‘In the fight of our lives’: Australia’s Victoria state reports second day of record COVID-19 cases


SYDNEY: Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria on Friday (Jul 17) reported a file improve in each day coronavirus instances for a second consecutive day.

Victoria reported 428 new each day infections, a day after logging its earlier excessive of 317 new instances, mentioned Premier Daniel Andrews. It additionally reported three new deaths.

The three who died had been a person and a girl of their 80s in addition to one other man in his 70s, The Sydney Morning Herald cited Andrews as saying.

“I can supply no additional details about these three tragedies, however we ship our greatest needs and our ideas,” he mentioned.

The state has been remoted from the remainder of the nation for greater than every week following a contemporary outbreak of the illness. The 4.9 million residents in state capital Melbourne have been ordered to remain dwelling aside from important enterprise.

On Wednesday, Andrews singled out a minority of individuals for defying lockdown orders, which require folks to remain dwelling aside from a small variety of permissible actions, and warned that restrictions might be prolonged.

“If, nonetheless, folks don’t do the fitting factor then we should transfer to extra restrictions being put in place and doubtlessly delay … these restrictions,” Andrews advised reporters in Melbourne.

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The surge in COVID-19 instances in Victoria has stirred issues of a nationwide second wave, prompting inside border closures and renewed social distancing restrictions in neighbouring states.

“We’re within the combat of our lives,” Victoria’s Minister for Well being Jenny Mikakos advised reporters in Melbourne.

Australia has recorded simply over 11,000 instances of COVID-19, with 116 fatalities.

New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state, mentioned it discovered eight instances of COVID-19 within the final 24 hours, largely from neighborhood transmissions believed to have emanated from Victoria.

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In a bid to curtail the unfold, NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian mentioned new restrictions shall be imposed from subsequent week.

Funerals and locations of worship shall be allowed not more than 100 folks. Venues should additionally guarantee they’ve Four sq m of area per patron.

Weddings within the state shall be capped 150 folks, Berejiklian mentioned, and so they should stay seated.

“No dancing, no singing, no mingling,” Berejiklian advised reporters in Sydney.

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Lower than a month in the past, Australia was extensively heralded as a world chief in combating COVID-19.

However safety lapses in Victoria led to folks getting back from abroad spreading the virus, prompting an inquiry into how the state went from the brink of eradicating the virus to hovering an infection numbers.

The surge in COVID-19 instances dents any hope of a fast financial rebound in Australia.

Broken by nationwide social distancing restrictions imposed in March, Australia is on track for its first recession in almost three many years, whereas unemployment has hit a 22-year excessive, knowledge confirmed on Thursday.

Australia’s hopes to start a “journey bubble” with neighbouring New Zealand additionally seem like delayed. Australia and New Zealand had hoped to open their borders to one another in September.

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