Victoria Has Recorded 723 New Coronavirus Cases In 24 Hours
Victoria has recorded 732 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, smashing the previous record.
It's now the largest single-day increase in Covid-19 infections anywhere in Australia since the pandemic began.
The record was previously set at 532 earlier this week.
The Premier revealed there have also been 13 deaths since yesterday, which is the deadliest day for Australia since the pandemic started. Daniel Andrews broke down the ages of the deaths, including three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two women in their 80s and two men in their 90s.
There are 312 people in hospital and a little more than 30 people who are in intensive care. There are 5,385 active cases at the moment in the state and 29 people have recovered.
There are new restrictions for people in regional parts of the state, who, from 11:59pm tonight (Thursday July 30), will not be allowed to have weddings, funerals and no visitors. That will apply to people Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, Colac-Otway, and Borough of Queenscliffe.
These people will still be allowed to go to the gym as well as restaurants, cafes and bars.
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From 11:59pm Sunday, everyone in Victoria will have to wear a face mask.
Victoria continues to deepen in its second wave of coronavirus infections, with thousands of people diagnosed with the virus since July. Just as the state was opening up, an outbreak in several communities exploded across the Melbourne Metro and Mitchell Shire areas.
There was hope yesterday that the war against the pandemic was being won, after state authorities revealed there had been 295 new infections. While that is still very high, it was a marked decrease from the 300-500 daily cases in days prior and was the lowest number in nine days.
However, Premier Daniel Andrews wasn't cautiously optimistic.
"I'm not reading too much into any single day's numbers," he said at a press conference. "I don't think that is necessarily the right thing to do. Obviously it's always pleasing when there are less numbers than more, but at the same time, trends are not made in one day.
"We need to see these numbers over a longer period. I do hope you are right in that that becomes a trend that the data holds up. What I would say on restrictions, we still have numbers that are way too high."
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