ictoria records 394 new coronavirus cases and 17 deaths on Australia's deadliest day

| 09.08,20. 04:13 PM |

ictoria records 394 new coronavirus cases and 17 deaths on Australia's deadliest day

The Premier urged Victorians to follow the rules to avoid "more families planning funerals".

Victoria has recorded 394 new coronavirus cases and 17 deaths — the highest number of people to die from the disease in a single day in Australia since the pandemic began.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the people who died were two men in their 50s, four men in their 70s, four women and two men in their 80s, and two women and three men in their 90s.

Ten of the deaths were connected to aged care outbreaks.

The Victorian Government has also announced almost $60 million in funding to expand Victoria's mental health services.

It includes $250,000 for an existing counselling service that is used by healthcare workers, including nurses and midwives.

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"This is a very challenging set of circumstances … particularly those nurses and personal care workers who have gone into aged care settings in fundamental crisis," Mr Andrews said.

"You can't unsee what you've seen. There is a degree of trauma, a degree of previously unknown levels of really, really challenging circumstances."

'More families are planning funerals'
The Premier said the state was likely seeing the "tail end" of the effect of Melbourne's stage 3 restrictions' stabilising effect on numbers.

But he said the state's reproduction rate was still sitting at roughly one, or just under, meaning "every person who has it is giving it to at least one other".

"We have to drive that so that every second or third or fourth person who has it is infecting someone else, and that's where we'll see the numbers halve and halve again and become more manageable," he said.

Shortly after today's coronavirus update, police issued 27 fines and arrested six people at an anti-mask protest at State Parliament Melbourne's CBD.

Twenty-four fines were for people leaving home for a non-essential reason and one was for not wearing a mask.

One of the protest's organisers is expected to be charged with further offences.

In the past day, Victoria Police issued 268 fines for coronavirus breaches, including 38 for failing to wear a face covering and 77 for breaching curfew.

Some examples of breaches included a man helping a friend move a TV, a man having four friends over to watch football, and a woman who admitted driving over 20 kilometres from Scoresby to Patterson Lakes in Melbourne's east.

At today's coronavirus update, Mr Andrews said people failing to follow coronavirus restriction rules had contributed to rising case numbers in the state.

"Sadly, tragically … more families are planning funerals," he said.

"I do not want a situation where the bad behaviour, the poor choices of a smaller number of people in any way detract from, I think, a growing number of Victorians who are doing the right thing."

'Mystery cases' continue to grow in challenge for authorities
Cases connected to aged care settings have continued to grow, with a total of 1,748 active infections in the state — 60 more than yesterday.

However, the total number of healthcare workers with active coronavirus infections has dropped slightly, from 998 yesterday to 994 today.

The number of confirmed cases of community transmission without a known source has grown by 174 overnight to a total of 2,758.

Mr Andrews described those "mystery cases" as one of the state's biggest challenges in fighting the pandemic.

There are now 634 Victorians in hospital, 43 of whom are receiving intensive care.

More than 41,000 coronavirus tests were processed in the state yesterday, taking the total conducted since the pandemic began to 1,801,300.

Cumulative total of cases linked to aged care outbreaks:
186 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
169 cases have been linked to St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
146 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
123 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
105 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
93 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North
87 cases have been linked to Arcare Aged Care Facility in Craigieburn
78 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
77 cases have been linked to Aurrum Aged Care in Plenty
Cumulative total of cases linked to other key outbreaks:
200 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown
125 cases have been linked to JBS Brooklyn
109 cases have been linked to Melbourne Health Royal Park Campus
83 cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac
48 cases have been linked to the Linfox warehouse in Truganina
40 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater
38 cases have been linked to Catholic Regional College in Sydenham
31 cases have been linked to Inghams in Thomastown
26 cases have been linked to Bingo Recycling in West Melbourne
16 cases have been linked to Hazeldene's Chicken Farm in Bendigo
13 cases have been linked to Bluebird Early Education in South Morang

abc/ DHHS coronavirus update August 9, 2020

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