Melbourne is instituting a curfew on Sunday evening to stem the outbreak of Covid-19, announced the Prime Minister of the State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews. Stricter measures also come into force for a period of six weeks.
The curfew will run from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. “Only travel to get to work, to seek treatment or to treat a person will be authorized”, warned Mr. Andrews.
Apart from this, residents will have to stay at their homes. Other measures will be reinforced. While Melbourne residents will be able to exercise during the day for up to an hour within a 3 mile radius of their home, group and indoor sports will no longer be permitted.
State of disaster for Victoria
Only one person per family will now be allowed to shop (still within a 5 km radius) and weddings will be temporarily suspended. The state of “disaster” is decreed for the Victoria from 18:00, adds Daniel Andrews. This means that the police will be endowed with “special powers allowing them to verify that the population conforms to the directives”.
The territory of Victoria will also be subject to stricter rules: restaurants and cafes will have to limit themselves to a take-away service, distance education is once again the norm, group sports are no longer allowed and almost all relaxation activities and leisure centers are closing shop.
According to a latest report, in the past 24 hours, 671 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded in Victoria, bringing the total to 11,500 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, against nearly 18,000 for the entire Australia. Seven people have died from the disease in that state in the past 24 hours. A total of 208 people have died from Covid-19 in Australia, including 123 in Victoria.
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