15 Jul 2020

Covid-19: Victoria has 238 new cases, one death

2:21 pm on 15 July 2020

Victoria has reported 238 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours and one new death, taking the state's death toll to 27.

Health officials check people at a Covid-19 testing centre in Melbourne

Health officials check people at a Covid-19 testing centre in Melbourne Photo: AFP

Premier Daniel Andrews said the person who died was a woman in her 90s.

Twenty-nine of the new cases are related to known outbreaks and 209 are under investigation.

There are now 105 Victorians with Covid-19 in hospital, and 27 of those are in intensive care.

The woman's death is the third in Victoria in two days, and follows the deaths of a man and a woman in their 80s reported yesterday.

The 238 new cases mark the fourth-highest daily increase in Victoria since the pandemic began.

Victoria police deputy commissioner Rick Nugent said police had checked 85,000 vehicles and issued 546 infringement notices in the past week.

Among the people who received fines were people playing poker, holding parties, and visiting friends for overnight stays.

There were 151 infringement notices issued at vehicle checkpoints.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there has been a "little bit of stabilisation" in cases but stressed the need to drive infections down.

"One in 100 or more, die," he said.

"So when we see more than 200 cases in one day we're looking at two to three deaths in a week's time."

There were now 21 cases linked to the JBS Abattoir in Brooklyn, Professor Sutton said.

A total of nine cases have been linked to Embracia Moonee Valley aged care and two linked to St Basil's aged care in Fawkner.


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