10 Aug 2020

Victoria records 19 coronavirus deaths in past day

12:59 pm on 10 August 2020

Australia's coronavirus death toll has surpassed 300 after Victoria announced a record 19 in the past 24 hours.

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

(File photo) A health official checks people at a Covid-19 testing centre in Melbourne Photo: AFP

New cases of the coronavirus in Victoria have fallen again.

The state had 322 further cases in the past day, as infections steadily decreased since last Wednesday's record tally of 725.

In a change to the procedure for announcing Covid-19 cases, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the new protocol was to tweet the numbers ahead of any press conferences.

Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced there had been 17 deaths overnight, which was the highest number of people to die in a single day in Australia since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile Queensland has reported one new Covid-19 infection.

The latest case is a returned traveller who is in quarantine.

Health Minister Steven Miles said the state had avoided the risks of a widespread outbreak from returning cases from Melbourne.


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