Coronavirus infections surge in Victoria with 191 new cases

Jul 07, 2020

By SBS Australia 

There has been another coronavirus surge in Victoria, with 191 new infections recorded on Tuesday, the highest daily increase since the pandemic began. 

Of those new cases, 13 have been linked to the nine Melbourne public housing towers currently in total lockdown.

The number of new cases is up from the previous record set yesterday when 127 new cases were confirmed. 

Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton confirmed the result on Tuesday, with the state now having recorded a total of 2824 cases.

There are currently 772 active cases in Victoria.

The spike in infections comes as NSW moves to lock down the border with Victoria in an effort to prevent the outbreak from spreading.

Between 350 and 500 personnel will be dispatched to patrol the closed border from midnight on Tuesday.

 

Children from a window inside a unit at the public housing tower along Racecourse Road in Melbourne, Monday, July 6, 2020.

Children from a window inside a unit at the public housing tower along Racecourse Road in Melbourne.

AAP

Troops will support police operations without directly involving themselves in law enforcement activity.

Four cases related to an outbreak among emergency department staff at Northern Hospital Epping, which now totals eight staff and one household contact.

The emergency department remains open with a temporary reduction in non-urgent elective surgery and outpatient appointments.

A new case has also been confirmed in a staff member at the Assisi aged care facility in Rosanna, in Melbourne's northeast.

The staff member did not work while infectious and widespread testing of staff and residents at the facility will begin on Tuesday.

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