Affected by the virus, the state of Victoria reported the worst death toll and an increase in the number of cases ̵1; which raises fears that the six-week closure of the capital Melbourne is not working.
The state confirmed 13 new deaths and 723 new cases on Thursday – a 36% jump in the record set on Monday.
There are now fears that Melbourne’s six-week shutdown, which began on July 7, will need to be continued.
Thorn meant that Australia as a whole had the deadliest day of the pandemic.
Victoria officials have resumed appealing to people with symptoms to get tested quickly.
Last week, the Victoria government said sick people violating isolation rules – or not being tested in time – would continue to spread despite blocking measures.
“If you have symptoms, the only thing you can do is get tested,” said Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
“You just can’t go to work. Because all you do is spread the virus.”
The result of the dash hopes that the last few small registers indicate that the state has turned into an angle.
Victoria’s daily growth is increasing
According to the second stay in Melbourne, people cannot leave their homes except for sports, food shops, work and care.
Melbourne has also become the first Australian city to make it mandatory to wear masks in public, and it will be extended to the whole of Victoria from Monday.
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Prime Minister Andrews said the latest figures show the presence of the virus in nursing homes in the city – one in six cases involving residents and staff.
Elderly people accounted for the majority of deaths reported in the past week.
How is the rest of Australia doing?
Due to the successful suppression of the virus in the first months of the pandemic, Australia remains much lower than in many other countries – about 16,000 cases and 189 deaths.
However, the outbreak in Melbourne, which began in June, has now led to more than 7,000 cases this month alone, accounting for about 95% of the national number in the second wave.
Last month, when community transfer was low to others, any other state closed its Victoria borders.
However, the virus spread to Sydney due to visits by Melbourne residents.
Authorities there are now fighting over clusters around restaurants and pubs, and warn that the city is on the “knife edge”.
On Wednesday, Queensland joined the Northern Territory and Western Australia, banning entry to anyone from Sydney due to renewed risk.
More about closing Melbourne:
- 3,000 Australians who were under police protection at home
- The border town is divided by a blockade