Victoria's COVID-19 cases rise as residents defy lockdown rules

The state recorded 11 new deaths.
The state recorded 11 new deaths. Photo credit: Getty

Australia's state of Victoria state 450 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state's total to 13,867.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the new cases in a press conference along with 11 new deaths, seven of which were linked to aged care facilities.

"Certainly, the numbers today are reasonable in terms of how it has been in recent days," Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters on Friday, 9News reported.

"We are now looking to see the effects of various interventions, obviously masks may show in the numbers in days to come, and obviously the stage 4 restrictions will show after that."

Victoria broke the state's record for most COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 725 and 15 deaths.

Andrews also revealed 43 more people have been fined in the state for breaching curfew, and 51 were fined for not wearing a face mask.

He urged residents to stay home to protect healthcare workers, 911 of whom are active cases.

"Our nurses, doctors, ambulance, paramedics, cooks, cleaners, orderlies, ward clerks, everybody in our hospital system, they are not the front-line. They are the last line of defence.

"They are heroes, their courage and their compassion and the care they provide is just amazing and the best thing we can do is follow these rules. That is the best way we can say thank you to them."

This comes after two men were arrested for planning a protest against Melbourne's lockdown, reported.

Over 120 people had responded "attending" to the Facebook event where protesters were threatening to march through the CBD to Parliament House on Sunday at 10am.

“Let’s blow this one up and fill up the streets to show these criminals we won’t give up our country and livelihoods without a fight,” the Facebook event said.

The two 41-year-olds will be charged for incitement.