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A Melton West woman was nabbed by police overnight for breaking ‘stay at home’ rules after she lost control of her vehicle.

Police were patrolling Barries Road in Melton West when they saw a person “driving erratically”, a Victoria Police spokesman said.

According to officers, the driver lost control of the vehicle, leaving the road and going over a number of gutters before coming to rest in a car park.

The 28-year-old driver attended the local police station for an evidentiary breath test, where she returned an alleged reading of 0.316 per cent.

She was found to be in breach of the directions issued by the Chief Health Officer and was issued a $1652 fine.

The woman’s licence was suspended and she is expected to be charged on summons for drink driving offences.

The World Health Organisation reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 292,527.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. Deaths rose by 6812. The four countries have dominated global headlines with large outbreaks.

Healthcare worker Dante Hills passes paperwork to a woman in a vehicle at a COVID-19 testing site in Miami.

Healthcare worker Dante Hills passes paperwork to a woman in a vehicle at a COVID-19 testing site in Miami.Credit:AP

The previous WHO record for new cases was 284,196, set on July 24. Deaths rose by 9753 on that day, the second largest one-day increase ever. Deaths have been averaging 5200 a day in July, up from an average of 4,600 a day in June.

Nearly 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the last week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world.

Cases have been on the rise also in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel, among others.

Last week, cases in Latin America for the first time surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a Reuters tally showed. Infections are surging in Brazil, which is second in the world behind the US in cases and deaths.

Globally there are over 17.4 million infections and nearly 675,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.


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G’day everyone and welcome to today’s COVID-19 blog.

I’m Roy Ward and I’ll be taking you through today until late this afternoon.

Friday was a day full of developments in this ongoing pandemic so who knows what we have to come today.

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