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MELBOURNE: Australia’s Victoria declared a state of disaster on Sunday (Aug 2) and enforced a nightly curfew for the capital Melbourne as part of its harshest movement limitations to date to include the coronavirus.
Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, will move to Phase 4 limitations until Sep 13 offered “unacceptably high” levels of community transmission, said Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.
They will also not be able to go further than 5km from their house and will be restricted to an hour of workout a day.
Most school and university students in Melbourne will return to online knowing from midnight on Wednesday, simply weeks after going back to their class, while kindergartens and daycare centres will be efficiently closed from Thursday.
Weddings will also be prohibited in the city. At the height of the first wave of the pandemic, wedding events in Australia were limited to 5 individuals.
” These are the choices made since anything short of this will not keep us safe,” Andrews said.
” Anything short of this will see it drag out for months and months and months.”
Additional limitations affecting workplaces would be revealed on Monday, Andrews included, recommending that non-essential organisations will deal with closures.
The state recorded 671 brand-new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths from the infection on Sunday.
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Outside Melbourne, the rest of Victoria will relocate to a Stage 3 lockdown from midnight on Wednesday with people enabled to leave home only for work, study, care and vital shopping.
Somewhere Else in Australia, other states and territories have for weeks reported zero or a small number of cases while unwinding limitations.
They have, nevertheless, banned visitors from Victoria and Sydney – another infection hotspot.
Australia’s total reported COVID-19 infections reached nearly 18,000 on Sunday, with 208 deaths in a population of 25 million.
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