The fourth day of a coronavirus “testing blitz” in the Australian state of Victoria returned 75 positive results on Sunday, Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced Monday.
Sunday’s count was the 14th consecutive day of double-digit increases in new coronavirus cases in Victoria – and the largest single-daily increase reported by the state since March 30.
Of the 75 cases, 74 were considered to be locally transmitted, according to the Victorian Department of Health.
“I think it’s a lot of numbers,” said Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, adding: “I think it will get worse before it gets better.”
Testing blitz: Victorian authorities said 15,000 people were tested on Sunday and 53,000 since the “blitz” began on June 25, with tests being offered to all people living in 10 targeted hotspots in the state. The Victorian state government has sought help from the Australian Defense Force to conduct extra tests.
There are currently 288 active cases in Victoria, with nine people in hospital in intensive care, according to the Victorian Department of Health. Victoria is home to one of Australia’s largest cities, Melbourne.
Elsewhere in Australia: New South Wales – home to Sydney, and Australia’s worst hit state since the beginning of the pandemic – recorded just seven new daily cases as of 8 p.m. local time Sunday, according to its health department.
Australia has reported a total of 7,764 coronavirus cases, including 104 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.