Sunday, July 21, 2024

Victoria closing in on sad milestone

Victoria has recorded 76 new cases of coronavirus and 11 further deaths in the past 24 hours – with nine of the fatalities linked to aged care facilities in the state.

Victoria is now closing in on the unenviable milestone of 20,000 cases – with today’s cases taking the state’s total to 19,688.

Thirty-one of the newly diagnosed cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 45 are under investigation, health officials said.

Of the 11 new deaths overnight, they include one woman aged in her 60s, three women and two men aged in their 80s, and three women and two men aged in their 90s – 694 people have now died from coronavirus in Victoria.

Of the 1,622 current active cases in Victoria, 1,523 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions; 82 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions; 15 are either unknown or subject to further investigation cases and two are interstate residents.

Of the total cases, 18,328 are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1,186 are within regional Victoria.

The Victorian health department is currently investigating COVID-19 cases linked to the Australian Meat Group in Dandenong South, Woolworths in Altona North, Woolworths in Glen Waverley and the Benetas Colton Close aged care facility in Glenroy.

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