Number of COVID-19 cases in Wellington remains steady at 10

THE total number of coronavirus cases in Wellington Shire remained at 10.

The total number statewide is 1337.

The death of a man in his 60s on Wednesday took the number of fatalities in Victoria to 16.

With 1251 people having recovered, there are 70 active cases of COVI D-19 across Victoria.

There are 135 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria which may have been acquired through community transmission.

As of yesterday, 27 people were in hospital, including 10 patients in intensive care.

More than 93,000 tests had been completed.

Of the total 1337 cases, there have been 1057 in metropolitan Melbourne and 242 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation.

The total number of cases is made up of 696 men and 641 women, with people aged from babies to their early 90s.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the small increases in case numbers was encouraging.

“They prove that our physical distancing measures are working, but this is not a time to relax our strong approach – this disease can get away from you very quickly as we have seen in cities overseas,” he said.

“We thank Victorians who overwhelmingly are doing the right thing by staying at home, but we must keep at it to save lives.

“Everyone who’s unwell must isolate themselves and everyone who’s been told they’re in quarantine either as a returned traveller or close contact must do so as well.

“Physical distancing will save lives. Everyone needs to comply with restrictions in place to keep yourself, your loved ones and the whole community safe.

“Our message is clear – if you can stay home, you must stay home.”

The Department of Health and Human Services follows up and monitors all close contacts of confirmed cases and provides them with information and support. All close contacts must self-isolate for 14-days.

There are only four reasons for Victorians to leave their home – food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education.

On Wednesday, Victoria Police conducted 943 spot checks at homes, businesses and non-essential services across the state as part of Operation Sentinel, and issued 85 fines.

This included multiple instances of group gatherings in private residences and public spaces, including a woman who was fined for visiting friends, despite receiving two prior warnings from police, and a number of infringement notices issued to people committing criminal offences, including theft of motor vehicles and a range of drug-related offences, including drug trafficking.

Since March 21, police have conducted a total of 27,800 spot checks. Police have strong powers to enforce these directions and can issue on the spot fines, including up to $1652 for individuals and up to $9913 for businesses.

Under the state of emergency, those who don’t comply could also be taken to court and receive a fine of up to $20,000. Companies face fines of up to $100,000.