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Australia's Victoria state reports 149 new coronavirus cases, 24 deaths

SYDNEY, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Australia’s second most populous state of Victoria on Wednesday reported 24 deaths from the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 149 new cases.

The southeast state a day earlier recorded eight deaths from the virus and detected 148 cases.

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, has become the epicentre of a renewed outbreak of infections but cases have slowed in recent days, helped by a six-week lockdown put in place to slow the spread of the virus. (Reporting by Renju Jose Editing by Chris Reese)

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