VICTORIA RECORDS HIGHEST DAILY INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES

Victoria has recorded its highest-ever increase in coronavirus cases, with 317 cases reported overnight.

The virus spike is a new record for the most daily COVID-19 cases recorded in Australia.

The state’s virus tally has now surged to 4750 cases.

Premier Daniel Andrews said two men in their 80s have passed away, bringing the state’s death toll to 29.

“I am not in a position to provide any further information about those cases but we of course, send our best wishes, our thoughts, our prayers to each of those families,” he said.

“This will be a very, very sad and challenging time for them.”

Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton has warned Victoria may be yet to hit its peak of coronavirus infections.

“It’s a big number, it needs to turn around,” he said.

Professor Sutton said if the state did not drive virus figures down, Victoria could see “hundreds or thousands of deaths” like overseas.

Victoria’s latest coronavirus infections include:

  • 157 cases linked to the Al-Taqwa College outbreak
  • Six cases linked to a Melbourne law firm
  • 37 cases linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham
  • 31 cases linked to Menarock Aged Care facility in Essendon
  • Five cases linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 23 cases linked to Glendale Aged Care in Werribee
  • 21 cases linked to Estia Health Aged Care
  • 29 cases linked to JBS abattoir that is closed in Brooklyn