All Victorians will have to wear a public mask from next week after the state registered 723 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths on Thursday.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews warned that Melbourne's debilitating lock will likely be extended if the number of cases continues to rise.
"Ultimately, every Victorian knows and appreciates that this suspension won't end quickly unless everyone plays their part," said Andrews.
The number on Thursday is more than twice the 295 infections on Wednesday and far above the state's previous record of 532 cases on Monday.
On Sunday from 11:59 p.m., residents of regional Victoria must wear a face mask when they leave their homes.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews It has also been announced that corona virus restrictions will extend beyond the Melbourne and Mitchell Shire metropolitan areas to the Geelong region, where residents are prohibited from visiting other homes.
Victoria reported another 13 deaths on Thursday, bringing the state's death toll to 105 and the national death toll to 189. The deaths are three men and three women in the 70s, three men and two women in the 80s and two men in the 90s.
Mr. Andrews said 10 of the 13 deaths were geriatric nurses. There are 913 active cases in geriatric care facilities and a total of 5,885 active cases across the state.
There are 312 Victorians fighting the coronavirus in the hospital and 34 patients fighting for their lives in the intensive care unit.
The 723 cases on Thursday are more than the 697 cases registered in the UK on Tuesday. Britain has reported 45,961 deaths since the pandemic began.
Victoria is expected to announce 723 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. The state's previous record on Monday was 532 infections
All Victorians must wear a face mask on Sundays from 11:59 p.m. Pictured: People wear face masks in Melbourne
LATEST CORONAVIRUS SNAPSHOT IN VICTORIA
ACTIVE CASES: 5,885
ACTIVE CASES IN AGE CARE: 913
VICTORIANS IN THE HOSPITAL: 312
Victim in the intensive care unit: 34
Mr. Andrews commended the majority of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire residents for complying with the mandatory face mask rule that was introduced a week ago.
“And I am deeply grateful to each of them for it. It's impractical, challenging, but for Melbourne it's essentially phase 4, ”he said.
The prime minister said expanding mandatory facial coverage to the rest of Victoria would bring health benefits.
"It is something we can do in the Victoria region without causing significant economic costs but with real public health benefits," he said.
On Thursday from 11:59 p.m. residents from the government districts of Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, Colac-Otway and Queenscliffe are no longer allowed to have guests at home.
Hospitality locations remain open.
"I know that this may not seem intuitive, and there are many things in this virus. However, part of the transmission is from household to household, ”said Andrews.
“People don't necessarily keep their distance from their families. It's a natural thing, you let go of your guard.
“Hugs and kisses and handshakes that don't necessarily follow the protocols that characterize hospitality, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. They are monitored environments. & # 39;
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured Thursday) warned that Melbourne's debilitating lock will likely be extended if the number of cases continues to rise. "Ultimately, every Victorian knows and appreciates that this suspension won't end quickly unless everyone plays their part," said Andrews
Victoria broke the record for daily increases in coronavirus cases on Thursday. Pictured: Medical staff can be seen at St. Basil’s Home for Elderly Care in Fawkner
CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED IN REGIONAL VICTORIA
As of Thursday, 11:59 p.m., the local government districts of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains and Borough of Queenscliffe can no longer visit or have visitors at home.
As of Sunday, August 2nd at 11:59 p.m., a face mask is mandatory for all Victorians when they leave the house.
Mr. Andrews said that 30 Australian Defense Force teams knocked on the door in Victoria on Wednesday and visited 269 homes.
Some residents infected with corona viruses were not at home.
"Well, I don't want this to be seen as criticism or guilt, but I have to point out that there were a number of people who weren't at home," he said.
"You will be referred to the Victoria police."
Mr. Andrews said a resident is actually at work instead of isolating at home.
"They were not at home, but a family member was, and the family member helpfully indicated that this person, a positive case of coronavirus, was actually at work," he said.
Since the Wednesday update, there have been 19,921 corona virus tests.
Mr. Andrews, who said that every fifth Victorian had tested for the virus, thanked the residents who volunteered to test.
"And that means we can track the virus. We can do our best to curb the spread beyond you and your close contacts.
“But of course we just don't have this knowledge if you don't report.
& # 39; And it is impressive to believe that we have one of the highest test rates in the world. More than one in five Victorians has been tested. & # 39;
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos described the coronavirus cases reported on Thursday as "disappointing".
Ms. Mikakos said that further hospital stays and deaths are inevitable.
I beg the Victorians to keep to the rules. I know it's annoying, people get tired, but it is important that everyone continues to comply with all legal restrictions, ”she said.
"And that now includes those in regional Victoria."
Pictured: Victorians wear face masks along the Morell Bridge in Melbourne. All Victorians must cover their faces when they leave their homes on Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
A resident is brought out of the Epping Hardens nursing home in Melbourne on Thursday
Victoria reported nine more deaths on Wednesday. Seven of the deaths were due to private elderly care facilities in the state.
