Australia recorded its lowest daily rise in new COVID-19 cases in a month on Tuesday, with very stringent lockdown measures making it seem as if the country has managed to restrict the second wave.
Australia’s second wave of COVID-19 cases has been led by the state of Victoria during the last month or so, and on Tuesday, Australia recorded 226 new cases, with this being the lowest since July 18, when 212 were recorded.
This is much lower than the 721 cases and 714 cases reported on July 30 and August 5 respectively, with these being the highest surges of cases found in Australia during the whole pandemic, both being primarily sourced from Victoria.
Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Michael Kidd, told reporters during interviews in Canberra that the country is now seeing “a continuing downward trend” after plenty of days where numbers where “going up and down”.
Overall, Australia has had almost 24,000 cases of COVId-19, with a death toll of 438, after 17 people in Victoria died because of the virus during the last 24 hours.
This slowdown in new infections comes just two weeks after Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, imposed very strict measures, such as a nightly curfew, extremely tight movement restrictions, and also ordering some of the state’s economy to close down temporarily.
Meanwhile, Australia’s largest biotech company, CSL Ltd, claimed that it is in talks with AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish drugmaker, in order to determine if AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine could be manufactured in Australia.
A CSL Ltd spokeswoman stated “We are assessing the viability of options ranging from the fill and finish of bulk product imported to Australia through to manufacture of the vaccine candidate under license.”
On Sunday, the Australian government claimed that it is very close to reaching a deal that would allow the production of a vaccine in Australia, most probably in early 2021.
As the country continues to tackle the pandemic, officials continued to urge people to wear masks and utilise social distancing, especially in crowded areas.
Masks are only mandatory in Victoria, with other states not taking proper care when it comes to health advice, even leading to Sydney bus drivers to propose a 48-hour strike if masks were not made mandatory.