Victoria COVID-19 case spike expected, NSW Costco Marsden Park shopper tests positive, Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster grows, Australia death toll at 133

Victoria COVID-19 case spike expected, NSW Costco Marsden Park shopper tests positive, Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster grows, Australia death toll at 133

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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for Friday, July 24. I’m Michaela Whitbourn and I’ll be with you throughout the morning with the latest updates.

First up, Reuters reports the number of coronavirus infections reported in the US topped 4 million on Thursday, local time, with 2600 new cases recorded each hour.

It reflects a rapid acceleration of infections detected in the country since the first case was recorded on January 21, a Reuters tally shows.

Back home, Melissa Cunningham reports Melbourne hospitals have begun to draw on an army of reserve doctors and nurses as Victoria’s second wave of coronavirus forces hundreds of healthcare professionals into isolation.

Australia had 423 new cases on Thursday, 403 of which were in Victoria, and we will be updating those figures at they arrive.

In Sydney, organisers of a planned Black Lives Matter protest planned for Tuesday have vowed the march will proceed regardless of the outcome of a NSW Supreme Court application by police for a prohibition order. The court hearing started on Thursday and will continue from 9.45am today.