Melbourne six-week curfew: stay in at 8pm …


In Melbourne, many locals have already hoarded.
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A curfew will be introduced in the Australian city of Melbourne in the fight against the corona pandemic from Sunday evening. That was announced by Prime Minister of the Australian state of Victoria, Dan Andrews, on Sunday afternoon (local time). The stricter measures will remain in force for at least six weeks.

Curfew starts at 8 pm and lasts until 5 am. “The only reasons for leaving home during these hours are work, medical care, and taking care of someone else,” said Andrews.

Other measures are also being tightened up. Residents of Melbourne may exercise for a maximum of one hour within a 5-kilometer radius during the day, while group and indoor sports are no longer permitted. Only one person per family is allowed to shop once a day within a radius of 5 kilometers. Furthermore, marriages are also temporarily banned.

Andrews also announced “disaster” for the entire state of Victoria at 6:00 PM. It will be in addition to the already declared state of emergency and “will give our police additional powers to ensure that people comply with the guidelines,” says Andrews. The rules are being tightened again throughout the state. Restaurants and cafes are only allowed to open for take-away and delivery services, remote education is becoming the norm again, group sports are not allowed and almost all relaxing activities are closed.

Andrews also announced the new epidemic balance on Sunday. In 24 hours, 671 new corona infections were added to Victoria, 73 of which are linked to known outbreaks and the remaining 598 are still under investigation. In total, there have been more than 11,500 confirmed infections in Victoria since the onset of the pandemic, compared to nearly 18,000 across Australia

Seven people succumbed to COVID-19 in Victoria in 24 hours, six of them in residential care centers. The total death toll in the state thus comes to 123, across Australia to 208.


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