The state government announced a new testing program today in an attempt to contain the outbreak: For the next 10 days, residents in 10 suburbs will receive free testing, regardless of whether they display symptoms or not.
Speaking at a news conference Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted that "the curve remains flat," despite the local outbreaks in Victoria.
"They’re contact-tracing over a thousand people," added Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy. “That’s the way to bring a localized outbreak under control -- to go where the problem is, engage with the population test, isolate, quarantine -- standard public health response."
Australian military troops will assist with testing in Victoria, but troops won’t enforce quarantine as initially requested by the state government, Morrison said.
On Monday, Victoria extended its state of emergency to July 19.
At least 1,947 coronavirus cases and 20 related deaths have now been reported in Victoria. Of the total cases, 1,742 patients have recovered from the virus.