Victoria has recorded another grim day of new coronavirus cases, with 403 infections and five deaths – the state’s highest number of fatalities in 24 hours.
Three of the deaths, including a man in his 80s, man in his 90s and woman in her 70s, are connected to aged care.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the other two deaths were a man in his 50s and a man in his 70s.
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It brings the state’s death toll to 49 and the national toll to 133.
Of the new cases, just 69 are connected to known outbreaks, while a massive 334 are still under investigation.
There are now 3630 active coronavirus cases across the whole state.
Of those, 201 are in hospital, including 40 who are severely ill in intensive care.
The State Government also today announced a one-off $300 payment for eligible workers who need to self-isolate while waiting for their COVID-19 test result.
It comes after it was revealed yesterday that a worrying nine in 10 people who tested positive to COVID-19 since July 7 did not self-isolate after developing symptoms.
“A payment of $300 will be available to anybody who has taken a test and needs to isolate until they get their test result, is in work, but does not have sick leave they can fall back on,” Premier Andrews said.
“What we’ve got at the moment is people who feel unwell but are not getting tested quick enough because they don’t want to be unable to go to work.
“This ensures that people are no worse off and in fact that all Victorians are better off, because we know that these patterns of behavior are driving a number of the cases”.
Victoria hit a horror new record yesterday, with 484 new cases, which is the biggest spike ever recorded in the country since the pandemic began.
From today, everyone across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be required to wear a mask when out in public or risk copping a fine.