Victoria sees big drop in cases

Henrietta Brewer
August 14, 2020

But Mr Andrews said the state had a "long, long way to go" before stage four restrictions could be rolled back.

A large proportion of mystery cases were occurring in the 20-29 age group.

"We are concerned about the significant number of aged-care cases".

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said people aged between 20 and 29 are now overrepresented in the state's "mystery cases", where a known point of transmission was unclear.

"Sometimes they won't recall a close contact and sometimes they've had a more casual contact and for those people, they can't identify where they've been all with whom, but they will be picked it up there".

There are now 1,188 healthcare workers with active cases of coronavirus across the state.

It comes as the identity of "patient zero" for the state's deadly second wave is reportedly revealed. Both, however, were already in hotel quarantine.

Five of the seven guards reportedly tested positive soon after, spreading the disease to their families in Melbourne's northern and western suburbs.

Professor Brett Sutton said he believes Victoria's cases have peaked and are now on a decline.

The deaths, which were recorded in Victoria, dented hopes that a second wave gripping the state may be stabilising.

Deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng said there had been 176 cases in Geelong over a two-week period, as well as 23 in Ballarat and 51 in Bendigo.

The State of Victoria in Australia has recorded 278 new coronavirus cases - the lowest daily number of new cases in nearly a month.

The coronavirus test isolation payment has been raised to $450 throughout the country to attempt and make sure every Victorian has analyzed, remains in the home and does not need to fret about falling wages.

The new cases come as travellers continue to arrive in Queensland in extraordinary numbers despite the state's tough border controls. During the curfew, people in Melbourne can only leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.

People enjoy their one hour of exercise in Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. The full list of restrictions can be found here.

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