Victoria records highest ever increase in new COVID-19 cases

Victoria has hit a horror new record, with 484 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the past 24 hours.

It is now the biggest spike ever recorded in the country since the pandemic began, smashing the previous record of 428 cases in Victoria last Friday.

Sadly, two more people have died from the virus, taking the state’s toll to 44 and the national toll to 128.


Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed two men, both aged in their 90s, people passed away in hospital overnight.

“I will again take this opportunity to send our best wishes to their loved ones, their friends and family,” he said.

“This will be a very challenging, very sad time for them, and we send our love and best wishes to them.”

It’s understood both men were residents of aged care facilities.

Of the new cases, 97 are connected to known outbreaks, while a massive 387 are still under investigation.

There are now a whopping 3408 active cases across the whole state, with 205 Victorians in hospital, including 40 in intensive care.

In the past 24 hours, 24,727 people have been swabbed for the virus.

In a worrying new statistic revealed today, Premier Andrews said nine in 10 people who have tested positive to COVID-19 since July 7, did not self-isolate after developing symptoms.

“From 3,810 cases, which are the cases between July 7 and July 21, I’m very unhappy and very sad to have to report that nearly 9 in 10 – or 3,400 cases – did not isolate between when they first felt sick and when they went to get a test,” the Premier said.

“That means people have felt unwell and just gone about their business. They have gone out shopping. They have gone to work. They have been at the height of their infectivity. And they have just continued on as usual.”