19 dead, 322 new cases of COVID-19 in Vic

Victoria has yet again recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic with 19 deaths and 322 new cases. 

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the figures on Monday, which takes the state’s death toll from the virus to 228 and the national figure to 313.

The number of deaths confirmed on Monday is still 19 but Victoria has removed a death reported on Sunday due to duplication, resulting in the overall state and national tallies being cut by one.

The latest Victorian victims are a man in his 50s, a woman in her 60s, two men in their 70s, one man and six women in their 80s, and one man and seven women in their 90s.

Fourteen of the 19 deaths are linked to aged care outbreaks.

The previous record for the highest number of fatalities was 16 on Sunday. 

But Monday’s case numbers are the lowest in 13 days, Premier Daniel Andrews said.

Metropolitan Melbourne has been under tough stage-four restrictions – including an 8pm-5am curfew – since August 2, while regional Victoria is under stage-three measures.

The lockdowns are in place until September 13.

“This strategy is difficult, it’s heartbreaking, it’s very challenging, but it’s the only one that will drive down movement across Victoria and, therefore, drive down case numbers and that’s what we have to be focused on,” Mr Andrews told reporters.

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