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Vic lockdown almost halved secondary infections: Chief health officer

Sky News Australia logo Sky News Australia 31/07/2020 Sky News Australia

Victoria’s stage three lockdown has cut the average number of secondary infections of COVID-19 by up to half but needs to be pushed down further, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says.

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Professor Sutton said Victoria would do a “deep dive” into coronavirus data to examine trends and suppression concepts before taking the next step.

Premier Daniel Andrews said it was about getting the “full picture” before making tough decisions which would have significant impacts.

“The stage three restrictions had a really significant impact, and people should be gratified by the fact that’s the case,” Professor Sutton said.

“The effective reproduction number was probably at 1.75 or close to two, it’s come down to one.

“But as the premier said, we can’t sit with 400, 500, 600 cases a day ongoing, we have to drive it down even further.”

An effective reproduction rate is the average number of cases expected to arise from a single infected individual.

Authorities on Friday announced 627 cases and eight deaths in the past 24 hours.

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