Victoria has recorded 397 new cases of coronavirus and three more deaths with more severe lockdowns looming in days.
State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Saturday announced the numbers, 37 linked to epidemics and 360 currently under investigation.
A man and woman in their 80s and another in their 90s died overnight, bringing the state’s death toll to 116.
The figure comes as new modeling shows COVID-19 cases doubling every 16 days in the state, with worrying predictions, up to 1,000 daily cases could be recorded by mid-August.
Victoria is expected to announce nearly 400 new coronavirus cases with more severe lockdowns potentially on the horizon (pictured, clinical waste removal staff at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured, arriving for the press conference on Saturday) said on Friday he could not lift the lockdown, which is expected to end in mid-August, in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire when COVID cases -19 is so high
Victoria recorded 397 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday
On Thursday alone, Victoria recorded the highest daily peak of COVID-19 cases in the country with 723 cases and 13 deaths.
Deborah Cromer, a mathematical biologist at the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW, admitted to the Australian that the virus had not been contained.
“I have to say it’s not under control at this point.
According to the projection, 723 new cases could be registered next Friday, 899 new cases marked the following Wednesday and 1,118 cases identified the following Monday.
There are 5,743 active cases and the total death toll in Victoria is now 113, bringing the national figure to 197.
The postcode with the most active cases is 3029 with 346 cases across Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina in West Melbourne.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said on Saturday more than 200,000 police checks have taken place statewide, while more than 452,000 car checks have been carried out.
She noted that some Victorians were still breaking the restrictions and called the behavior “appalling”.
“The overwhelming majority of Victorians do the right thing every day,” she says.
State Health Director Brett Sutton has confirmed that a New Zealand-style lockdown, which has seen all businesses except essential services closed, is being explored (pictured , clinical waste is disposed of at Epping Gardens Elderly Care Center in Epping, Melbourne)
Military personnel patrol the Epping Gardens elderly care facility in Epping, Melbourne
Clinical waste disposal staff work at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne
“However, we continue to see appalling behavior. I’m sick of it, the Victorian police have had enough.
Ms Neville noted that among the fines imposed was a driver who attempted to enter Wodonga for a Big Mac.
Another person was fined for driving from Melbourne to Ballarat to ‘get some fresh air’, while another driver went from Werribee to Springvale for his groceries.
Mr Andrews said community transmission remained a top priority and cited 49 “mysterious” cases.
“These cases of community transmission concern us the most.
“The challenge is that they’re a mystery and it’s about trying to find out as much as you can, as much information, evidence and data as you can.
Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said there should be tougher penalties for breaking isolation rules such as watch bracelets and higher fines (in the photo a resident is taken away in an ambulance at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)
Melbourne residents pictured wearing masks on a walk along Morell Bridge on July 24
Military personnel keep watch on Melbourne elderly care facility as it grapples with COVID-19 outbreak
Health officials are also assessing whether the stay-at-home orders in place in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are doing enough.
Experts are working over the weekend to analyze infection data from the first half of Victoria’s six-week lockdown.
State health director Brett Sutton has confirmed that a New Zealand-style lockdown, which has seen all businesses except essential services shut down, is under consideration.
Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are roughly halfway through the third leg of the restrictions which are due to end in mid-August.
“We cannot open with these numbers, we cannot open with much less than these numbers,” Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said Friday.
His warning came after it was revealed that an alarming number of Victorians with COVID-19 were not staying at home, with more than 100 referred to police.
New modeling shows COVID-19 cases are doubling every 16 days in the state with worrying predictions that up to 1,000 cases could be registered by mid-August (pictured, clinical waste removal staff at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)
Melbourne resident walks past Australian Defense Force personnel as city continues to go through lockdown third stage
Australian Defense Force personnel and public health officials visited more than 500 homes of positive cases on Thursday, but one in four was not there.
Mr Andrews said there was no excuse for people who tested positive not to self-isolate.
Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said there should be tougher penalties for breaking isolation rules such as watch bracelets and higher fines.
Muslims marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha over the next few days have been encouraged to socially distance themselves and wear masks.
“I just want to encourage everyone to make positive decisions about how they choose to celebrate their faith at this important time for this community,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told 2GB radio.
Victoria’s COVID-19 case
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced that 397 new cases of coronavirus had been recorded on Saturday.
The state continues to struggle to contain the outbreak and has consistently broken national records on new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths.
August 1: 397 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths
July 31: 627 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths
July 30: 723 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths
July 29: 295 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths
July 28: 384 new cases of COVID-19 and six deaths
July 27: 532 new cases of COVID-19 and six deaths
July 26: 459 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths
July 25: 357 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths
July 24: 300 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths
July 23: 403 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths