Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, will be detained for six weeks because of more coronavirus cases in the past few days, Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said Tuesday.
The measure will take effect Tuesday through Wednesday at midnight after 191 new infections were confirmed in the state of Victoria alone, an unprecedented number since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The authorities estimate that there are at least 772 active cases, according to public channel ABC.
Andrews has recognized that with this data, it is “simply impossible” to keep track of all infection contacts to contain possible outbreaks. “We are at the beginning of something very, very bad if we do not take action now,” warned the chairman as he announced the new restrictions.
Residents of Melbourne – and neighboring Mitchell County – can only leave their homes to work, shop, do sports, or see a doctor.