Victoria has been dealt a devastating blow to their coronavirus fight, with the state recording their biggest day in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Thursday Victoria recorded 723 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s total to almost 10,000.
Victoria also had 13 more deaths from the virus, which have included three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two woman in their 80s and two men in their 90s.
10 of the 13 deaths may be related to private sector aged care.
It brings the state’s death toll from COVID-19 to 105.
Currently there are 5,385 active cases with 255 in regional Victoria.
913 of the active cases are in aged care.
It is the 25th consecutive day of a triple-digit increase in cases.
“Today is not a good day,” Mr Andrews said.
“As the numbers show, this virus does not discriminate.”
In wake of the results, Mr Andrews announced that face coverings would become mandatory for the whole state including regional areas
It would come into force from midnight on Sunday.
He also revealed that from midnight on Thursday, people in the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe will no longer being able to visit people or have visitors at home.
Almost 80 schools are closed across the state.
Students and staff have been asked to stay home.