Coronavirus cases fell to seven-week low in Australia’s hotspot

The state at the epicenter of Australia’s second-wave Covid-19 infections said Monday the number of new cases dropped to a nearly two-month low, enabling authorities to outline in a week’s time how to lift stringent lockdown acts. In the past 24 hours, Victoria said it has found 73 new Covid-19 infections, the lowest since 3 July.

The growing number of Covid-19 cases comes as the state capital Melbourne starts its fourth week of a six-week lockdown that sees people confined to their homes, a regular curfew enforced and vast portions of the state economy ordered to close. The complete lockdown is scheduled to end on Sep 13, and with cases dropping, State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said his government would slowly ease restrictions on Sunday data.

Victoria said its Covid-19 death toll increased by 41, including 22 deaths in the weeks leading up to Aug 27 from aged care facilities. The previous one-day high for Covid-19 deaths in Australia was on 25 Aug when 25 people died. Nearly 26,000 Covid-19 infections and 652 deaths from the virus have now been reported in Australia-much less than in other developed countries. Facilitating restrictions across Victoria, the second most populous state, would improve Australia ‘s economy, which is on track for its first recession in almost three decades as successful unemployment peaks at 13%.