Virus cases falling in Australia's hotspot state, restrictions may ease further
Australia’s coronavirus hotspot state of Victoria looks set to lift some tough lockdown restrictions in coming days, after reporting only 14 new cases and eight deaths in the last 24 hours on Friday, further reducing the rate of infections, Trend reports citing Reuters.
The two-week average of new infections in the city of Melbourne has dropped below 26, well below the 30-50 level which the state has set as a precondition to ease curbs.
“We are well and truly within the band in order to take those next steps,” said Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews, without providing detail on what those next steps would be.
Andrews has said he will announce further easing of restrictions on Sunday.
Australia’s strict lockdown measures, social distancing rules and high levels of contract tracing have resulted in the country avoiding a major second wave of coronavirus, unlike much of Europe and the United Kingdom.
The country has logged just 869 coronavirus deaths and nearly 27,000 cases, of which only around 650 remain active.