Victoria has recorded 25 more coronavirus deaths and 282 new cases, the state’s health department has announced.

It makes it the state’s deadliest day since the pandemic began.

Victoria’s previous highest daily coronavirus death toll was 21, recorded last Wednesday.

Yesterday Victoria recorded 279 new coronavirus cases and 16 deaths, pushing the state’s COVID-19 death toll over 300.

Eleven of those 16 deaths were linked to aged care.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday pleaded with Victorians to get tested, saying there was “every chance” even mild symptoms could be coronavirus.

“There’s so little flu in the Victorian community this year because of a range of things, not least of which distance, hand hygiene, all of those restrictions and measures we’ve put in place,” he said.

“If you’ve got symptoms, cold or flu-like symptoms, there’s every chance you’ve got this virus.”

Although the daily case numbers continue to fluctuate, the state’s seven-day average of new case numbers is going down.

Victoria’s state of emergency, which provides the legal framework for the Government to enforce coronavirus restrictions, has been extended until September 13.

Mr Andrews said it was too early to tell whether some restrictions could be eased after the six-week lockdown.

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