Australia Coronavirus: Victoria Records Lowest Daily Cases In 5 Weeks

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Australia's Melbourne has entered into a stricter lockdown to curb cases
Australia's Melbourne has entered into a stricter lockdown to curb cases AFP / William WEST

Australia has recorded its lowest daily count of coronavirus cases as Victoria continues to see a decrease in new infections. 

On Friday, the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services reported 179 new cases over a 24-hour period starting Aug. 20. This is the first time in five weeks that the state counted less than 200 COVID-19 cases in a day. 

The second most populous state also reported nine deaths, eight of the cases are aged 70 and above. Seven are linked to outbreaks in aged care, the Victoria DHHS’s media release revealed. 

The drop in new infections is a welcome news for citizens as the state continues to stay under quarantine. It’s currently in the third week of its six-week lockdown. In a press conference, Premier Daniel Andrews said the drop in cases proves “the strategy is working.”

"We are all pleased to see a 1 in front of these additional case numbers, and to a certain extent it is perhaps at that level a little quicker than I thought it might be," Andrews said, noted ABC

Prime Minister Scott Morrison echoed these sentiments, noting how this invokes “increased hope” that the country will eventually stop the spread of the virus. 

“We’re doing better than most and many of the developed world in this situation,” Morrison said

However, despite the positive news, Andrews clarifies easing of restriction is not on the table for now. He adds there shouldn't be “any sense of complacency.”

"It is just way too early for us to talk about what easing will look like, or even to be definitive about when that will be," Mr Andrews said.

As of Aug. 21, Victoria has a total of 17,852 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Data from Johns Hopkins University recorded 24,431 coronavirus cases in Australia and 472 total fatalities.