Australia on Thursday reported the biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 cases in more than a week, denting optimism that a stringent lockdown of its second-largest city will soon be lifted.Authorities said 127 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the past 24 hours, up on the 109 cases recorded on Wednesday and the biggest one-day jump since Aug 28.The bulk of the cases were detected in Victoria state which reported 113 new cases in the past 24 hours, despite the state capital, Melbourne, nearing the end of a six-week lockdown. Queensland state accounted for the remaining two cases.Australia has now recorded more than 26,000 COVID-19 cases, while the death toll rose to 678 after a further 15 people in Victoria died.Although strict restrictions have helped to prevent the spread of the virus beyond Victoria, they have wreaked havoc on the economy, with official data on Wednesday showing Australia had entered its first recession in three decades. Topics : As result, state authorities said Australia’s second-largest city – home to 5 million people – may have to continue with restrictions beyond the planned Sept 13 end date.”I can’t rule out that we have to continue [with some] rules. I simply can’t,” state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.Victoria in August imposed a nightly curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s movement and ordered large parts of the local economy to close to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported 12 cases, a day after it posted its biggest one-day spike in new infections for two weeks.
Information reaching JOY Sports reveals that Maritzburg United centre back Awal Mohammed could be included by Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah in Ghana’s 25-man provisional squad for the 2013 African Nations squad that will be in the UAE for a pre-tournament training exercise.Sources in the South Africa League confirms that ,the player has been included because of concerns over the fitness of Jonathan Mensah, John Boye and Isaac Vorsah who have all just recovered from various degrees injuries.Appiah will name his squad this afternoon at a press conference in Accra at the FA secretariat.Defenders likely to make the squad for AFCON 2013: John Paintsil, Samuel Inkoom, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, Jerry Akaminko, Lee Addy, Harrison Afful, Rashid Sumaila and Awal MohammedAwal began his career with the Feyenoord Academy in July 2010 and later joined ASEC Mimosas on loan.He returned in November 2010 to Feyenoord Academy and later was sold to Asante Kotoko.In August 2012, Awal joined South African Premier Soccer League club Maritzburg United.