COVID-19: Australia records deadliest day of pandemic

COVID-19: Australia records deadliest day of pandemic

Most of the new cases and deaths overnight were in Victoria's capital city, Melbourne.

These deaths occurring earlier than expected could be contributing to a period of deaths below the five-year average, according to the Office for National Statistics.

While deaths remain below the average, there were 68 more deaths registered compared with the previous week.

Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said: "It remains concerning that while the number of deaths in care homes, hospitals and other communal establishments remains below the five-year average, the number of deaths in private homes remains higher than the five-year average".

The overall number of excess deaths in the United Kingdom since the coronavirus outbreak began has fallen by almost 1,500 over the past six weeks, new figures show.

The state recorded 725 new virus cases and 15 COVID-19-related deaths, including a man, aged 30 years, Australia's youngest coronavirus victim, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday.

Northern Ireland reported no new deaths for the 22nd consecutive day, leaving the death toll in the region at 556, while Scotland had no new deaths for the 19th straight day, meaning its own death toll still stands at 2,491.

In Wales, there was one death below the five-year average registered in the week ending July 24.

A Covid-19 self testing kit.

The latest figures from the UK's statistics agencies show that up to the week ending June 12 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to June 14 in Scotland, a total of 64,929 excess deaths had been recorded since the Covid-19 outbreak began.

Australia has now recorded about 20,000 Covid-19 cases and 255 fatalities, Reuters reports.

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