Victoria’s COVID-19 infections surge by 725

Victoria has registered another 725 COVID-19 infections, the highest daily increase since the pandemic began:

Other key figures:

  • 15 deaths – the deadliest day on record
    • Includes 12 linked to aged care and one man in his 30s.
  • 538 people in hospital
  • 42 in ICU
  • 1435 people in aged care infected

NSW recorded another 12 cases, with infections remaining stable:

NSW continues to manage the outbreak far better than Victoria:

There are now 7,227 active cases in Victoria, 96.1% of the nation’s total. NSW has 262 active cases, 3.5% of the nation’s total:

Victoria has now recorded 13,035 COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began:

The rate of infection per 100,000 residents in Victoria has soared to 196.6, dwarfing NSW’s 47.1:

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  1. 30s: 1 Man
    70s: 3 Men, 1 Woman
    80s: 3 Men, 3 Women
    90s: 3 Men, 1 Woman

    I take it that guy in his 30s who succumbed was very ill in some way already?
    My old man is in his mid 70s. Is that old still? He has a heart problem sure but he still goes sailing by himself. He’s appears to have quite a bit to give yet.

  2. Fabian AlderseyMEMBER

    Let’s not waste this opportunity! Force the infected onto sightseeing tours of all our capital cities! Let’s let it rip and ensure economic devastation for years!

  3. That sub-continental bonking a security guard in hotel quarantine is turning out to be the most expensive root in history.

  4. Arthur Schopenhauer

    On the NE Melbourne townhouse site down the road:
    – diggers in the tree protection zone
    – 3/4 of workers not wearing masks
    – At least 10 people on site in close proximity
    No fks given. 🙄
    And that is why Stage 5 is in our future.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      You should dob them in. They are working in violation of the shutdown. Anything less than 3 storey in height is limited to 5 workers.

        • ChristopherMEMBER

          Just report them so they get a visit from WorkSafe Vic. Need to do these things for the greater good unfortunately.

      • billygoatMEMBER

        Dibber Dobbers Australia one big primary school with everyday folk dobbin each other in.
        I gunna tell tha cops on you:) pathetic

    • I am GrootMEMBER

      There’s a fair chance at least a few of them will be able give you very good reasons why the income tax laws don’t apply to them either.

  5. No doubt we’ll also see a surge in Victorians rushing out to get tested given the new $5k fine for breaking isolation after a positive result.

    • Robert Johnson

      No testing = no cases = no Coronavirus! Mission accomplished.

      Same strategy as not testing all people at entry into Australian hotel quarantine.

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      What was Stewie saying about the lack of a common culture and it’s impact on civil society?

      Laws are enforced by a tacit agreement on how to behave, and a shared understanding of what is acceptable. The police cannot feasibly enforce Laws that aren’t broadly adhered to.

      We’re not 1990 Yugoslavia, yet. But the Prime Minister is doing a pss poor job of building a common Australian story that could bind the nation through difficult times.

      • I am GrootMEMBER

        I’ve been pondering how much different the overall public response might have been back in the post war through to the ’80s, maybe ’90s period.

    • Why? These guys are normally sole operators, mowing a lawn outside or doing gardening on their own? How does this risk disease spread? Even the payment is normally on agreed periodic invoicing or bank transfer so they probably don’t interact with anyone – even during normal times.
      People really have sh#t for brains at the moment, seem more interested in destroying peoples businesses than anything related to disease control.

      • I am GrootMEMBER

        Jim Penman is an A grade knob. There’s no altruism from him in this ‘gesture’.

        • Couldn’t care less what grade of knob jockey he is, the point remains where is the risk from cutting grass alone?

          Dozens queueing at bottle stores, completely fine though.
          Just repeat after me “its all about the science”.

          • I am GrootMEMBER

            No one’s going to have too much trouble picking inconsistencies and flaws in the lock down rules. Doesn’t give Jim and his operators license to ignore the rules while others have to cop it, and doing so doesn’t make him some sort of role model. Ask the other operators in that industry what they think of his grandstanding.

          • The flaws and inconsistencies are precisely why the system has failed thus far.
            You had 1in3 of those supposed to self isolate not at home, and those in quarantine allowed to go out for exercise. But mowing a lawn is now dangerous for the spread, a total sideshow of epic proportions.

  6. BigDuke6MEMBER

    200 dead in 5 months.
    At this rate the whole country will be dead in 52,083 years.

  7. PolarBearMEMBER

    Thought I was reading an old headline for a few seconds. But no – it’s yet another record infection (and death!) day in Victoria!

  8. Here is an idea and cheaper than the one getting us into a $60B hole in Victoria alone. Instead of us trying to protect the healthcare system, it should protect us. If it is inadequately resourced, then spend some money on equipment, training, facilities etc. Train a heap of people. Pay them really well and indemnify their families – e.g. if you die of covid your family gets $1 million. By the way the odds of you dying is less than 1%…..if you get it.

    Then let the rest of us get on with it. You could even extend the indemnity to everyone except high risk folks. It would still be cheaper.

    If you are high risk – old, obese, respiratory conditions – then stay out of the way.

    • Fabian AlderseyMEMBER

      Tell you what – you put systems in place so that people in aged care can stay out of the virus’ path and report back to us when you’re done. Then we’ll consider your suggestion.

      • We? Are you claiming to speak for everyone? All the people out of work? All the small businesses (including mine) that have come to a complete halt? All the children that can’t go to school? It’s easy to be glib when you’ve got no skin in the game.

