Left Menu
Development News Edition

Australia's COVID hotspot state records two days without new cases for first time in seven months

The Australian state of Victoria, the epicentre of COVID-19 infections, said on Tuesday it had gone 48 hours without detecting any new cases for the first time in more than seven months. Victoria, the second most populous state, will allow restaurants and cafes in Melbourne to reopen from Wednesday after more than three months under a stringent lockdown.

Reuters | Updated: 27-10-2020 06:27 IST | Created: 27-10-2020 06:27 IST
Australia's COVID hotspot state records two days without new cases for first time in seven months

The Australian state of Victoria, the epicentre of COVID-19 infections, said on Tuesday it had gone 48 hours without detecting any new cases for the first time in more than seven months.

Victoria, the second most populous state, will allow restaurants and cafes in Melbourne to reopen from Wednesday after more than three months under a stringent lockdown. Despite case numbers dwindling and businesses poised to reopen, Victoria will only ease limits on social gatherings in the home, allowing two adults and dependents from one house to make one daily visit to one other household.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the highest risk of spreading the virus remained in the family home where social distancing protocols were often not applied. "This is just about making sure that people can connect, but we can't have a situation where people are having visitors in the morning, visitors at lunchtime, visitors in the evening," Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

"What we, all of us as Victorians, have built is a precious thing, but it is fragile." The pace that Victoria has reopened has frustrated many, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison who has argued Australia's most populous state has eased restrictions despite small, single figure outbreaks, often bigger than in Victoria.

New South Wales state on Tuesday recorded two new locally acquired COVID-19 infections. Australia's COVID-19 restrictions have pushed its economy into its first recession in three decades, triggered after large swathes of the economy were shut to slow the spread of the virus.

The economy shrank 7% in the three months to the end of June, the biggest quarterly contraction since records began in 1959. Unemployment hit a 22-year high of 7.5% in July as businesses and borders closed. Australia has recorded just over 27,500 novel coronavirus infections, far fewer than many other developed countries.

Victoria, which accounts for more than 90% of the 905 deaths nationally, did not record any new deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Turbulence surrounding tobacco control in Ghana

... ...

Refugee compassion and response: Ideas to mitigate disasters now and in their future

Their homeland becomes a forbidden territory for them and more likely than not, their journey to foreign soil is no less traumatizing, not to say deadly. It is crucial to help refugees live a life of dignity and purpose....

Videos

Latest News

Mainland China reports 18 new COVID-19 cases for Dec. 5

Mainland China reported 18 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 5, up from 17 cases from a day earlier, the countrys national health authority said on Sunday.The National Health Commission said in a statement that 17 of the new cases were imported in...

Australian state eases restrictions for 'COVID safe' summer

Australias Victoria state eased COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday after the countrys pandemic hotspot recorded 37 days without any new coronavirus infections, moving toward a COVID-safe holiday season. From midnight on Sunday, up to 100 peopl...

Mexico registers 11,625 new coronavirus cases, 593 more deaths

Mexicos Health Ministry on Saturday reported 11,625 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and an additional 593 fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,168,395 cases and 109,456 deaths.The government says the real number o...

Trump stumps in Georgia for two Republican candidates while pressing vote fraud claims

U.S. President Donald Trump campaigned in Georgia on Saturday for two Republican senators at a rally that some in his party fear could end up hurting, not helping, their chances if he focuses on efforts to reverse his own election defeat. I...

Give Feedback