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Fears of a second wave continue to haunt Australia after the country experienced its largest one-day increase in coronavirus infections on Monday in more than two months.

Victoria, the second most populous state in the country, has reported 75 cases in the past 24 hours, which is enough to bring the national coronavirus count to its highest level since April 11.

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The latest peak comes after the country has registered fewer than 20 new cases for several weeks.

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In the midst of the outbreak, Victoria is targeting a massive increase in testing and the state health chief has said the administration is considering reimposing social distancing restrictions.

“Changing the law is something we have to consider because we have to do whatever is necessary to turn the tide,” said Brett Sutton, reported Reuters, suggesting localized lockouts.

Victoria began lifting the restrictions in May and has promised to remove the majority of the restrictions by the end of July.

The Australian economy is headed for its first recession in three decades after the unemployment rate peaked in 19 years at 7.1%.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison asked states to start relaxing the restrictions, saying they could not sit idle for a long time.

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