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No new regional cases recorded

VICTORIA has recorded 55 new COVD-19 cases and eight deaths overnight, taking the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 683.

The deaths include two men in their 60s, two men in their 80s, and one female and three men in their 90s.

Six of those deaths were linked to aged care outbreaks.

There are currently 238 Victorians in hospital, 22 in intensive care and 13 of those are on ventilators.

Premier, Daniel Andrews said there were no new cases recorded in regional Victoria overnight.

“I want to thank everyone across regional Victoria, from big regional cities to the smallest of country towns … you are doing an amazing job,” he said.

There are now 82 active cases across regional Victoria.

Mr Andrews said 8704 tests were processed across the state yesterday, a significant drop from previous days.

“That is less tests than we would have liked, but we will see in coming weeks and months with so little flu and cold symptoms, we will see less symptomatic people in the community in general,” he said.

“It is so important that every single Victorian that has even the mildest symptoms, as soon as those symptoms begin, please come forward and visit one of the more 190 test sites across the state … please get tested.”

The positive numbers are a slight increase on yesterday’s 41 new cases, which was the lowest daily total recorded in Victoria in more than 10 weeks.

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