Victoria has recorded more than 700 new cases, new restrictions announced.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed 723 new cases and 13 deaths in the state on Thursday, marking both the highest increase of cases and deadliest day so far.
The deaths include three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two women in their 80s, and two men in their 90s.
There are 312 Victorians in hospital, with 34 of those are in intensive care.
There are a total of 913 active cases in aged care facilities, and Andrews said these clusters are driving the large increase in numbers.
Andrews announced new restrictions which will come into effect at midnight tonight.
Home visitors, weddings and funerals will be banned in parts of regional Victoria:
- Greater Geelong
- Surf Coast
- Golden Plains
- Borough of Queenscliffe
Residents in these areas will still be able to visit restaurants and cafes, attend community sport and visit gyms.
While this sounds counterintuitive, Andrews said this was backed up by the data.
"The data drives that decision. That's where the transmission is. It's not in cafes and restaurants, but it is, in small numbers, in people's homes. One family to another," he said.
"A group of visitors either getting it from a family that have got it and may not know, or vice versa. So, there can be no visitors to your home if you're in any of those local government areas that I have listed."
From midnight Sunday, face coverings will be mandatory in all of Victoria.