        • Arthur Schopenhauer

          I’ve got skin in the game MCB, business, employees and all that. FA has a point. How is it to be done, with a virus that spreads exponentially? How? What are the policies, people and procedures you would put in place to avoid chaos? (Not shutdown chaos, but real Syria style chaos.)
          What resources would you marshal? Where would they be deployed? How would you keep the supply chains running in our ‘just in time’ economy?

          It’s easy to take pot shots at the people tasked with averting chaos. Real easy. Hard to do it though.

          I don’t like it anymore than anyone else. But thinking that letting it rip would be any better is nuts. The US economy is down 30% and they still actually make stuff. What do you think would happen here?

          • migtronixMEMBER

            I’ll tell you how, this is very very simple. You don’t see exponential spread in hospitals, because they know what theyre doing.

            That’s what you need to do with aged care – become mini hospitals. It’ll be very expensive but it will 100% work.

            So shove all you people who can never get an original idea or use life experience in your head…

          • Fabian AlderseyMEMBER

            Okay Mig, I’ll respond, in exactly the way I just responded. So you end up with a really expensive aged care solution, and a crippled economy for as long as covid-19 is around. How long does the expensive solution last before people say “let them die”? You think it’s so easy to quickly change the path a country has been on for decades, on hopes and dreams. Let’s hear some of the concrete achievable steps.

        • Fabian AlderseyMEMBER

          As Arthur says, what I’m saying is that it’s easy to say “stay out of the way”. As if somehow that’s not what they’re already trying to do currently. The real world impact of “let it rip, let the vulnerable people stay out of the way” is many, many extra deaths in Australia. Replace “stay out of the way” with “die” to send your true message.

          • With $60B I reckon I could come up with something. The fact is Melbourne now has the most draconian shutdown rules in the world and I (or you) have no influence or way to change that. We will get to see who was right in the next year. I’m betting on the US and Swede approach. I take it from your response that you are betting on our approach. Why don’t we review in a year.

          • Fabian AlderseyMEMBER

            The issue with that is that the economy flatlines due to the virus (not the lockdowns). So now you’re spending $60bn protecting the vulnerable while the economy has basically shut down (non-vulnerable wealthy people who can afford to isolate do so, since they don’t want to catch the virus. They’ll only resume pre-covid spending levels when their community is safe). How long does that situation last? Huge ongoing expenses amid a much smaller economy for maybe years?

          • Arthur Schopenhauer

            That’s a cop out MCB. What would you do, “come up with something”? Yeah right.
            Many posters on this site think that the State and Federal Governments have some kind of omnipotent power. They don’t, and they certainly don’t operate with the effectiveness of the Swedish Governemnt (or any European Government north of Alps for that matter).
            Our society is not as coherent or as caring as the Swedes. While not as brutal as the US, we are certainly heading in that direction. The aged care sector is deeply dysfunctional, thanks to years of federal government neglect. Turning that around during a pandemic is like changing a 747 engine in flight.
            I have friends and family working in the Victorian Hospital system. None of them want to get Covid. If the country lets it rip, there will be no Surgeons, Paediatricians or Cardiologists available for regular emergencies. They will be triaging Covid cases, covering for their friends and colleagues. And at the end of it, we will be still have the same restrictions in place (like Italy and Spain).
            The pandemic is revealing all the broken parts of our society. Hopefully the our civil institutions will learn from it.

          • migtronixMEMBER

            I said something Arthur you didn’t address it. Just like yesterday.

            Just because you’re unoriginal and perplexed doesn’t mean we all are….

          • I am GrootMEMBER

            At a basic level we are yet again reaping the benefits of privatisation, aged care being just another in a long line of f#ckups.

            And odds are we ain’t done yet, by a long shot.

  9. the worst is how its the ppl who are being dobbed in/harassed by others for not following the rules who are being gaslit as the ‘karens’ when the defining feature of being a karen is telling other ppl what to do in public and self-enforcing public rules

    so the self-enforcers are the anti-karens now


    • Ajaydee73MEMBER

      I noticed the name was hijacked too. But whatevs, name calling is pretty childish anyway.

  10. migtronixMEMBER

    How very convenient the inquiry keeps getting pushed back because of the imposed restrictions.

    Masks were a game changer….

  11. Idiot Dan is big on announcing penalties for people, so what is the penalty for completely f’ing up hotel quarantine going to be?
    Penalties for yee but not for mee.

    Maybe a journalist can ask? Seems like hes been announcing new penalties for the last 3 days.

    • Ajaydee73MEMBER

      He got a $42k pay rise… While asking other people to be financially ruined. “We’re all in this together.”

    • billygoatMEMBER

      Yeah Dan is really really angwry and won’t accept naughty behaviour from bad girl called Karen.
      ‘He will get his army to come down really really really hard on any ladies that won’t play their part.
      He is so angry he is gonna get his police men to be really really tough on naughty bad girls who copy Karen and grind her head int the concrete footpath and make sure its captured on film and show it on the news, like on television cos Karen type of people have been really really naughty. They’re gonna get famous but bad famous like infamous on tv not really famous like movie starts and singers on instagram who have been really good and showing people how to stay at home and be happy and grateful.
      Amateur hour at the Victorian show house. victorian theatre house ACTWHORES
      hasn’t Danny boy got something better to to do than be on the tv all day talking about his lock up and confusing direction & rules stay calm..wash your hands