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Australia reported its biggest daily jump in COVID-19 cases in two months on Monday.
Its second-most populated state Victoria said its now weighing whether to re-impose social distancing limits.
Victoria recorded 75 new cases within 24 hours.
The state's Chief Health Minister Brett Sutton stressed those with symptoms should stay home.
Victorian state officials last week deployed ambulances and mobile test centers to test most residents in 10 hotspot suburbs.
But some locals declined the voluntary throat and nasal swab tests.
Victoria is hoping a new saliva test, which is less intrusive, will encourage more people to get tested - even though it is slightly less accurate.
Meanwhile, other states and territories have yet to report their latest numbers of infection.
Despite the red flags and health warnings, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is calling for state borders to reopen and jumpstart the economy.
"I've been very consistent in advocating to all the Premiers and Chief Ministers, regardless of what side of politics they come from, that it's important to get these borders open."
Australia's social distancing limits succeeded in slowing the spread of the virus but they took a bite out of the economy.
The country is heading into its first recession in three decades as unemployment hits 7 percent.