MELBOURNE | More than five million people have received Tuesday, the order of the local authorities to remain confined to Melbourne, the second largest city of Australia, following an outbreak of cases of novel coronavirus.
This containment will take effect from midnight in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday for a period of at least six weeks, said the prime minister of the State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews.
This announcement was made then that this city in the south-east of Australia noted 191 new cases in 24 hours, which makes it difficult to trace contacts of people infected by the virus.
“These are numbers that can’t last”, he stressed.
While acknowledging that “nobody wanted to find themselves in such a situation”, he said “it will be very difficult” for the population.
Most students will follow a new teaching at a distance, while restaurants and cafes will no longer be able to serve dishes to take away.
According to him, this is the only possible alternative, because otherwise, “potentially”, there will be “thousands and thousands of cases” extra”, he told the press.
These measures concern the metropolis of Melbourne so that since Tuesday midnight, the State of Victoria is isolated from the rest of the country after the closure of its borders.
Police and military are monitoring dozens of crossing points with the other States, while drones and aircraft have been deployed.
Last week, a thirty districts of Melbourne were restricted, a measure that was more than 300 000 inhabitants. It shall remain in force until 29 July.
She has since been expanded to other areas of the city.
On Saturday, approximately 3 000 residents living in several residential buildings have been ordered to stay locked up at home for at least five days, after the occurrence of an outbreak in a tower.
This measure is the most stringent ever enacted in Australia since the beginning of the pandemic.
Australia has recorded nearly 9,000 cases of coronavirus and 106 deaths.
The majority of new cases daily are now recorded in Melbourne, while most other regions benefit from a relaxation of the measures.