191 new COVID-19 cases in Victoria

Staff writers

Victoria has recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 2,824.

The overall total has increased by 164, after 27 cases were reclassified – largely due to duplication.

Within Victoria, 37 new cases are linked to outbreaks and 154 are under investigation. No cases have been detected in a returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

There have been no deaths reported since yesterday. To date, 22 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

438 cases may indicate community transmission

772 cases are currently active in Victoria

35 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including nine in intensive care

2,028 people have recovered from the virus

Of the total cases, 2,469 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 261 are from regional Victoria

Of the total cases, 1,481 are men and 1,319 are women

More than 979,000 tests have been processed to date

Of the new cases which have already been linked to outbreaks, the breakdown includes:

13 cases relating to the North Melbourne and Flemington public housing towers, with the total now 69.

12 new cases linked to the Al-Taqwa College outbreak, with the total now 90.

4 new cases have been linked to the Northern Hospital in Epping, with the total now 9. This is made up of 8 staff and 1 household contact.

1 case linked to Aitken Hill Primary School in Craigieburn, with the total now 10. The case is a household contact of a confirmed case.

The remaining new cases are linked to existing family clusters in Truganina, Patterson Lakes/Lysterfield, Fawkner and Sunshine West.

A new case has also been confirmed in a staff member at the Assisi Aged Care facility in Rosanna. The staff member did not work while infectious. Widespread testing of staff and residents at the facility will begin today.

With case numbers continuing to increase rapidly Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it was more important than ever for all Victorians – but particularly those in restricted postcodes, to follow the current health directions.

“Victorians in these locked down suburbs are being urged to do their bit in the fight against coronavirus – stick to the rules and get to a testing station,” Professor Brett Sutton said.

“This virus is not selective – it will impact anyone it encounters, and personal contact is the clear source of its transmission. More than 300,000 people live across the hot-zone suburbs. We need everyone to do their part and ensure it is stopped in its tracks.

“There is no excuse for not getting tested. We have people knocking on your door, coming to your neighbourhood – we are bringing the testing to you. There are also several drive-through and fixed sites where people can go.”