Victoria records 428 new cases of COVID-19

THERE were 428 new cases of COVID-19 in Victoria diagnosed overnight.

Fifty-seven of those new cases are connected to known outbreaks, one is from quarantine and 370 are under investigation.

The new cases include five diagnosed in regional Victoria, with 42 cases total in regional Victoria since July 1.

Regional Victorians who do not think they will be able to maintain social distancing when out and about should also wear a facemask.

There were three deaths overnight, after a man in his 80s, a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 80s died, bringing to the COVID-19 death toll to 32 Victorian lives lost.

There are 122 patients in hospital, with 31 in intensive care.

There were 24,409 tests undertaken yesterday, bringing the total number of tests to 1,250,408 since January 1.

There have been 5165 cases total in Victoria since the pandemic began.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the figure was “disappointing and concerning”.

“We have not turned the corner here – worse than that – 428 does not just represent that we have increasing numbers day on day, but there will be dozens of individuals that will require hospitalisation out these 428 people,” he said.

“Tragically, there will be several that require intensive care support and a number of people will die.”

Health Minister Jenny Mikkakos said the number of regional testing sites across Victoria would be increasing from the 60 already established, as well as launching regional dedicated public health teams.

There will be no new testing sites for Wellington Shire, and the nearest regional dedicated public health team will be based in the Latrobe Valley.

New advice was also issued overnight to those in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire concerning exercising closer to home.

People must exercise where they live, instead of driving to other suburbs to exercise – “a day trip is not the same as daily exercise”.

“I will just say to those who are spending inordinate amount of time trying to find ways around these rules – that’s not where we’re at, that’s not helpful, that is not going to do anything to pull this virus up,” the Premier said.

“We just have to use common sense for ourselves, for our family, for our community, for every single Victorian family, and if that’s not enough of a motivation, well then, to simply get out of these restrictions quicker than what would otherwise be the case, then let’s all follow the rules and exercise good sound common sense, good judgement over the next five weeks or so.”