Coronavirus: Australian state of Victoria reimposes restrictions after spike in cases

The Australian state of Victoria will reimpose tighter coronavirus restrictions after a spike in cases.

From Monday, there will be a stricter limit on the number of people allowed to meet up in public or visit another person’s home after 25 new cases of COVID-19 were reported overnight – the highest increase in two months – state Premier Daniel Andrews said.

The number of infections in Victoria, Australia‘s second-most populous state, has increased by at least 10 for the fourth day in a row, sparking fears of a second spike.

Mr Andrews blamed the rise in cases on people ignoring restrictions by gathering in large groups and kissing and hugging others.

He told a news conference on Saturday: “It is unacceptable that families anywhere in our state just because they want this to be over pretend that it is. It is not over.”

Brett Sutton, Victoria’s chief health officer, added: “We are absolutely at risk of a second peak but we can get on top of it.”

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