Mask-wearing is ‘almost certain’ to be part of Victoria’s coronavirus response, as the state notches another day of more than 200 new cases.
‘This is not an ordinary weekend’
Victoria has reported one new coronavirus death and 216 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, as the health authorities battle over 100 outbreaks across the state.
Australia’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 107, after a man in his nineties succumbed to the virus overnight while in hospital.
More than 180 of the new cases are still under investigation, with 30 linked to known outbreaks.
It takes the total number of cases in the state to 3,560, with 49 patients in hospital and 15 people in intensive care.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said single cases had been recorded among staff in aged care facilities.
“Essentially, we have got over a 100 cumulative outbreaks [in Victoria]…We are getting more and more cases in aged care facilities and we need to make sure we keep up with that.”
There are now 1249 active cases in the state.
Premier Daniel Andrews offered his condolences to the family of the man who passed away.
Mr Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos thanked everyone who had come forward for testing.
“Without this data and sense of how the virus is moving, you can’t get to their close contacts or put in place a strategy to get them isolated at home,” Mr Andrews said.
The news comes after Victoria recorded 288 new cases on Friday prompting the state government to recommend people where masks in areas where social distancing was not possible.
Thirty of the new cases are connected to known outbreaks. There are 49 Victorians in hospital and 15 of those are in intensive care.
About five million Victorians in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are under strict stay-at-home orders after weeks of worrying transmission of the deadly virus.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it could happen to any city in any state and they’re all in it together.
“We’re all Melbournians now, when it comes to the challenges we face, we’re all Victorians now, because we’re all Australians.”