Australia has suffered its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic but new case numbers in Victoria continue to ease.

Victoria recorded 25 coronavirus deaths on Monday, taking the national toll to 421.

Twenty-two of the deaths were linked to aged care outbreaks.

The state recorded 282 new infections, well down on the seven-day average and the same time last week.

NSW has recorded seven new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian apologising for the Ruby Princess cruise ship coronavirus fiasco, which caused 28 deaths.

Victorians are being offered extra mental health supports in response to rising self-harm injuries and calls to crisis lines.

The federal government has pledged an extra $32 million to create 15 mental health clinics across the state.


The state government is providing an extra $20 million to boost family violence services due to increased risk.

Melburnians have been in strict lockdown for several weeks, with restrictions also placed on regional Victorian residents.


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