Thursday marks Australia’s worst day of new COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the country, 754 new infections of the virus have been detected, the highest number of local acquired daily cases since the outbreak arrived on Australian shores back in January 2020.

The country’s worst day previously was just a little over a year ago, back on 5 August 2020, during Victoria’s deadly second wave of the virus when the state peaked at 725 new daily cases.

No other cases were recorded in any other state or territory on that day.

Since then, the delta strain has proven particularity difficult to get on top of, with large parts of the East Coast now in lockdown as the virus continues its spread within the community.

Thursday’s record 754 case load is made up from three jurisdictions with 16 cases recorded in the ACT, 57 in Victoria and 681 in New South Wales.

The breaking of Australia’s covid record comes on the same day as a milestone of sorts for the city of Melbourne.

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Victoria’s capital also marks its 200th day under lockdown orders since the pandemic began.

Despite this, health authorities remain optimistic that the current outbreaks can still be brought under control and that Australia’s ongoing vaccine rollout will help to pave the country’s way back to a pre-covid normality.

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