Offbeat Covid-19 in Australia: end of curfew in Melbourne which remains confined

19:20  27 september  2020
19:20  27 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Une voiture de police patrouille les rues désertes de Melbourne, le 2 août 2020, où un couvre-feu a été décrété pour endiguer la pandémie de coronavirus. © AAP Image / Erik Anderson via REUTERS A police car patrols the deserted streets of Melbourne, on August 2, 2020, where a curfew has decreed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

In Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, the curfew had been going on for two months now. In that city, which was the epicenter of a second wave of coronavirus that was far deadlier than the first, the number of new daily cases has been significantly lower since then.

From our correspondent in Sydney, Grégory Plesse

For almost two weeks now, the number of new daily cases of coronavirus in Melbourne, in Australia , has been well below twenty. However, all the restrictions are not yet lifted in this city which experienced a second wave even more deadly than the first .

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The noose is therefore slowly starting to loosen in Melbourne, which from Monday will no longer be placed under curfew. But confinement, it should remain maintained for at least three more weeks .

The clear decline of the virus in this city, which is by far the most affected in Australia by the pandemic, has led local authorities to lift certain restrictions, with which the five million inhabitants of Melbourne have learned to live since. now three months.

Numerous restrictive measures remain in force

Primary school students will be able to return to school, daycare centers have reopened, and weddings will once again be able to be celebrated, even if they remain limited to a maximum of five people, spouses and witnesses included.

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On the other hand, confinement is still relevant, as is the compulsory wearing of a mask outside the home . Exits remain limited, and it is forbidden to go more than five kilometers from home. A device that should be lifted within three weeks, on October 19, if the number of cases of community transmission continues to decline.

This series of restrictions, without common measure within Western countries, provoked some protest movements among the population. Yet, according to a poll published last week, more than 60% of Australians approve of these measures.

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