a phase where a lot of our current cases will be deteriorating,” Professor Brett Sutton said.

“There are 81 patients in hospital in total, an increase of 13 since yesterday.”

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