The fourth day of a coronavirus “quick test” in the Australian state of Victoria yielded 75 positive results on Sunday, Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced on Monday.
Sunday’s count was the 14th consecutive day of double-digit increases in new coronavirus cases in Victoria – and the largest daily increase reported by the state since March 30.
Of the 75 cases, 74 were considered locally transmitted, according to the Victoria Department of Health.
“I think this is a worrying number,” said Brett Sutton, chief health administrator for Victorian, adding, “I think things will get worse before they get better. “
Blitz test: Victorian authorities said 15,000 people had been tested on Sunday and 53,000 since the start of the “blitz” on June 25, tests being offered to everyone living in 10 targeted state access points. The Victoria state government has requested assistance from the Australian Defense Forces to conduct additional testing.
There are currently 288 active cases in Victoria, with nine people hospitalized in intensive care, according to the Victoria Department of Health. Victoria is home to one of Australia’s largest cities, Melbourne.
Elsewhere in Australia: New South Wales – home to Sydney and Australia’s most affected state since the start of the pandemic – has seen only seven new cases a day at 8 p.m. local time Sunday, according to his health service.
Australia has reported a total of 7,764 cases of coronavirus, including 104 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.