Victoria reports 75 new infections, six cases added via community transmission

Henrietta Strickland
July 1, 2020

The state of Victoria in Australia confirmed 41 new cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19 on Saturday, which is double the state seen a week earlier, grappling to gain control over the pandemic as the rest of the nation continues to relax social distancing restrictions. Victoria has 204 of the 270 active cases in Australia.

"What I can say is that numerous cases that have come through today are overwhelmingly concentrated in those priority suburbs", she said. "It's important to reiterate to the community that you are not immune from catching [Covid-19] by virtue of the postcode that you live in".

The country's second-most populous state had 49 new cases yesterday, its highest in over two months and the 12th consecutive day of double-digit rises. But about 30 percent of people in Victoria have declined a COVID-19 test before leaving quarantine, health officials said.

Victoria began lifting restrictions in May and vowed to remove the majority of restrictions by the end of July. Plans to open a travel "bubble" with neighbouring New Zealand have already taken a knock as both countries grapple with incidents around virus management.

Of the new cases recorded, one was from hotel quarantine, 14 are linked to known outbreaks, 37 were detected through routine testing and 23 are still under investigation.

Four previous cases have been reclassified as being negative.

Australia's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told RN Breakfast on Sunday: "It's absolutely a second peak and it's going to challenge us in the same way as that first one".

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