Australia reported Monday ‘s deadliest pandemic day as the government urged the Victoria State hot spot to declare its intentions to lift a lockdown on the second largest city in the world. Victoria’s Department of Health confirmed 41 COVID-19 deaths and 73 new infections over the last 24 hour span. While the deaths were a state and national high, the count of new infections was the lowest for Victoria since 67 new cases were registered on June 30 in the early weeks of the pandemic’s second wave, mainly concentrated in the state capital, Melbourne.
Just eight of the 41 fatalities occurred in the last 24-hour period, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said. According to Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, the other 33 deaths occurred in aged care since late July and were announced on Sunday following a tightening of reporting requirements and analysis of previous records. According to a report from Johns Hopkins University, Victoria has reported more than 19,000 coronavirus infections, almost 80 per cent of Australia’s over 25,000 cases. Often the state accounts for the vast majority of over 650 deaths in Australia.
Frydenberg pointed to a Treasury Department estimate that more people in Victoria would receive pandemic job subsidies in the next three months than the rest of Australia combined. Australia provides an allowance known as Job Keeper to employers to continue paying workers who have little work to do. Consumer spending in Victoria had dropped by 30 per cent due to the lockout, while spending in the rest of Australia had dropped by just 3 per cent.