Australia’s Victoria state says daily coronavirus infections fall to eight-day low

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Australia’s Victoria state says daily coronavirus infections fall to eight-day low

FILE PHOTO: Walkers wear protective face masks at St Kilda pier in Melbourne, the first city in Australia to enforce mask-wearing to curb a resurgence of COVID-19

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state said on Thursday it had just six new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its lowest one-day figure in eight days, and no deaths.

Its capital Melbourne, which has been the epicentre of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, is in its third month of a stringent lockdown and Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews is due to update plans to ease restrictions on Sunday.

Australia has reported about 27,500 cases, 75% of which have been in Victoria, and 904 deaths due to the virus. Nearly 90% of all COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in Victoria, which is home to about a quarter of the country’s 25 million people.

New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, on Thursday reported 11 new cases.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)