Australia lockdown: Why has Victoria declared a state of disaster?

Andrew Cummings
August 3, 2020

The move to harsher restrictions comes as coronavirus cases continue to yo-yo, more than halfway through the state's initial six-week lockdown.

Woolworths has already reintroduced purchase limits in Victorian stores on at least 50 products including meat, fish and dairy products. However, it could be attributed to a traditional fall in reported cases over weekend.

However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation.

"There will be significant changes to a number of workplaces in terms of how much they're doing", Mr Andrews told reporters.

The 5km restriction was just one of many new measures put in place across Melbourne.

The stage four restrictions in Melbourne will see the imposition of a curfew that prohibits residents from leaving their homes between 8pm and 5am every night, except for work or caregiving.

As this developed, Melbourne residents headed to the supermarket on Sunday before a new lockdown.

Only one person from each household will be allowed to shop at a time, and only once a day.

Residents in the state capital will also only be allowed to leave their homes once per day for exercise, and should remain within a three-mile radius of their homes.

Schools will also return to home-learning, and regional Victoria will be under stage-three restrictions from Thursday, which will force the closure of cafes, restaurants and gyms.

State premier Daniel Andrews was expected to announce fresh measures around businesses that must close later on Monday. "But it is not working fast enough".

The nation is by far the hardest-hit in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average.

Camera IconVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a "State of Disaster" and increased restrictions for Victoria.

Victoria's decision to introduce a stricter lockdown in the state has been met with support by Australia's prime minister, Scott Morrison.

A group of police and soldiers patrol the Docklands area of Melbourne yesterday (Aug 2) after the announcement of new restrictions to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The measure, announced as the state moves into lockdown, includes an 8pm curfew for the next six weeks.

"Australians all around the country are backing you in, because we all know for Australia to succeed, we need for Victoria to get through this".

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