Covid-19: Victoria records two deaths, 217 new cases

Covid-19: Victoria records two deaths, 217 new cases

Australia's southern Victoria state on Saturday reported two new COVID-19 fatalities, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 118.

Face masks or face coverings will be mandatory for people who leave their homes for the four legal reasons in metropolitan Melbourne and in the Mitchell Shire from 11.59 p.m. on July 22, Andrews said.

Victoria, which has forced almost 5mn people in the country's second most populous state into a partial lockdown for more than a week, said it has found 428 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, most from community transmission.

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Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has discussed the issue of masks with his Victorian counterpart Jenny Mikakos, who fully supports the measure.

Australia's Victoria state which includes the country's second-biggest city has reported 363 cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total active cases to nearly 3,000.

The death toll rose to 116 after the death of three people in Victoria yesterday, still well below many other countries.

A sanitation worker cleans a bench outside the single remaining public housing tower under a lockdown in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Melbourne, Australia July 10, 2020.

Back in March, Lurhmann's production highlighted dangers of the virus when Tom Hanks became the first major Hollywood star to contract COVID-19 while working on Australia's Gold Coast.

The rules come as Victoria state faces a surge in coronavirus infections.

It comes as Victorian battles to get a hand on community transmission, with the Premier announcing new restrictions to come into place this week.

"Again, common sense is what should guide us, and that common commitment, that universal commitment if we all do things like this, we will stop the spread of this virus", Premier Andrews said.

The researchers at Monash University said their test can determine if someone is now infected and if they have been infected in the past.

Plans to increase the number of patrons in restaurants and other indoor venues beyond the 20-person limit were put on hold in late June as coronavirus cases in Melbourne began an uptick. "That's my hope", he said.

He is now in isolation and contact tracing and thorough cleaning are underway, a spokesperson said.

New cases have been linked to staff across three aged care homes, including at Ballarat's Bill Crawford Lodge and Bendigo's Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged.

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