Victoria has recorded another tragic day with more than a dozen deaths.
Victoria’s COVID-19 caseload and death toll are continuing to skyrocket, with 429 cases leaving the State’s total at more than 11,000.
The 13 deaths also add to a worryingly high death toll, which now sits at 136 in Victoria alone.
Nationally, 208 people have died from the virus.
Of today’s fatalities, two were men and five women in their 90s, two men in their 80s, two men and a woman in their 70s and one man in his 60s.
Mr Andrews mourned the death of even more Victorians.
“I send my best wishes and my sympathies and condolences to each of the families who have lost a loved one since our last review,” he said.
“This will be an incredibly difficult time for them and every Victorian is with them.”
More workplaces to close
Despite many places of work being closed, Mr Andrews announced more industries would have to go into lockdown.
From 11.59pm on Wednesday all non-essential retail, some manufacturing and some admin will close.
“These businesses, unless they have specific requirements to safely shut down on a slightly longer timeline, they will have to close by 11.59 on Wednesday night,” Mr Andrews said.
“To give you the retail example, for instance, Bunnings, you will no longer be able to go into a Bunnings store but you will be able to collect goods without making contact with anybody.”
Construction will also be wound back.
“Very large commercial building, whether it be building apartments in the city or building factories or warehouses or some of those sorts of non-residential building project, if it’s above three stories, then those builders will need to reduce their workforce down to the practical minimum, they can have no more than 25 per cent of their workforce working,” Mr Andrews said.
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