Victoria records 37 new COVID-19 cases, six deaths

Victoria has recorded 37 new cases of coronavirus and six additional deaths.

It is the lowest daily increase since June 26, when Victoria recorded just 30 cases.

The numbers come as inner Melbourne is projected to lose 79,000 jobs annually and bleed more than $110 billion in revenue over the next five years due to recession stemming from the pandemic.

Accounting giant PwC conducted the modelling for the City of Melbourne and the Victorian government, with the economic effect on inner Melbourne to be far worse than the 1990s recession – equivalent to the combined impacts on the city of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic.

The modelling also predicts the Andrews government's decision last month to move from stage three to stage four restrictions will cost the city's economy $61 billion over five years – although the modelling did not take into account the economic or health impacts of a worsening pandemic.

Active cases dropped to 1336 across the state on Friday. The number of COVID-19 cases with an unknown source is now across the last two weeks was on Friday 134 for metropolitan Melbourne and seven in regional Victoria.

Victoria recorded 43 new cases of coronavirus and nine additional deaths reported yesterday, with five of the deaths occurring in the days prior.

The state’s curfew drew ire from conservative and progressive politicians on Friday, after Premier Daniel Andrews justified the curfew decision by saying it was designed to aid law enforcement, which was denied by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton.

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