Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne heads back into Coronavirus lockdown
Nearly five million Melbourne residents were forced back into another lockdown after Coronavirus cases spiked on Tuesday, July 7, in Australia’s second-largest city.
All in Melbourne will be required to stay home from midnight on Wednesday, July 8, unless they go to work , study, shop for food or attend medical appointments. Restaurants, cafes and bars can only have delivery service, gyms and hair salons are closed, family events are restricted to two persons and the existing school holidays are extended.
Victoria state prime minister Daniel Andrews declared a six-week freeze, saying the virus crisis is over “we can’t pretend.”
After 191 of the 199 new cases recorded nationally on Tuesday were identified by the south-east region, the largest one-day increase since early April, Andrews said there were now too many to track properly, so restrictions were required.
“Those are numbers that are unsustainably high,” he said. “No-one wants to be in this place. I know there will be massive quantities of harm that will be caused because of this.
“We need to be transparent to one another that this is not over,” said Andrews. “And pretending it’s because we just want it to be over isn’t the solution. It’s actually part of the problem. A very big part of the issue.”
Statement from the Premier on Stay at Home restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. pic.twitter.com/7tc3esHZnH
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) July 7, 2020
The decision was taken hours before it was expected for the first time in a century to close the busy border between Victoria and New South Wales.
Nearly 9,000 cases of COVID-19 and 106 deaths from the virus were reported in Australia.