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World Australia's virus epicentre records second day with no cases

05:40  27 october  2020
05:40  27 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Australia ' s second -biggest city will this week exit its coronavirus lockdown following nearly four months under onerous restrictions, authorities announced Australia ' s Victoria state has spent months under tight restrictions after becoming the epicentre of the country's second wave of coronavirus infections.

Australian health officials on Monday reported no new coronavirus cases or deaths in Victoria state, which has spent months under onerous restrictions after becoming the epicentre of the country' s second wave. It was the first 24-hour period without any new Covid-19 cases reported in the state

Melbourne on Tuesday recorded its second consecutive day with no new coronavirus cases, as bars and restaurants in the epicentre of Australia's second-wave outbreak prepared to reopen after a lengthy lockdown.

a group of people riding on the back of a bicycle: Melbourne is preparing to lift some virus-control measures after months of restrictions © William WEST Melbourne is preparing to lift some virus-control measures after months of restrictions

The milestone -- the first time since early March that no new cases have been confirmed for 48 hours -- comes as the city's five million residents await a partial lifting of virus restrictions at midnight.

The landmark for Melbourne and the surrounding Victoria state follows strict measures -- including an overnight curfew, stay-at-home orders and the closure of non-essential businesses -- to contain an outbreak that peaked at more than 700 daily cases in August.

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A lockdown of Australia ' s second -biggest city will be eased after the country's coronavirus epicentre said it had gone 24 hours without any new infections for "We've have been able to bring this under control, a day of zero cases is an amazing achievement." Andrews said people would be free to leave

Victoria state, Australia ' s COVID-19 epicentre , on Sunday delayed an expected announcement on the easing of lockdown The 14- day moving average of new cases in Victoria fell to 4.6, below the threshold of five Andrews had previously set Victoria accounts for over 90% of lives lost to the virus .

There are now just 87 active coronavirus cases across the state.

State Premier Daniel Andrews said high testing rates in recent weeks had been "nothing short of stunning".

"It gives us great confidence that these numbers are an accurate picture of how much virus is out there," he told a press conference.

Visiting other people's homes will finally be allowed from midnight, he added, though it will be strictly limited to two adults and any children travelling within a 25-kilometre (15-mile) radius of their houses.

Australia had largely curbed the spread of Covid-19 when the virus leaked into the community from Melbourne hotels used to quarantine travellers from overseas.

As the rest of the country was lifting restrictions and returning to a semblance of normality, its vibrant second-largest city was almost completely shut down.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia looked set to record its lowest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in three months on Sunday as a hard lockdown in the city of Melbourne brought the country' s virus epicenter down sharply. The second -most populous state Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital

Australia has recorded a total 7173 cases of COVID-19, with 3092 in New South Wales, 1634 in Victoria, 1058 in Queensland, 440 in South Australia , 585 in Western Australia , 228 in Tasmania, 107 in the Australian Capital Territory and 29 in the Northern Territory.

Fabrizio Succi, who jointly owns Italian eatery Tiamo, said his team was now scrambling to reopen after being given the green light on Monday.

But between cooking pasta and sauces, dusting the store and staff meetings, it will take until Thursday morning for the restaurant to be ready.

"We had to man the phones -- everybody all of sudden had all this freedom and wanted to book, which was wonderful," he told AFP.

Beauty salons and retail stores will also be permitted to welcome back customers from midnight, but gyms will be forced to wait until November 8.

Restrictions on travel between Melbourne and regional parts of the state will also be lifted from November 8, with a 25-kilometre (15-mile) travel radius for city residents set to be removed the same day.

But for now, the state remains cut off from the rest of Australia, which overall has recorded about 27,500 cases and 905 deaths in a population of 25 million.

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