Australia’s second-most populous country Victoria, home to its coronavirus hotspot, reported 11 new cases of public transmission on Monday, bringing the current group to 51.
Victoria entered the strong seven days on Friday after a new Covid-19 infection in the country’s capital Melbourne ended three months of sudden civil cases.
The state has reported five new cases within 24 hours to midnight. At a press conference in Melbourne on Monday, authorities announced six more cases recorded after the night’s verdict.
swollen numbers have raised questions about whether the closure will be extended beyond the seven days originally announced.
“The challenge we face is very important,” acting Victoria Prime Minister James Merlino told reporters. “We see a small number of cases affecting a large number of victims.”
The situation was “surprisingly bad” and in the next few days it would be critical, Merlino added.
“I want to make it clear to everyone that this outbreak could be worse before it gets better.”
Medical officials have said that the latest version of Covid-19, first discovered in India, is likely to be worse than the first type, taking just one day to infect another person compared to previous problems that may take about five or six.
Authorities are also concerned about the possibility of a major outbreak in nursing homes after two staff members and one resident at the Arcare Center in Melbourne were found dead, a homeowner said in a statement.
Hundreds of elderly Victoria in nursing homes were killed by Covid-19 last year.
Victoria endured much hardship and devastation in the world last year to crush the second Covid-19 wave that killed more than 800 people in the province, including 90% of Australia’s deaths since the outbreak began.
Following an immediate follow-up, closure issues and strict eviction laws have helped Australia keep its Covid-19 numbers low, with 22 275 local cases and 910 deaths. The country is ranked among the top 10 in the Covid-19 performance index for its successful epidemic management.