Worst day: Victoria records 725 new cases of coronavirus, 15 deaths

Victoria has recorded 725 new cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths, making it the worst day in the state since the pandemic began.

A man in his 30s is among the 15 people who lost their lives overnight. He is the youngest victim of coronavirus in Victoria.

Three men and three women in their 80s, and three men and one woman in their 90s died.

"Of those 15 cases, 12 can be linked to aged care," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

The grim figures come nearly one week after 723 infections were recorded last Thursday, July 30, and 627 cases were reported last Friday, July 31.

There are now 538 Victorians in hospital with the virus, including 42 in intensive care.

There are 7227 active cases in the state, including 1435 cases linked to aged care.

Stage four restrictions coming into full force at 11.59pm tonight will restrict access to childcare to people working in essential industries.

However, Victorian parents working in certain industries will be able to keep sending their children to childcare and kindergarten even if they are working from home.

"If you or someone else in your household can look after your kids at home, you must continue to do that, but we recognise that for many frontline workers and others playing important roles in our pandemic response, it's just not possible," a government statement said.

Mr Andrews said there would be many families who will not be able to access child care as they normally would. "That is essential to driving down movement, it is essential to driving down these numbers," he said.

"I know this will cause significant concern and it will be very challenging for many families. But if I were to simply green light the best part of a quarter of million kids going to and from childcare every day we will not drive these numbers down."

On Tuesday night, Mr Andrews shared images of Melbourne's deserted roads on Twitter, with the words: 'Thank you'.

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