Australian state to reimpose restrictions as Covid-19 cases increase

An Australian state is set to reimpose household restrictions from Monday after recording double-digit increases in Covid-19 cases for a fourth consecutive day. Victoria state has accounted for 19 of Australia’s 102 deaths from Covid-19, and almost 1,800 of the country’s 7,411 confirmed infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The move came as China’s capital recorded a further drop in coronavirus cases amid tightened containment measures while Brazil surpassed more than 1 million confirmed infections, second only to the United States. The head of the World Health Organisation said on Friday the pandemic is “accelerating” and that more than 150,000 cases were reported the day before — the highest single-day number so far. South Africa and Ethiopia say they are recommending the limited use of the commonly available drug dexamethasone for all Covid-19 patients on ventilators or supplementary oxygen. South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said “this breakthrough is excellent news for us and we are especially fortunate that it came as we are preparing for our upcoming surge” in cases. French authorities are keeping a close eye on signs of an accelerating spread of the coronavirus in Normandy, a region that has until now been spared the worst of the outbreak that has hit Paris and the east of France particularly hard.