Australia logs record coronavirus cases, deaths

Henrietta Brewer
July 31, 2020

Mr Andrews said the state would be unable to look to its economic recovery while coronavirus numbers remained high.

'In level four lockdown, most critically, is that the only people that go to work are those for essential services, otherwise you reach a critical point'.

Yesterday, the state recorded 13 deaths from the virus, including three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two women in their 80s, and two men aged in their 90s.

The dire numbers prompted the premier to announce a ban on visitors for residents of the Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe local government areas from Friday.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media at the daily briefing on July 31, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

"At times like this, it's even more important that we don't gather in those large groups, that as important as faith is, that we really do think of the health issues here", he said.

There are 5385 active cases in the state and 416 in Melbourne Metro and Mitchell shire. There are 255 in regional Victoria.

The Premier put out a plea to all Victorians, urging people to practise social distancing and get tested.

Some 723 positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours, well beyond the previous nationwide record of 549 cases set on Monday. He said he understands that Victorians are feeling "equal parts frustrated, exhausted and sad". "It may well be the case. that we need to take further steps, that the steps we have taken are not enough to pull things up", he said. Why you can have dinner together at a restaurant - but not at a mate's place.

"By not hugging your mum, you might be keeping her alive".

Medical transport workers prepare to enter the Epping Aged Care Home in Melbourne, Australia.

"And by covering your face, you're contributing to the safety of every single Victorian". "And there's still a lot of work to do and we're not on top of it yet".

At one of the worst-hit facilities, Epping Gardens, an ambulance was seen on Wednesday taking away the body of one of the deceased residents, while health workers stretchered other masked residents to waiting ambulances for transfer to hospital.

Queensland state today said it had found three new cases, two of whom were believed to have contracted Covid-19 while in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales state.

He said the ADF was called in on Tuesday night after the majority of the workforce had to go into quarantine.

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