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Australia’s Victoria imposes curfew, state of disaster to contain coronavirus

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By Lidia Kelly

A state of disaster was declared in Australia's Victoria on Sunday, with the local government implementing a night curfew as part of its harshest movement restrictions to date to contain the coronavirus.

The curfew will be implemented from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

State Premier Daniel Andrews said that the new restrictions, to be in place for six weeks until Sept 13, will allow only one person per household to go shopping once a day. Melbournians will not be able to go further than 5 km from home. They will be limited to an hour of exercise a day.

The measures would limit transport options and affect many retail outlets. Restaurants, which allow now for delivery and take-away options would be limited to contact-less pick-up orders.

Most school and university students will return to online learning from midnight Wednesday, while kindergartens and daycare centers will be effectively closed from Thursday.

Weddings will also be banned in the city.

"The current rules have avoided thousands and thousands of cases each day, and then thousands of people in hospital and many more tragedies than we have seen. But it is not working fast enough," Andrews told a televised briefing.

The state of disaster gives Victoria police additional powers to ensure people are complying with public-health directions.

"We have no choice but to make these decisions and to push on," Andrews said. "This is the only option we have."

Movement restrictions and business operations will also be limited in the rest of the state, but not to the same level as in Melbourne.

Melbourne is already under a reimposed six-week stay-home order, but it has been struggling to rein in COVID-19.

Australia has recorded around 17,300 coronavirus cases and 201 COVID-19 deaths.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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So those BLM protesters ruined all the hard work put in by Victorians good on ya bunch of sheep.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

This shows you what selfish, irresponsible, callous 'rights' centred behaviour gets you.

Deaths, bankruptcy, more isolation and lockdown and a State Emergency.

Dumb, dumb idiots.

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So those BLM protesters ruined all the hard work put in by Victorians good on ya bunch of sheep.

No end to misinformation, is there?

In a nutshell, this resurgence if the virus started with private security guards fraternising with and being infected by the quarantined returnees they were supposed to be supervising, and spread out from there to their families and friends and the workplaces of their families and friends. Also a fair bit of self-centred disregard by some people for the health and distancing measures, a fair bit of absolute freaking stupidity and carelessness, and a fair bit of more understandable but still unintelligent behaviour e.g. by people going to work when they shouldnt have.

Not one single case in this flareup has been attributed to anyone who attended the BLM protests. According to the health officials, at least, but then what do they know compared to right wing politicians and media who just want to put all this down to "Chairman Dan"?

5 ( +11 / -6 )

"with" the virus, not "if" the virus.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

This also matches BLM protests if I change the word work to protest.

"Also a fair bit of self-centred disregard by some people for the health and distancing measures, a fair bit of absolute freaking stupidity and carelessness, and a fair bit of more understandable but still unintelligent behaviour e.g. by people going to work when they shouldnt have."

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So those BLM protesters ruined all the hard work put in by Victorians

and yet there were also protests in Sydney Brisbane and they didn't get any flare ups, yeah sorry it doesn't fit you narrative. Meanwhile opening too early people not following social distancing guidelines and not wearing masks , people traveling interstate when they shouldn't be , this has been proven to be the main spread of covid19, get this Australia's deaths per capita stands at around 2% that of the US

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Hardly a problem, killing less than one person in a hundred thousand.

Go ahead and isolate yourself if you want to. Just leave everyone else alone.

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

Go ahead and isolate yourself if you want to. Just leave everyone else alone.

I’d imagine those isolating would certainly be leaving everyone else alone. That’s the whole point of it really.

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Blacklabel:

On the basis of that comment, I can only describe you as living in an information-resistant zone.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

will allow only one person per household to go shopping once a day. Melbournians will not be able to go further than 5 km from home. They will be limited to an hour of exercise a day.

What are they doing? Are they crazy?

This is a complete ultra paranoia reaction and against all freedom human rights.

Australia will break apart. Their economy will come to an end.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

'State of disaster'????

A severe earthquake? No.

Widespread flooding? No.

Severe bushfires? No.

Air raid? No.

It's a flu like sickness of which 1500, (90% elderly) die each year in Australia.

Poor Victorians. Gripped by fear causing an overreaction. Pity the multitudes who cannot do the following.

Work

Pay bills, rent and mortgages

Go to school

Visit lonely elderly relatives

Visit friends

Attend a funeral

Hold a wedding ceremony

Enjoy life

Just about anything else

Never before in history have we demanded the quarantining of the healthy.

The average age of death due to Covid is 79. They ought to implement solid protocols to protect the eldery and other susceptible, health compromised people, while allowing everyone else to get on with life.

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

Never before in history have we demanded the quarantining of the healthy.

Never before have the seemingly "healthy" been able to infect others with a deadly virus that can not yet be detected in them. First time for everything.

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Australia will break apart. Their economy will come to an end.

Seriously, mate. It is just the metropolitan area of Melbourne. How will the whole Australia break apart and its economy come to an end.

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The economy’s on life support. On top of the massive hit to the national accounts courtesy of a decimated tourism and education export industry, gubmint has blithely taken on hundreds of billions of dollars debt, enough to qualify as a surrogate universal income. Multiple $750 support payments for millions and no doubt more to come, on top of a whole slew of other freebies and largesse, an order of magnitude larger than Japan’s desultory ‘here’s 十万円 and a couple of masks and be on your way’. Yoshisan, like his wartime forebears, seduced by dreams of South Seas cornucopias, can’t see the wood for the trees. One wonders how long the Aussie dollar can stay propped up when it should be sinking like a stone and stratospheric house prices can maintain the charade that they’re exempt from the Laws of Newtonian physics.

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@Yoshisan

I really hope you are correct, but let us wait and see what the impact to the economy will be by this complete overparanoia reaction.

In my opinion, the Australien Government is going to damage their country.

But I guess you live in Australia, so you know better than me.

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