SYDNEY: Australia’s coronavirus hotspot of Victoria reported on Monday (Sep 21) a gradual downward pattern in every day COVID-19 instances, placing the state on the right track to ease extra restrictions by subsequent week.

The 2-week common rise in instances in Melbourne, the state capital, dropped beneath 35 on Monday, on monitor to satisfy a goal of beneath 50 instances by Sep 28 when the authorities have mentioned they might loosen up restrictions within the metropolis.

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest metropolis, is on an prolonged arduous lockdown till Sep 28, however authorities lifted some restrictions final week permitting residents to go away their houses for longer durations for train and shortened a nightly curfew.

The strict restrictions on motion have introduced the every day COVID-19 instances within the state right down to double digits after it touched highs of 700 in early August.

“It is welcome information for Victorians and welcome information for Australians,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth instructed the Australian Broadcasting Corp tv on Monday.

Nevertheless, Coatsworth urged the state’s residents to strictly adhere to the social distancing guidelines regardless of instances slowing down considerably in current days.

“When Victorians come out of restrictions, significantly in Melbourne, the complacency must be prevented,” he mentioned.

Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, reported two deaths from COVID-19 and 11 instances within the final 24 hours. A day earlier, the state reported 5 deaths and 14 new instances, its lowest rise in every day infections in three months.

Australia has to date recorded a complete of simply over 26,900 COVID-19 infections and 851 deaths, with Victoria accounting for the majority of each.

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