India records largest day-over-day increase in new coronavirus cases


MELBOURNE: People in Melbourne are now required to wear masks when leaving their homes as Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, on Sunday marked two weeks of a triple-digit increase in new coronavirus infections.
Melbournians who do not wear face coverings will be fined A $ 200 ($ 140), Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Victoria, who forced nearly 5 million people into a six-week partial lockdown on July 9, reported 363 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, after 217 the day before.
“We’re going to be wearing masks in Victoria and potentially other parts of the country for a very long time,” Andrews said in a televised briefing.
“There is no vaccine against this extremely infectious virus,” he says. Masks are “a simple thing, but it’s about changing the habits, it’s about becoming just a part of your routine. “
Australia has registered around 11,800 cases of coronavirus, a fraction of what has been observed in other countries or even in some American states, but an outbreak of community transmission in Victoria has increased, prompting authorities to impose measures stricter social distancing.
“Community transmission is difficult and difficult,” Australian Minister of Health Greg Hunt told a televised briefing. “This remains our greatest threat.”
Three deaths from COVID-19 disease were reported in Victoria on Sunday, bringing the total to 38 and the death toll in Australia to 122.
Victoria became the first state in Australia, a country with a loose federal system, to demand masks for part of its population.
New South Wales (NSW), the most populous state that decided to relax its social distancing guidelines earlier this month, has since decided to restrict some social mixing again as cases spiked.
NSW reported 18 new infections on Sunday, its highest in three months. The rate of transmission in the state is higher than in Victoria, which is of concern.
“People are urged to avoid non-essential travel and gatherings,” Jeremy McAnulty, NSW deputy health director, said in a video statement.
“Transmission in places such as hotels and restaurants, the gym and social gatherings is of particular concern.”
About 60 people in Sydney face a fine of $ 1,000 each after attending a party on Saturday night and violating public health guidelines of no more than 20 visitors to a house, police said.


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