The virus-riddled State is continuing to face soaring coronavirus case numbers and a further six deaths.
Latest Victoria COVID-19 update sees the total coronavirus case-load moving close to 10,000, with no break in its three-figure daily case increases.
Today’s six new deaths, five of which were connected to aged-care homes, leave the nation’s death toll at 161.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said the figures were “very concerning” and predicted more bad news was to come.
“The tragedy of Covid-19 is that we know with the number of new infections that we have seen today, that there will be many further deaths in the days ahead,” he said.
Four cases linked to neo-natal unit
One of Victoria’s outbreaks in linked to the Royal Children’s Hospital neonatal unit.
This is where mothers and babies, many of which are premature, recover and receive treatment post-birth.
So far, two parents, a patient and a healthcare worker have tested positive.
All babies, parents and staff who have spent more than two hours in the unit since July 12 will now be tested.
The rise of the anti-maskers
While many Melbournians were donning masks and staying indoors, there has been a surge of people refusing to follow such rules
Many have posted their rants on social media, some burning masks for all to see, while others have turned their cameras on those pleading they wear masks.
One of these people, simply dubbed “Karen” on social media, did just that at a Bunnings and Australia Post in Melbourne.
In both instances, she asked staff and police to aquint themselves with the law and explain exactly why she had to wear a mask.
In one encounter with police, she said she would be suing officers “personally”.
Her actions, and the actions of others, prompted Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to hit back pretty brutally.
He slammed those “standing in the car park of Bunnings reading whatever nonsense you have pulled up from some obscure website”.
“Ultimately, I think people can judge for themselves the efficacy, the credibility of people who are running those sort of keyboard warrior campaigns,” he said.
“Seriously, one more comment about human rights – honestly. It is about human life.
“I apologise for letting my frustration get the better of me, but ultimately this is not about those issues and it is not about those people, frankly.”
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