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.
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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”.
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.”