MELBOURNE | Australia announced on Monday that 549 new cases of COVID-19, a record since the beginning of the pandemic that shows to what extent the authorities are struggling to contain outbreaks of contamination in the State of Victoria.
This Southern State of which Melbourne is the capital is the epicenter of the second wave of the epidemic more important than the first. The authorities have acknowledged on Monday that this second wave was more time than expected to ebb.
But the head of the health services in the Victoria, Brett Sutton, said he was optimistic about the effectiveness of a containment partial ordered two weeks ago in Melbourne and its surroundings.
“We should be at peak,” said Mr. Sutton, admitting, however, that the number of cases is expected to continue to fluctuate, and that new records could be established in the coming days.
The number of cases reported in 24 hours has already three times surpassed the record number (459) of the first wave, which was recorded in march, according to data compiled by AFP.
The country, which had been rented for his initial management of the epidemic, for a total of 15 000 cases of COVID-19, a disease that has been 161 deaths on the island-continent.