Victoia records 216 new coronavirus cases overnight

Victoia records 216 new coronavirus cases overnight

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday (11) that the state had now recorded 3560 cases of coronavirus as the state recorded 216 new cases of coronavirus. This is after the state recorded 288 new COVID-19 cases, on Friday, the largest daily increase of the pandemic so far.

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Premier Daniel Andrews said masks were not being made mandatory but recommend people where masks in areas where physical  distancing was not possible. He is grateful for those who have taken the most recent advice to wear them when you cannot social distance. 

"No mask is foolproof, but every contribution helps, and I'm very grateful to think that many more Victorians are wearing masks."

He said there were now 1249 active cases in the state

Premier has again urged Victorians to leave their homes for just four reasons: for groceries, to exercise, working or learning and caregiving.

"I know it is very frustrating, and it is not the place that we wanted to be in, but it's a clear strategy” he said.

"It will work, but only if every single Victorian and the whole community that will ultimately benefit from that strategy - it only works if we all play our part.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced the Government will be setting up new testing sites for coronavirus. She says there are now more than 150 testing sites across the state. 

Victorian healthcare workers are yet again appealing for more urgent action to boost supplies of personal protective equipment as the number of coronavirus cases in hospitals and aged care facilities continues to climb.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he predicted the number of hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19 would soon get much worse.

"We will see an increase in hospitalised and ICU cases, and in deaths, in the coming days because of the spike that we have seen in recent days," he said at a press conference on Friday.