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Premier of Australia's Victoria defends hard COVID-19 lockdown

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By Lidia Kelly

The premier of Australia's second-most populous state, Victoria, defended on Sunday his decision to put nine public housing towers in a complete lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Melbourne's suburbs.

The state recorded 74 cases new cases on Sunday, after Saturday's 108 cases prompted Premier Daniel Andrews to order about 3,000 people not to leave their homes for at least five days and to place police to guard the buildings.

"This is not going to be a pleasant experience for those residents, but I have a message for those residents: this is not about punishment but protection," Andrews said in a televised conference.

Promising two weeks of free rent and hardship payments to the residents, Andrews said public health workers would test every resident of the buildings, except those who have previously tested positive.

The communal nature of the facilities, which house people on low incomes, has "genuinely explosive potential for the spread of the virus," said Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton. In addition to the complete lockdown orders, more than 30 Melbourne suburbs are also under strict social-distancing orders, but people there can leave their houses to go to work, school or to buy groceries.

Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, reported 14 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, all returning travelers from overseas.

Overall, Australia has weathered the coronavirus pandemic better than most other nations, with just over 8,400 cases and 104 deaths so far, but the recent spike in Victoria is being closely watched by the rest of the country, which has moved to ease restrictions.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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He should put the whole state into lockdown and surrounding states should close their borders. Anyone who still believes that lockdowns don't work and that this isn't serious should be sent to a facility with all the world's antivaxxers where they can start their own completely isolated colony of nitwits.

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But what if those people want to attend a BLM protest?

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“Since the 6 June Black Lives Matter protests took place across Australia, there have not been mass outbreaks of COVID-19 as some had warned.”

Oh really? Have not?

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Ridiculous locking these people down like this they are in public housing they are less fortunate than others now you want to treat them like they have leprosy..blame the poor for all those who went to the protests what about the politicians that attended those protests and refused to be tested they are walking around freely no fine nothing...disgusting utterly disgusting is what this is..

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Promising two weeks of free rent and hardship payments to the residents, Andrews said public health workers would test every resident of the buildings, except those who have previously tested positive.

Below is from another article:

Mr Andrews said there would be no rent for two weeks for the residents in the nine towers locked down on Saturday. Residents who are employed would receive a $1500 hardship payment and those not employed a $750 hardship payment.

Also, on TV the authority is helping the residents to buy groceries and supplies. $1,500 for staying 5 days at home, 2 weeks of free rent and people buying groceries for you. I am sorry but it sounds pretty good to me. By the way I work my ass off everyday and do not get paid this much.

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