The Australian state of Victoria has reported the deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic since the outbreak began, as daily infections in the hot zone dropped to its lowest number within weeks.
The state of Victoria, where the capital Melbourne has been hit by a second wave of the virus, recorded 19 new deaths on Monday, with 14 of the deaths linked to outbreaks in nursing homes. As daily deaths rose there, the state saw its lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 infections since July 29, reporting 322 new cases.
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The latest figures do not include new infections and deaths from other Australian states, though Victoria has been counting most of the past two weeks.
Melbourne went into a second jam over a month ago.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said data showing cases are stabilizing in Victoria have made him more hopeful now than he has been at any time over the past week.
But state Prime Minister Daniel Andrews warned that not much could be read in a single day’s worth of data, and that some of the state’s toughest blocking measures had only come into force on Sunday at midnight.
The outbreak in Melbourne accounts for 70% of Australia’s total infections, the BBC reported. More than 100 deaths were recorded in Victoria over the past week.
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Australia has reported more than 21,000 infections and more than 300 deaths since the outbreak began.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.