Victoria records 273 cases new cases of COVID-19 and man in 70s dies

Victoria records 273 cases new cases of coronavirus overnight and a man in his 70s dies

A man in his 70s has died and another 273 cases of coronavirus have been identified in Victoria overnight as the state is gripped by a second wave of the disease. 

There are 57 Victorians in hospital with COVID-19, including 16 who remain in intensive care. 

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the latest figures during a press conference on Sunday morning.

Victorians living in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are currently in the midst of a second lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. 

The reimposed lockdown measures in parts of the state mean people can only leave their homes for four essential purposes – groceries, daily exercise, to give or receive care and to go to school or work. 

Mr Andrews implored people to follow those orders, telling the public on Sunday it was currently a ‘very dangerous’ situation.

‘This is a dangerous time,’ he said.

‘This is a very challenging time, and I know we are asking a lot of Victorians, but we simply have no choice but to acknowledge the reality that we face and to do what must be done, and that is to follow those rules, to only go out when you need to, and to only go out for the purposes that are lawful.’

The premier said police would be out in full force and would not be issuing warnings to people caught flouting the rules. 

More to come.