Victoria records 397 new Covid-19 cases, three more deaths

Authorities in Australian state of Victoria make masks compulsory for all

"That is a very significant number of new cases and while there is always a temptation to try and read trends into these numbers, there is a growing concern in relation to the number of community transmission cases within that data", he said.

According to new modelling for The Weekend Australian by UNSW mathematical biologist Dr Deborah Cromer, cases in Victoria are doubling every 16 days and the state could record 1000 daily infections by the middle of this month.

Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said the city of five million and surrounding areas would be stuck in "limbo" unless they could cut infection rates.

Without a drop in infections, it was an "absolute certainty" that any rollback of restrictions would see cases spiral out of control, he said.

On Friday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton acknowledged that tighter restrictions would create their own public health harm as they hit mental health, employment and businesses.

41 Victorian COVID-19 patients are in ICU with 24 on ventilators.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) afternoon update stated the number of probable community transmission cases was 1,418.

"It is not a tap you can just turn on or off". The national death toll has reached 201. "They (further restrictions) are not decisions that would be taken lightly because there are significant costs. even minor changes have a significant cost".

Queensland has confirmed one new case of coronavirus from more than 11,000 tests. Australian Defence Force personnel and public health officials have been visiting homes of positive cases to find many people were not there and therefore failing to isolate.

"There is absolutely no reason or need to drive from Melbourne to Wodonga to have a Big Mac".

"There is absolutely no reason or need to drive from Melbourne to Ballarat fresh air".

"I am fed up with it. Victoria Police are fed up with it", she told reporters. "There is absolutely no reason to drive from Werribee out to Springvale to buy groceries".

"Why would people think that is OK?"

However, Cromer said she was not saying the daily totals would be realised.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said extra nurses had been provided to the facility, and all staff and the residents at the home were being tested.

A man wearing a mask walks along a quiet street in Melbourne. Check your state's restrictions on gathering limits.

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