Australian state reports record virus increase

MELBOURNE (AP) — Australia’s hot spot Victoria state announced a new record 725 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths yesterday, while businesses in Melbourne city prepared to draw down their shutters as new pandemic restrictions are enforced. The new 24-hour record was marginally higher than the 723 cases and 13 deaths reported last Thursday.

From yesterday, many non-essential businesses including most detail retailers, hair-dressers and gyms in Australia’s second-largest city will be closed for six weeks. People employed in essential jobs will have to carry passes under Australia’s toughest-ever lockdown restrictions.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin