Victorians are being warned further lockdowns would be devastating as the state grapples with coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes across Melbourne.

Eight Victorian aged care facilities have residents with coronavirus, while a further 24 nursing homes have staff infected.

Victoria recorded 238 new cases on Wednesday and the death of a woman in her 90s lifted the state’s toll to 27.

More than a quarter of people hospitalised in Victoria with the virus are in intensive care, with dozens needing ventilators.

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton has not ruled out a move to stage four restrictions which could see more businesses forced to close and further limits on travel.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says avoiding such restrictions should be the fundamental goal in Victoria and the rest of the country.

“Our goal as a country, and whether it’s as a Victorian or a Melburnian, is to avoid having to go to higher levels of lockdown,” Mr Hunt said.

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“We know this level has enormous human and economic consequences, whether it’s a single parent in a small flat with young kids, whether it’s a worker who’s been stood down from a particular form of hospitality … the owner of a beautician salon.

“All of these people are doing it tough as it is already. Higher levels of lockdown would mean even greater hardship for individuals, mental health, social isolation, the elderly who’ll be isolated.”

Current cases

  • 790 cases may indicate community transmission
  • 1931 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 105 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 27 in intensive care
  • 2488 people have recovered from the virus
  • Of the total cases, 4017 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 305 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 2329 men and 2109 women
  • More than 1,197,300 tests have been processed

Cases currently linked to public housing in North Melbourne, Flemington and Carlton are as follows:

  • 247 cases are residents of various public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington. Investigations are continuing into how these cases are linked.
  • 36 cases are residents of various public housing towers in Carlton. Investigations are continuing into if and/or how these cases are linked.
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Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:

  • 150 cases have been linked to Al-Taqwa College
  • 33 cases have been linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham
  • 29 cases have been linked to Menarock Life Aged Care Facility in Essendon
  • 21 cases linked to JBS abattoir in Brooklyn
  • 12 cases have been linked to LaManna Supermarket Essendon
  • 9 cases linked to Embracia Moonee Valley aged care
  • 5 cases linked to Steel Mains in Somerton
  • 4 cases linked to Waste Equipment and Hiab Services, Ardeer
  • 4 cases linked to TD Cabinets in Dandenong South
  • 3 cases linked to Bell Collision Repair Centre in Preston
  • 2 cases linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner

There are 1931 active cases in Victoria, with a total of 4448 cases since the pandemic began.

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