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Australia Australia's coronavirus infection trend falls in hotspot state

05:48  29 september  2020
05:48  29 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Fewer virus cases keep Melbourne on track

  Fewer virus cases keep Melbourne on track Victoria's daily infection rate is on track towards the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions come September 28, with more anti-lockdown protests expected.The state recorded 21 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, its lowest figure since June 24.

Australia ' s coronavirus hotspot state of Victoria looks set to lift some tough lockdown restrictions in coming days, after reporting only 14 new cases and eight deaths in the last 24 hours on Friday, further reducing the rate of infections .

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia ' s second most populous state , Victoria, reported 13 new coronavirus deaths in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, authorities said, while new infections in the hotspot state remained below 200 for the second consecutive day. Other than in Victoria, which accounts for over

a man standing next to a body of water: FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a face mask at St Kilda beach in Melbourne, the first city in Australia to enforce mask-wearing to curb a resurgence of COVID-19 © Reuters/SANDRA SANDERS FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a face mask at St Kilda beach in Melbourne, the first city in Australia to enforce mask-wearing to curb a resurgence of COVID-19

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's coronavirus hotspot state of Victoria on Tuesday reported 10 new infections in the past 24 hours, turning around a second contagion wave that only last month was infecting over 700 people every day.

The country's second most populous state has paid a high price to contain the spread of the virus, placing nearly 5 million residents of its capital Melbourne under one of the world's most stringent lockdowns since early August.

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Australia ' s second-most populous state Victoria, the epicentre for COVID-19 infections in the country, on Tuesday reported its lowest rise in virus-related deaths in two weeks as a second-wave outbreak eases. Victoria said five people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest one-day rise

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia ' s second-most populous state Victoria, the epicentre for COVID-19 infections in the country, on Tuesday reported its The fall in the number of new cases comes as the state capital Melbourne begins its fourth week of a six-week lockdown that sees residents confined to

The state, which accounts for the bulk of the country's over 27,000 infections, and 882 deaths, on Sunday lifted some of the restrictions, including nightly curfews.

A key indicator, the rolling 14-day average, fell to 18.2, tracking ahead of state government expectations, officials said.

"That continuous improvement will serve us well as we continue to open up," premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Tuesday. "This strategy is working (and) is delivering us those lower numbers."

Meanwhile, the state of Western Australia reported 8 new coronavirus infections, following a small outbreak on a cargo ship that arrived from the Philippines earlier this month.

The state had zero or low single digit daily virus infections for weeks before reporting on Sunday infections among workers on the bulk carrier moored off the iron ore export hub of Port Hedland.

A total of 17 crew members of the Patricia Oldendorff have tested positive for the virus, and are quarantining on the vessel or onshore, the company said in a statement.

Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, reported two new infections on Tuesday, both returned travelers who were already quarantining in hotels. The state has not had any locally acquired cases in four days, officials said.

(Reporting by Paulina Duran in Sydney; Editing by Michael Perry)

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