Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, announced the biggest rise in coronavirus cases since late March on Saturday, prompting it to extend stay-at – home orders into two more suburbs and send nine public housing towers in a full lockdown.
The southeastern state reported 108 new cases on Saturday, up from 66 on Friday and over 70 new cases in each of the previous four days, prompting authorities to reimpose lockdowns earlier in the week in more than 30 suburbs.
“These figures are a huge problem for us all,” Victorian prime minister Daniel Andrews told a news conference.
The spike is being closely watched in Victoria as the rest of the country reined in the virus that causes COVID-19.
New South Wales, Australia’s most populous province, confirmed six new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, five of which returned overseas travellers.
According to health officials the sixth is a past infection and not an active case. Friday the state did not announce any new incidents.