Victoria has recorded 149 new cases of coronavirus and 24 people with Covid-19 have died, taking the state’s death toll to 462.

Premier Daniel Andrews said 21 of the 24 deaths were linked to aged care outbreaks.

The deaths are comprised of one woman in her 60s, three men in their 70s, three women and seven men in their 80s, and six women and four men in their 90s.

Andrews said the state offered its sympathies and condolences to the families grieving the loss of loved ones to the virus.

There are 1487 active cases and 121 active outbreaks in aged care settings across the state, and 50 active cases in disability facility settings.

But the Premier said the combined efforts of state and Commonwealth agencies was beginning to bring “significant stability” to the “very challenging” outbreaks across those sectors.

The latest update comes as the Premier said he was having “very, very productive discussions” with crossbench MPs as he sought their support in changing legislation to allow the state of emergency to be extended by another 12 months.

Today’s figures come after 148 cases were reported yesterday and 116 cases were announced on Monday – the lowest daily number of new cases in more than seven weeks.

Premier says test times are faster

A total of 2.13 million tests have been taken in Victoria since the pandemic began and the Premier said testing times had improved in recent days, with most results coming back within 24 hours.

He stressed it was still critical for people to keep getting tested if they had any cold or flu-like symptoms.

“We have got to have sufficient certainty and confidence that we’re getting an accurate and a big enough snapshot of how much virus is out there in the Victorian community,” he said.

SOURCE – RADIO NZ

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