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Australia Victoria's death toll nears 100 after nine more die

06:59  29 july  2020
06:59  29 july  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Victoria's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 92 after another nine people died overnight.

The deaths include two people in their 90s, five in their 80s, one in their 70s and one in their 60s.

Seven of the fatalities were from the private sector aged care, where there are more than 800 linked cases.

"We send our love and support and condolences and best wishes to each of those families," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

It comes as Victoria recorded a dip in COVID-19 cases, with 295 new cases overnight, taking the state's total to 9304.

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There are 307 Victorians in hospital, including 41 seriously unwell in intensive care.

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'Expect a knock on the door'

Any Victorian who tests positive can expect a knock on the door, Mr Andrews said, confirming his government would be cracking down on anyone breaking quarantine.

He said dozens of Victorians were not home when doorknocked by public health authorities and the Australian Defence Force.

The Department of Health and Human Services and defence personnel visited 500 homes after people could not be contacted by health authorities.

There were 29 cases where people did not answer upon being doorknocked.

"They've been referred to Victoria Police," Mr Andrews said.

"If you are supposed to be at home isolating, you are supposed to be at home doing just that."

Victoria's team of door knockers will increase from 58 to 90 today.

Today's case number is a significant drop from the 532 infections on Monday. It is the first time daily cases have dropped below 300 for nine days.

Cases in regional Victoria low but troubling

Victoria has 804 active COVID-19 cases in aged care across the state, including 502 active infections in the health industry.

The 195 active cases in regional Victoria was "still low", Mr Andrews said, but remained concerning.

a group of people sitting around a bag of luggage: A resident of a Melbourne aged care facility is taken away in a ambulance. © Getty / Darrian Traynor A resident of a Melbourne aged care facility is taken away in a ambulance.

"We are confident that we have those in hand, but it is a concern to us to see any cases in regional Victoria," he said.

"That's why I'm so grateful to regional Victorians who continue to do the right thing to keep those numbers low."

He implored Victorians to not go to work if they feel sick.

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