In Melbourne, locals flock to the supermarkets before being confined

À Melbourne, les habitants se ruent dans le supermarchés avant d'être confinés

MELBOURNE | the shelves of The supermarkets of Melbourne, the second largest city of Australia, were robbed on Wednesday, a few hours of the entry into force of new measures of containment.

More than five million people have received it Tuesday the order to confine them again for six weeks from midnight on the night of Wednesday to Thursday.

The epidemic of sars coronavirus is undergoing a new surge in the population of this city, who are more than a hundred new cases per day.

Over the past 24 hours, 134 infections have been identified, a figure that is minimal compared to the tens of thousands of people infected in the most affected countries such as the United States and Brazil.

However, for the australian authorities it is a surge of the cases in this country which seemed to have been successful in controlling the epidemic of COVID-19.

The number one supermarkets in Australia, Woolworth’s, has decided to ration its sales of pasta, vegetables and sugars to the result of a rush of customers in its stores in the State of Victoria.

“As frustrating as it might be, I support (confinement) — but replace me with the question in six weeks”, was launched at the AFP Michael Albert, a resident of Melbourne.

The australian minister of Finance, Josh Frydenberg, said on ABC that the containment of Melbourne is expected to cost up to 1 billion australian dollars (615 million euros) per week.

The restaurants and cafés will no longer be able to serve dishes to take away, while the rooms of gyms and cinemas are again forced to close their doors.

The residents will have to remain at home except for professional reasons, to do physical exercise, get to medical appointments or to buy products of first necessity. Such measures had only recently been lifted.

The health authorities explained that they had established a link between many cases of coronavirus in Melbourne and hotels where australian citizens returning from abroad are put in quarantine.

Media have reported that security agents have broken the rules in force to combat the contamination, in particular by having sexual relations with these persons placed in solitary confinement.

As a result, the government has replaced these people, who were working for private companies, by the prison staff, and an investigation has been opened.

Australia has identified up here around 9, 000 cases of coronavirus and 106 dead.

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