The Australian state of Victoria recorded 19 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday -- the highest single-day increase in fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said Monday morning.
Victoria also reported 322 new cases of coronavirus from Sunday, the lowest daily increase in cases since July 29, according to the DHHS.
“I want to start by expressing my sincere condolences to all the families of the 19 Australians in Victoria who have passed away because of the COVID infection,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday.
He added that the news is "devastating.”
The numbers: Victoria now has 14,981 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, while the death toll has increased to 229.
Australia has reported more than 21,000 coronavirus cases, including 313 deaths.