Coronavirus: New cases at two-month low in Australia

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Australia recorded less than 100 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, for the first time in two months, which gives hope for a lasting ebb of the second epidemic wave which has concentrated in the Melbourne region.

The state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, recorded only 73 new cases on Monday, while at the height of the crisis, more than 700 new infections appeared at the end of July in 24 hours.

Restrictions have been imposed on townspeople for several weeks, including a nighttime curfew and the closure of all non-essential businesses until September 13.

State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced that he would present a roadmap on the stages of deconfinement on Sunday, specifying that the easing of restrictions would be gradual.

The borders between the state and the rest of the country should, however, remain closed after deconfinement. Most of the other states do not, or very little, register new contaminations.

The neighboring state of New South Wales is currently the most affected after Victoria. Ten new cases were thus identified Monday in this state of which Sydney is the capital.

The emergence of a source of contamination in a juvenile detention center in Brisbane prompted the Queensland state government to take special measures to isolate the prisons.

A total of nearly 26,000 cases have been recorded in Australia, a country where 652 people have died from the coronavirus.

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