28 Aug 2020

Covid-19: Victoria records 113 new cases, 12 further deaths

12:22 pm on 28 August 2020

Victoria has recorded 113 new cases of coronavirus and 12 more deaths, taking the Australian state's Covid-19 death toll to 497.

A man walks past a large face mask pinned to a tree in Melbourne on August 3, 2020 after the state announced new restrictions as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. -

Photo: AFP

Today's number of new cases matches yesterday's, which was the lowest daily number in almost eight weeks.

In recent days, Premier Daniel Andrews has sought to reassure the public the government's plan for easing restrictions in coming months would be revealed when the timing was right.

At a media conference on Thursday, Andrews said when daily cases dropped to double digits there could be a "really clear discussion about what the back end of September looks like".

He said improving the state's economy and the mental health of Victorians would be the priority.

The latest figures come after storms swept through Victoria cutting power to tens of thousands of homes.

In a tweet this morning, Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said "despite restrictions, you can leave your home in an emergency and to seek medical care".

A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said clarification would be provided on whether people could temporarily move to another person's home if they had no power.

Victoria's latest postcode data shows active coronavirus cases are continuing to decline across Melbourne's hotspots.

Postcode 3029 in Melbourne's west, which includes the suburbs Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing and Truganina, had 177 active cases as of Thursday, down by 101 on last week.


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