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Victoria records the largest increase in coronavirus cases since the onset of the pandemic

Victoria is hit by 288 new cases of coronavirus – the worst daily figure ever for an Australian state – while Melbourne is crushed by the second wave

Victoria has registered 288 new cases of coronavirus, the highest peak since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Twenty-six are linked to known outbreaks and the source of the rest is under investigation.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews told residents incarcerated in Melbourne to wear a mask for essential reasons when they leave their home.

The total is the highest that a state has ever recorded. The previous record was 212 new cases at NSW on March 28 during the pandemic peak in Australia.

Many of these were repeat travelers and their close contacts, meaning the Victoria outbreak is far more dangerous and a “threat to the nation” as things spread quickly among the local community.

Victoria has recorded its peak in cases since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic

Victoria has recorded its peak in cases since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic

Last night, it was announced that high-rise Melbourne residents who have been locked in their homes since Saturday will be held for another nine days as the city’s outbreak grows.

The residential committee block on 33 Alfred Street has registered a total of 53 cases, prompting Prime Minister Daniel Andrews to extend the lock-up, although residents are now allowed to exercise daily under supervision.

Many of the tower’s residents come from ‘diverse communities’ and officials will try to bring them ‘culturally appropriate’ food.

Residents of eight other heavily enclosed towers are released after two blocks of zero cases and six very few cases are recorded.

They will still be subject to stay-at-home orders like the rest of Melbourne, but can now leave for shopping, work and school, health care and exercise.

Residents who have tested positive still need to isolate.

Nine social housing towers (some in the photo) have been shut down due to an outbreak in Melbourne

Nine social housing towers (some in the photo) have been shut down due to an outbreak in Melbourne

Nine social housing towers (some in the photo) have been shut down due to an outbreak in Melbourne

Rescuers are preparing to distribute goods on Thursday to residents in a people's tower

Rescuers are preparing to distribute goods on Thursday to residents in a people's tower

Rescuers are preparing to distribute goods on Thursday to residents in a people’s tower

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