Thousands of residents of Melbourne, living in several apartment buildings, are going to have to stay confined to their homes for at least five days from Saturday, which is a measure of the authorities to stem the pandemic coronavirus after the appearance of new cases in the second city of the country.
Hundreds of police have been deployed to enforce containment measures in nine residential towers after the discovery of 108 new cases of coronavirus in the State of Victoria (south-east), an increase in daily record for months.
“There are many, many vulnerable people who live in those towers,” pointed out Saturday, the prime minister of the State of Victoria to the media.
“Some of them will return home at the end of the day, knowing that they will not be able to leave for five days,” added Daniel Andrews.
These new measures of containment in the north of Melbourne would be a “logistical challenge, major”, according to the authorities, including the sending of food to approximately 3000 inhabitants and the deployment of at least 500 police officers by rotation.
“The priority is to find every case in those towers, in order to avoid an explosion of infections,” said Annaliese van Diemen, the deputy director of public health of the State of Victoria.
To contain the epidemic, coronaviruses, Mr Andrews announced on Tuesday that a thirty districts of Melbourne will be confined, a measure that includes more than 300 000 inhabitants of this city of five million, and that is to remain in force until 29 July.
Residents will be allowed to leave home only to go to work or go to school, do physical exercise or to buy food and necessities.
Up to now, Australia, which is rather the figure of a model in the fight against the coronavirus, identified approximately 7800 cases of which a hundred deaths for a population of 25 million inhabitants.
Several regions of the huge island-continent there are no more cases of active sars coronavirus, which allows many States to continue to raise the containment measures put in place from the end of march.