Two Victorians have died from coronavirus on the same day the state recorded its highest daily number of new cases since the pandemic started.
Over the past 24 hours 127 people returned positive tests.
A man in his 90s died in hospital yesterday while another man, aged in his 60s, passed away in hospital this morning.
Victoria’s death toll now stands at 22, while Australia’s total is at 106.
Of the 127 new cases, 34 are linked to outbreaks, 40 were detected in routine testing and 53 are under investigation.
The Al-Taqwa outbreak continues to grow with 14 new cases, bringing the total to 77, two were linked to the Patterson Lysterfield family outbreak, and one new case linked to the Camberwell outbreak, now sitting at a total of four.
One new case was also linked to the Truganina family outbreak.
There are now 645 active cases in the state, with 31 people in hospital including five in ICU.
So far, 952,699 tests have been conducted.
There have been 16 new cases detected across the nine residential towers in lockdown, bringing the total to 53.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed this morning airline staff from Qantas and Jetstar will replace security guards at Melbourne’s quarantine hotels.
The Victorian-NSW border will also shut from midnight tomorrow.
Victorians trying to enter without a permit risk a $11,000 fine and six months’ jail.
The Australia Defence Force will conduct sweeping surveillance across border checkpoints.
Residents quarantined in Melbourne’s nine public housing towers have gone through day two of “hard lockdown”.
Some residents living inside have complained of brut force, a lack of information and have even gone two days without food.
Victorian Greens MP Ellen Sandell criticised the operation and called on the Government to respond to residents’ urgent medical needs.
Originally published as Two dead in state’s worst virus day