The elderly care crisis is still a main reason for the number of fatalities and the high number of cases in the state
"The number of geriatric nurses and the daily growth of each of these facilities will make a significant contribution, including the staff in those facilities, and our other outbreaks, especially the larger ones, are another important contribution," said Professor Brett, Chief Health Officer Sutton said on Wednesday.
After state and federal intervention, residents are relocated from the worst-affected homes, including 80 in St. Basil's old people's homes in Fawkner and 34 in the Epping Gardens geriatric care facility.
At Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth, 30 residents were relocated, while 21 people were moved from the Outlook Gardens nursing home in Dandenong North to the Mulgrave Private Hospital.
Mr Andrews said on Wednesday that nurses from hospitals had been moved to nursing homes with little staff and 400 shifts were already filled.
As of Thursday, Australian Armed Forces and public health workers will begin tapping all confirmed coronavirus cases in Victoria
Pictured: A geriatric care living in Melbourne is taken away in an ambulance on Tuesday
The police leave the Epping Gardens nursing home in the Epping suburb of Melbourne on Wednesday
Up to 50 South Australian nurses will also travel to support Victoria's hospital and elderly care staff.
Thursday's record comes after two days of declining numbers. The number of new cases decreased on Wednesday from 384 on Tuesday to 295 and on Monday to 532.
Every Victorian who tests positive for COVID-19 should expect a knock on the door from the military, the Prime Minister has warned as the state steps up efforts to contain outbreaks.
Australian Armed Forces and public health workers have visited the homes of known positive cases that could not be contacted. As of Thursday, however, they will knock all confirmed cases on the door.
ADF employees work in the Victorian control center, which is used for the coronavirus pandemic
An elderly care worker will be picked up from the Epping Hardens nursing home in Melbourne on Wednesday
A resident's body is removed from the elderly care facility in Epping Gardens on Wednesday
The Secretary of the Department of Health, Brendan Murphy, warned the Victorians to prepare for more deaths in elderly care facilities every day.
"There will be more (deaths)," he said.
Mr. Andrews reiterated the government's continuing message that the Victorians must stay at home if they feel uncomfortable to reduce the number of cases and prevent further outbreaks.
Victoria police said Thursday morning that they had fined 88 people who had broken the Chief Health Officer's orders.
Of the 88 fines that had been imposed in the past 24 hours, 26 were responsible for not wearing a face mask when leaving the house.
Six men were fined after being found in a short-term rental property on the Mornington Peninsula.
The group said they were there for a work-related meeting, but when the police arrived, the group drank alcohol and watched TV.
11 vehicle checkpoint violations were reported at which 21,833 cars were checked.
The Victoria Police Department also conducted 5,650 samples of individuals in households, businesses and in public places across the state.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is wearing a face mask after speaking to the media on Wednesday
Ambulance transports are lined up in the Apping Care Home in Epping Gardens
Olivia Winnie Muranga (left) and Diana Lasu (right), both 19, came together from Melbourne via Sydney to Brisbane on July 21
In NSW, health officials fear an increase in coronavirus clusters as cases spread to Sydney's densely populated eastern suburbs.
NSW recorded another 18 infections on Thursday. Two of the newly diagnosed cases are returning travelers who are currently in the mandatory hotel quarantine.
Two are connected to the Funeral Meeting cluster, four are connected to the Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster, and four more are connected to The Apollo restaurant at Potts Point.
Six new cases are being investigated.
Queensland's Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk will ban visitors from Sydney on Saturday after two teenagers with the quarantine coronavirus have evaded.
Olivia Winnie Muranga and Diana Lasu, both 19 years old, and an unknown friend came together from Melbourne to Brisbane on Tuesday, July 21.
All Victorian residents were no longer allowed to enter Queensland as of July 9, but the women were able to enter Sunshine State by stopping in Sydney.
The teenagers reportedly traveled from Melbourne to Sydney on Virgin Australia flight 863 to give the impression that they had not come from Melbourne.
Shortly thereafter, they boarded flight VA 977 to Brisbane.
They are also accused of providing false statements on their border papers asking passengers if they have visited Victoria in the past 14 days.
South Australia has introduced stricter border controls with Victoria, which means residents cannot return and limits for cities on the outskirts of the two states are tightened.
Daniel Andrews says he doesn't want his mother to care for the elderly
Daniel Andrews said he didn't want his mother to be in a coronavirus-infested nursing home in Victoria.
The Victoria Premier was asked by a journalist if he would be happy if his 75-year-old mother Jan lived in one of the 61 nursing homes that suffered COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria.
Mr. Andrews replied, "Well, my mother is in her mid-70s, she has some health problems, but she lives at home.
Daniel Andrews said he would not want his mother (pictured together after winning the 2018 election) to be in some of Victoria's crisis-ridden nursing homes
"Some of the stories we've seen are unacceptable and I don't want my mother to be in some of these places," he said, referring to reports that some residents were left in dirty sheets and without enough food.
"I wouldn't let my mother be in some of these places, I wouldn't.
"But that's not a decision I have to make at the moment because she is very happy to be at home and when she sees that she will be very angry that I am even thinking about going to a geriatric care facility "he joked.
The comments sparked anger, and many said Mr. Andrews' language was "disrespectful".
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