Victoria has recorded a new Australian pandemic high of 1,838 new local COVID-19 cases along with five deaths in the 24 hours to midnight, the Department of Health announced on Friday.
Mr Pallas passed on his deepest sympathies to the families and friends of a man in his 80s from Brimbank, a woman in her 80s from Whittlesea, a woman in her 70s from Greater Shepparton, a woman in her 70s from Knox and a man in his 70s from Moreland. 
There are currently 620 COVID-19 infected Victorians, an increase of 56 people from Wednesday, in hospital with 114 in intensive care and 76 are on a ventilator.
The previous record was reported on Tuesday with 1,763 infections.
The results came from an increased testing rate with 77,554 swabs and takes the number of active cases in the state to 16,823.
Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will drive ambulances and triage tents will be set up outside hospitals to treat coronavirus patients as the Victorian health system buckles from record daily cases.
In a bid to improve response times, for the first time in history, there will no longer be two paramedics in one ambulance, with the crew to be split and joined by a driver from the ADF, St John’s Ambulance, State Emergency Service or student paramedics.
Ambulance Victoria Executive Director of Clinical Operations Mick Stephenson said ten defence staff have been initially brought on to assist crews from next week.
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