Active cases top 400

Tate Papworth

Brimbank’s active COVID-19 case tally has topped 400.

The municipality now has 411 active cases as outbreaks grow at Ardeer-based aged care facility Estia Health (67 cases) and JBS abattoir (58) in Brooklyn.

A woman in her 70s, a man in his 80s and a man in his 90s have also died, in cases that are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

Brimbank now has the second highest number of active cases within the state, second only to Wyndham (439).

As of today, people living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering when leaving home.

Premier Daniel Andrew pleaded with younger Victorians to play their role in helping to stop the spread of the virus.

“To people who are younger, if you want to get past these restrictions, if you want to get through this and get back to something approaching normal … the only thing to do is to get tested if you’re sick and to isolate while you’re waiting for a test,” Mr Andrews said.

“To go and have a beer, or go and have a meal with a friend, or move around the community much further than you can now, you’ve got to follow the rules.

“Wear a mask when going out for one of the four reasons … it’s pretty simple. It’s pretty simple.”