Australia warns that the outbreak of coronavirus will take weeks to avoid

A surge in coronavirus cases could take weeks to subside in Australia’s second-biggest city following a lockout and instructions to wear masks, Australia’s acting chief medical officer said Monday as the country’s braces for the second wave of infection.Asurge in coronavirus cases could take weeks to subside in Australia’s second-biggest city following a lockout and instructions to wear masks, Australia’s acting chief medical officer said Monday as the country’s braces for the second wave of infection.

Authorities in Victoria State, whose capital Melbourne is partially locked in the midst of a new outbreak, announced on Monday 275 new Covid-19 cases, down from a daily record of 438 three days earlier. Australia’s Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said it would take “weeks” to reduce the outbreak to levels seen as recent as June, when Victoria and the rest of Australia registered single- or double-digit regular infections.

Later this week, Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg will reveal how Australia’s conservative government is planning to shore up an ailing economy. The central economic policy, a wage subsidy program of A$ 70 billion ($48.9 billion), is due to expire at the end of September. Deloitte Access Economics estimated on Monday at about 240,000 enterprises in the hospitality, professional services, and transport sectors, in particular, are at high risk of failure after September without sustaining government support.