AUSTRALIA’S worst-hit states are seeing an increase in new HIV infections as the coronavirus pandemic has intensified.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows new infections in the state are up by nearly 300 per cent over the past six months.
Newborns are the first group to be affected by the virus, with the first reported case of the virus being recorded in Sydney in March.
It is the first time the number of infections in Australia’s largest city has increased since December last year, when a record-breaking 5,746 cases were recorded.ABS data showed there were 2,788 new infections recorded in the city between April and June.
The rate of infection in Victoria has been higher, with a record 4,929 infections recorded between April 10 and June 5.
The number of newly diagnosed HIV-positive babies born in Victoria increased by 6 per cent between April 2017 and June 2018.
It has been the second-highest increase for the state after Queensland’s increase of more than 17 per cent.
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