The Australian state of Victoria has exceeded 2,000 daily cases of coronavirus for the first time as vaccination rates near goals.
The country’s health authorities reported this Thursday that 2,297 cases of coronavirus in particular were transmitted locally on the last day, an increase of more than 700 from the previous day and the highest value in a single day for any Australian state or territory during the Pandemic. They have also reported eleven deaths from COVID-19.
This latest record brings the total number of cases in the state to nearly 60,000 and the number of deaths to 945, including 125 deaths in the current Delta variant outbreak.
In various parts of the state, and particularly in the capital, Melbourne, orders have been issued for weeks not to leave homes. The city is currently in its sixth lockdown, and earlier this month set a record for the longest accumulated time a city has spent on stay-at-home orders.
By Wednesday, 61.5 percent of eligible Victorians had been fully vaccinated and 86.7 percent had received at least one injection.
As such, the state is expected to begin lifting restrictions on vaccinated people once 70 percent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.
State Prime Minister Dan Andrews said Thursday he was confident the 70 percent mark would be hit at around the same time as the 90 percent single-dose goal next week.
The number of cases in Victoria recently surpassed that of neighboring New South Wales, where the number of infections has decreased.