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World Australia to lock down 300,000 in Melbourne suburbs after coronavirus spike

08:05  01 july  2020
08:05  01 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Authorities will lock down around 300,000 people in suburbs north of Melbourne for a month from late on Wednesday to contain the risk of infection after two weeks of double-digit rises in new coronavirus cases in Australia's second most populous state.

Australia has fared better than many countries in the pandemic, with around 7,830 cases and 104 deaths, but the recent surge has stoked fears of a second wave of COVID-19, echoing concerns expressed in other countries.

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I want all of our energies focused on dealing with the spike in cases and the lockdown . 500 commonwealth public servants, principally those already based in Melbourne , to help with the He also said the main transport corridors “in and out of these suburbs will be the subject of booze

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Globally, coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, a major milestone in the spread of a disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.

From midnight, more than 30 suburbs in Australia's second-biggest city will return to stage three restrictions, the third-strictest level in curbs to control the pandemic. That means residents will be confined to home except for grocery shopping, health appointments, work or caregiving, and exercise.

The restrictions will be accompanied by a testing blitz that authorities hope will extend to half the population of the area affected, and for which borders will be patrolled, authorities said. The measures come as curbs ease across the rest of the state of Victoria, with restaurants, gyms and cinemas reopening in recent weeks.

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Follow the global coronavirus live blog. 500 commonwealth public servants, principally those already based in Melbourne , to help with the More than 93, 000 tests have been conducted in the testing blitz over the past three days, and 37, 000 doors have been knocked on in the 10 priority suburbs .

I want all of our energies focused on dealing with the spike in cases and the lockdown . 500 commonwealth public servants, principally those already based in Melbourne , to help with the He also said the main transport corridors “in and out of these suburbs will be the subject of booze

Victoria recorded 73 fresh cases on Tuesday from 20,682 tests, following an increase of 75 cases on Monday. State premier Daniel Andrews warned on Wednesday that the return of broader restrictions across city remained a possibility.

"If we all stick together these next four weeks, we can regain control of that community transmission ... across metropolitan Melbourne," Andrews said at a briefing. "Ultimately if I didn't shut down those postcodes I'd be shutting down all postcodes. We want to avoid that."

Victoria's spike in cases has been linked to staff members at hotels housing returned travellers for which quarantine protocols were not strictly followed. Victorian state authorities have announced an investigation into the matter.

Some other Australian states and territories are preparing to open borders, but applying limits and quarantine measures to citizens of Victoria as the school holiday season gets under way.

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The premier of South Australia , Steven Marshall, has just announced that the state will not be He says the decision was made on basis of concerns about the recent outbreak in Melbourne and that Amidst the spike in cases in Victoria the state’s transport authority, Vic Roads, has sent an email to

South Australia, the country's fifth most populous state, has had just three new cases in the past month. But citing the spike in coronavirus infections, on Tuesday it cancelled its scheduled reopening to other parts of the nation.

New South Wales (NSW), Australia's most populous state, has stopped short of closing its borders to all Victorians, but those holidaying from hotspot areas - not permitted under NSW rules - can be handed a fine of A$11,000 ($7,596) or jailed if they are detected, state authorities said.

The delays reopening internal borders cast doubts over a federal plan to set up "travel bubble" with neighbouring New Zealand that would allow movement between the two countries.

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(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)

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