Spike in Aussie cases as lockdowns ease
Australia reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases in almost a month yesterday.
Thirty cases were confirmed on Friday, with two in Queensland, eight in New South Wales and 20 in Victoria, where two outbreaks at a McDonald's restaurant and meat processing facility continue to grow.
The spike comes as lockdown measures were eased in some states.
"We need to remain vigilant," Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.
"We must maintain physical distancing, practice hygiene and self-isolation when ill. These are common sense actions to ensure we don't create a second wave of this serious disease, as we have seen in other countries once they have relaxed their stringent regulations."
In total, Australia has recorded 7024 cases of COVID-19, with 3071 in New South Wales, 1543 in Victoria, 1054 in Queensland, 439 in South Australia, 554 in Western Australia, 226 in Tasmania, 107 in the Australian Capital Territory and 30 in the Northern Territory.
The death toll stands at 98.
Originally published as Spike in Aussie cases as lockdowns ease