The number of infections rose to 295 in the previous 24 hours, compared to 384 the previous day.
The state recorded nine more deaths due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, seven of which were linked to nursing homes, local government leader Daniel Andrews told a news conference in Melbourne.
In the southeastern state – where quarantine has been imposed – there has been an outbreak of infections in recent weeks and the central government has deployed a special team of doctors in the state to assess the situation and provide care to patients in nursing homes, which have become its focus. pandemic.
In all, Australia mourns 176 deaths from COVID-19 out of a total of approximately 15,000 officially confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection.