Victoria has reported one new coronavirus death and 216 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

Australia’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 107, after a man in his nineties succumbed to the virus overnight while in hospital.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the outbreaks in aged care facilities is concerning. 

“Essentially, we have got over a 100 cumulative outbreaks [in Victoria]…We are getting more and more cases in aged care facilities and we need to make sure we keep up with that.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urged residents to comply with the lockdown restrictions to stay at home.

“This is not an ordinary weekend. It is anything but that. You’ve got to be in your home if you are in the metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire areas, and only for those four reasons.”

The four reasons include: healthcare and other essential services like groceries; exercise, work and study [if they can’t be done fro home], or childcare.

On Friday, Victoria reported a record spike of 288 new coronavirus cases, with the state battling a surge in community transmission over the past three weeks. 

Residents in Metropolitan Melbourne and Shire of Mitchell are subject to a six-week ‘stage three’ lockdown, which was announced on Thursday after a steady growth in community transmission cases.

“As frustrating, as inconvenient and as challenging as it is, we cannot deny the reality of the situation we face, and we cannot pretend that doing anything other than following the rules will get us to the other side of this,” Mr Andrews said.

New South Wales has recorded 7 new cases while Queensland recorded 2 new cases.

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Residents in metropolitan Melbourne are subject to stay-at-home orders and can only leave home for essential work, study, exercise or care responsibilities. People are also advised to wear masks in public.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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