Victoria reports 303 new cases and four more deaths
Australia’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 375 after a man in his 20s was among the newest casualties of the second-wave outbreak in the city of Melbourne.
The man, the youngest person to die of the virus in Australia, was among 14 people to die from the virus in Victoria on Friday, as the state recorded 372 new cases of the virus. It came during stage-four restrictions that has seen Australia’s second largest city placed under a long-running lockdown.
Also on Friday, a long-awaited report on the Ruby Princess cruise ship debacle – which saw hundreds of infections spread around the country after the ship was allowed to dock in Sydney despite having infectious patients on board – found the New South Wales Health department made multiple “serious errors” in handling the Ruby Princess, and effectively “did nothing”. Passengers have welcomed the findings, but some criticised the report for not going far enough after it has made no recommendations to NSW Health.
In NSW, which has maintained low case numbers since the beginning of July, a number of outbreaks in schools looks likely to prompt further restrictions, including reports that instruments such as choirs and recorders, singing and end of year school formals may be banned.
Meanwhile the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has apologised for the government’s role in failing to adequately prepare aged care residences for Covid-19 amid thousands of cases in Victoria, and dozens of deaths in the sector.
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