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Australia's Victoria state reports 70 new COVID-19 infections in past 24 hours

SYDNEY, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Australia's second most populous state Victoria -- the epicentre of the country's COVID-19 outbreak -- said on Tuesday 70 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Australia has now recorded nearly 26,000 COVID-19 cases, while the death toll rose to 657 after five people in Victoria state died from the virus.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Kim Coghill)