Victoria records 208 new cases of Covid-19 overnight, 17 deaths

Australia’s Victoria, amidst a second wave of infections, and in the middle of a six-week hard lockdown, posted 208 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours on Sunday.

Victoria had posted less than 200 cases for two consecutive days until Sunday’s number. However, Sunday’s number is also significantly less than Victoria’s peak, which was 725 new cases overnight on August 5, 2020, suggesting Victoria’s hard lockdown is helping the state reduce its speed of community transmission.

Victoria also reported 17 deaths in the last 24 hours on Sunday. Premier Daniel Andrews said ’11 of the 17 deaths were linked to virus outbreaks at aged care facilities.

Meanwhile, the neighbouring state of New South Wales, the most populous, and the north-eastern state of Queensland reported five new cases combined on Sunday. Western Australia reported one new infection, the first confirmed case since Wednesday.