Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot reports lowest rise in cases in nearly 3 months

SYDNEY: Australia's second most populous state, the epicentre of the country's coronavirus second wave, on Monday (Sep 14) reported its lowest single-day rise in new infections in nearly three months.

Officials recorded 35 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths in Victoria, as a tight lockdown in the state capital of Melbourne was partially eased.

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Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, was placed under strict lockdown measures in early August after more than 700 cases were detected in Victoria state in a single day.

READ: WHO reports record one-day increase in global COVID-19 cases, up over 307,000

From Monday, the city's 5 million residents will be allowed outside for exercise for two hours, double the limit under the original lockdown measures, while a nightly curfew has also been shortened.

Australia has recorded a total of 27,000 COVID-19 infections, including 817 deaths.

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