Australia reports surge in daily new cases, record fatalities

FILE PHOTO: A health worker wearing a protective suit takes a nose-swab sample from a man during tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Bondi Beach drive-through testing centre, as the state of New South Wales grapples with an outbreak of new cases, in Sydney, Australia, July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, recorded 459 cases of the new coronavirus, the second-highest daily total and up from 357 cases the previous day, the state’s leader said on Sunday.

Premier Daniel Andrews also told a press briefing that Victoria had reported 10 fatalities in past 24 hours, Australia’s highest ever daily.

Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by William Mallard

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