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Australia Locked-down Melburnians could be free within two weeks

04:26  21 september  2020
04:26  21 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Locked - down Melburnians could be freed in two weeks as experts predict the average number of daily cases will fall below five in the next two weeks . Victoria recorded just 11 new infections on Monday and two deaths - the lowest number in three months - pushing Melbourne's 14-day average

Fourteen days after Melbourne was put back into lockdown , the latest daily tally of 484 new cases in Victoria makes for dispiriting reading. Why have the numbers stubbornly refused to go down , despite Melburnians being confined to their homes for all but non-essential trips?

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Locked-down Melburnians could be freed in two weeks as experts predict the average number of daily cases will fall below five in the next two weeks.

Victoria recorded just 11 new infections on Monday and two deaths - the lowest number in three months - pushing Melbourne's 14-day average down to 34.4, well below the state's target of 50 which was the mark for restrictions to be lifted.

Under Daniel Andrews' targets, restrictions will be eased in Melbourne on September 28 but the lockdown won't be fully lifted until after October 26 with a 14-day average of five or less coronavirus cases.

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A six- week curfew from 8pm to 5 am across the entire Melbourne metro area, with the only exceptions being work, medical care and caregiving. Outside those curfew hours the only reasons to leave your home are : shopping for food and essential items, care and caregiving, daily exercise and work.

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Melbourne University head of population and global health Nancy Baxter believes state's average will be less than five within just two weeks.

Professor Baxter is hopeful this will see the state reopen 'a couple of weeks early'.

a person walking down the street talking on a cell phone: Locked-down Melbourne residents could be freed by mid-October as experts predict cases will fall below five in the next two weeks. Pictured: Women walking through Footscray during protests on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail Locked-down Melbourne residents could be freed by mid-October as experts predict cases will fall below five in the next two weeks. Pictured: Women walking through Footscray during protests on Sunday a group of people standing around each other: Victoria recorded just 14 new infections on Sunday, the lowest number in three months. Pictured: Police talking to a protester on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail Victoria recorded just 14 new infections on Sunday, the lowest number in three months. Pictured: Police talking to a protester on Sunday

'It's going to be at least a week and a bit from now, because even if we got down to almost zero, we have the tail, the numbers from the past 14 days, adding into our averages,' she told the Herald Sun.

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Two people or a household can meet outdoors for a maximum of two hours for social interaction, exercise Premier Daniel Andrews has reported this morning that Victoria's State Of Disaster could be in Most Melburnians have spent the last month or more mostly in isolation. With four hard and fast

Deakin University head of epidemiology Catherine Bennett agreed with Professor Baxter and said it was due to the state's testing and tracing improving during the second wave.

Ms Bennett also believes Victoria could fall below the magic number of five cases by the end of September and hopes it will give the government 'confidence to reset some markers'.

Melbourne University Professor Tony Blakely is not as bullish about the fall as some of his counterparts, predicting daily cases will fall to ten by September 28.

'We are on a good track if the recent past predicts the near future,' Mr Blakely said.

'If we are aiming for tight suppression, which I am led to believe we are, and it is consistent with opening up borders and a hot spot strategy, then there is a case for considering opening up to step three earlier than October 26.'

a group of people walking down the street: Kids on scooters are seen enjoying the warm weather at Elwood Beach in Melbourne over the weekend © Provided by Daily Mail Kids on scooters are seen enjoying the warm weather at Elwood Beach in Melbourne over the weekend a group of people in a police car parked in a parking lot: Large numbers of Police arrive at Chadstone Shopping Centre as they respond to a small group of protesters who appeared in the Supermarket © Provided by Daily Mail Large numbers of Police arrive at Chadstone Shopping Centre as they respond to a small group of protesters who appeared in the Supermarket

Premier Daniel Andrews declared Sunday's low cases was a 'cause for great optimism and positivity right across metropolitan Melbourne'.

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Wyndham Village shopping centre could be anywhere in Australia. A Roy Morgan poll specifically on Victoria’s stage four rules revealed overwhelming support – aside from a more mixed result on Melburnians being able to visit immediate family members.

Five million Melburnians are preparing to re-enter lockdown as police and military forces seal off Australia's second-largest city.

Mr Andrews said the path towards easing rules would be constantly reviewed, but he is standing firm by his 'safe and steady' approach.

'That is proof positive beyond any question that this strategy is working,' he said at Sunday's press conference.

'There's no good opening up too early. There's no good letting our frustrations get the better of us.

'All that will mean is that everything metropolitan Melbourne has given, everything that everyone has done to produce these low, but still not low enough, numbers will count for nothing.'

Optimism has risen among Melbourne small businesses, with a survey showing 35 per cent now believe the Victorian economy will be better in one year's time.

That compares with just 17 per cent in August believing the state's economy will improve by then, the Sensis Business Index shows.

More also think the national economy will mend, with 26 per cent saying it will be better in a year compared with 14 per cent last month.

Daniel Andrews in a suit standing in front of a sign: Premier Daniel Andrews declared Sunday's low cases was a 'cause for great optimism and positivity right across metropolitan Melbourne' © Provided by Daily Mail Premier Daniel Andrews declared Sunday's low cases was a 'cause for great optimism and positivity right across metropolitan Melbourne' a group of people on a beach: Locals are seen at Elwood Beach in Melbourne during the COVID-19 Crisis over the weekend © Provided by Daily Mail Locals are seen at Elwood Beach in Melbourne during the COVID-19 Crisis over the weekend

Despite the premier's upbeat tone, frustrations were evident on Sunday as anti-lockdown protests continued in Melbourne.

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So many Melburnians shrugged off the cold to enjoy the first fortnight of eased coronavirus travel Ms Mariani pointed to Western Australia's decision last week to scale down its social distancing requirements to two square metres and suggested a similar rule could be applied to regional Victoria

Melbourne's stage 4 coronavirus restrictions will be extended for two more weeks - as Daniel Andrews warns if they open too early it will open the doors for a third wave.

More than a dozen protesters illegally gathered at Chadstone Shopping Centre and belted out a rendition of John Farnham's You're The Voice before police intervened.

Two people were arrested and six were issued fines, adding to Saturday's 16 arrests and 21 fines after up to 100 people rallied in Melbourne's inner beachside suburb of Elwood.

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