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Victoria on a virus ‘downslope’

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The chief medical officer says Victoria is on a “downslope” of coronavirus cases as the state recorded 216 new infections overnight, the lowest daily figure in a month.

Professor Brett Sutton said Wednesdays were typically “spike days” for Victoria, but 216 new cases was a “good sign” that trend had been bucked.

“We are trending down and that is a very good sign,” he said.

“We‘re going in the right direction. Numbers will never fall fast enough for me. Community transmission is also trending down as we expect.”

Prof Sutton said cases were also stabilising in aged care and ICU.

“To be on a downslope is a very good sign – Victoria is doing well with a very challenging situation. This is very different from the first wave – we’ve had complex outbreaks in aged care, disability and other complex workplaces.”

Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters all 12 deaths in the past 24 hours were linked to aged care.

Three men in their 70s, four women and one man in their 80s and three women and one man in their 90s died.

The state’s death toll is now at 363.

There are 2050 active cases in Victorian aged-care facilities, with 3337 infections in homes since January 1.

There are 675 Victorians in hospital and 45 in intensive care, while 1065 active cases have been detected in healthcare workers.

There has been an increase of 82 mystery cases overnight, taking that total to 3751.

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