Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has announced a further 19 coronavirus deaths in the state – setting a tragic new daily record for Victoria – with 14 linked to aged care facility outbreaks.
Victoria now has 14,957 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – with 322 new cases confirmed since yesterday.
“I’m saddened to have to report that there have been 228 due to this global pandemic in Victoria, that’s an additional 19 facilities since yesterday,” said Mr Andrews.
“Of those 19 Victorians who have passed away, there was one male in his 50s, one female in her 60s, two males in their 70s, one male and six females in their 80s, and one male and seven females in their 90s.”
The Premier announced that the state now had 1,756 active cases in aged care settings.
He sent his condolences to the families and friends of those who have died.
“This will be an incredibly difficult time for them and I hope knowing that all Victorians are with you, is a comfort, some small comfort at a very difficult time.”
There are currently 640 Victorians in hospital with coronavirus, with 47 in intensive care and 31 of those are on a ventilator, the Premier confirmed.
The state has also confirmed a further 105 ‘mystery cases’ since yesterday, with Mr Andrews describing the unknown source cases as “our greatest challenge”.
There are now 1,065 health care workers in Victoria who are active cases of COVID-19.