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Victoria records 273 new Covid-19 cases and flags return to remote schooling in lockdown areas – The Guardian

Daniel Andrews warns the next six weeks will not be an ‘ordinary winter’ as a man in his 70s dies of coronavirus



The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews has warned residents to prepare for an extraordinary six winter weeks after the state announced another 273 coronavirus cases on Sunday.
Andrews said schools in lockdown areas would remain closed to most students after revealing the latest case numbers, which represent another single-day high for the state.
One man in his 70s has died from the virus in Victoria. Meanwhile, eight healthcare workers at Melbournes Alfred Hospital have tested positive to Covid-19.
Infections diseases expert Peter Collingnon said on Twitter the renewed outbreak of coronavirus in Victoria represented a second wave.
Peter Collignon (@CollignonPeter)Australia (pop 26m) is getting a 2nd wave of Covid. More of a concern than the first wave as most cases are community transmission and nearly all from just one city (Melbourne). Winter has just started here, so also likely a factor in increasing risk of spread.
July 12, 2020
There are now 1,484 active cases in Victoria. Of those, 57 people are in hospital and 16 in intensive care.
Health authorities said 562 of those cases may indicate community transmission.
Residents of public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington comprise 237 cases; another 28 are residents of public housing towers at Carlton. Investigations continue into how these cases are linked.
In announcing students from prep to Year 10 in lockdown areas would return to remote learning when school resumes after extended holidays in lockdown areas on 20 July, Andrews said the states restrictions would be in place until further notice and that changes could be considered when case numbers had been driven down.
This is not an ordinary Sunday, Andrews said.
These next six weeks are not an ordinary winter.
Weve got to find a new normal, I know thats unpleasant and there will be many, many parents who will be very upset to hear this news

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