Victoria Records 25 New COVID-19 Deaths, Marking Yet Another Grim Single-Day Pandemic Record

Sad news out of Victoria this morning: the state has recorded 25 more deaths from COVID-19. It makes today the deadliest day of the pandemic so far.

Australia’s death toll from the coronavirus has now passed 400, marking another grim milestone.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported the numbers this morning, adding that further details will be made available this afternoon.

However, it looks like Melbourne’s strict stage 4 lockdowns – which won’t ease until Sunday 13 September, unless it gets extended – are finally beginning to impact new case numbers.

Today, Victoria recorded just 282 new cases of the coronavirus, showing a continued trend of the state passing peak infections.

In other grim-but-good news today: the Australian government has announced an additional $31.9 million in funding for mental health services for Victoria.

The money will be used to boost more phone and online mental health services, as well as create 15 new mental health clinics: nine in Melbourne and six in regional Victoria.

There has been a sharp 9.5% increase in the number of people presenting to hospital with self-harm issues in recent weeks. Young people are the most at risk, with a 33% rise compared to the same period last year.

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