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World Australia's Victoria records country's highest COVID-19 case count yet

11:40  14 october  2021
11:40  14 october  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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COVID - 19 infections in Australia ' s Victoria hit a pandemic record on Thursday as Melbourne, the state capital, looks to exit its lockdown next week, several days ahead of plan, helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake. The surge in daily cases comes as Victoria nears the 70% threshold for double-dose vaccinations among eligible adults, when authorities have promised to end a months-long lockdown, against the original Oct. 26 forecast. Victoria logged 2,297 new cases on Thursday, the highest number of any state or territory in the country since the pandemic began.

Breaking news. Victoria has recorded 2,297 new local COVID cases overnight. Another 11 people have died from the virus. There are now 20,505 active cases of the virus in Victoria , and 125 people have died during the current Delta outbreak. The new cases were identified from 82,762 test results received by health authorities yesterday. They take the state' s seven-day case average to about 1,806, which remains within the Burnet Institute' s modelled peak of between 1,400 to 2,900 towards the end of this month.

The Australian state of Victoria hit a new record for COVID-19 cases on Thursday reporting 2,297 new cases, the most in a single day for any state or territory in the country since the pandemic began.

a close up of a flag: Australia's Victoria records country's highest COVID-19 case count yet © Getty Images Australia's Victoria records country's highest COVID-19 case count yet

Reuters noted that this grim development comes as the state appears poised to reach the threshold at which it will exit the lockdown it has been under since August. Authorities have pledged that the lockdown will be lifted once Victoria's adult population reaches a full vaccination rate of 70 percent.

Victoria also reported 11 new deaths Thursday.

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The data tracking Australia ' s COVID - 19 developments are in the charts below, which provide a guide to how the country is faring in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Figures are updated daily, so bookmark this page to stay up-to-date. To date, Australia has recorded _ confirmed cases of COVID - 19 , including __ deaths. (Note that national daily and cumulative counts are likely to be lower earlier in the day, as some states/territories have not yet reported.) These figures are from a national dataset of every confirmed case since January 25, 2020, when the country ' s first four cases were

October 14, 2021 7:26 AM. Victoria logged 2,297 new cases on Thursday, the highest number in the country since the pandemic began. Continue reading at www.straitstimes.com.

Most of the new cases were reported in Melbourne, according to Reuters. The city is regarded as the center of the delta variant outbreak in Australia.

The new record comes less than a week after Victoria hit its previous record for cases, reporting 1,965 new cases in one day last weekend.

Other states such as New South Wales have continued to see downward trends in new COVID-19 cases, with 406 cases reported in that state on Thursday.

As The Sydney Morning Herald reported, Victoria could reach its goal of a 70 percent two-dose vaccination rate as soon as next Thursday. Though new COVID-19 cases have reached a new high, the Herald noted that hospitalization rates have fallen below 5 percent of cases in Victoria.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said that reopening plans will not be affected by case numbers.

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