Victoria has announced another record number of coronavirus cases, with 723 new infections.
That’s significantly higher than the last record, which was 532 new cases reported on Monday.
Meanwhile, Victoria has also recorded the most COVID-19 fatalities in one day, with 13 deaths.
“At this stage, there’s still confirming work being done, but I think 10 of those 13 are connected to aged care,” Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said.
“But we will confirm that later on in the day.”
There are 312 Victorians in hospital with the virus, with 34 of those in intensive care.
There are 913 active cases in aged care in the state.
Of all the active cases across the state, 159 are from six local government areas that surround the Geelong corridor.
The premier therefore announced that from 11.59pm tonight, residents in the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, Colac-Otway and Borough of Queenscliffe will no longer be able to have visitors to their home. Hospitality venues will remain open.
“I know that may seem counterintuitive, and many things in this virus are. But some of the transmission is household-to-household,” Andrews said.
“People are not necessarily keeping their distance in their family home. It’s a natural thing, you let your guard down. Hugs and kisses and handshakes, not necessarily adhering to the protocols that are a feature of hospitality, cafes, restaurants, pubs being open.
“They are supervised environments. They are regulated environments. There are time limits, for instance. They’re in a very different set of circumstances.
“I know that it may seem, as I said, counterintuitive that you can go to the pub but you can’t go to your mate’s place, but ultimately that’s where the data drives that decision.”
The premier also announced that from 11.59pm on Sunday night, every single person in Victoria will need to wear a mask or face covering when out of their home.
Andrews once again urged everyone to stay home if they are sick, and said there have been too many examples of people going to work when they have symptoms of COVID-19.
“Too many people are going to work, even some when they have a positive test result,” he said.
“That’s a small number though – I think a bigger number are people that are between having the test taken and getting the results, they are still presenting to work. And for so long as that continues, then we will continue to see numbers go up.
“The only way that numbers will come down, and do so steadily, is if people, when they are unwell, even very mildly unwell, go and get tested and get tested quickly. And then isolate until they get their test result.
“And then, of course, based on that result, do as they’re asked to do from that point onwards.”