There were 45 new cases reported in Victoria on Friday, a slight increase on the 28 new cases reported the day before. But the trend is encouraging.
For context, this time last month the state had 222 new cases (roughly 80% more).
The state reported five new deaths, all linked to aged care, bringing the death toll to 750.
This includes a man in his 50s, a man in his 70s, a man in his 80s, and two women in their 90s.
The state had 920 active cases, with 474 related to aged care outbreaks.
The major aged care outbreaks include:
- 254 cases linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee (2 new cases since Thursday)
- 219 cases linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping (no new cases since Thursday)
- 215 cases linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner (no new cases since Wednesday)
- 166 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer (no new cases since Monday)
- 140 cases linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth (no new cases since Thursday)
- 130 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote (no new cases since Wednesday)
- 128 cases linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir (no new cases since Thursday)
- 124 cases linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North (no new cases since Monday last week)
- 120 cases linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury (1 new case since Thursday)
- 119 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg (no new cases since Monday)
Victoria had 90 people in hospital, 11 in ICU and seven on ventilators.
And the 14-day rolling average stood at 42.7 for metropolitan Melbourne and 2.3 for regional Vic, both down from the previous day’s figures of 44.4 (metro) and 2.9 (regional).
Calls for Victorians to come forward and get tested
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was also quick to note that there had been a concerning drop in testing rates, and he encouraged Victorians to step forward and get tested.
“No matter how mild your symptoms, as soon as the symptoms are noticeable to you, then please go and get tested. Don’t wait a day. Don’t wait two days. Don’t wait till Monday, if it’s on a weekend when you begin to feel unwell. Please come forward and get tested,” he said.