Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews provides July 31 coronavirus update

More than 600 new COVID-19 cases detected in Victoria, multiple deaths

An additional 627 cases of COVID-19 were detected in Victoria in the last 24 hours.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said eight people had died in that time including two men in their 50s.

Mr Andrews said one in four people positive for COVID-19 who had been doorknocked by authorities were not home at the time.

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Victoria recorded 723 new cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths on Thursday - both national records.

Ten of the deaths were linked to aged care facilities, with some 913 active cases linked to the sector.

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More outbreaks have also emerged in regional Victoria where there are now 255 active cases, with 159 in six areas around Geelong.

From Friday, residents of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains and the Borough of Queenscliffe are banned from having visitors in their homes to help contain the spread.

The Victorian Government announced on Thursday that face masks would be mandatory outside of the home for all Victorians from Sunday. It followed a decision to make face masks compulsory in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire earlier this month.

- with Australian Associated Press

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