| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

Australia’s Victoria state reports 2 local COVID-19 cases

On Monday, two additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases were reported in Victoria, Australia, which was a coronavirus hotspot until last week.

According to health officials, the latest infections follow low single-digit figures over the weekend and pose little concern to the community because the victims were already isolated.

The Victoria Health Department stated, “The two new locally acquired cases are primarily close contacts of previous cases, with no community exposure during their infectious period.”

Australia’s second most-populous state has recorded 94 cases in its latest wave of COVID-19 infections, which triggered a two-week snap lockdown late last month. Victoria emerged from the lockdown on Friday as new cases declined, but some physical-distancing rules remain.

Acting Premier James Merlino said on Sunday that the state intends to announce more COVID-19 limitations this week, after a stringent two-week lockdown was successful in controlling the virus.

With almost 22,300 local COVID-19 cases and 910 deaths since March 2020, Australia has fared far better than many other affluent countries during the epidemic, mostly in Victorian aged-care homes.

(Graph depicting worldwide cases and deaths)

Prior outbreaks were contained thanks to quick lockdowns, internal border restrictions, and strict social-distancing measures.

  • Reuters