The acting Prime Minister of the Australian state of Victoria, James Merlino, announced on Thursday the restriction for the next seven days in this region, which is the second most populated region in the country due to a new coronavirus outbreak.
As of this Friday, the state that the city of Melbourne is located in – with a population of five million – will currently have restrictions and mandatory isolation, with just five legitimate reasons to leave home, buy groceries and supplies, work, care, Exercise two hours a day and go to get vaccinated, reports the Australian portal News.
Likewise, public gatherings have been banned, restaurants can only provide services at home and classes, with exceptions, are face-to-face, and citizens are required, among other things, to wear a mask.
Victoria will be immersed in this detention due to the surge in cases due to an outbreak of the Indian variant which has left 26 positive, 11 last day diagnosed cases so far, despite the state currently counting 34 active infections.
Merlino expressed concern about the speed at which the variant is moving through Victoria, saying authorities are watching “how contagious it is”.
The outbreak stems from an early major leak in a hotel used for quarantine in the state of South Australia. COVID-19 has since spread in Victoria, a neighboring state, and more than a hundred places visited by those infected have been counted. Up to 40,000 tests were performed on the last day.
The situation has resulted in some Australian states also closing their borders to residents of Melbourne, a city that has already been severely incarcerated up to four times due to recent coronavirus outbreaks.
The outbreak and lockdown came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s administration is under increasing pressure to speed up vaccination rates. This process has allowed 3.7 million doses to be administered to date, while the entire population is expected to be immunized by the government by the end of the year.