Coronavirus crisis: Victoria sets grim record with 725 new COVID-19 cases

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VideoVictoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton says officers on patrol on Frankston were allegedly assaulted after a woman was questioned for not wearing a face covering

Victoria is bracing for another grim day, with a new peak in coronavirus cases reportedly added to the tally as well as more deaths.

A record 725 cases were confirmed overnight, according to The Australian.

On Tuesday Victoria recorded 439 new cases and 11 more deaths — all of them connected to aged care.

The previous record in daily cases was last Thursday, with 723.

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison told anti-maskers who think they are above the law amid the health crisis to “get real”.

A resident of Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility is taken away in a ambulance in Melbourne.
Camera IconA resident of Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility is taken away in a ambulance in Melbourne. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

A 26-year-old Victorian policewoman had her head repeatedly smashed into concrete paving by a woman who refused to wear a mask on Monday night.

The 38-year-old Frankston woman was fined $200 for refusing to wear a mask, charged with multiple offences and released on bail to face court in March 2021.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said officers are regularly dealing with people claiming they are “sovereign citizens” who think they don’t have to follow the rules.

“It’s just about them, it’s actually an arrogant approach. We won’t stand for it,” he told Nine’s Today program on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister agreed.

“Get real. This is a difficult time for everybody, I know people are angry and frustrated,” Mr Morrison told Seven’s Sunrise program.

“It is not unreasonable to wear a mask, not unreasonable to do the most basic things around distancing.”

Wearing a mask while outdoors in metropolitan Melbourne has been mandatory since July 22 and in regional Victoria since Sunday.

Metropolitan Melbourne is currently under an 8pm to 5am curfew.

A woman walks past a boarded up hotel in the city in Melbourne, Australia.
Camera IconA woman walks past a boarded up hotel in the city in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The State Government is expected to make announcements on mental health support on Wednesday to help people struggling with the new stage four lockdown, which won’t end until mid-September.

Widespread business shutdowns across the retail, manufacturing and construction industries are expected to impact the livelihoods of at least 250,000 Victorians.

They will join another 250,000 stood down since the pandemic began and another 500,000 working from home, likely placing a greater burden on mental health services.

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