Coronavirus in Victoria: 725 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths in new daily record

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Victoria has set a tragic new record for both the amount of COVID-19 cases and deaths in one day.

There were 725 cases confirmed in the last 24 hours, with 15 deaths also recorded.

There have now been 162 lives lost in Victoria and 85 in the last week alone.

Among these deaths was a man in his 30s.

The new cases figure eclipses the previous high of 723, which was recorded last Thursday.

Addressing the media, Premier Daniel Andrews thanked the majority of Victorians were were obeying the rules.

However, he said there were still a number of people who continued to go against the Chief Health Officer's orders.

He said the "only thing that would pull the numbers up" would be to continue following the rules.

"You are making an amazing contribution," he said to people following the rules.

Mr Andrews announced public hospitals in regional Victoria would wind back non-urgent surgery. It comes as stage three restrictions come in place from midnight tonight.

The Victorian government have paused all category three surgeries and non-urgent category two surgeries.

IVF will be exempt.

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In Ballarat, there was 12 active cases as of Tuesday. This figure is usually updated mid-late afternoon.

There are still two active cases in Hepburn, while Moorabool (14 active) and Golden Plains (10 active) have somewhat plateued.

There is now two cases in the Pyrenees, which only saw its first case on Sunday.

There also continues to be worrying signs in Geelong and Bendigo, with 120 and 25 active cases respectively.

As of mignight today, Ballarat and regional Victoria re-enters stage three lockdown, meaning there are only four reasons to leave home.

You can read about all the stage three restrictions here.

Melbourne this week entered its harshest lockdown yet, with a curfew imposed between 8pm and 5am.

Exercise is only capped at one hour per day in the stage four restrictions, with only two people allowed to exercise at a time.

  • to shop for food and essential goods or services
  • to provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  • to exercise or for outdoor recreation with your household, or one other person
  • for work or study, if you can't do it from home
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