Victoria state of emergency set to be extended, state records 116 COVID-19 cases, NSW’s Tangara School for Girls reopening, Australia death toll at 517

Victoria state of emergency set to be extended, state records 116 COVID-19 cases, NSW’s Tangara School for Girls reopening, Australia death toll at 517

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There were 15 new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday: Five men and three women aged in their 80s, four women and two men in their 90s and one woman aged in her 100s.

The department also said they are investigating cases linked to the Melbourne Safe Injecting Room in Richmond. It follows reports of two positive cases being identified at the facility.

Aged Care homes are also still experiencing consistently high case numbers.

There are currently 211 linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping, 195 cases linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, 160 been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee and 159 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer.

The Aged Care sector has come under increased scrutiny as some family members who have lost loved ones have initiated class actions.

Of the 3,731 current active cases in Victoria, 3332 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions, 232 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions and 158 are either unknown or subject to further investigation.

Greater Geelong has 88 active cases, Bendigo has 24 active cases and Ballarat has six active cases.

Nine cases are interstate residents.