Victoria has recorded its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in more than a week, with 295 people testing positive, while nine people have died.

Premier Daniel Andrews said seven of the nine deaths were residents in private-sector aged care homes.

Today’s fatalities include one person aged in their 60s, one in their 70s, five aged in their 80s and two people in their 90s.

About one in six active cases in Victoria is linked to aged care homes, 804 of the state’s total 4839 active cases.

There are 307 people in hospital with 41 in intensive care.

Yesterday, Victoria announced 384 new cases, and six deaths; on Monday it recorded its highest ever toal of 532 cases plus six deaths and Sunday’s total was 459 and 10 deaths.Victoria's state premier, Daniel Andrews, speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on December 21, 2017, after car ploughed into a crowd of people earlier in the day.

Daniel Andrews Photo: MARK PETERSON / AFP

Andrews said every person who tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus would from today be doorknocked by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and state health officials.

“That will be not just for compliance but it’s also about making sure every single case knows and understands what we’re asking them to do,” he said.

ADF and health department teams have already doorknocked about 500 Victorians who had tested positive to coronavirus but were not contactable by phone.

Andrews said 29 people who were supposed to be isolating were not home and those cases have been referred to Victoria Police.

“… we still have numbers that are way too high,” he said.

“There are still numbers of people, significant numbers of people who have symptoms going to work and that is why my consistent appeal is for those people to not do that.

“Go and get tested instead. That’s the most important thing to do.”


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