Australia reports record daily virus cases, 13 deaths
Aug 01 2020
Victoria has confirmed 627 new cases - its second highest daily increase after 723 on Thursday - and reclassified 48 cases that were previously diagnosed.
To be sure, while new infections haven't dropped, Melbourne's outbreak hasn't seen cases explode exponentially either - which could have happened had the lockdown not been implemented.
"It's not the number I was hoping for", he said.
However, Chair in Epidemiology at Deakin University, Professor Catherine Bennett, said it was not totally unexpected.
Medical workers evacuate a resident from the Epping Gardens aged care facility in the Melbourne suburb of Epping, as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it was dispiriting to see such big numbers every day.
The northeastern state of Queensland, which had effectively eliminated the virus, said it had found three new cases, two of whom were believed to have contracted COVID-19 while in the NSW capital Sydney. This compares with 804 active cases yesterday.
The latest case and death numbers are national highs, while there are 877 active cases relating to aged care facilities.
The deaths take the state's total fatalities from the pandemic to 112, which is more than half of Australia's total death tally.
"Numbers should come down quickly after that".
She then added children over five last week. We desperately need this message to cut through.
"It is not unexpected in some ways when you have got so many cases in private sector aged care", Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne. This compares with about 50 a day in Victoria.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the main concern is that at least 50 cases have no known origins.
With those unable to work from home desperate not to sacrifice wages, and young people especially losing patience with physical isolation, many no longer seem willing to fully follow the rules as the economic and social costs mount.
"We've stopped it from getting completely out of control. but we haven't been able to suppress it sufficiently", Mr Andrews told media in Melbourne.
"The data is telling us that outside work, this is the single greatest cause of transmission in these communities", Andrews said in a statement. Most of those who died were aged in their 70s-90s.
Oregon's statewide face covering guidance stipulates people must wear a mask outdoors when social distancing can not be maintained and at any indoor public places.
"Whether it's hotel quarantine at their expense, whether it's monitoring bracelets or really tough fines, we can not afford to let these people put the rest of us at risk", he said.
The US counted 1,379 new deaths in the 24 hours before 1.30am Irish time, plus another 72,238 new infections.