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'Very serious and confronting': 360 of 397 new cases 'still under investigation'

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Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed 397 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours and three new deaths, bringing the state’s total virus death toll to 116.

The Premier said 37 of the 397 new cases were linked to known outbreaks and 360 were still under investigation.

He said there were 5919 active cases in the state, 379 in hospital, 41 in intensive care and 24 of those on ventilators.

Premier Andrews conceded the situation in the state’s aged care system was “very serious and confronting”, revealing there were now 1008 cases in aged care and 1075 among health workers.

The Premier also revealed 49 new cases were ‘mystery cases; cases where we cannot simply track back”.

“That can mean there are many more than 49 out there that have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all who could be at the height of their infectivity and infecting other people unbeknownst to them,” he said.

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“It is a very silent enemy and a very cunning enemy."

Premier Andrews said he could not rule out further steps being taken to curb the spread of the virus. 

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