Australia reports jump in daily new cases, record deaths

Australia reports jump in daily new cases, record deaths”

The country's COVID-19 death toll rose to 155 and the southeastern state of Victoria reported more than 450 new infections in the last 24 hours.

The coronavirus crisis gripping Victoria has worsened with the State registering a record 532 new cases overnight.

The state's second wave is being driven by workplace infections, including at aged-care and healthcare facilities, big distribution centers, slaughterhouses, cold-storage facilities and warehouses, Andrews said.

"You can't go to work if you feel sick even mildly".

The cases were found on the day the highest number of COVID-19 tests - more than 45,000 - were carried out.

Victoria is under a six-week lockdown with its borders with other states closed and masks mandatory.

Australia has dodged the worst ravages of the pandemic so far, logging just 14,000 cases in total - fewer than many harder-hit countries see in one day.

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As the state moves into its third week of lockdown, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said it might take Victoria longer than six weeks to flatten the coronavirus curve as the virus was now "embedded" within the community.

Around 20 Australian Defence Force members will begin a training program with paramedics, including driver training and proper PPE protocol.

"Ten families are now planning funerals today and the youngest of them have lost someone in their 40s", he said. And the youngest among them have lost someone in their forties. However most new cases have been linked to known sources.

Other Victorians are expected to wear masks when the 1.5m social distancing can't be done.

"We, of course, send our condolences and best wishes to those families", Mr Andrews said.

Protesters in Sydney vowed to appeal a Supreme Court decision to block a rally planned for Tuesday over the high number of Aboriginal deaths in custody in line with a police request given concerns it could spread the coronavirus.

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