Greek Australian among the eight new deaths recorded in Victoria on Friday

A woman in a green jacket orange pants and patterned mask waits at a pedestrian crossing

The trend line averaging out the highs and lows of the state's daily numbers projects 582 new cases tomorrow, 723 next Friday, 899 on Wednesday, August 12, and 1118 on August 17.

Classified by Victorian health authorities as "community transmission", they are cases where, despite the efforts of contact tracing teams over several days, or sometimes weeks, they cannot trace the infection back to the "index case" or original source.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said masks or similar face coverings will become compulsory across the state starting late Sunday.

Mr Andrews said 49 more such "mystery" cases had been added to the community transmission tally in the past day.

On Friday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton acknowledged that tighter restrictions would create their own public health harm as they hit mental health, employment and businesses.

There are 379 people with COVID-19 in hospital in Victoria, 41 of whom are in intensive care.

The total number of cases in Victoria since 1 January is now 10,577.

"It is not a tap you can just turn on or off".

An 83-year-old man connected to the Crossroads Hotel outbreak in southwest Sydney on Saturday died, taking the NSW death toll to 52.


Queensland has confirmed one new case of coronavirus from more than 11,000 tests.

In the past two days, health inspectors had checked the homes of more than 500 people - 130 of whom were not at home, it said.

"They are just three of the fines that we saw issued yesterday".

Ms Neville said police fined someone on Friday for driving from Melbourne to Wodonga, which takes around three and a half hours, "to have a Big Mac". "There is absolutely no reason to drive from Werribee out to Springvale to buy groceries".

Police Minister Lisa Neville said Victoria Police was still seeing "appalling" instances of people travelling out of their postcodes and breaching lockdown restrictions.

"I think there is no question when Victoria Police pull people over they are aware of the rules, but these people have made a decision to breach, blatantly breach, the chief health officer's directives".

The man is a direct contact of one of three women returning from Melbourne who allegedly lied on their border passes.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said extra nurses had been provided to the facility, and all staff and the residents at the home were being tested.

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