Victoria recorded 428 new cases of coronavirus overnight and three new deaths on Friday following a record high of 317 cases on Thursday.
The spike in the numbers has lifted the total number of cases to 5,165 with 122 people in hospital and 31 in intensive care. So far there have been 32 deaths in the state, with three of these belonging to members of the Greek community.
Among the additional infections recorded are cases at St Basil’s aged care facility in Fawkner.
To help deal with the spike, rules have been updated to explicitly rule out travelling within Melbourne for daily exercise. Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said that not everyone interprets “common sense” rules in the same way. He pointed to an example of people who had travelled from Coburg to Rye on the Mornington Peninsula.
“This is not daily exercise,” he said. “That is a day trip and day trips are not on. There is nothing about that that is compatible with staying at home.”
“These numbers are very challenging and we always said it would worse before it got better. Let’s not any of us contribute to the fact that we have got significant virus and it is spreading across,” he said, however those who are members of sporting clubs, like golf or shooting, can do the activity of the club provided it is not outside of the lockdown area. “There is not a golf course in every suburb so you cannot play golf in every suburb, and to the question that if you are a member of the club, it is not unreasonable to travel to the club,” Premier Andrews explained.
Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said that there were five new cases in regional Victoria. “We have had some cases of people who may be commuting to Melbourne, returning to regional communities and therefore infecting their family members,” she said, adding that testing sites would be increased in regional areas.
People in regional areas are requested to wear facemasks when out in public when they cannot guarantee physical distancing. It remains a request, and is not compulsory.