Australia: Victoria adds 21 deaths, curfew breakers fined

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Australia: Victoria adds 21 deaths, curfew breakers fined

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 | AP | Melbourne

Australia: Victoria adds 21 deaths, curfew breakers fined

The Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday reported a record 21 virus deaths and 410 new cases from an outbreak in the city of Melbourne that has prompted a strict lockdown.

State Premier Daniel Andrews said 16 of the deaths were linked to aged-care facilities. The number of new cases in Victoria is down from the peak, giving authorities some hope the outbreak is waning.

Meanwhile, three Melbourne vloggers were fined after posting social media videos showing them breaching nighttime curfews for a McDonald's run, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The five-minute video, since deleted, showed the students walking through alleys, dodging police officers and dancing inside the restaurant, ABC said.

Victoria police confirmed each student was fined 1,652 Australian dollars (USD 1,178).

And the state of New South Wales on Wednesday reported 18 new cases, including two connected with a private school cluster in Sydney. 

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