Victoria has recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic so far with 19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
It takes the state’s death toll to 229 and the national death toll to 314.
Victoria also had 322 new cases recorded overnight, a significant drop in numbers.
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The state’s total number of cases has now hit almost 15,000 with more than 8000 of those still active.
The latest victims include a man in his 50s, a woman in her 60s, two men in their 70s, one man and six women in their 80s, and one man and seven women in their 90s.
Fourteen of the 19 deaths are linked to aged care facilities.
“On behalf of all Victorians, we send our best wishes, our love and support and condolences and sympathies to the families of those 19 Victorians,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Mr Andrews says while today’s number of news cases suggest things are stabilising, it is too early to declare it is a trend.
“I think we all got to be careful not to be getting ahead of ourselves. We have one day’s data. It’s always be better to be lower than the previous day, but it is only one day’s data…. So it is still very early for us to be trying to measure the impacts of stage 4.
“But we’re certainly seeing perhaps some greater stability that is a result of the cumulative impact of stage 3.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the record number of fatalities is “devastating news”.
“We just want to reaffirm again our support through every channel we can provide it. Sadly, when it comes to the fatalities that result from COVID, that reflects a situation of several weeks ago now as the virus has taken its course with these particular individuals, the work continues,” Mr Morrison said.
“We look for better news when it comes to the stabilising of cases in Victoria. I am more hopeful of that today than I was in the course of the past week over the briefings I have received over the course of the weekend and again this morning.”
— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) August 9, 2020