(Bloomberg) – Australian state of Victoria has recorded another 75 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, health officials said Monday, raising fears that the nation is about to experience a second wave of cases. because it removes the lockout restrictions that have crippled the economy.
The outbreak in Melbourne, the capital of the second Australian state, was concentrated in the suburbs of the northern and western fringes of the city. Prime Minister of Victoria Daniel Andrews, who has said that some of these areas may have to revert to more stringent lockdowns, has blamed clusters on large family reunions that have broken restrictions on social distancing.
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“Many of the cases that have occurred today are overwhelmingly concentrated in these priority suburbs,” Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said in Melbourne on Monday. “It is important to remind the community that you are not immune to coronavirus capture because of the postal code in which you live.”
With neighboring New South Wales recording 7 new cases during the period, outbreaks in Victoria mean that Australia posted its highest daily total since 89 on April 11. It is the 14th consecutive day of double-digit state growth in new cases.
Australia has been one of the best-performing countries in the world to limit the spread of the virus, but the surge in Victoria raises concerns about a second wave that could potentially delay the lifting of some restrictions and slow the recovery the country’s economy. Plans to open a travel “bubble” with neighboring New Zealand have already taken a hit as both countries are grappling with virus management incidents.
The overnight count included 4 undetermined cases which were reclassified as positive. Of the rest, 37 were detected by routine tests, 23 are still under investigation, 14 were linked to previously discovered epidemics, and 1 case is a traveler returned abroad in compulsory quarantine.
Victoria chief medical officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne on Monday that the state may have to consider further foreclosure restrictions.
“I think it will get worse before it gets better,” said Sutton. “It’s a worrying figure.”
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