The state of Victoria in Australia on Monday reported the biggest increase in nearly a week in new COVID-19 cases purchased domestically.
Authorities announced 11 new cases a day earlier from two cases, but noted that they were all linked to existing clusters because residents in the state capital, Melbourne, were waiting to hear that the extended snap lockdown would end as planned Thursday night.
Victoria State Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne that when asked if some parts of the city could remain unlocked, other areas were beginning to ease restrictions.
Melbourne entered its 11th day on Monday following the discovery of the delta virus variant by authorities on Friday, which they said could spread more easily than many strains, the first among infections.
Evidence for delta variant infections has not yet been identified and has not yet been genetically matched with any other cases in Australia.
New case numbers make up 83 of the total number of cases purchased domestically in the latest eruption in Victoria, the country’s second most populous state.
Data on Monday includes two cases reported Sunday, which were recorded after the midnight cut-off deadline.
All of the cases purchased locally on Monday are linked to existing clusters, with eight close contacts isolated when contagious, officials say.
The delta variant is classified into four COVID-19 types by the World Health Organization due to the evidence that it is highly contagious, which could cause the latest catastrophic eruption in India.
Australia has largely exploded with snap lockdowns, regional border restrictions and strict social exclusion rules, which keep the COVID-19 numbers at relatively low with more than 30,150 cases and 910 deaths.
About 20% of Australia’s adults have received the first vaccine, and more than 5 million shots have been administered so far.
Victoria was severely locked down for almost three months last year to suppress a second wave of COVID-19 that killed more than 800 people, accounting for 90% of all corona virus deaths in Australia since the outbreak.
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