By Laura Michell
The number of coronavirus cases recorded in Whittlesea increased overnight.
Data from the Department of Health and Human Services reveals there are 11 cases of COVID-19 in Whittlesea as of Friday morning, up from eight cases on Thursday.
The number of cases in Hume remains steady at 10.
Elsewhere in the northern suburbs, 21 cases have been recorded in Banyule, eight in Nillumbik, 11 in Darebin and 25 in Moreland.
The municipality of Stonnington, in the inner south-east, has recorded the highest number of cases in the state with 58 instances of the virus, followed by the Mornington Peninsula with 39 cases.
A total of 574 cases have been recorded across the state.
The figures come as Victoria recorded its first deaths from the virus, taking the national toll to 12.
Two men aged in their 70s, died in Melbourne hospitals overnight on Wednesday.
Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton today announced a third death, also a man in his 70s.
Dr Sutton said there were nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission.
He said 14 people are in hospital, including three patients in intensive care.
One hundred and forty-nine people have recovered, while more than 26,900 Victorians have been tested to date.
“We’re doing everything we can to save lives and slow the spread of this deadly virus, but we all have a role to play to protect those who are most vulnerable,” Dr Sutton said.
“I can’t be clearer; if you can stay at home, you must stay at home.”