world

Australia's COVID hotspot state records two days without new cases for first time in seven months

7 Comments
By Colin Packham

The Australian state of Victoria, the epicenter of COVID-19 infections, said on Tuesday it had gone 48 hours without detecting any new cases for the first time in more than seven months.

Victoria, the second most populous state, will allow restaurants and cafes in Melbourne to reopen from Wednesday after more than three months under a stringent lockdown.

Despite case numbers dwindling and businesses poised to reopen, Victoria will only ease limits on social gatherings in the home, allowing two adults and dependents from one house to make one daily visit to one other household.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the highest risk of spreading the virus remained in the family home where social distancing protocols were often not applied.

"This is just about making sure that people can connect, but we can't have a situation where people are having visitors in the morning, visitors at lunchtime, visitors in the evening," Andrews told reporters in Melbourne. "What we, all of us as Victorians, have built is a precious thing, but it is fragile."

The pace that Victoria has reopened has frustrated many, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison who has argued Australia's most populous state has eased restrictions despite small, single figure outbreaks, often bigger than in Victoria.

New South Wales state on Tuesday recorded two new locally acquired COVID-19 infections.

Australia's COVID-19 restrictions have pushed its economy into its first recession in three decades, triggered after large swathes of the economy were shut to slow the spread of the virus.

The economy shrank 7% in the three months to the end of June, the biggest quarterly contraction since records began in 1959. Unemployment hit a 22-year high of 7.5% in July as businesses and borders closed.

Australia has recorded just over 27,500 novel coronavirus infections, far fewer than many other developed countries.

Victoria, which accounts for more than 90% of the 905 deaths nationally, did not record any new deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

7 Comments
Login to comment

In the meantime another economy ion tatters and rises in many other forms of harm.

And as soon as they open a bit we will see cases again.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

In the meantime another economy ion tatters and rises in many other forms of harm.

And as soon as they open a bit we will see cases again.

Another negative Nelly who cant see the positive's. People are alive because of the lock down. People have been financially supported by the government. Nobody has gone hungry, and nobody has been kicked out of their homes. The economy will restart on Wednesday and life will go on.

Good job Melbourne!

7 ( +9 / -2 )

In the meantime another economy ion tatters and rises in many other forms of harm.

Sure about that? The Reserve Bank today issued a preliminary finding that the Aus economy has likely emerged out of recession, with the report due later in the year. The RBA stated the Melbourne lockdown impacted less than expected.

Good job Melbourne!

Totally. They sure have earned the right to "get on the beers" or whiskies, its been a tough few months. I think most people in Aus are now cautiously optimistic. Sadly, Im less optimistic about a few of our friends in the Northern Hemisphere with winter approaching.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Wakarimasen

In the meantime another economy ion tatters and rises in many other forms of harm.

And as soon as they open a bit we will see cases again.

Do you notice how the media and politicians have completely switched to "cases" from deaths?

As treatments have emerged and the virus has attenuated (as they always do), hardly anybody is dying from this, and the vast majority of infected do not even notice they have it. Yet, the panic must be kept up. At this point, it is purely a political project.

Notice that the WHO has pretty much admitted that:

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/26/who-says-stemming-coronavirus-may-rqequire-.html

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Just follow the advice of the US President. If you don't test you don't have any Covid-19 cases. Right?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Do you notice how the media and politicians have completely switched to "cases" from deaths?

The number of cases in the US has been rising for the past several weeks. And not surprisingly just today the CDC reported the number of deaths in the US is also increasing. It usually requires a couple of weeks from initial infection for Covid-19 to finally kill them. Now we are seeing the death rate follow the infection rate as both climb.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Do you notice how the media and politicians have completely switched to "cases" from deaths?

So?

You act as if it's a cold, where after it's gone it's done with.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites