Victoria has recorded another 273 cases of coronavirus and another death from the infectious disease.
Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Sunday a man in his 70s had died overnight.
“I can't provide you with any further information about the specifics of that particular individual, but, of course, we send our best wishes and assure that family that our thoughts and prayers are with them,” the premier said.
“This will be a very, very difficult time for them.”
He is Victoria’s 24th death due to the coronavirus.
The latest figures come after the state reported a spike of 216 cases on Saturday and 288 on Friday.
‘Common sense will get us through’
Mr Andrews said it’s a “very challenging time” for Victorians but he’s noticed people are following the rules and remaining in lockdown.
Last week, Victoria shut down Metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. Residents in these areas can only leave home for four reasons: exercise, work, to buy essential items and to provide care to someone.
“I know we are asking a lot of Victorians, but we simply have no choice but to acknowledge the reality that we face and to do what must be done, and that is to follow those rules, to only go out when you need to, and to only go out for the purposes that are lawful,” Mr Andrews said.
“It is not an opportunity to go shopping each and every day for things that you don't need. It is about just using common sense. Common sense – that is what will get us through.”
Classrooms closed on Monday
Students were meant to go back to school on Monday but school holidays have been extended for an extra week with five pupil free days for prep to Year 10.
From July 20, prep to Year 10 will be taught at home or with flexible arrangements for the children of essential workers.
“The first thing I want to say is I know this will be very, very challenging for many, many parents,” Mr Andrews said.
“There is simply no alternative but to go to this footing.
“We can't have the best part of 700,000 students as well as parents moving to and from school, moving around the community, as if there wasn't a stay at home order, as if there wasn't a lockdown.”
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