The Informer: Wake up Australia! Virus hot spots put nation on alert

Social distancing, remember it? Photo: Shutterstock
Social distancing, remember it? Photo: Shutterstock

Be calm, don't panic but stay awake at the wheel because just when we thought we had put a brake on coronavirus infections, we've hit a sickening bump in the road.

Victoria's active case numbers are now the highest they've been in more than two months after six days of double-digit growth.

The go-to phrase among politicians and health experts today was "wake-up call" as fears intensified that the virus has plans to move interstate.

It's all relative, but most likely a family matter according to Australia's chief medical officer Brendan Murphy who lays the blame on families that aren't taking social distancing seriously.

The no-go and don't-leave areas of Victoria are Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Hume and Moreland and a team of 50 door knockers are on the job to give those communities the low-down.

South Australia is keeping its border closed but will send a team of contact tracing experts to Victoria to help out.

In the national capital, Canberra businesses got a rap over the knuckles for flouting coronavius restrictions, packing venues with too many people and serving alcohol to standing patrons.

While other states remain in good shape there's trouble abroad with the World Health Organisation reporting a record increase in global cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period.

There are 8,918,101 cases globally and 466,548 deaths.

Fears that US President's Donald Trump's Tulsa campaign rally would be an infection risk were eased when people stayed away in huge numbers with just over 6,000 people showing up for "the flop". Trump boasted that there had been 1,000,000 tickets requests.

After enjoying a long run without new cases and even COVID-free status for a week, New Zealand has nine coronavirus infections and is grappling to house an influx of returning Kiwis.

India's coronavirus caseload has risen to 425,282 as infections soar in rural areas to which migrant workers fleeing major cities have returned in recent weeks.

Boaties have got themselves in some deep water after a near miss between a craft and three southern right whales off the coast of South Australia and seafarers have been told to be more vigilant.

Still in the water, a Great White Shark was spotted off NSW's south coast at Shellharbour South Beach, but unfortunately several wildlife species that were common in northwest NSW have not been seen since major bushfires.

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