Australia's worst-hit Victoria state reported 273 new cases on Sunday, the sixth straight-day of triple-digit increases.
State Premier Daniel Andrews said a man in his 70s died overnight, bringing Australia’s death toll to 108, including 24 in Victoria, which currently has 1,484 active cases.
A sudden surge in COVID-19 saw Victoria report a record 288 infections on Friday and 216 Saturday.
Australia’s most populous state New South Wales reported five new cases on Saturday.
Andrews warned Victorians “this is a dangerous time.”
The major city of Melbourne is in virtual lockdown and Andrews said “we simply have no choice but to acknowledge the reality that we face and to do what must be done. That is to follow (the) rules, to only go out when you need to and to only go out for purposes that are lawful.”
Meanwhile, eight health care workers at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital have tested positive for the virus.
Hospital authorities said five of the cases are not linked and are believed to have been acquired through the community. Three workers deemed close contacts also tested positive.