Australia’s state of Victoria reported 55 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday morning, and eight new deaths linked to Covid-19, with the premier calling on residents to get tested even if they have mild symptoms.
Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria, said that with so few colds and flu infections in the community, people with even mild symptoms of Covid-19 should be tested for the virus.
Mr Andrews thanked the Apollo Bay community for getting tested after the virus was detected in the area’s sewage, even though there were no known cases in the town.
Six of the eight deaths in Victoria were linked to aged care facilities, which have been badly hit by infections.
The new cases and fatalities take Victoria’s tally since the pandemic began to 19,615 infections and 683 deaths.
A lockdown imposed on the city of Melbourne was extended by two weeks over the weekend in a bid to bring down infections before measures are gradually lifted in October.
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