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Victoria records 19th coronavirus death

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A man in his 60s from Victoria is the latest Australian to die of coronavirus.

A man in his 60s from Victoria is the latest Australian to die of coronavirus.

His death brought the state death toll to 19 yesterday, and the national toll to 102. 

It is not yet known how the man contracted the illness. 

Victoria's confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 10 yesterday, four of which were detected in returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. 

Three cases were picked up through community testing, three others are being investigated and another was reclassified. 

None of the new cases are linked to the Cedar Meats outbreak in Melbourne west, responsible for 111 cases.

Nine people are in hospital, including three in intensive care.

There are 1602 confirmed cases, but 1484 of these have recovered.

The state's transport union wants all passengers to be required to wear face masks but government authorities have said they are relying on a national panel of experts which has determined masks are unnecessary for routine public transport.

Victorian Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 11 and Year 12 students are preparing to return to classrooms on Tuesday. 

The state remains on track for pubs, restaurants and cafes to open to limited numbers from June 1, but decisions regarding public spaces including playgrounds are yet to be made.

Meanwhile, the Muslim community will celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan today, though the festival will feel much quieter than usual.

Eid – the end of Ramadan – traditionally involves visits to the mosque and large community events, none of which can happen under current restrictions.

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Reported with AAP.

Source: 9News

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