WORLD Australian COVID-19 cases up 20 pct since July 10


Australian COVID-19 cases up 20 pct since July 10


16:29, July 17, 2020


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Australia has surpassed 11,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday as the nation's death toll continues to grow.

Paul Kelly, the Australian government Acting Chief Medical Officer, said in an update on Friday afternoon that the number of new cases in the past 24 hours was 438 and there were three more deaths, bringing the national death toll to 116.

It has taken only three days for the number of cases to grow from 10,000 to 11,000. By comparison it took about 48 days for the figure to grow from 7,000 to 8,000.

Of the new cases, Victoria has set a new record for its biggest daily increase in cases for the second consecutive day with 428. The state's net increase in cases was 415 after 13 previously diagnosed cases were reclassified.

All three of the deaths were in Victoria: a woman in her 80s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s. All died in hospital.

The number of cases nationally has increased almost 20 percent in the seven days since July 10 while the death toll has climbed by 10.

Speaking on Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that an alleged breach in the hotel quarantine system responsible for the spike in cases across Melbourne was "very serious."

"It's a reminder of the need to keep on with the social distancing. To keep on with all those other protections," he told Nine Network television.

"If those who are proposing an eradication strategy, well, if you get a breach in quarantine that doesn't matter. It will just seep out into the community.

"The only thing that matters is getting on top of this.

"If Victoria isn't successful Australia isn't successful. And that's why we need Melburnians and Victorians to win here."

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