More than 500 elderly residents in 38 care centres are battling Covid-19 in the Australian state of Victoria, and elderly people make up significant numbers in the daily death toll figures.

The state’s Premier Daniel Andrews says there have been 10 deaths connected to the virus in the past 24 hours, and 459 new cases recorded.

It’s the country’s deadliest day since the outbreak started, with Victoria counting the vast bulk of cases, and bout 13 per cent of the active cases are in elderly people.

The state is trying to rein in major outbreaks on several fronts – clusters of cases connected to public housing towers, several workplaces and a school in the city’s west, but there are fears an explosion in nursing home cases could be difficult to halt.

Of the 536 active cases linked to aged care, Premier Daniel Andrews said roughly half were residents, while the others were staff and close contacts.

Coronavirus has now affected 38 aged care locations, with the worst outbreaks at three facilities: St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner, Estia Health in Ardeer and Menarock Life aged care in Essendon.

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