Victoria’s new Covid-19 cases fall below 100, 18 new deaths

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Victoria has recorded 94 new cases of Covid-19 and 18 deaths in the past 24-hour reporting period, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says.

A couple walks on a footbridge over the Yarra River in the Southbank district of Melbourne on 12 August 2020 during the city's Covid-19 lockdown.

A couple walking on a footbridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne during the city’s Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: AFP

The last time numbers were in double digits was on 5 July, when 74 cases were recorded.

The numbers come after Victoria reported a daily increase under 150 every week day last week.

Yesterday and Thursday the state recorded 113 new cases – the lowest daily case number in more than seven weeks.

The drop was predicted by Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, who said yesterday if the downward trends continued, he expected to see daily case numbers below 100 as soon as next week.

“We are definitely trending in the right direction, but we do need to hold the course, as it were,” he said.

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Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday said he wanted to give Victorians a “roadmap” of what life beyond the current restrictions would look like “as soon as possible”, but said work was still in progress.

“This is very much like a public health bushfire and we’re getting close putting it out,” he said.

“If we were to reopen at 113 while the fire is still going – not smouldering, still burning – it wouldn’t be a matter of time before it got to us again.”

 

– ABC

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