Australian COVID-19 infections hit one-month low

Australian COVID-19 infections hit one-month low

The national figure is well below the more than 700 infections detected in a single day earlier this month, nearly all of which were in Victoria.

Three new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in NSW overnight, bringing the state's total case tally to 3770.

An epidemiologist told an inquiry yesterday nearly all of a second wave of coronavirus infections in Australia's hard-hit Victoria state can be traced back to returned travellers in two Melbourne hotels. This is an ultramarathon.

"We are trending down and that is a very good sign", he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters all 12 deaths in the past 24 hours were linked to aged care.

Victoria is under a four-week "state of disaster" routine since August 2.

Camera IconVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews is urging people to get tested so health authorities have a "clearer idea" of how much virus is in the community.

According to the country's health authorities, 290 new cases of the infection were also reported in the same period.

It prompted a blunt description from Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton about potential early coronavirus symptoms.

However, the states' death toll is now at 351, which is about 80 per cent of total Australian COVID-19 deaths.

More than 21.6 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries exceeding 13.6 million, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Experts warn the death toll will remain significant for several days, given there is always a lag of a couple of weeks after the peak of coronavirus outbreaks before fatalities decline.

"I think we're going to continue to see restrictions in Victoria up until Christmas time, that's very unfortunate for people living there but it's a serious situation", Palaszczuk said.

While Tuesday's 17 deaths also showed the crisis is far from over, the plummeting case numbers prove the lockdown measures are working.

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