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World Australian State Eases Lockdown as Covid-19 Cases Fall

05:50  18 october  2020
05:50  18 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The state at the epicenter of Australia’s Covid-19 outbreak announced an easing of restrictions on Sunday, but left many businesses shuttered until next month to ensure community transmission is further curbed.

From midnight, the 5 million residents of Victoria state capital Melbourne, who have been under lockdown for more than 100 days, will be allowed to travel as far as 25 kilometers (16 miles) from their homes and the two-hour time limit on daily exercise will be scrapped, state Premier Daniel Andrews said.

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There have been 147 new cases of Covid - 19 recorded in the 24 hours to 1.30pm on Wednesday, with the deputy chief medical officer, Nick Coatsworth, announcing that 90% had been community transmissions. Of the new cases 134 are from Victoria while three were recorded in the Australian

Western Australia has reported two new Covid - 19 cases , both in hotel quarantine. One of the biggest takeaways from the Covid - 19 committee inquiry hearing today is that, even though More states may end up in a similar situation in the coming months, who knows. But it makes it increasingly

The stay-at-home order will be completely lifted from Nov. 1 and the retail and hospitality sectors will largely reopen. That timeframe may be brought forward if case numbers continue to fall.

“These lockdowns have come with pain and damage and hurt, but the strategy is working,” Andrews told reporters. “As other parts of the world are going into a deadly winter, with lockdowns and restrictions that are heartbreaking,” Victoria can now “build a Covid-normal 2021,” he said.

The state’s response has demonstrated the effectiveness of tight controls, just as the U.S., U.K. and many European countries weigh their policy response to a second wave. New cases have plunged from a daily peak of 687 on Aug. 4, with infections slowing to a trickle.

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There are 709 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia , 141 more today than yesterday. Too early to say, according to Frydenberg, but will fall in this quarter. “Well, of course this continues to evolve but 17 more Covid - 19 cases in WA. The West Australian health minister, Roger Cook says

In total, Australia has recorded 7035 cases of Covid - 19 : 3071 in New South Wales, 1554 in Victoria, 1054 in Queensland, 439 in South Australia , 554 As restrictions ease across the nation, Australians are being warned to take their new-found freedoms carefully for fear of sparking a second wave of the

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But Andrews has come under sustained criticism for imposing the strict lockdown that’s risked people’s mental health and dragged on the national economy. Victoria is responsible for about a quarter of gross domestic product and the restrictions have deepened Australia’s first recession in almost 30 years.

“The second wave, which led to the lockdown, has taken an extreme toll on the mental health of Victorians and their economic prospects,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg wrote in an opinion piece. “Now is time for the Victorian government to give Victorians their freedom back and allow businesses to reopen in a Covid-safe way.”

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Australia ’s second-largest city is now subjected to some of the most extraordinary Covid - 19 lockdown measures on the planet, and all over an additional They discovered 671 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday and, sadly, eleven more people were found to have died with the illness. That's up from 295

SYDNEY: Australia started shutting down pubs, clubs, gyms and houses of worship on Monday after a jump in Covid - 19 coronavirus cases and after After an initial slow rate of infection, the number of Covid - 19 cases in Australia has now surpassed 1,100 with the south-eastern states of Victoria and

The state reported two new coronavirus cases on Sunday and no deaths, bringing the 14-day average to eight, with 15 cases from an unknown source. Victoria has been focused on cutting the rolling average and number of mystery cases to below five.

Andrews noted that daily cases in his state and the U.K. were comparable back in August.

“Today, as Victoria records two new cases, the U.K. hit 16,171,” he said. “And as we continue easing our restrictions, they are being forced to increase theirs.”

From midnight across Melbourne, tennis courts, golf courses and skateparks will reopen, hairdressers can resume business and as many as 10 people can take part in outside auctions for residential property -- an important boost for the housing market. Up to 10 people from two households can gather outdoors.

From Nov. 1, remaining retail and restaurants, cafes, pubs and services such as beauty salons will reopen.

In regional Victoria, where numbers are considerably lower, many of the controls have already been eased and pubs and restaurants will be allowed to have more customers from midnight.

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The Australian government has arranged four additional Qantas flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in the coming fortnight. This blog has now To recap, this afternoon there were 6,929 Covid - 19 cases in Australia , with the death toll at 97. There had been 16 new cases in the last 24 hours, four of

Australia recorded 87 new Covid - 19 cases , of which 73 were in Victoria and 14 were in NSW. The NSW cases all came from hotel quarantine; Victoria’s from local transmission. All but nine of the new Victorian cases have not yet been traced to known clusters.

Australia has been at the vanguard of nations seeing success in controlling community transmission. Its first nationwide lockdown, which lasted roughly from March to May, was one of the most successful in the world, reducing the number of cases to just a handful a day. But security failures at quarantine hotels for returning travelers and poor communication of critical information to migrant communities allowed the virus to roar back in Victoria.

Much of the nation has crushed community transmission, as states such as Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania restrict entry to people from virus hotspots. The international border remains closed to non-residents, other than a limited travel bubble with New Zealand, and those returning from overseas must undergo 14 days of quarantine in hotels or other government-run facilities.

(Updates throughout with details of easing)

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