Victoria’s COVID-19 data has belatedly been released, with the state recording 429 new infections, down from yesterday’s 671:
There were 13 more deaths – the equal deadliest day so far – taking the state’s toll to 136. 1,089 active cases are in aged care facilities.
There are now 416 cases in hospital in Victoria with 35 in ICU.
The curve is hopefully peaking in Victoria, but it is still too early to tell:
By comparison, NSW recorded only 13 new cases and is doing a far better job keeping the rate of new infection under control:
Victoria now has 6,489 active cases, 95.9% of the nation’s total. This compares to 250 active cases in NSW (3.7% of total):
Since the pandemic began, Victoria has recorded 11,937 COVID-19 cases, more than triple NSW’s 3,797:
Victoria’s rate of infection has hit 180 per 100,000, way above NSW’s 47 per 100,000:
Meanwhile, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a huge list of businesses forced to close from midnight on Wednesday including:
- most construction sites
- some manufacturing plants
- some administration
- car dealerships
- discretionary retail
However, essential service staff and supply chain workers will continue to operate in full, including:
- supermarkets, grocery stores and liquor
- petrol stations
- post offices
- medical related services.