Australia COVID-19 News: Victoria State Reports 627 New Infections In Last 24 Hours and 8 Deaths.Other States Reporting New Cases As Well
Australia COVID-19 News
: The Australian state of Victoria and the nation's second-biggest city Melbourne are being considered for tighter restrictions by authorities as it was reported on Friday that hundreds more coronavirus cases were recorded despite more than three weeks in lockdown.
Despite the fact that greater Melbourne passed the halfway point of a lockdown initially intended to last six weeks cases are rising exponentially and Premier Daniel Andrews said the state would be stuck in "limbo" unless it could cut the infection rate.
Andrews told media in Melbourne, "We've stopped it from getting completely out of control but we haven't been able to suppress it sufficiently." Without a drop in infections, there was an "absolute certainty" any rollback of restrictions would see virus cases spiral out of control.”
He added, "It's almost impossible for us to see businesses recover and survive unless and until we get these numbers down."
The Australian state of Victoria of which Melbourne is the capital reported 627 cases on Friday and eight deaths, a drop after recording the nation's highest daily toll Thursday with 18 deaths and 723 cases.
Sadly, half of the new deaths were connected to aged care homes in the city.The state's top health official said any increase in restrictions had "really significant consequences" but admitted tougher rules were now being considered, including a strict lockdown and widespread business closures successfully used in neighboring New Zealand.
Interestingly New Zealand has not recorded a locally transmitted case from an unknown source in over 90 days and only 22 deaths in a population of five million.
The total COVID-19 infections in Australia ticked toward 17,000 on Friday, recording 196 deaths in a population of 25 million.
The fresh outbreak comes as Muslims around the country mark Eid Al-Adha—with Andrews admitting the religious holiday would look incredibly different this year for Victorian worshippers.
In new South Wales, Sydney has placed restrictions on numbers allowed inside the Gallipoli mosque caused large queues on Friday morning, with all worshippers wearing masks as the city battles growing clusters.
New South Wales state recorded 21 new cases on Friday with some linked to a cluster originating from a Thai restaurant cum pub called Thai Rock.
Queenslands recorded only one new COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours and the state has enforced a border closure with any individuals coming into Queensland having to undergo compulsory quarantine.
In the rest of the country other states and territories have reported zero or just handfuls of cases for weeks, relaxing restrictions but banning visitors from the hotspots of Victoria and greater Sydney.
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