10 days, no new Geelong cases

A microscopic image of the coronavirus.

By Luke Voogt

Geelong coronavirus cases have remained level for the 10th consecutive day, the longest period with no new cases in at least a month.

Confirmed greater Geelong coronavirus cases have remained on 63 since 11.59pm last Tuesday while Surf Coast cases have remained on 10 since April 10, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Victorian coronavirus cases yesterday rose by three to 1364, including 706 males and 658 females, with cases ranging from infants to people in their 90s.

Eighteen Victorians, aged from their 50s to 90s, have died after contracting coronavirus.

In Victoria, 140 confirmed cases may have been acquired through community transmission with more than 123,500 tests conducted to date, according to DHHS.

Currently, 16 people are in hospital, including seven patients in intensive care, and 1293 people have recovered.

Of the 1364 cases, 1107 occurred in metropolitan Melbourne and 217 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation.

The result comes as State Government this week announced 100,000 Victorians would be tested for coronavirus over the next two weeks.

The “massive” testing “blitz” at 43 sites across Victoria will help government consider relaxing its State of Emergency restrictions, due for review on May 11.

Meanwhile police fined 74 people yesterday for breaching COVID-19 restrictions while conducting 651 spot checks at Victorian homes, businesses and non-essential services.

The fines included 10 people at a birthday party, four people drinking in a shopping centre carpark and people committing other offences such as theft and drug dealing.

Under the current State of Emergency Victorians are only permitted to leave home for food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education.

Police can issue on-the-spot fines, including up to $1652 for individuals and up to $9913 for businesses.