Australia will isolate the State of Victoria to the rest of the country and put in place unprecedented measures to fight a worrying increase in the number of cases of coronavirus, announced Monday the authorities.
For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the limit that separates the two States the most densely populated of the huge island-continent – that of Victoria and New South Wales – will be closed as of midnight on the night of Monday to Tuesday, said the authorities of these two States.
Victoria reported Monday a record number of 127 cases, while the virus spread in the city of Melbourne, particularly in more heavily populated buildings.
The Prime minister of that State, Daniel Andrews, has described the decision of closing of the “right choice at this time given the significant challenges that we face to contain this virus.”
A project for the reopening of the boundary with the neighbouring State of South Australia was frozen.
After weeks of relief measures, restrictions, Melbourne has recorded an increase in the number of infections, leading health authorities to confine the inhabitants of certain neighbourhoods.
This measure, which must remain in force until July 29, includes more than 300 000 inhabitants of this city, the second in the country, which account for 5 million.
Sixteen of the new cases reported have been in nine high-rise social housing, including the 3 000 inhabitants are confined since Saturday. It is the most rigorous since the onset of the pandemic.
To date, 53 cases have been identified in these buildings, in which live a large number of immigrants.
The leaders of this community are concerned about the manner in which this “containment” strict stigmatizes them as hundreds of police officers were deployed to enforce these measures.
Mr. Andrews stated that food and toys were delivered to families, while medical care is provided. An extensive screening campaign of residents was also launched.
Australia has recorded more than 8,500 cases of coronavirus and 105 deaths.
The majority of new cases daily are now recorded in Melbourne, while most other regions benefit from a relaxation of the measures.