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Victoria records its first coronavirus deaths

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Victoria has recorded its first deaths from the new coronavirus overnight with two men aged in their 70s succumbing to the disease.

Victoria has recorded its first deaths from the new coronavirus overnight.

The virus has proved fatal for two men aged in their 70s, the state's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told radio 3AW.

The state has recorded 54 new cases since yesterday, bringing the total to 520.

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Two Victorians in their 30s and 60s are also reported to be fighting for their lives in intensive care.

The state's tally includes four health workers at Werribee Mercy Hospital in Melbourne's outer west.

The hospital confirmed one emergency department worker tested positive to COVID-19 on Sunday.

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Fellow staff members considered at risk of infection were isolated and tested, with three confirmed as also having the virus.

The news comes as Premier Daniel Andrews flagged the state government was prepared to go it alone and push forward with tougher stage-three restrictions.

The next level of restrictions would shut down a large proportion of the retail sector.

Meanwhile, Victoria's Police Association has called for a state of disaster to be declared, which would give its members greater powers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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About 500 police officers are tasked with enforcing the closure of non-essential services in Victoria and the mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travellers.

Individuals face fines of up to $25,000 and businesses could be forced to cough up $100,000 for breaching restrictions.

The total death toll in Australia now stands at 11 with 2423 confirmed cases.

Yesterday evening, Queensland Health confirmed the state had recorded its second death.

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The 68-year-old man from Darling Downs had a serious underlying medical condition before contracting the virus.

Source: 9News

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