Covid-19 infections stabilise in Australia's Victoria state

Covid-19 infections stabilise in Australia's Victoria state

Australia reported a record number of daily coronavirus deaths today, although the number of new infections in the country's virus hot spot fell to a near two-week low.

Cambodia confirmed three new imported COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the kingdom to 251, said a Health Ministry's statement.

Another 19 people have died and 331 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded, Victorian health authorities announced on Tuesday. "I think that difficulty is well understood and tragically it's been experienced in a number of second waves around the world", Premier Daniel Andrews said during a video conference, The Guardian reported.

Victoria is at the centre of Australia's current fight with COVID-19, recording 228 of the country's total 313 fatalities.

VICTORIA on Sunday reported 17 new deaths due to the coronavirus and 394 new cases.

A woman with an Irymple address was said to be isolating in Melbourne after testing positive to COVID-19 after several days in a Melbourne hospital.

Melbourne's second lockdown began over a month ago, but residents have been subject to a night-time curfew and stricter requirements since 3 August.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said confirmed cases also include nearly 1,000 health care workers.

It was considered a global leader early in the pandemic when it swiftly shut its worldwide borders, imposed social distancing rules and implemented mass virus testing.

The southeastern state, with infections concentrated in Melbourne, accounts for a lion's share of the national tally of more than 21,000 and 295 deaths.

It was considered a global leader early in the pandemic, when it was swift to close its worldwide border, impose social distancing restrictions and implement mass virus testing.

So far, eight cases are linked to the warehouse.

Victoria is cut off from the rest of Australia's states and territories, which have closed their borders to residents of places deemed to be virus hotspots. Unemployment is expected to peak at 14 per cent this year as the country enters its first recession in almost three decades.

The government last week pledged to expand its wage subsidy scheme by A$16.8 billion ($12 billion) amid the Victorian outbreak, prompting some criticism that the economic toll was too high.

But Mr Morrison said the alternative was unthinkable.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison lashed out at suggestions elderly people could be sacrificed to the virus after a rump of columnists continued to float the idea. "That is a just disgusting thought".

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