New case of coronavirus in the Valley reported

A NEW case of coronavirus in the Latrobe Valley was recorded on Sunday.

It takes the total of cases in the region to seven, although Latrobe Regional Hospital confirmed on Friday all four of its diagnosed cases have recovered.

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 1328 – an increase of nine from Saturday.

This increase included three people diagnosed in mandatory quarantine in city hotels, who have recently arrived from overseas.

There was one new death reported, a man in his eighties who died in a Melbourne hospital on Friday.

Fifteen people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

The total number of cases is made up of 689 men and 639 women, with people aged from babies to their early nineties.

There are 134 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission.

Two cases attributed to community transmission have now been attributed to a known source after further investigation.

A total of 1188 people have recovered.

More than 82,000 tests have been completed.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, said on Sunday the increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend was to be expected due to the increase in testing.

“Victoria is increasing its testing for COVID-19. More testing means we get a clearer picture of how the virus is spreading and are able to take better steps to contain transmission,” Professor Sutton said.

“We thank those Victorians who overwhelmingly are doing the right thing by staying at home, but we must keep at it to save lives.

“Everyone who’s unwell must isolate themselves and everyone who’s been told they’re in quarantine either as a returned traveller or close contact must do so.

“Physical distancing will save lives. Everyone needs to comply with restrictions in place to keep yourself, your loved ones and the whole community safe.

“Our message is clear: if you can stay home, you must stay home.”