Australia records highest single-day death toll of 17

CANBERRA (Xinhua) – Australia recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic yesterday with 17 deaths which is the highest number of people to die from the disease in a single day in the country.

The deaths, all of which were confirmed in the state of Victoria, takes the national death toll to 295 and that in Victoria to 210.

Australian Government Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said in an update yesterday afternoon that there had been 21,084 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia, and the number of new cases in last 24 hours was 404.

Of the new cases, 394 were in Victoria, the state’s lowest tally since July 29.

“Within Victoria, 49 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 345 are under investigation,” said a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria yesterday.

The department also said that to date there are 994 active COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers in the state.

The Australian government escalated its calls for state and territory governments yesterday to stimulate the economy even more.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed on Friday that the federal government’s emergency response to the pandemic has risen to AUD314 billion compared to a combined AUD45 billion from state governments.

Police issue a fine to a man breaking lockdown laws in Melbourne. PHOTO: AFP