Coronavirus Victoria: Death toll mounts on record day as 19 die from COVID-19
Victoria has endured its deadliest day with 19 people succumbing to COVID-19 — the highest single day death toll since the pandemic began.
A further 322 cases were also reported. That is the lowest daily increase for 12 days.
It comes after the State set a record on Sunday with 17 deaths and 394 new cases.
The number of active cases in Victoria is about 8000 as infections among healthcare workers and in aged care facilities continues to rise.
The new daily figures were announced by the Department of Health and Human Services over Twitter this morning, which is how the numbers will be released from Monday onwards.
More details on Monday’s new cases are expected later at the Premier’s daily media briefing.
Daily case numbers have dropped significantly since Thursday’s record of 725 but deaths from the virus continue to rise with a then record 17 deaths reported on Sunday.
Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday stage four restrictions and face masks had “brought about a sense of stability”.
“We’ve avoided many tens of thousands of cases and therefore death rates that would have been substantially higher,” Mr Andrews said.
“But I’m always very hesitant to try and take one day’s data and turn it into a trend.
“Every person who has got it is giving it to at least one other.”
The Premier said “mystery” cases were a bigger challenge than the known outbreaks, with the total number of cases where the source of infection was not known now more than 2750.
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