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Deadliest day for Victoria: 15 virus fatalities, 725 new cases

Deadliest day for Victoria: 15 virus fatalities, 725 new cases

Deadliest day for Victoria: 15 virus fatalities, 725 new cases

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed another record day for coronavirus deaths in his state, with 15 fatalities and 725 new infections.

A man in his 30s has died. Of the 15 deaths, the premier said 12 can be linked to aged care. It brings the state’s death toll from COVID-19 to 162.

164 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks of complex cases and 561 are under investigation.

It comes ahead of stage four restrictions ramping up this evening, with Andrews apologising for business shutdowns.

“They are always difficult decisions to make, always difficult lines to draw and lists to write and we apologise for the pain and the hurt that those lists, that those sorts of decisions make necessary,” he said.

“But these are the decisions I’ve made because they are the only option we have in order to try and drive these numbers down.”

The premier told media that non-elective surgeries in regional Victoria will be put on hold until further notice.

“We can’t have a situation where we are making the sickest patients wait longer because we are treating wholly worthy and important conditions, but not necessarily time-critical conditions,” said Andrews.

“We can’t put those ahead of people who need that urgent care. The sickest patients must get treated quickest. That is always a principle that our public and indeed private hospitals work under.”

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