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First case of coronavirus reinfection in Australia

10:21 PM Oct 21, 2020 | Agencies

Australian authorities say they're treating a COVID-19 case in the city of Melbourne as a rare reinfection.

The only coronavirus case reported in the former hot spot of Victoria state on Tuesday had also tested positive to COVID-19 in July.

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Victoria Premier Dan Andrews said Wednesday an expert panel had decided to classify the case as a reinfection rather than shedding viral remnants of the July infection.

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Andrews says the classification reflected "an abundance of caution" rather than conclusive evidence. He assumed further testing would be conducted into the case in search of a definitive result.

Melbourne has been in lockdown since early July, but restrictions in Australia's second-largest city are easing this week as daily infection tallies remain low.

Victoria reported three new cases on Wednesday. The state's second wave peaked at 725 new infections in a day in early August.

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