Australia: Despite Corona! People went to work with Covid-19 an infection

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Melburnians have been watching increasing COVID case numbers with dismay

The figure is more than 220 less than yesterday when 627 new coronavirus cases were announced, and significantly less than Thursday's record of 723.

Victoria has recorded 397 new cases of Covid-19 today and three deaths.

"What we have at the moment are numbers that are too high of community transmission and that is a concern to us", Andrews told reporters.

Among the eight deaths was another Greek Australian man in his 80s from St Basil's, bringing the total number of deaths from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's facility in Fawkner to 16.

An 83-year-old man connected to the Crossroads Hotel outbreak in southwest Sydney on Saturday died, taking the NSW death toll to 52. The police have already imposed 124 fines of up to 1,300 Australian dollars (790 euros), said Andrews.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) afternoon update stated the number of probable community transmission cases was 1,418.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews admitted further lockdown rules may be needed to halt the rise in Covid-19 cases. But particularly those community transmission cases are of greatest concern to us.

On Friday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton acknowledged that tighter restrictions would create their own public health harm as they hit mental health, employment and businesses.

"Forty nine doesn't seem a very large number but I just say to all Victorians that 49 where you can't be certain how they got it, that can mean there are many more than 49 out there that have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, they can be at the height of their infectivity, and be infecting other people unbeknownst to them", Mr Andrews said.

"It's not a tap you can just turn on or off, and they are not decisions that would be taken lightly because there are significant costs", Andrews said.

However, Cromer said she was not saying the daily totals would be realised.

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne are subject to stay-at-home orders and can only leave home for essential work, study, exercise or care responsibilities.

"There is absolutely no reason or need to drive from Melbourne to Wodonga to have a Big Mac".

"There is absolutely no reason to drive from Werribee out to Springvale to buy groceries".

Queensland has confirmed one new case of coronavirus from more than 11,000 tests.

South Australia has recorded 450 cases since the start of the pandemic and recorded one new case yesterday.

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