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More than a quarter of returned travellers in Victoria were found not to be home during police spot checks.

The Victorian Government is spending $20 million on hotel accommodation for frontline health workers who contract the coronavirus and need to self isolate.

State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said free hotel rooms would be available for doctors, nurses and other health workers who test positive for coronavirus or may think they have the virus.

"This program is designed to ensure that our healthcare workers, if they do test positive for coronavirus, or if they become a close contact by virtue of their work, that they are able to self-isolate, and to self-isolate separate to their family members and to their house mates," she said.

"We do know from overseas experience that healthcare workers, sadly, are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. And whilst we've gone and ordered an unprecedented amount of personal protective equipment to keep them safe, and we have prioritised them for testing, we need to do everything possible to ensure that they get our support."

Ms Mikakos said the rooms would be available to both clinical and non-clinical staff including cleaners and cooks in hospitals and clinics.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Victoria is 1135 – an increase of 20 from yesterday.

No additional deaths were recorded overnight.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the figures were encouraging but the public must remain vigilant.

He said most people in the state were following social distancing measures and other regulations but a minority were ignoring them.

Mr Andrews said Victoria Police had issued 142 fines over the past 24 hours for breach of coronavirus restrictions.

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"There are some who continue to do the wrong thing, and it gives me no pleasure to update you that there's been 142 fines issued over the last 24 hours."

He said there were 751 checks of people's residences over the last 24 hours where residents were supposed to be at home for a 14-day self isolation period.

Mr Andrews also said the government was spending an extra $45 million on the childcare sector to stay open during the pandemic.

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Source: 9News

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