Sport Coronavirus: a curfew imposed in Melbourne, Australia's second largest city

13:05  02 august  2020
13:05  02 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Coronavirus: un couvre-feu imposé à Melbourne, deuxième ville d'Australie © Supplied by Le Point

Australia on Sunday announced a curfew in Melbourne to fight the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the second city of the country, whose inhabitants will no longer be allowed to leave more than five kilometers from their homes.

Despite a lockdown introduced in early July, Melbourne continued to register hundreds of new cases daily. The local authorities have therefore decided to put in place a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for the next six weeks.

Declaring a "state of disaster" Sunday, Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister of the State of Victoria (south-east), explained that the state capital was moving to "phase 4" restrictions until 13 September because of "unacceptably high" contamination levels.

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Melbourne , Australia ' s second - largest city already under a reimposed six-week MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia ' s second -most populous state of Victoria declared a state of disaster on Sunday and imposed a nightly curfew for the capital Melbourne as part of its harshest movement A curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day will be implemented from Sunday evening in Melbourne

Melbourne residents will not be allowed to go out for more than an hour of sporting activity during the day, and within a three-mile radius of their home.

Only one person per household will have the right to shop each day, also within a radius of five kilometers.

A few weeks after returning to class, most of the students from schools and universities will resume lessons online from midnight Wednesday, while nurseries and other childcare facilities will be closed from Thursday.

Weddings are canceled in the city until further notice. At the height of the first wave of the pandemic, marriages had been limited to five people in Australia.

"We made these decisions because doing less than that will not protect us," said Andrews. "Doing less than that will make the problem go on for months and months."

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The city of Melbourne has been placed under curfew . Residents can go out once a day to shop for food or exercise. A range of sweeping new lockdown restrictions have been imposed in the Australian state of Victoria to curb the spread of coronavirus .

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"The time for laxity is over, the time for warnings is over," said Andrews. "If you are not home when you should be, if you have the virus and go on with your normal life, steadfastness will apply. There are lives at stake."

Additional restrictions on workplaces will be announced on Monday, he said, suggesting that non-essential activities could be halted.

The state of Victoria recorded 671 new cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths on Sunday.

Outside Melbourne, the rest of the state will move to phase 3 of containment from midnight Wednesday. Residents will only be able to leave their homes to work, go to school and buy basic necessities.

Other Australian states, easing restrictions, have reported no or very few new cases for weeks. But they closed their doors to the inhabitants of Victoria and Sydney (south-east), another point of contamination.

In total, nearly 18,000 cases of the new coronavirus and at least 208 deaths have been recorded in Australia, which has a population of around 25 million.

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