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World Australia records significant fall in new virus cases

08:25  13 august  2020
08:25  13 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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SA records its first new coronavirus case in more than two weeks after a woman who travelled from Victoria was tested — but health authorities say it will not disrupt South Australia has recorded its first COVID-19 case in 19 days — an overseas traveller who was given an exemption from quarantine.

44 new virus cases and four deaths on Tuesday. With such little testing, experts believe the number could “It’s simple,” said Redfield. “We are going to experience significant coronavirus infection in the fall Turkey has seen an increase in new cases since the government authorized cafes, restaurants

Australia's virus-hit Victoria state reported a major drop in new coronavirus cases Thursday, but officials warned against complacency amid a "worrying" spread of the disease in regional areas outside Melbourne.

a group of people sitting on a bench: There are signs that Melbourne's strict measures, including a shutdown of non-essential businesses, are bringing the outbreak under control © William WEST There are signs that Melbourne's strict measures, including a shutdown of non-essential businesses, are bringing the outbreak under control

Just 278 new cases and eight deaths were detected in Victoria Thursday -- a low not seen in weeks -- while a smaller outbreak in neighbouring New South Wales produced 12 additional cases and one death.

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This leads to a significant increase in case and death numbers on 18 July 2020. Download today’s data on the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases worldwide. Distribution of cases of COVID-19 by continent (according to the applied case definition and testing strategies in the affected countries).

The surge in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and Australia's second-biggest city, had pushed daily infection rates over 700 in recent weeks.

Dozens have died during a second wave that struck after Australia appeared to have the epidemic in check.

There are now signs that strict measures -- including an overnight curfew and shutdown of non-essential businesses -- are bringing the outbreak under control, but Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said authorities were "not getting in any way ahead of ourselves".

"We would just caution against any Victorian thinking that we aren't in the midst of a real marathon -- this is an endurance race and we need to stay the course on this," he told reporters.

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Australia has recorded a total 10,620 cases of COVID-19, with 4750 in Victoria, 3338 in New South Wales, 1071 in Queensland, 444 in South Australia , 646 in Western Australia , 228 in Tasmania, 113 in the Australian Capital Territory and 30 in the Northern Territory.

In Australia , infectious disease physician Sanjaya Senanayake says clotting is one of the main mysteries facing doctors treating COVID-19, although case numbers are low and clots occur mostly in severe cases . Health authorities say the complication hasn’t been seen in Australian patients yet.

"We need to be vigilant each and every day."

Andrews said health officials were launching a new testing blitz in three major regional towns -- Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo -- amid "worrying trends" indicating the virus could be spreading among residents.

All of regional Victoria is currently under Stage 3 rules, meaning their movement is restricted and wearing a mask is mandatory.

But deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng said authorities were looking "very closely" at whether to increase restrictions to match Melbourne's tough Stage 4 lockdown.

The state remains effectively sealed off from the rest of the country, with other regions so far largely spared from new infections.

Unemployment data released Thursday showed the easing of restrictions across most of Australia saw tens of thousands of people return to work, with the official jobless rate climbing just 0.1 percent to 7.5 percent.

However, the Australian Bureau of Statistics warned the impact of Melbourne's Stage 4 lockdown would not become clear until next month, when economic analysts expect a sharp dip in employment.

Overall, Australia has recorded more than 22,000 cases of COVID-19 and 361 deaths during the pandemic.

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