Tue, 20 Oct 2020

CANBERRA, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Australia has recorded its fewest new coronavirus cases in almost three months.

As of Thursday afternoon there had been 26,813 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. A total of 35 new cases were reported in last 24 hours.

It is the fewest new cases of the virus confirmed in Australia since June 24. According to the Department of Health of the Australian government, as of June 24, more than 7,500 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia.

However, the death toll has increased from 824 to 832 with all eight deaths between Wednesday and Thursday occurring in Victoria.

Victoria confirmed 28 new cases on Thursday. It marks a 75 percent decrease in new cases in two weeks from 112 on Sept. 3.

The number of active cases of the virus has fallen below 1,000 in Victoria for the first time in over two months.

New South Wales confirmed five more cases and Queensland and Western Australia another one each.

As the second wave of the pandemic subsides Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia's cap on international arrivals will increase by 2,000 per week to 6,000 per week later this month.

"We will get 2,000 more people in, coming through normal commercial flight," he told Nine Network television on Thursday morning.

"They will go through the normal hotel quarantine arrangements. There's plenty of hotel rooms in all those cities."

The federal government has faced growing pressure to lift the cap after it was revealed that more than 25,000 Australian citizens were stranded overseas.

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