Devastated loved ones mourn Victorians who died of COVID-19
Volunteers at the Mornington Railway have paid tribute to a Victorian woman who died of COVID-19 last week.
Elaine Cairns died on Friday after returning from an overseas holiday, becoming one of the 11 Victorians to lose their life to coronavirus.
"It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that the Mornington Railway informs its followers of the loss of a valued member of our railway family," the Mornington Railway posted.
"Elaine Cairns, a friend to many of us, and a long serving member of our Marketing team, came home after an overseas trip recently and passed away as a direct result of her contracting COVID-19."
The daughters of the state's youngest victim Sumith Pramachandra have also spoken to 9News, pleading with the community to take self-isolation measures seriously.
The 55-year-old healthcare worker died at Dandenong Hospital on Sunday.
He was treated in hospital for five days, before losing his battle to coronavirus.
The family of the disability nurse had to say goodbye to their beloved husband, father and grandfather from behind the glass of an intensive care unit ward.
"That was probably the hardest part – not being able to just hold his hand and hug him and give him a kiss," daughter Sharyn Pramachandra said.
She said her father was in good health and following the rules when he contracted COVID-19.
"He was one of the ones doing absolutely everything he could to not only do the right thing by the community - but also help the community," Ms Pramachandra said.
The pair now can't hug their step-mum, who's had to self-isolate, and are planning a funeral for a man described as the life of the party - but only 10 people can attend.
"Until it hits so close to home - it's really easy for people not to take it seriously," daughter Gillian Gaetano said.
Victoria has 33 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 1191.