Five million Melbourne residents will be barred from leaving home for six weeks, except for essential reasons. This is for real, Australia’s second-largest city has begun a second lockdown in response to a spike in new coronavirus infections.
Borders between Victoria and neighbouring states closed on Tuesday. “The rest of the country knows that the sacriﬁce that you’re going through right now is not just for you and your own family, but it’s for the broader Australian community,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during a news conference Wednesday. Mr Morrison also said he was proposing measures to slow the return of Australian nationals from overseas. Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, saw Tuesday 191 new infections, its highest daily number since the pandemic began.
Australia has recorded almost 9,000 cases and 106 deaths from the virus. Under the new restrictions people will only be able to leave their homes for work, exercise and shopping for food and other necessities. Restaurants will, once again, only be permitted to serve takeaway food. Shops and hairdressers will remain open. Police are doing random checks on vehicles in and around the city.