Health authorities in Australia have recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Monday amid the second wave of infections in Melbourne. The state of Victoria reported 19 fatalities in less than 24 hours.
It now has nearly two-thirds of the country’s 314 deaths and more than 21,400 confirmed cases. However, in recent days, the number of daily injections, which are still in hundreds, has dropped, prompting hope among the members of civil society that a strict lockdown might be working.
Over a month ago, Melbourne’s second lockdown began, but the residents have been subject to a night-hours curfew and stricter social distancing measures since August 3. Authorities shave made face coverings mandatory, all essential businesses have been closed, and workers are required to get permits from officials.
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On Monday, down from record 725 cases only five days ago, Victoria reported 322 new confirmed cases. Meanwhile, other states across the country reported a few or no new cases. In just the last week, more than 100 coronavirus-related fatalities have been recorded in Victoria as hospital rates also rise.
Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria, said that it is too early to say that the state is on a turning point. He further added that health authorities are certainly seeing greater stability following uneasy and strict measures.
Daniel said it is always better to do better than the last day, but he added that it is only one day’s data. Most of the deaths have been linked to outbreaks in the state’s nursing homes. However, among last week’s victims, there was also a man in his thirties, which has raised alarm bells for the health officials.
Authorities have now urged the young residents to take proper care of themselves and practice social distancing. Meanwhile, in the neighboring state of NSW, the authorities have asked young people to restrict or limit their social activities for public health safety.
On Monday, Queensland, which has closed its borders with Victoria and NSW, said that the state appears to have avoided an outbreak, it comes two weeks after travelers brought the virus back to Melbourne.
As compared to other countries across the world, Australia is in much better condition, primarily because of its early and strict measures that helped contain a major outbreak. However, since the first lockdown ended and people came out in large numbers, the cases in Melbourne have spiraled.
Since the outbreak began in Australia, Melbourne has more than 70 percent of the country’s total cases. Health experts suspect that the outbreak began with breaches in hotel quarantine of infected travelers returning from abroad.
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