Melbourne's 42 days of lockdown. Will it work? - Coronacast

08 Juillet, 2020, 00:33 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The border closure and reintroduction of restrictions in Melbourne deal a blow to Australia's hopes for quick economic recovery as it approaches its first recession in almost three decades, driven by social distancing restrictions imposed in March.

Victoria was responsible for 191 of the 199 new cases reported nationally on Tuesday, the biggest one-day rise since early April.

The decision announced on Monday marks the first time the border between Victoria and New South Wales has been shut in 100 years.

"If we were to fail to take those steps, then it won't be a couple of hundred cases per day it will be many more than that and it will quickly spiral well and truly out of control", Andrews said.

"I think a sense of complacency has crept into us as we let our frustrations get the better of us".

The lockdown applies to Melbourne, its suburbs and another nearby region, Mitchell Shire, which have all seen a spike in cases. Despite a national total of only 8,800 infections and 106 deaths, Australian officials are concerned about the potential for a greater outbreak.

Bennett said the state had not been sufficiently prepared to shield high-risk vulnerable populations like the residents of the housing towers under hard lockdown, many of whom are new migrants, refugees, those with mental health issues and survivors of family violence.

"We've talked about this virus being like a public health bushfire".

"Regional Victoria has very, very few cases and vast parts of regional Victoria have no cases".

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"It's clear we are on the cusp of our second wave - and we can not let this virus cut through our communities".

Under the new lockdown measures, cafes and restaurants that were allowed to reopen weeks ago will return to take away and delivery only.

In Melbourne, the new measures will require some businesses to close, including beauty and personal care services, cultural and entertainment venues and community facilities.

Schools in affected areas will not open their doors for term three, which was due to begin on Monday, with students set to return to distance learning, except for senior secondary students and special schools.

"This is not where any of us wanted to be, but we have to face the reality of our situation".

"There will be queues, there will be frustration, there will be lots of questions but we're doing this to keep everybody safe", she added.

"The strategy here is to complete the testing and then as soon as possible, once that testing is complete, to have those nine towers moved to the same footing that the rest of Melbourne will move to at 11.59pm tomorrow night - a stay-at-home with four reasons to leave", Andrews said.

Coronavirus has infected more than 2,800 people and killed 22 in Victoria.

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