Australia’s second most populous state – the epicentre of the country’s latest COVID-19 outbreak – said on Friday it expects to soon report just double digit daily rises in new infections, as a stringent lockdown slows the spread of the virus.
Victoria state said it has detected 113 new cases in the past 24 hours, unchanged from the previous day, and well below the one-day record of 725 cases reported in early August.
Authorities said they expect cases numbers to fall below 100 as soon as the weekend, four weeks into a six-week hard lockdown of around 5 million people in the state capital, Melbourne.
“It’s not gotten below 100 (per day) yet, I do expect that to happen, if not over the weekend, then by next week,” Victoria state Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne.
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