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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Coronavirus hotspots Australia, state of Victoria, moved to add available hospital beds Thursday and report a record 317 new infections.

The government has planned to return the hospital to normal medical services in late July before infections begin to increase in recent weeks.

In contrast, the Victorian government responded to the latest surge by reducing non-urgent operations that were allowed in hospitals to add available beds to COVID-19 patients, said Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.

Two men in their 80s died in Victoria in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of deaths from the national virus to 113.

Prime Minister Victoria Daniel Andrews said the full impact of the six-week locking in Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, had not yet been seen because it was only one week old.

“It takes some time to bring that stability to the numbers and then of course start to see patterns where they are pushed down,” Andrews said.

Australia’s highest daily count before Thursday is 288 in Victoria on 10 July. Both surpassed the previous 212 record in the state of New South Wales during the peak of the first pandemic.

“The amount is large. Need to turn around, “Head of Health Service Victoria Brett Sutton said about 317 new cases.” In some ways, I hope to turn around this week. But as I always say, that is no guarantee. us to be able to dial this number. “

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