Coronavirus Victoria: State reports 17 more deaths as cases drop

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Victoria has recorded 394 new cases of coronavirus and 17 more deaths.

Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Sunday two men in their 50s, four men in their 70s, four women and two men in their 80s and two women and three men in their 90s were added to the rising death toll.

A man walks past a sign on a truck in Melbourne on as the city enforces strict lockdown restrictions after a fresh outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A man walks past a sign on a truck in Melbourne's CBD warning people to wear masks. Source: Getty Images

“To each of those families, we send our sincere condolence, our sympathies, our best wishes,” he said.

“This will be an incredibly difficult time for them and I want them to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to do everything we possibly can to deal with this second wave and to get beyond it.

“Ten of those 17 deaths are linked to aged care outbreaks.”

Victoria currently has 210 deaths from COVID-19.

On Saturday, the state recorded 466 new cases and 12 more deaths.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is pictured.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media. Source: AAP

Victoria’s ‘biggest challenges’

Mr Andrews said one of the “biggest challenges” is determining where thousands of unknown cases have come from.

In total, Victoria has 2,758 cases with an unknown source - an increase of 174 from Saturday.

“Even large numbers in known contained outbreaks are, to a certain extent, less significant than the smaller number of cases where we simply can't find the circumstance or the point of origin,” Mr Andrews said.

“Where did that person get the virus from? They're the ones that are incredibly challenging from a containment point of view, and that's what's made fundamentally necessary these really challenging settings, these really difficult decisions we've had to make to drive down movement, and therefore, drive down the number of cases.”

Men who wanted to ‘watch the footy’ fined

Victoria Police have issued 268 fines for people breaching the Public Health Act in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday at 9am.

Police said among them was a man they stopped who told them he was helping a friend move a TV from Doncaster East to Dandenong but stopped to get a burger.

Another man was fined for having four friends over at a property in Mount Alexander.

When police asked him what the four visitors were doing there he told cops they were over to “watch the footy”.

Thirty-eight people were among the hundreds fined for failing to wear face masks in public.

The fine for breaching the health act is $1652 while failure to wear a mask is a $200 fine.

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