July 17, 2020, 07.30 PM

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews stated that it is too early to tell if the imposed six-week lockdown in Melbourne is effective because it was only a week old.

On Friday, Daniel Andrews says only five of the new cases are in parts of the state not in lockdown.

He says the government is increasing the number of testing sites outside Melbourne.

“It will take some time to bring that stability to the numbers and then of course to start to see a pattern where they are driven down,” Andrews said.

Australia's highest daily tally before Thursday was 288 in Victoria on July 10.

Both exceed the previous record of 212 in New South Wales state during the first peak of the pandemic.

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“It’s a big number. It needs to turn around," Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said of the 317 new cases.

“In some ways, I expect it to turn around this week. But as I’ve always said, it’s no guarantee. It’s upon all of us to be able to turn this number around," Sutton continued.

Given the week the lockdown has been in effect, the incubation period of the virus and the time for cases to be confirmed and counted, “we would really expect a plateauing in the next couple of days,” Sutton said.


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