Victoria has recorded a shocking number of new coronavirus cases, with 428 positive tests in the last 24 hours, while three people have died overnight.
It’s the highest number of cases recorded anywhere in Australia in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.
The big spike is another cruel blow in the state’s fight against the virus after officials had earlier expressed hope that numbers were beginning to plateau.
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The State’s death toll is now at 32 after the death of a man in his 70s and a man and woman in their 80s.
“We send our best wishes and our thoughts and prayers to their families, this will be a particularly challenging and very, very sad time for them,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Of the new cases, 57 are connected to known outbreaks, one is from hotel quarantine and 370 are still under investigation.
There are currently 122 patients being treated in hospital with 31 of those in intensive care.
Mr Andrews has pleaded with people to do the right thing in a bid to stop the virus spreading further
“These numbers are very challenging and we always said it would get worse before it got better. Let’s not any of us contribute to the fact that we have got significant virus and it is spreading across the Victorian community. Let’s not contribute to that, let’s do everything we can to pull that up.”