Victoria records three new virus cases

Victoria records three new virus cases

Australia's most populous state New South Wales said it detected three locally acquired infections in the past 24 hours.

Victoria has recorded three new coronavirus cases on Thursday and no further deaths.

The city recorded no new infections or deaths on Monday and Tuesday, paving the way for authorities to declare the second wave of infections, which peaked at over 700 daily cases in early August, effectively suppressed, reports Xinhua news agency. There are four cases from an unknown source.

Victoria has recorded nearly 20,350 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 76 cases still active as of Thursday.

The marathon press conferences were carried live on national television and numerous social media and news websites as hundreds and then thousands of Covid-19 cases spread in Melbourne, Victoria's capital and Australia's second-biggest city.

The easing of restrictions saw 16,200 retail stores able to reopen on Wednesday, along with 5800 cafes and restaurants, 1000 beauty salons and 800 pubs.

Residents of Australia's Melbourne city welcomed the reopening of bars and restaurants for the first time in almost four months after Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were lifted.

For 120 days straight, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews has faced the cameras to tell anxious residents how his government was battling Australia's worst coronavirus outbreak.

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