Australia Coronavirus: Victoria Records Highest Number Of Single-Day Cases


Health workers fanned out across suburbs of Melbourne Friday in a testing blitz aimed at choking off a surge in coronavirus cases in Australia's second-biggest city.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday he has confidence the country could move ahead with easing restrictions as it can respond and deal with new coronavirus outbreaks. Testing will be available Monday-Friday, between 10am and 6pm.

A McDonald's worker has also been confirmed as having coronavirus and is linked to the Wollert outbreak, she said.

The lockdown in Victoria was being lifted more slowly, but authorities there believe the increase in new cases stemmed from family get-togethers attended by people with mild symptoms.

Following a request from the Victorian Government, around 1,000 ADF personnel will deploy in Victoria.

Victoria has mysteriously backflipped on its request to deploy Australian Defence Force soldiers to help contain a second coronavirus wave in the state.

COVID-19 testing staff are seen at a pop-up site at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds on Wednesday
COVID-19 testing staff are seen at a pop-up site at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds on Wednesday

In a media statement released on June 25, Andrews said the ADF personnel would provide planning and logistics support to the state government, including the transportation of pathology samples interstate if necessary.

"We are finalising our plans for hotel quarantine, including any additional roles the ADF might be able to play".

A person being tested for Covid-19 (file).

Among those to reportedly test positive was a cleaner at Melbourne's Flinders St Station.

Overall, the country has recorded 104 deaths from the virus combined with 7,500 infections.

The cleaner had only invested 30 minutes at the station in the previous two weeks, their employer mentioned in an e mail quoted by the Herald Sun.

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Keilor Downs, Albanvale, and Sunshine West have been identified as COVID-19 hotspot suburbs.

About 10,000 residents will be examined each and every day in the 10 suburbs by 800 personnel in a fleet of mobile testing vans.

The premier said the government did not want to impose local lockdowns, but it was important to get an idea of how the virus is spreading.

"We will see numbers going up in the coming days, but that will be a measure of the success of this strategy", Mr Andrews said.

Of the 33 new cases, seven are returned travellers, nine are linked to known and contained outbreaks, six emerged after routine testing and the origin of another 11 cases are under investigation.

The Victorian local government areas of Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin have been flagged as virus hotspots.

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Victoria state reported 20 overnight cases, Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne, taking the state tally to almost 1,900 after recording 17 on Tuesday and 16 the day before.

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