Victoria records 295 new cases and nine deaths

Victoria has recorded yet another triple digit increase in new coronavirus cases, with another 295 new infections in the past 24 hours.

Sadly, nine more people have died from the virus, taking the state’s death toll to 92 and the national toll to 176.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed two people in their 90s, five people in their 80s, one person in their 70s and one person in their 60s, passed away in hospital overnight.


He said seven of those are linked to private aged care facilities.

“We send our love and support and condolences and best wishes to each of those families,” Premier Andrews said.

There are now a whopping 4849 active cases across the whole state, including 307 Victorians are in hospital and 41 people who remain severely ill in intensive care.

Premier Andrews also today confirmed that the Australian Defence Force will now knock on the door of every person who tests positive to COVID-19 in Victoria, not just those who don’t answer the phone to health authorities.

“These efforts will be ramped up from tomorrow, with the teams now checking in on every Victorian who has tested positive for coronavirus,” he said.

“So everyone who gets a positive result from the laboratory will be door knocked and visited by an ADF team.

“Not just for compliance but making sure that every single positive case knows and understands what we are asking them to do and what they need to do and it’s an opportunity for us to say to them, what do you need from us, what can we do to support you.”

It’s been revealed 500 Victorians were door-knocked last week, with 29 of those discovered not at home self-isolating.

Those cases have now been referred to Victorian Police.

In the past 24 hours, 18,077  people have been swabbed for the virus.