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World Melbourne lifts one of world’s longest lockdowns after 111 days

07:35  29 october  2020
07:35  29 october  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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One of the world ’ s longest novel coronavirus lockdowns wound down Wednesday morning, allowing roughly 5 million people in the Australian city of While the 111 - day lockdown helped stop the spread of the virus, it has also taken a devastating toll on the local economy and mental health of residents.

Melbourne has ended its near 4-month lockdown , allowing shops, cafes and pubs to reopen. Citing losing an uncle and godmother to COVID-19, Iatrou said it had been "a strain to get through most days .” Another cafe proprietor and coffee wholesaler Darren Silverman, whose business had been

One of the world’s longest novel coronavirus lockdowns wound down Wednesday morning, allowing roughly 5 million people in the Australian city of Melbourne to leave home anytime they want, eat dinner at a restaurant and drink at bars for the first time in more than three months.

a group of people standing next to a body of water: Diners at a restaurant looking out toward St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne on Oct. 28. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP) © Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP Diners at a restaurant looking out toward St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne on Oct. 28. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP)

Celebrations ensued. Bookings at low-capacity bars and restaurants quickly filled up for weeks ahead. Businesses popped bottles of champagne as shoppers flocked to stores. Some, including, Kmart, opted to remain open for 24 hours to meet demand, local media reported.

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The lockdown had been particularly tough on those in Melbourne because the rest of Australia beyond Victoria successfully contained second waves of infections without Tuesday was another Donut Day , Melbourne ' s first consecutives days with no new infections since March 5 and 6. Two new cases

World . Tuesday was another Donut Day , Melbourne ' s first consecutive days with no new infections since March 5 and 6. Two new cases were reported on Wednesday, but they were infected by known cases and were already in Iatrou said the lockdown was difficult both professionally and personally.

The rollback came after the city reported zero new coronavirus cases on Monday and Tuesday, a dramatic drop from the hundreds logged each day during the outbreak’s peak in late July and early August.

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“I’m pretty proud of what we have achieved here,” Sharon Lewin, the director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, told the BBC. “The outcome has been extraordinary — not without its pain, though.”

While the 111-day lockdown helped stop the spread of the virus, it has also taken a devastating toll on the local economy and mental health of residents.

a group of people standing in front of a building: People line up outside a pub in Melbourne on Oct. 28. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP) © Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP People line up outside a pub in Melbourne on Oct. 28. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP)

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(Newser) – In July, Melbourne , Australia, was recording upward of 700 new coronavirus infections daily. On Monday, that number was zero, triggering a Wednesday end to what the New York Times calls " one of the world ’ s longest and most severe lockdowns ." For 111 days , the country's

Melbourne , Australia is emerging from one of the strictest and longest lockdowns before crushing the Covid-19 infection curve. makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world .

Victoria, the state where Melbourne is located, lost an average of 1,200 jobs a day as most businesses were forced to stay closed, according to Bloomberg News. Demand for mental health services grew by 31 percent in September and October as a lockdown, which began in July and was initially supposed to last only six weeks, dragged on. Meanwhile, alcohol consumption increased, as did domestic violence.

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Enduring the prolonged shutdown may have been made more challenging by the fact Melbourne had recently exited a nationwide lockdown that was in place from March to May, giving residents a brief taste of normal life before their daily activities were curtailed again.

Melbourne residents stuck at home this summer watched travel and part of ordinary life resume in much of Europe, while the virus surged across the United States. After stringent lockdowns in countries including Italy and Spain, Europe appeared to have largely contained its major outbreaks for a time and began reopening borders.

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 Covid-19: Melbourne is fading after three months, Australia remains cautious © REUTERS / Sandra Sanders The people of Melbourne are once again moving freely in the streets of the metropolis of the State of Victoria after three months of confinement , October 28, 2020. Melbourne emerged from three months of confinement on Wednesday October 28, including two months with a curfew. The five million inhabitants of Australia’s second largest city, the epicenter of the second wave of the coronavirus in the country, now have greater freedom of movement.

Home News World Melbourne lifts Covid lockdown . Melbourne and the surrounding Victoria state recorded the first 24-hour period without any new coronavirus disease 2019 Jubilant social media users declared the return to zero cases and deaths “Donut Day ,” with the hashtag trending as Twitter

After 111 days of lockdown – one of the longest and most stringent in the world – Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria, announced an easing of restrictions in the city as well as what some called a “double-doughnut day ”: one with 0 new …

a person holding a sign: A woman takes a selfie in front of a “welcome back” sign in Melbourne on Oct. 28. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP) © Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP A woman takes a selfie in front of a “welcome back” sign in Melbourne on Oct. 28. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP)

This too came at a cost. Europe is now facing a surge of infections.

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European leaders have said their goal is to avoid hard lockdowns like those imposed in the spring, which, as in Melbourne, had painful repercussions for economies and communities. Nonetheless, as hospitals warn of increasing strain, both Italy and Spain have tightened restrictions in recent days, while France is reportedly considering a month-long lockdown and Germany is expected to announce new, tougher rules this week.

a group of people in a store: Customers sit at a newly-reopened espresso bar in Melbourne on Monday. © Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP Customers sit at a newly-reopened espresso bar in Melbourne on Monday.

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Australia’s Victoria state, which ended a three-month lockdown in its capital Melbourne last week, has recorded an eighth straight day with no new coronavirus cases. © Bloomberg A diner wears a protective mask while sitting inside a restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020. As countries across the globe grapple with the prospect of renewed lockdowns, the Australian city of Melbourne on Wednesday emerged from one of the world's strictest and longest lockdowns that shuttered businesses and confined residents to their homes for more than three months.

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