Victoria records 357 new virus cases, another five deaths

Victoria’s horror run of new coronavirus cases has continued, with another 357 cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Sadly, five more people have died from the virus, taking the state’s toll to 61 and the national toll to 145.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed woman in her 60s, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 90s, and a man in his 80s, passed away in hospital overnight.


“We send our condolences and our best wishes to each of those families, this will be a very difficult and challenging time for them,” he said.

“They are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Of the new cases, 37 are connected to known outbreaks, while a worrying 320 are still under investigation.

There are now a whopping 3395 active cases across the whole state, including 313 healthcare workers.

At least 229 Victorians are in hospital, including 42 people who remain severely ill in intensive care.

In the past 24 hours, 23,313 people have been swabbed for the virus.

The Premier has again praised Victorians who are continuing to follow the rules by wearing a mask.

“Masks are essentially our stage four. If they are worn by everybody then we may not need to go further,” he said.

We cannot rule out going further with rule changes, but it is a big game changer, potentially, and I cannot tell you how proud I was to travel in here this morning and see literally every single person on my journey into the office wearing a mask.”

Today’s figures come after Victoria yesterday recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic, with seven people losing their battle to the virus and passing away.