The biggest case spike in Australia is expected today, with 532 cases reportedly added to the Victoria tally.
The Herald Sun is reporting the number which would represent the worst total reported anywhere in the nation since the pandemic began if confirmed this morning.
The previous highest tally on Wednesday 22 July was 484.
After saying goodbye to his coronavirus-stricken father on FaceTime, a mourning son has made a strong message to Victorians on national television.
On Sunday afternoon, Nicholas Barboussas lost his 79-year-old father Paul to illness.
His father had lived in Melbourne’s St Basil’s Homes for the Elderly, which has now had 78 COVID-19 cases.
The situation was made worse by the fact that, less than 72 hours earlier, he thought his father was out of harm’s way.
He told the Today show that he hopes the care home will boost contact for the sake of other families.
He ended his interview, however, with a powerful appeal to all Victorians.
“Put on your mask, listen to the Premier, to the chief health officer,” he said. “A lot of people that are currently active are between the ages of 20 and 40. You are not invincible.
“And if you think you are invincible, please think you are invincible, please think of your grandparents, your parents, your co-workers, the lady in front of you in the checkout at the local supermarket and before you take that first step out of your front door, put on your mask.”
His comments come as a Melbourne woman who has shot to internet fame as ‘Bunnings Karen’ over the weekend has filmed herself in another tense face mask confrontation.
Four more schools in Victoria have closed today following positive coronavirus tests.
Lalor Secondary College, Copperfield College’s Sydenham campus, Melbourne Girls’ College, Gladstone Park Secondary College and Gisborne Secondary College have all closed for cleaning and contact tracing.
Gisborne Secondary College, which urged staff and students to wear masks almost two weeks ago, also closed on Saturday following a positive test.