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Victoria state premier lambasts Australians for ‘still going out while sick’ with coronavirus as country suffers worst day of new infections



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Victoria’s state premier has berated people sick with Covid-19 for “still shopping and going to work” as Australia suffered its worst day for new infections.

Daniel Andrews spoke out as new figures showed 90 per cent of recent cases failed to isolate between falling sick and getting tested. Just over half had failed to self-isolate while waiting for the result.

“That means people have felt unwell and just gone about their business. They have gone out shopping. They have gone to work. They have been at the height of their infectivity and they have just continued on as usual,” he said.

His attack came as Victoria recorded 484 new coronavirus cases out of a national record total of 501 infections in the past 24 hours.

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The figures are the highest so far since the pandemic arrived in Australia and came as the authorities warned that further rises are likely. The country’s death toll, which was up by two in the past 24 hours, now stands at 128.

He said “everything was on the table” after being asked if Victoria is considering introducing a draconian stage-four lockdown similar to one that was enforced in New Zealand, where butchers, bakers, fruit shops, hairdressers and construction were shut down. A stage-three lockdown is currently in place across Melbourne.

Neighbouring New South Wales is in a state of “high alert” and cross-border travel with Victoria is now only allowed for work, education or medical care.

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Global infections surged past 15 million today according to several counts, with the pandemic gathering pace in Latin America, India and South Africa.

In Spain, tourism minister Reyes Maroto today suggested authorities were getting on top of a new outbreak in Catalonia which has led Barcelona to limit numbers on its beaches.

Meanwhile, the daily increase in confirmed cases in the Czech Republic has surpassed 200 for the first time in almost a month — four weeks after a pandemic “farewell” party was held in the capital Prague.

In Sweden, the Nobel Foundation, which manages the Nobel Prizes, announced it has cancelled the traditional December banquet in Stockholm.

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