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Australia's Victoria state records another day of high coronavirus infections

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By Byron Kaye

Australia's second most-populous state reported one of its highest daily increases in coronavirus infections on Saturday and warned the numbers would get worse before they got better as its capital city began its first weekend of a six-week lockdown.

The state of Victoria logged 216 new cases, down from a record 288 the previous day but still one of the biggest daily increases of any part of the country.

"We will see more and more additional cases. This is going to be with us for months and months," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told a televised news conference. "Nobody is enjoying being locked at home. It is frustrating, it is challenging, but the strategy will be successful if we all play our part."

Victoria, home to a quarter of the country's 25 million people, has also become the first state to ask people to wear masks with the order directed at residents of Melbourne.

The other seven states and territories, which reported just 11 new cases between them on Saturday, have banned travelers from Victoria amid concern that community transmission was causing a second wave of the virus. Authorities had previously attributed most new cases to people returning from overseas.

The country's deputy chief medical officer, Nick Coatsworth, said it was to soon to say whether the community transmission had spread from Victoria to other states.

"We are all on high alert," he said. "It is fair to say that the next couple of days are critical."

Australia has avoided the high COVID-19 casualty numbers of other countries after closing its borders and going into nationwide lockdown in March, with some 9,300 infections and 107 deaths.

There were seven new cases in neighboring New South Wales, the most-populous state, including a man who had visited a Sydney pub that has been linked to two other infections, authorities said. A pop-up testing clinic was set up at the pub so patrons who were there on the same night could be tested.

Australia on Friday gave provisional approval to Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir as the first treatment option for virus, joining the United States and the European Commission.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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Imprisoning people in their homes to stop this virus is an outrageous decision. What exactly is this government’s endgame? It blows my mind that this kind of thing is still going on.

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Simian

Well, um, many people are willing to put up with major inconveniences in order not to die nor cause the death of others. Most would prefer to have the 100 or so deaths in Australia than the 130,000 deaths in the US (of which many have been unnecessary because some people actually still listen to their incompetent and corrupt president).

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Imprisoning people in their homes is the only way to stop the spread. There were over 200 new cases in Melbourne today. Sydney now has a cluster from a night club. Social distancing and keeping your hands clean works. If is the ignorant few who ignore these guidelines who are keeping this virus alive. It is the same in Tokyo. It’s unfortunate that governments have to take action like locking people in their homes, but these are the idiots keeping it alive.

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About as many cases as the biggest place on earth.

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Today.

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Close all KFC outlets!

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A pop-up testing clinic was set up at the pub so patrons who were there on the same night could be tested.

This is brilliant. Any self respecting Aussie will take this test as an opportunity for a quick pint and a counter lunch.

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Fuzzy

Must be a Brit no pints in in Australia.

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Premier Andrews created this mess ... his government employed untrained security guards in charge of overseas returning travellers ... untrained security guards who then traded sexual favours to allow travellers to leave the hotel illegally... and 49 security guards then contracted the virus and then went home and spread it to their families and friends ... meanwhile in every other state the Australian Army was in charge of hotel security and surprise surprise ... no cases in any other state

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@mazzda

I'm Aussie born and raised and had more than my fair share of schooners. Just putting it a way most on here would understand.

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"Imprisoning people in their homes is the only way to stop the spread. There were over 200 new cases in Melbourne today. Sydney now has a cluster from a night club. Social distancing and keeping your hands clean works. If is the ignorant few who ignore these guidelines who are keeping this virus alive. It is the same in Tokyo. It’s unfortunate that governments have to take action like locking people in their homes, but these are the idiots keeping it alive."

Stay home...LOOOOOOOL !!..

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