Victoria has experienced its worst day of the pandemic, with a record 725 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed today.
It comes almost a week after 723 infections were recorded last Thursday and 627 cases were confirmed last Friday.
Sadly, there were 15 deaths in the past 24 hours: one man in his 30s, three men and one woman in their 70s, three men and three women in their 80s and three men and one woman in their 90s.
Twelve of those new deaths are linked to aged care, while the total death toll now sits at 162.
There are now 7227 active cases statewide. 1435 of those cases are linked to aged care settings.
538 Victorians are in hospital, with 42 in intensive care.
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There remains two active cases in the Northern Grampians, and one active case in Ararat
The number of active cases in Horsham dropped to six yesterday. There are no active cases in the Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack shires.
Updated figures are expected from DHHS this afternoon.
Regional Victoria will be plunged back into stage three restrictions from midnight tonight to protect what the Premier previously coined 'jealously low' numbers of positive cases.
Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and delivery services again, while the state moves to prevent the chance for community transmission.
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