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Australia's Victoria state reports slight rise in new COVID-19 cases

FILE PHOTO: Fire Services Victoria personnel meet outside a public housing tower, locked down in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Melbourne, Australia, July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria reported on Tuesday three deaths from the new coronavirus and 28 cases, compared with two deaths and 11 cases a day earlier.

Average cases over the last two weeks in Melbourne, the epicentre of country’s second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, fell below 33, state health authorities said.

Melbourne, the state capital, is on an extended hard lockdown until Sept. 28 and if the two-week average number of infections is below 50 by then, restrictions may be eased.

Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman