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Australia Why Melbourne will NEVER have another lockdown

04:46  27 october  2020
04:46  27 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announces an end to the stay-at-home order from Tuesday midnight after no new coronavirus cases are recorded.

Daniel Andrews holding a sign posing for the camera: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to ease restrictions on Tuesday at midnight © Provided by Daily Mail Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to ease restrictions on Tuesday at midnight

Another Melbourne lockdown is 'out of the question,' a leading infectious disease expert has said, as the Victorian government prepares to ease restrictions at midnight.

Professor Sharon Lewin, who heads up Melbourne's Doherty Institute, insists that even if a third wave of coronavirus cases hits the city there is no chance of another crippling shutdown.

She told the ABC on Monday, that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' cautious approach has been a 'good move', but added that repeated lockdowns are not sustainable. 

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Australia's second-biggest city - Melbourne - will this week exit its coronavirus lockdown following nearly four months under onerous restrictions, authorities Stay-at-home orders for Melbourne 's five million residents will be lifted from midnight Tuesday into Wednesday while restaurants, beauty salons

'Tears of joy': Melbourne erupts with emotion over lockdown easing. West Australian Premier Mark McGowan thanks Victorians for the effort to keep the state and the rest of Australia safe. “Australia will never forget the sacrifices you have made, and today we'll all toast your success,” he tweeted.

'We need to look at Sydney who have just done a fabulous job of putting out spot fires without closing things. It is possible, and we can do exactly that here in Melbourne,' she said.

New South Wales have kept borders and the community open for business and relied on a thorough contract tracing network to stamp out local COVID-19 outbreaks quickly. 

With an effective coronavirus vaccine possibly years away from distribution,  Professor Lewin said that many restrictions would need to remain in place but total lockdowns would almost certainly come to an end. 

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Melbourne 's grinding second coronavirus lockdown began in the chill of winter. In early July, the nights were long and "We understand why the government has taken that approach and it has worked, but we do feel that the Another expert, Michael Toole, wrote in The Conversation: "Only Vietnam and

Lockdowns imposed in Australia have helped to slow the spread of Covid-19 and also saved the lives of around 400 people who would have died from Andrews has been criticized for delaying the plans to reopen the city, and chief health officer Brett Sutton was asked on Sunday why Melbourne had

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'We are going to peel off the restrictions every two weeks. A lot has been peeled off starting tonight, which is great, and he is leaving the most risky areas until the end, which is indoor gatherings, gyms, and opportunities for spread, and that's going to be lifted last, including the travel out to beyond 25km from Melbourne,' she said.

'So, I think it does make sense. We have a pretty low bar, to be honest. We have got a lot of freedom now, and I think it will also test the system over the next two weeks, and then the next set of restrictions will be taken off.' 

a person holding a sign: A pop up COVID-19 testing clinic is pictured in Melbourne's Heidelberg West on October 25 © Provided by Daily Mail A pop up COVID-19 testing clinic is pictured in Melbourne's Heidelberg West on October 25

Professor Lewin said the kind of lockdowns that were in place across the globe during the early stages of the pandemic are no longer continuing despite higher case numbers. 

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Nine Melbourne public housing estates are in their third day of a "hard lockdown ", brought about by fears coronavirus has the "explosive potential" to spread within the units. Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the measures were in place because the environment was "desperately challenging".

Metropolitan Melbourne was supposed to see some of its lockdown restrictions lifted starting next week. The Australian city has seen its rolling two-week average Covid-19 infections drop below five, prompting the government to indicate that the situation was good enough to ease some restrictions.

Countries like the US, France, Spain, the UK and Italy are all continuing to remain open with some restrictions while daily new infection rates soar to record highs. 

Meanwhile, Mr Andrews announced today that Victoria had recorded its second consecutive day of zero new COVID-19 cases after a gruelling shutdown period. 

Melburnians were thrust back into lockdown on July 8 after a second wave of coronavirus cases linked to Victoria's botched hotel quarantine program sprang up. 

There have been over 20,000 coronavirus cases including more than 900 deaths in Victoria, but now only 91 infections remain active. 

As a result, Victoria will ease lockdown restrictions at midnight on Tuesday. 

a crowd of people walking on a city street: Countries like the US, France, Spain, the UK and Italy are all continuing to remain open with some restrictions while daily new infection rates soar to record highs (pictured, New York's Time Square on October 23) © Provided by Daily Mail Countries like the US, France, Spain, the UK and Italy are all continuing to remain open with some restrictions while daily new infection rates soar to record highs (pictured, New York's Time Square on October 23) a person sitting in a restaurant: Professor Lewin said the kind of lockdowns that were in place across the globe during the early stages of the pandemic are no longer continuing despite higher case numbers (pictured, a waiter serves diners at New York's Time Square on October 23) © Provided by Daily Mail Professor Lewin said the kind of lockdowns that were in place across the globe during the early stages of the pandemic are no longer continuing despite higher case numbers (pictured, a waiter serves diners at New York's Time Square on October 23)

Victoria free at last: What are the changes? 

From Tuesday 27 October, 11.59pm

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Strict lockdown measures are to be reimposed in Melbourne , as authorities scramble to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections spreading across the country.

All of Melbourne will be locked down for the next six weeks, with only four reasons for people to leave home. How will the lockdown be enforced? Mr Andrews said the motivation behind the lockdown was twofold: to drive case numbers down in Melbourne and limit the spread into regional Victoria.

All retail, bars and restaurants open with 20 indoors and 50 outdoors

Beauty services and tattoo parlours open

Outdoor contact sport for under 18s back on and non-contact sport for adults

Four reasons to leave home removed

25km travel limit remains in place

Melbourne to regional VIC border remains  

Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people

Gatherings can be of more than two households

Weddings increase to 10 attendees, funerals to 20

Church services open with 10 indoors and 20 outdoors 

PT, fitness and dance classes can be held outdoors with up to 10 people 

Number of people at outdoor pools can increase to 50, subject to density limits 

Must work from home if you can

From 8 November

25km travel limit scrapped 

Travel to regional VIC allowed 

Retail, pubs and restaurants allowed 40 people indoors, 70 outdoors

Funerals allowed indoors with 20 and outdoors with 50

Non-contact sport for U18s allowed indoors 

Gyms and indoor fitness will be able to reopen

Holiday accommodation to re-open

Religious gatherings will expand with up 20 people and a faith leader indoors, and 50 outside

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