On the deadliest day of the pandemic in Australia, another thirteen people died from the coronavirus.
Victoria also broke her own record for new business on Thursday, with 723 registered across the state.
The national death toll is now 189.
Face masks are mandatory in Victoria from Sunday, and people in six coastal and regional councils will not be allowed to visit each other’s homes.
A woman is seen speaking to an employee wearing PPE at the entrance of St. Basil’s Elderly Care Facility on July 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
A man with a face mask walks by as the Australian Defense Force in Melbourne on Monday (Victoria broke his own record for COVID-19 cases with 723 registered on Thursday)
Police will leave the healthcare facility Epping Gardens in the suburb of Epping in Melbourne on Wednesday
Older concern remains Victoria’s disaster hotspot, with up to 10 of the last 13 victims associated with nursing homes.
The fatalities are three men and three women in their seventies, three men and two women in their eighties and two men in their nineties.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned private aged care providers about improper use of personal protective equipment.
“Failure to comply with these requirements for the use of personal protective equipment will limit the accreditation of people,” he said.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee meets to provide further advice to combat rising Victorian infections.
“We cannot rule out further restrictions or restrictions to address this outbreak,” said Morrison.
But he doesn’t expect other states to step up anti-virus measures as NSW has been able to pinpoint the source of new cases.
The prime minister said the increase in deaths was the most worrying problem.
“We must be careful not to fall into the idea that Australians have golden immunity to this virus.”
Healthcare workers are seen at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Rushcutters Bay on July 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia
Victoria registered 723 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, while NSW registered 18 new cases (a pop-up COVID-19 test clinic at Rushcutters Bay on July 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia)
Victoria is expected to announce 723 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday. The state’s previous record Monday was 532 infections
Mr. Morrison said that about 50 cases a day have no known source.
“That is the main cause for concern,” he said.
The first of five Australian medical assistance teams, usually tasked with emergency relief in critical health situations, has arrived in Melbourne.
There are already more than 1,400 Defense Force personnel on the ground in the state.
NSW registered 18 new cases, only two of which returned from hotel quarantine.
Queensland is bracing itself for a community transmission outbreak after two teenagers with coronavirus evade quarantine.
A major contact finding study was started after the 19-year-olds roamed freely before testing positive for the disease.
Mr Morrison said that all prime ministers of the state should release the health advice behind border closures, banning Queensland Sydneysiders and WA from maintaining a hard border for all other states and territories.
Mr. Andrews also announced that the coronavirus restrictions would extend beyond metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire (shown in yellow) to six local government areas (shown in red), where residents will not be allowed to visit other homes
Paramedics take a patient transport car to the elderly care facility Epping Gardens in Epping, Melbourne, Thursday, July 30, 2020
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews indicated that the jump was partly related to an increase in the number of elderly home cases.
At one of the most severely affected facilities, Epping Gardens, an ambulance was seen on Wednesday taking the body of one of the deceased residents away.
Health workers rolled other masked residents on stretchers to waiting ambulances for transfer to the hospital.
The rest of the country remained alert: three new cases were reported in Queensland and several schools in Sydney were closed overnight due to growing fears that the country’s largest city could also tip towards an uncontrollable outbreak.
Most states and territories in Australia have reported few, if any, new cases in recent weeks.
But Melbourne has caught thousands of new infections since mid-June, an outbreak initially blamed on security concerns in hotels where returning international travelers were under mandatory quarantine.
The government has now extended some of Melbourne’s closure measures to the surrounding cities and deployed emergency teams for care homes in the city.
Those teams – which usually address earthquakes and other overseas disasters – include doctors, nurses, paramedics, and logistics experts.
Australia has recorded over 16,000 COVID-19 cases and 189 deaths, out of a population of 25 million.
Medical personnel and a health commander are seen at an elderly care facility with a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 30, 2020