Australia’s Victoria state reports record new cases of coronavirus

A person walks past masked statues along Swanston street in Melbourne, Australia. Victorians will be forced to wear masks from Wednesday or face a 200 Australian dollar fine in a further attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. EPA-EFE/JAMES ROSS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

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Australia’s second most populous state of Victoria reported on Wednesday two new deaths from the coronavirus and logged a record daily increase of 484 new cases compared with 374 cases a day earlier.

Two men in their 90s died overnight from the virus, Premier Daniel Andrews said in a media briefing in Melbourne.

The state recorded its previous one-day high of 428 cases last week.

The Victoria government has asked residents to wear face masks when they step outside their houses or risk fines, and enforced a six-week partial lockdown in the city of Melbourne.

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