Victoria reports 20 new infections, R-rate at 2.5

Coronavirus update: Victoria reports 20 new infections, R-rate at 2.5

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It comes after Victoria reported 20 new coronavirus cases and one death on Wednesday - the eighth consecutive day that the state reported double-digit cases.

Australia has been an worldwide success story to date, recording roughly 7,500 cases of coronavirus and 103 deaths in a population of 25 million. Australia has been a country which, on the whole, has managed to control its rate of reproduction, however, with border re-opening, there are now questions being raised as to how they could prevent a second wave.

He spoke to reporters in Melbourne and mentioned how it takes the tally to almost 1,900 after recording 17 on Tuesday and 16 the day before.

Almost 70 per cent of people who died from coronavirus in Australia had pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, dementia and diabetes. "That's why we need to get on top of numbers".

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As at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a total of 7,492 cases have been reported in Australia, and 6,915 have been reported as recovered from COVID-19, according to Department of Health.

Authorities in Victoria, which has become the virus hotspot in Australia, have been trying to contain the spread of the virus.

This included half a dozen suburbs in the largest city of Melbourne hit by a spike in cases.

Victoria has now, on the weekend, extended its state of emergency for an additional month.

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Woolworths will also apply the limits to it's online store.

The uptick in new infections has seen thousands of people seek COVID-19 tests. Police were forced to shut one drive-by clinic in Melbourne 20 minutes after it opened as it was unable to cope with the throng.

Both Supermarkets will enforce purchasing limits on toilet paper, hand sanister, paper towels, flour, sugar, pasta, mince, long life milk, eggs and rice from this afternoon.

"We'll continue to keep a close eye on stock levels in the coming days, and ask customers to buy only what they need", the company said in an emailed statement.

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The Sunshine State now contains "all the markers of the next major center of coronavirus transmission", say researchers. After a new exposure to this virus, it can take up to two weeks for symptoms to appear.

"We understand many Victorians are anxious about the recent community outbreak, but they can be assured our stores will remain open with plenty of stock in our warehouses to replenish our shelves", Woolworths managing Director Claire Peters said.

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