The authorities of Australia have declared the state of disaster in the state of Victoria (southeast of the country) and have decreed a night curfew in the state capital, Melbourne, cause of the “unacceptably high” number of cases of coronavirus for the past few weeks.
The state prime minister, Daniel Andrews, has detailed that during the last 24 hours 671 cases and seven deaths due to the covid-19 and he stressed that there are many cases in which the source of contagion is unknown.
“These mysteries, this community broadcast, is in many cases our greatest challenge and the reason why we must move towards a new package of measures,” he explained, as reported by the Australian television channel ABC.
Hard restrictions until September 13
Thus, he stressed that from 18.00 (local time) the state of disaster will be imposed in the state, while Melbourne will be under a curfew between 20.00 and 5.00, a period in which the population You can only leave home to work, shop, exercise within a five-kilometer radius, and see a doctor.
Andrews has further emphasized that only one person in each house can go to the supermarket and only once a day with the aim of reducing population movements, while restaurants and cafes may continue to be open only for the delivery of food and drink to the home.
However, he stressed that Victoria will advance to phase three starting on Thursday, which will imply that restaurants, cafes, bars and gyms will have to close Their doors. The new restrictions will be in place until at least September 13.
“It is not the position we wanted, but we cannot be in a position where this continues to grow in Victoria,” he said, while regretting that the strategy applied to date “is not working fast enough.” “We have to do more, and we have to do it now,” he riveted.
The state of Victoria has been affected by an upturn in cases since June and has registered 123 of the 208 deaths nationwide to date. Australia has so far confirmed 17,895 cases, 11,557 of them in the state of Victoria, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.