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Australia's Victoria reports 13 COVID-19 deaths, 240 new cases,

SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australia's second-most populous state of Victoria on Thursday reported 13 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours and 240 new coronavirus cases.

The state reported 12 deaths and 216 cases a day earlier.

A flare-up in infections in Victoria forced authorities two weeks ago to impose a nightly curfew and shut large parts of the state's economy. It has seen a slowdown in new cases in recent days, allaying fears of a nationwide second wave.


(Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Tom Hogue)