At least 288 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Victoria, Australia, in a new daily record
- 10 July 2020
Australia's Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500, APA reports citing Centre Daily Times.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return to Australia each week will be reduced by more than 4,000 from next week.
Sydney, Australia’s largest city, has been carrying a disproportionate burden of hotel quarantine that is currently paid for by the New South Wales state government.
Victoria, to the south, has banned international arrivals after breaches of hotel quarantine in Melbourne were blamed for Australia’s only widespread transmission of COVID-19.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Breet Sutton said: “Certainly, 288 new cases today is a pretty ugly number.”
“Our numbers are the numbers that the U.S. gets every 10 minutes. We are still in a fortunate position and we have gone to a lockdown at this juncture in order not to have those kinds of pressures manifest in our system,” Sutton said.