Australia Imposes Curfews, Closes Internal Borders To Slow COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Australian state of Victoria has imposed draconian new lockdown measures to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases. Some American policymakers are calling for similar actions here.
The new “Stage 4” emergency measures, ordered by Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, impose an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on everyone in the Melbourne Metro area, which contains about 75 percent of the state’s population.
During curfew hours, only one person per household is allowed to leave the home, and only for grocery shopping, work, health care, or exercise. The rules specify that people cannot travel more than 5 kilometers from their house.
“Where you slept last night is where you’ll need to stay for the next six weeks,” said Andrews, according to CNN.
Victoria is responsible for more than half of Australia’s COVID-19 cases, and the vast majority of new cases, despite being home to only about a quarter of the country’s population. The state has recorded 11,937 COVID-19 cases, 426 of which were reported in the last 24 hours. That compares to 18,318 cases across the country, 444 of which were reported in the last 24 hours. Countrywide, 221 people have died of COVID-19 in Australia.
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