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Coronavirus Victoria: State records 182 new cases and 13 more deaths as COVID-19 spread slows

Victoria has seen a slight decrease in the spread of COVID-19 as the State reported 182 new cases but tragically 13 more deaths.

The figures released on Saturday take the national death toll to 485 with Victoria now registering a coronavirus related death count of 398.

New infections on Friday dipped below 200 for the first time in more than five weeks and today’s count continued the downward trajectory — an encouraging sign according to Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

Tough lockdown restrictions including a curfew remain in place across Melbourne until at least September 13 and the duo said recent infection numbers showed the measures were working.

But while lockdowns were reducing general community transmission it was outbreaks in aged care and disability that remained a challenge, Prof Sutton added.

“They might end up with a baseline level of transmission that is harder to shift,” he said.

There are now more than 1700 active cases across 126 aged care sites. The 10 most infected facilities have between 107 and 209 cases each, according to government data.

More than 600 people remained in hospital on Friday.

The premier urged Victorians not to waver in their lockdown efforts, saying the state was not even halfway through an “ultra-marathon”.

The state’s inquiry into the hotel quarantine scheme on Friday heard from a security supervisor that he “had to keep an eye on” a couple of guards to ensure they didn’t leave their posts, fall asleep or spend too much time on their phones.

He had assumed they were fired, but later discovered they had been moved to a different hotel.

The supervisor, who was subcontracted by Wilson Security, said he was concerned by the amount of “subcontracting on top of subcontracting”.

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