Australian state reports daily record of COVID-19 cases
The Australian state of Victoria reported its highest daily record of COVID-19 cases on Friday.
Victoria reported 1,838 new cases and five new deaths, becoming the ninth consecutive day the state has seen more than 1,000 cases reported, The Associated Press reported.
The state with the second-highest population in the country has more than 16,000 current active coronavirus cases.
The more than 1,800 cases Friday is the highest daily total COVID-19 case count of any area in Australia throughout the pandemic, according to the AP.
Infections are going down in other areas, such as New South Wales state, as Australia considers letting international travelers into the country in 2022.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously said he wants certain countries to be able to travel to Australia quarantine-free in 2022.
Australia implemented some of the strictest travel requirements during the pandemic, with Morrison saying they want to get international students and skilled immigrants back to the country first.
Throughout the pandemic, Australia has reported more than 122,000 cases and more than 1,400 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.