July 7, 2020 / 3:12 AM / a month ago

Australia's Victoria state considering four-week lockdown after COVID-19 surge - The Australian

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s second-most populated state Victoria is considering a four-week lockdown after recording the biggest one-day surge in new COVID-19 cases, The Australian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Victorian capital of Melbourne has surged in recent days, prompting authorities to enforce strict social-distancing orders in more than 30 suburbs and put nine public housing towers into complete lockdown.

State Premier Daniel Andrews is considering a four-week lockdown after the number of new cases hit 191, The Australian reported. Victoria has not published an official tally yet.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Tom Hogue

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