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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is addressing the media now following a cabinet meeting, and has announced that Australia has ‘reaffirmed’ its suppression strategy.

This has become a major ideological issue over the past few weeks – should Australia have adopted an elimination strategy instead of a suppression strategy on controlling the coronavirus?

Morrison said national cabinet today moved an “affirmation of the suppression strategy”.

The goal of that is obviously, and has always been no community transmission. There will always be cases that come because Australia has not completely shut itself off from the world. To do so would be reckless, but that no community transmission, when the vast majority of states and territories have been at now effectively for some time. And that’s certainly where we want to get back to in Victoria and New South Wales, and that’s where our efforts are focused.

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Australian state of Victoria records 300 new cases

The Australian state of Victoria has reported 300 new coronavirus cases and six deaths.

All of the people who died were connected to aged care. Three were aged in their 90s, three were in their 80s. Twenty-two people have died in the past seven days.

Yesterday’s numbers were 484 new cases and five deaths, three of which were connected to aged care clusters.

There have been 2,240 cases of coronavirus recorded in Victoria since last Friday, 17 July.

There are now 206 people in hospital, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said, and 41 are in intensive care.

A flare-up of infections in Melbourne, the state’s largest city, prompted the government to enforce a six-week partial lockdown and make face masks mandatory for its residents or risk a AU$200 ($143) fine.

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