Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has reported 450 new cases since yesterday’s update.

Some 139 of the new cases were healthcare workers, and they brought the overall cumulative confirmed cases in Victoria to 13,867.

There were 11 further deaths, seven of which were connected to aged care, bringing the state’s total to 181.

They included one woman in her 50s; two men in their 70s; three men and three women in their 80s; and two women in their 90s.

“We of course send our best wishes and our sympathies to the families of those Victorians,” Premier Andrews said.

“Our nurses, doctors, ambulance, paramedics, cooks, cleaners, orderlies, ward clerks, everybody in our hospital system, they are not the front-line. They are the last line of defence.

Australia's Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on July 15, 2020, as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus while under lockdown.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews Photo: AFP

“I would just ask all Victorians to follow the rules to protect themselves but also to protect our dedicated healthcare team.”

Andrews said the combined ADF and Department of Health door-knocking efforts – visits to confirm Victorians who should be isolating at home are doing so – reached 1150 homes yesterday. Of those, roughly 1000 people were at home.

“That’s the biggest single-day effort since the program began – 1000 of those 1150 people could be found where they were supposed to. The 150 who could not, they have been referred to Victoria Police and I can confirm that there are around 500 people who were not where they should be … they’ve all been sent to Victoria Police and Victoria Police are making inquiries as they do, with those 500 people.

“I’m very grateful to those Victorians who are doing the right thing and are where they should be, and that is away from other people, isolated at home, doing everything they possibly can to look after themselves, of course, but to look after everybody else by not spreading this virus, by not coming into contact with others.”

More than 500 thousand more Victorians will be eligible for Australia’s “JobKeeper” wage subsidy, under changes worth an extra $15 billion.

Businesses will only need to show their GST turnover has fallen over one quarter, instead of multiple, to be eligible for the scheme’s extension.

Elsewhere in Australia, Queensland will close its borders to NSW and the ACT from 1am Saturday. NSW reported 11 new cases as of 8pm yesterday.

The Australian National Cabinet also met today to discuss the response to outbreaks in aged care homes and the broader crisis in Victoria.

– RNZ / ABC