Australia : Victoria to enter lockdown after recording local cases
The Australian state of Victoria – home to its second largest city Melbourne – is set to enter a snap lockdown late on Thursday, after it recorded two more local cases of the virus. The latest outbreak brings the total number of virus cases there to 18. This is the fifth lockdown Victoria has experienced since the pandemic began. It will last until Tuesday. The decision by Victoria means that about 40% of Australia’s population is now under a stay-at-home order.
There will only be five reasons to leave the home: care giving, essential work, education if it cannot be done from home, for medical reasons, and to get vaccinated. It’s the same rules applied to the fourth lockdown last month. Mr Andrews said he could not guarantee that the lockdown would end next Tuesday, but said he would be working to get the state out of lockdown within the five days.
Victoria entered lockdown in late May, which also coincided with a drop in the number of people visiting retail, grocery, work and transport locations. Restrictions were lifted on 11 June, and movement has since largely recovered to “pandemic normal”. Visits to retail and transport hubs in the City of Melbourne did reach a slightly lower level during this period than Sydney is currently seeing.