Victoria, the country’s second most populated state recorded 33 positive cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. This is now the ninth consecutive day of double-digit cases in the region and comes weeks after the government began to ease lockdown restrictions. The state Premier, Daniel Andrews said: “We have ambulances and other vans that will literally be at the end of people’s streets.
“This suburban testing blitz is all about finding all of those people that have this virus, then having them quarantined in their home with appropriate support
“It’s about bringing further stability to these numbers.
“The numbers will grow, but that’s exactly the strategy: find these cases.”
The state also has 200 of the country’s 270 coronavirus cases.
Overall, the country has recorded 104 deaths from the virus combined with 7,500 infections.
With the number of cases rising in the state, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted safeguards are in place to stop the spread getting out of control across the country.
He also insisted the country must reopen its economy as the virus will still be present for some time.
Mr Morrison said: “We’ve gotta live alongside COVID-19.
“It’s not going anywhere.
“We’ve gotta keep forging ahead.”
Australia has committed to removing most of its social distancing measures by the end of July.
International borders still remain closed, however.
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