Australia's second most-populous state on Saturday reported one of its highest daily increases in new coronavirus infections and warned the numbers would get worse before they got better as it began its first weekend under a six-week lockdown.
Australia has avoided the high COVID-19 casualty numbers of other countries after closing its borders and going into nationwide lockdown in March. The country has recorded about 9,200 infections and 107 deaths, including the death of a man in his 90s in Victoria overnight, Andrews said.
The country's other states have been relaxing restrictions on movement but tightened their border closures to Victoria. Victoria, home to a quarter of the country's 25 million people, has also become the first state to ask people to wear masks.
Though there is no proven vaccine or cure for the coronavirus, Australia gave provisional approval to Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir as the first treatment option for virus, joining the United States and the European Commission which have given it conditional clearance.