The Victorian coronavirus spike continues to trouble its neighbours, with a Melbourne man testing positive in New South Wales and South Australia deploying the military to help guard its border.
The southern state recorded 216 new cases on July 11 – a sixth consecutive day of triple-digit rises – and brought the national death toll to 107 after a man in his 90s died.
Community transmission is a major concern with outbreaks in public housing towers and a large school in Melbournes west driving a second surge in infections.
“If youve been in Victoria in the last couple of weeks, dont mix with other people until two weeks have passed,” NSW Health Minister Jeremy McAnulty said on Saturday.
One of seven new infections in NSW was a male in his 20s from Melbourne, who had towed his caravan up from Victoria on July 7.
South Australia does not have any active infections and has asked Defence Force personnel to help enforce its hard border closure with Victoria.
Soldiers will be stationed at Berri and Mount Gambier from Sunday, helping police ensure anyone coming across has essential traveller status or other exemptions.
An Adelaide hostel was on Friday fined $5,060 (US$3,517) for failing to safely house four travellers from Victoria whose test results are still not known, while a truck driver in Bordertown is in quarantine after contact with two confirmed NSW cases.
The number of confirmed cases across the country now stands at more than 9,580, with two more cases in Queensland and two in Western Australia.
The cases in the two states and five of the NSW infections are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has given provisional approval in Australia for the drug Remdesivir, which can improve the recovery time of the illest COVID-19 patients.
The US-made intravenous drug is the most promising treatment so far to reduce hospitalisation time for those with severe coronavirus infections, the TGA said.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said the TGA approval was significant but warned it was no “silver bullet”.
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