Number of infections stabilising in Australia's Victoria state

Henrietta Brewer
August 13, 2020

Australia recorded its deadliest working day of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday and the greatest each day rise in infections in 3 times, denting hopes that a 2nd wave gripping the state of Victoria might be stabilising.

Meanwhile, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia have reported zero new cases in the last 24 hours.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday warned the state's relative control of the virus "couldn't be assured" after 18 new cases were recorded.

While the number of deaths attributed to the virus were at an all time high, daily new infections has been in decline since the move from stage 3 to stage 4 restrictions in the capital city of Melbourne on August 2.

"We will be into 2021 with significant lockdowns in place".

The Australian's report, which claimed to be based on leaked state government figures, was strongly denied by Premier Daniel Andrews.

'We will continue to see data that forms a trend and we'll continue to see numbers coming down.

At a press conference in Melbourne, Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said 410 more people contracted the novel coronavirus in the state in the last 24 hours while a total of 21 people aged between 70 and 100 died from the disease.

Of those, 16 out of the 21 deaths have been linked to aged care outbreaks.

No other cases were reported elsewhere in Australia.

"It's not always possible to determine the source and that's what worries us most", NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

The country has confirmed nearly 22,000 infections and 332 deaths from Covid-19, far fewer than many other developed nations. "This is what I think I need to do to make sure some of the most vulnerable people in the world stay safe", Mr Gunner said.

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