Victoria records 275 new COVID-19 cases as death toll rises

Victoria has recorded a further 275 cases of COVID-19, while a woman in her 80s has died in hospital.

The death takes the state’s toll to 39 and the national toll to 123.

Just 28 of the new cases are linked to known outbreaks with the remaining cases still under investigation.


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Victoria now has 2913 active cases across the state with 147 people in hospital and 31 of those in intensive care.

More than 26,000 people were tested on Sunday.

“We take the opportunity to thank every single Victorian who has come forward to get tested, despite even the mildest of symptoms. That is a really powerful contribution that every single person who gets tested makes to us being able to track this virus, to have people isolate in their homes, to limit the spread,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“Logic tells you that without that sort of data, without that evidence, it becomes very challenging to limit the spread of this virus, no matter what settings you have in place, no matter what rules you have in place.”

Premier Andrews says while he’s pleased today’s numbers are slightly lower, it’s too early to suggest things are starting to stabilise.

“I’m cautious about this. We had a very big day Friday and we had a substantial drop-off, even though we had done more tests.

“What that shows you is, that this is a wicked enemy, it is unstable and until we bring some stability to this we won’t be able to talk about a trend.

“We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that I know a day in this pandemic feels like a month, we are all very clear on that. We still haven’t reached the two week mark, it won’t be until Wednesday that we get to the full two weeks of the stay at home orders across all of metro Melbourne.”

From Thursday, people living in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be required to wear masks or some other face covering.

Students still attending school will be the first to receive them with 1.2 million masks in stock and a further 1.37 million masks on order.

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