Victorian has recorded 532 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday and a further six deaths – with five of the fatal cases related to aged care facilities.
In his daily media address, the Premier Daniel Andrews pleaded with Victorians to stay home if they had even mild symptoms.
“My clear message today is to every single Victorian – you simply cannot go to work if you feel sick or have even mild symptoms,” he said.
“Don’t head to work – head to get tested.”
Mr Andrews announced that 245 people were currently hospitalised with coronavirus, with 44 in intensive care.
Of the six new recorded deaths, three were females aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s, while the remaining three males were aged in the 50s, 70s and 80s.
The state currently has 4,542 active cases – with 683 attached to aged care facilities.
“We have too many people who have symptoms going to work – that’s an unacceptable risk in terms of spreading the virus,” Mr Andrews said.
“The lockdown won’t end until people stop doing that.”
“Until we see a change, we will continue to see these numbers at a high level,” he said.