Australian cases under 110 for the second straight day.
Australia has recorded fewer than 110 new cases of COVID-19 for two consecutive days, showing even more positive signs that the spread of coronavirus is slowing significantly.
On Friday, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the growth rate across Australia is close to being less than one — a positive sign.
“Ideally, we want [the growth rate] to be below one. Less than one other person being infected after a person themselves has had the infection. Once you get to that point, the virus dies out. The epidemic dies out. And so, at the moment, we’re probably on the cusp of that in Australia,” the Deputy Chief Medical Officer said.
As of the morning of Saturday, April 11, there are 6,262 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There are 86 new cases since the 24 hours prior.
In NSW, there are 2,857 cases, Victoria has 1,265, Queensland has recorded 965, South Australia has 428, Western Australia has recorded 508, Tasmania has 111, there are 103 in the ACT and 27 in the Northern Territory.
Australia’s death toll rises to 56.
Two more people have died after testing positive to COVID-19, bringing the nation-wide coronavirus death toll to 56.
A woman in her 90s is NSW’s latest victim.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced the death of the woman, who had a pre-existing medical condition, on Saturday — the state’s 23rd fatality — saying she had died overnight and her source of infection remains unknown.
A man in his 80s has died in a Victorian hospital from coronavirus, taking the state’s death toll to 14.
Heath Minister Jenny Mikakos announced the man’s death in a tweet on Saturday morning, revealing another 24 cases of the virus had been confirmed.
There are now 1,265 confirmed cases in Victoria, including 118 where community transmission is indicated to have occurred.
More than 40 people are in hospital including 15 in ICU.
“Our message is clear: stay at home,” Ms Mikakos tweeted.
There are 118 confirmed cases that may indicate community transmission. 44 people are in hospital, inc 15 in ICU. 986 people have recovered & more than 67,000 Victorians have been tested. Our message is clear: stay at home #springst 2/2
— Jenny Mikakos MP #StayHomeSaveLives (@JennyMikakos) April 11, 2020
The two deaths come as Australians are urged to stay home over the Easter long weekend.