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Australia is seeing a brand new surge in coronavirus instances.
The chief well being officer for Victoria state, the place the town of Melbourne is positioned, introduced 270 new instances on Tuesday, following a rise of 177 on Monday.
Brett Sutton mentioned 28 of the brand new instances had been linked to a recognized outbreak however that the remaining have been nonetheless being investigated.
Last week, Melbourne reimposed strict public health emergency measures, establishing a “hard boundary” across the metropolis and the closing of its borders with New South Wales in an effort to cease the unfold of the virus.
“We have over 1,800 active cases in Victoria,” Sutton mentioned. “That’s a really significant number of people with coronavirus, and it does mean that in the next fortnight we’re going to see a number of people who will require hospital.”
He mentioned the state’s surge in instances will lead to at the least 200 individuals requiring hospital care inside the subsequent two weeks.
“There’s often 10% to 20% of all coronavirus infections who require hospitalization, so that’s a couple of hundred individuals at least,” Sutton mentioned, in line with The Age newspaper.
Sutton mentioned Melbourne and its northern suburb of Mitchell Shire may very well be dropped at stage four restrictions — larger than for the remainder of Victoria, if the numbers did not come down.
“I hope to see that this week, but there are no guarantees,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, the state of South Australia has determined to delay lifting border restrictions imposed on the capital, Canberra and New South Wales, the place an increase in coronavirus instances in Sydney has prompted concern.
Australia’s instances peaked in late March, however had fallen dramatically within the weeks thereafter. However, they’ve began to rise once more since late final month. More than 10,000 Australians have examined optimistic for the coronavirus for the reason that begin of the pandemic, with 108 deaths.