A healthcare working in protective gear works at a COVID-19 testing facility in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 September 2020

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picture captionAustralia’s case numbers are dropping

Australia seems to be set to document its lowest every day coronavirus enhance for 3 months, with simply 18 new circumstances reported up to now.

The state of Victoria – the epicentre of the nation’s Covid-19 outbreak – recorded 14 new infections to Sunday morning, down from 21 the day earlier than.

New South Wales and Queensland reported two circumstances every. The remaining states are but to report their figures, however hardly ever document any new circumstances.

Figures had been final this low on 23 June.

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Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews stated the numbers had been “trigger for excellent optimism”. His state, which has accounted for 75% of Australia’s 26,900 circumstances and 90% of its 849 deaths, has been underneath lockdown since early July.

Melbourne, the capital, has been underneath tighter restrictions than different areas, together with a curfew and stay-at-home orders. Anti-lockdown protests within the metropolis have turn out to be an everyday sight.

On Sunday, demonstrators gathered within the central enterprise district, based on native media. Saturday’s protest, in a park, noticed protesters being dispersed by police on horseback.

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picture captionProtests have turn out to be an everyday sight in Melbourne

Nonetheless, Mr Andrews has defended the state’s strict lockdown, pointing to rising circumstances in Europe.

“It is heartbreaking to see all of these communities have given – all of the sacrifice they’ve made – and now they have circumstances operating maybe extra wildly than their first wave,” he informed reporters.

“A few of these nations as properly, I see a little bit of commentary across the place about how… demise charges in second waves are decrease. That is not what the information’s saying. That is not what the information in Europe is saying. You have to see it off.”

Melbourne has began to ease its restrictions, saying it’ll raise the curfew and train limits on 26 October if there are fewer than 5 new circumstances per day.

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