COVID-19: Nearly 19 million cases globally, Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria

Burnet Institute

07 August, 2020

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews mandates Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne.

A surge in COVID-19 cases in Victoria has prompted the State Government to impose Stage 4 restrictions on metropolitan Melbourne.

Residents of those areas are now allowed only one hour of outdoor exercise per day, with supermarket trips limited to one member of each household per day. There is also an 8:00pm – 5:00am curfew in place.

A host of businesses have also closed because of the pandemic, although supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations and banks remain open.

Regional Victoria, meanwhile, has moved to the same Stage 3 restrictions that were previously in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Residents in regional Victoria can now only leave home to work or study; to exercise; to shop for essentials; and to receive or give care.

Visit the DHHS website for more information.

As COVID-19 cases approach 19 million across more than 200 countries, Burnet Institute researchers are releasing technical and policy briefs, and analyses of the global situation to inform governments, policymakers and the general public.

The Knowledge Hub for COVID-19 (Know-C19 Hub) is the gateway to our research findings, policy and technical reports, and also latest news about Burnet’s COVID-19 work. The Know C-19 Hub actively seeks to address gaps in knowledge and collate and provide novel strategic information on COVID-19 to inform the Australian and International response.

Read the latest updates below or visit the Know-C19 Hub page.

Global July 2

Read Burnet’s latest Global Analysis, which examines decentralised community-based testing and tracing in Massachusetts, USA and South Korea. The analysis compares responses in residential aged care in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Sweden and the USA. It also examines the latest progress in vaccine treatment development.

Burnet’s response

Burnet’s public health and laboratory-based COVID-19 researchers are contributing to innovative and evidence-based solutions to the global pandemic.

Burnet Institute COVID-19 Research Projects

A snapshot of Burnet’s activities

  • Burnet is working directly with the Australian Department of Health to collate and provide rapid, data-driven technical briefs and policy options to Federal and state Chief Medical Officers across a broad range of key policy, public health and clinical responses.
  • Staff been seconded to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services providing an additional layer of expertise to support the Victorian response.
  • We are also pivoting funding from sources such as DFAT to support COVID-19 responses in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar.
  • Our internal COVID-19 Management Team is supporting activities across the Institute and finding solutions to maintain operations amid the lockdown.

Global situation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged for unity and clear communications in the fight against “public enemy number one”.

As some of the world’s most populous countries contend with increasing caseloads and others face second waves of infections, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned there would be no return to the ‘old normal’ for some time.

“If the basics aren’t followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go,” Dr Tedros said in an address to media.

“Every single leader, every single government and every single person can do their bit to break chains of transmission and end the collective suffering.”

He said in the absence of an effective vaccine, governments needed to reach a situation where they could control the spread of the virus without shutting down economies, or lurching from lockdown to lockdown.

(Image: WHO’s Situation Dashboard)

The WHO’s Global Situation Reports are updated daily on their website and you can also view the latest global cases via the Situation Dashboard/Map.

The 19 million cases mark will be passed in the coming days. On August 6, there were 18,986,629 cases worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University in the US.

Myanmar and Papua New Guinea

There have been 357 confirmed cases in Myanmar and 163 in Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea has reported a surge in new infections in recent days, prompting authorities to warn the country’s fragile health system could buckle.

Most recent cases are linked to an outbreak at Port Moresby’s main hospital.

Australian situation

Visit to keep in touch with the current status of Australian cases.


Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Doctor Suman Majumdar

Deputy Program Director, Health Security and Know-C19


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