275 New COVID Cases in Victoria With One Death

By AAP
July 20, 2020 Updated: July 20, 2020

A woman in an aged care home has died and another 275 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Victoria.

The death of the woman in her 80s takes Victoria’s COVID-19 toll to 39, with 123 lives lost across Australia.

There are 147 Victorians in hospital, 31 of whom are in intensive care, Premier Daniel Andrews said on July 20.

Victoria now has recorded a total of 5942 cases since the pandemic began and 2913 of those remain active.

The state has seen triple-digit case numbers for a fortnight.

Monday’s figure is lower than some previous figures, but Andrews said he was hesitant to say the second wave was flattening.

“We had a very big day Friday and we had a substantial drop-off, even though we had done more tests,” he told reporters.

“It won’t be until Wednesday that we get to the full two weeks of the stay at home orders across all of metro Melbourne, albeit some of those hot spot postcodes in the north and the west, they have been under the stay at home rules for longer.

“We shouldn’t interpret this data as if we’re in week five of a six week lockdown.”

Among the latest cases are two Magistrates Court workers.

The state government says it has issued up to 61,000 laptops and devices for students who need them, as well as around 23,000 SIM cards and dongles to help in remote learning.

By Kaitlyn Offer in Melbourne