HORROR NEW RECORD: 723 infections in Victoria, 13 deaths

Victoria has recorded 723 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Premier Daniel Andrews says 13 people have died overnight - they are three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two women in their 80s, and two men in their 90s.

Some 312 Victorians are in hospital, 34 of those are in intensive care.

There are a total of 913 active cases in aged care.

There are 5385 active cases in the state and 416 in Melbourne Metro and Mitchell shire. There are 255 in regional Victoria.

There were 19,921 coronavirus tests conducted yesterday - that's about 5000 fewer than the daily average this month.

From midnight tonight restrictions will come into force parts of regional Victoria including;

  • Greater Geelong
  • Surf Coast
  • Moorabool
  • Golden Plains
  • Colac-Otway
  • Borough of Queenscliffe

Residents in those areas will not be allowed visitors in their homes. No weddings or funerals will be allowed.

They can still visit restaurants and cafes, attend community sport and visit gyms.

From midnight Sunday, face coverings will be mandatory in all of Victoria.

Meanwhile, Victoria Police have busted six men who claimed they were meeting up for work, but officers found them drinking alcohol and watching television.

They were staying in a short term rental property in Mornington Peninsula and were all issued with a penalty notice.

Police handed out 88 fines yesterday for coronavirus breaches in the state - including 26 to people refusing to wear masks.

Examples include;

· Four passengers from the Wyndham area were located inside a car travelling through a vehicle checkpoint. They stated their reason for travel was to go fishing in Geelong. They were all issued with fines.

· A male was fined after travelling from Dandenong to South Yarra for a convenience store coffee.

Considering the fines for coronavirus breaches stand at $1,652, that's a hell of a price to pay for a servo coffee.

 

EARLIER

With more than 20 per cent of aged care facilities affected, authorities have warned of more deaths.

There are early indications that Victoria will report a record number of new coronavirus infections and the country's highest daily total so far.    

Herald Sun reporter Shannon Deery is reporting the figure is expected to be higher than 700 today. The ABC is reporting the exact figure will be 723.

That would be significantly higher than Monday's record total of 532 and disappointing after a drop to 384 cases on Tuesday and 295 cases yesterday.

The human cost of Melbourne's aged care crisis has been laid bare in a heartbreaking photo of a body wrapped in a rug being wheeled out of a nursing home.

Medical workers covered in protective gear on Wednesday were pictured moving the body from the virus-stricken Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility in Melbourne's north and into a van.

The home has been linked to 86 cases - with 27 staff and 59 residents have contracting the coronavirus - and two deaths.

It comes as seven deaths were on Wednesday linked to Victoria's aged-care crisis, taking the total death toll connected to the sector to 46.

More than 950 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to aged-care facilities, with active outbreaks across 87 separate centres, as 295 new cases were recorded across the state on Wednesday.

Former chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said Epping Gardens is the facility authorities are most worried about in Victoria.

He the ADF was called in on Tuesday night after the majority of the workforce had to go into quarantine.

Victoria recorded 295 new coronavirus cases and nine new deaths yesterday.


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