Victoria’s daily coronavirus numbers are in as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.
''The state has recorded 1438 new, locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and five deaths.
Today’s cases is a record for Victoria and up from yesterday’s record tally of 950 cases.
The Department of Health has not said how many cases are linked to known outbreaks or how many people were already isolating when they tested positive.
Zero cases were detected in hotel quarantine.
There are now 11,018 active cases of coronavirus across the state.
Today’s numbers are off the back of yesterday’s 65,497 coronavirus tests (the highest number of daily tests this year).''
Reuters added some colour as follows:
''COVID-19 cases in Australia's Victoria state surged to record levels on Thursday despite Melbourne, the state capital, being stuck in a hard lockdown for nearly two months as officials race to vaccinate the population before easing curbs.''
''Australia's largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and the capital Canberra are in a weeks-long lockdown to combat a third wave of infections fuelled by the fast-moving Delta variant. Authorities have ditched a COVID-zero strategy and are looking at higher vaccination as their exit strategy from lockdowns.''
''The record cases in Victoria come as the federal government on Thursday decided to phase out its emergency financial support for businesses impacted by the lockdowns, in line with its plan to end support to virus-impacted employees.''
meanwhile, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the temporary payments will stop once 80% of the adult population in states and territories becomes fully vaccinated.
"We can't eliminate the virus, we need to learn to live with it in a COVID-safe way", Frydenberg said in a statement.
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