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Almost 400 new Victoria cases

Victoria has recorded 394 new cases of coronavirus overnight and 17 deaths including 10 linked to aged care home outbreaks.Those who died were 11 men aged in their 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and six women aged in their 80s and 90s.The new cases bring the state’s total to 14,659 while the fatalities now tally…

Victoria has recorded 394 new cases of coronavirus overnight and 17 deaths including 10 linked to aged care home outbreaks.

Those who died were 11 men aged in their 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and six women aged in their 80s and 90s.

The new cases bring the state’s total to 14,659 while the fatalities now tally 210.

The state’s highest daily surge in cases was 723 on July 30.

Premier Daniel Andrews said stage three restrictions and face masks had “brought about a sense of stability”.

Given stage four restrictions have only been in place for days, the impact of the measures is yet to be seen in daily case numbers.

“We’ve avoided many tens of thousands of cases and therefore death rates that would have been substantially higher,” Mr Andrews said.

“But I’m always very hesitant to try and take one day’s data and turn it into a trend.

“Every person who has got it is giving it to at least one other.

“We’ve got to drive that down so that it’s every second, every third, every fourth person who has got it is infecting someone else and that’s how we’ll see the numbers halve and halve again. That will essentially take time.”

Mr Andrews reminded Victorians they faced stiff fines if they didn’t comply with the rules but said the number of those who were doing the right thing was growing.

“The only way this strategy works is if everyone follows the rules.

“This could not be more serious.”

Mr Andrews said “mystery” cases were a bigger challenge than the known outbreaks, with the total number of cases where the source of infection is not known now 2758, up 174 overnight.

“That’s what has made fundamentally necessary these really very challenging settings, these very difficult decisions we’ve had to make to drive down movement.”

Of the active cases across Victoria, 1748 of those are linked to aged care and 994 to health care work.

The premier said 634 cases were in hospital, with 43 of those in intensive care.

Victoria’s mental health minister Martin Foley announced $59.7 million in funding for acute mental health services, aimed at reducing pressure in emergency departments, which had seen more presentations for self harm across all age groups, but particularly for under 18s, during the crisis.

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