Cases grow in Casey

Covid-19 infections have spiralled in Casey with 44 new cases recorded, according to the state’s latest health data.

It comes as the state recorded a horror rise in infections since the pandemic began with 723 new cases, eclipsing the previous biggest of 503 cases on Monday.

Casey’s active cases now stand at 223 –  an increase of 117 in the past seven days.

In neighbouring Great Dandenong, there are now 144 active cases. Cardinia’s new cases rose by 11 to 35 active cases.

There were single-figure rises in Monash (five), Kingston (five), Frankston (six) and Knox (six).

Forty-nine cases are linked to Outlook Gardens aged-care home in Dandenong North.

The state’s total has risen to 5385 active cases, including 549 infected health care workers – a jump of 476 cases in the 24 hours to Thursday 30 July.

Thirteen deaths have been reported overnight. They were three men in their 70s, three women in their 70s, three men in their 80s, two women in their 80s and two men in their 90s. Ten of the 13 deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

To date, 105 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

There are 312 hospital patients with Covid-19, with 34 in intensive care.

Premier Daniel Andrews said new cases in regional communities had largely been contained to workplaces.

“Increasingly though, in some locations, we’re seeing a different kind of spread,” he said.

“That’s why, from 11:59pm tonight (Thursday 30 July), and in the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you will no longer be able to visit people or have visitors at home.”