Australia's Victoria state considering 4-week lockdown after Covid-19 surge: Media

Firefighters dressed in personal protective equipment distribute food throughout a public housing tower in Melbourne on July 7, 2020.
Firefighters dressed in personal protective equipment distribute food throughout a public housing tower in Melbourne on July 7, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia's second-most populated state Victoria is considering a four-week lockdown after recording the biggest one-day surge in new Covid-19 cases, The Australian newspaper reported on Tuesday (July 7).

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Victorian capital of Melbourne has surged in recent days, prompting the authorities to enforce strict social-distancing orders in more than 30 suburbs and put nine public housing towers into complete lockdown.

State Premier Daniel Andrews is considering a four-week lockdown after the number of new cases hit 191, The Australian reported. Victoria has not published an official tally yet.