The Australian state-sponsored state of Victoria reported its worst deaths and increments ̵1; raising concerns that the six-week blockade of Melbourne’s state capital was not working.
The state confirmed 13 new deaths and 723 new cases on Thursday – a 36% jump in the record number of cases on Monday.
There are now concerns that the six-week blockade in Melbourne, which began on July 7, will need to be extended.
The peak meant that Australia had the deadliest day in the pandemic overall.
Officials in Victoria have renewed calls for people with symptoms to test themselves quickly.
Last week, the Victorian government said sick people who violated insulation rules – or were not tested in time – had led to further proliferation despite blocking measures.
“If you have symptoms, all you can do is test,” said Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
“You can’t go to work. Because all you’re going to do is spread the virus.”
The result is interrupted by hopes that recent small numbers suggest that the state has turned the corner.
Victoria is increasing the number of cases
According to Melbourne’s second order to stay at home, people cannot leave their home except for exercise, grocery shopping, work and care.
Melbourne has also become the first Australian city to wear a mask in public, and this will be extended to the whole of Victoria from Monday.
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Prime Minister Andrews said the latest case numbers reflected the virus in nursing homes in the United States – one in six cases involved residents and employees.
Older people have exchanged most of the deaths reported in the last fortnight.
How will the rest of Australia cope?
As a result of the successful suppression of the virus in the first months of the pandemic, Australia has maintained a much lower number than many other countries – with around 16,000 cases and 189 deaths.
However, the outbreak in Melbourne, which began in June, led to more than 7,000 cases this month, representing about 95% of the country’s total in the second wave.
Last month, when community transmission declined to non-existent elsewhere, every second state closed its borders with Victoria.
However, the virus spread to Sydney with visits from Melbourne residents.
Authorities are now battling clusters around restaurants and pubs, warning the city is on a “knife”.
On Wednesday, Queensland joined the Northern Territory and Western Australia, forbidding any of Sydney from entering due to renewed risk.
More information about the Melbourne lock:
- 3,000 Australians who were at home under police guard
- Border town divided by a lock