Victoria notes 397 new cases; and 124 cases are linked to Fawkner

Henrietta Brewer
August 2, 2020

The figure is more than 220 less than yesterday when 627 new coronavirus cases were announced, and significantly less than Thursday's record of 723.

The state's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Friday verified a New Zealand- design lockdown was being checked out - constraints which saw all companies closed other than for necessary services.

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed 397 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, including three new deaths.

Moves being considered as part of the stage four response include an nearly total shutdown of Melbourne's bus, tram and rail networks, stricter rules that would force residents to stay even closer to their homes and the shutdown of many more businesses.

Not being able to track the source of a case of COVID-19 had become a "silent enemy", Mr Andrews said.

Mr Andrews' announcement comes as a map of the state revealed a grim insight into the severity of coronavirus infections in Victoria.

But the numbers are too high and there is a growing case for us to do more.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael Kidd implored Victorians to "go harder" in their efforts to curb infection spread.

An 83- year-old male linked to the Crossroads Hotel break out in southwest Sydney on Saturday passed away, taking the NSW death toll to 52.

Queensland's latest case of COVID-19 is a woman who may have been infectious while working at a Brisbane nursing home.

Meanwhile, Queenslanders have been put on alert about a string of locations around greater Brisbane that a man visited before testing positive to COVID-19.

Adelaide is set to get 170 individuals on Saturday on a repatriation flight from India, with all entering into hotel quarantine.

Victorian authorities are considering stricter lockdowns as numbers of untraceable "mystery" COVID-19 cases rise.

Camera IconADF personnel are seen at Epping Gardens Aged Care on July 30, 2020 in Melbourne.

The man is a direct contact of one of three women returning from Melbourne who allegedly lied on their border passes.

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne are subject to stay-at-home orders and can only leave home for essential work, study, exercise or care responsibilities.

Farmers whose family home is also their workplace are only required to wear a mask if they have staff coming and going from the property.

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