Victoria records 77 new coronavirus cases

Victoria has recorded its biggest increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of its latest outbreak, with 77 new cases overnight.

But officials believe things are beginning to stabilise.

The State’s total number of cases has jumped to 2303, with 415 of those currently active.


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Of the new cases, 13 are linked to known outbreaks, 37 were detected through routine testing and 27 are still under investigation.

No new cases were recorded among people in hotel quarantine.

There are now 20 people in hospitals in Victoria, with four of those in intensive care.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says the majority of new cases came from hotspots in Melbourne, but around 27 were outside those areas.

“One of the issues is people do move around a little bit. Obviously now, with the restrictions in force, people should be limiting their movement to the fullest extent possible, only leaving home for four reasons,” Professor Sutton said.

“But, prior to this, people have moved around and seen people in other suburbs and so some of those cases, and they’re a minority, are outside those so-called hot zones.”

It comes after more than 300,000 residents across 36 suburbs were last night placed into lockdown.

Residents are only allowed to leave their homes for work or school, for exercise, to provide care for someone or to shop for essential items for the next four weeks.

There are fears the lockdown will have to be extended to more suburbs.

“I really hope we don’t have to. I’m really emphasising that even though these restrictions are in place in those restricted postcodes, there’s an obligation on all of us to consider how we minimise our interactions with other people,” Professor Sutton said.

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