Victoria records 191 new COVID-19 cases

Staff writers

Victoria has recorded a state record high of 191 new COVID-19 cases since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 2824.

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.

There is currently one active case of COVID-19 in the Latrobe Valley.

More than 979,000 tests have been processed to date.

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

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, Professor 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,” Prof 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.”