July 8, 2020
Lockdown returns to Melbourne…
has been largely applauded for its rapid and effective response to the global Coronavirus outbreak and has seen success in containing the virus and stopping the spread by using a strict lockdown.
The state of Victoria, home to Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, had some of the nation’s most stringent lockdown measures and was among the last to lift its restrictions when the worst of the outbreak seemed to have passed.
But as much of the country emerges from the restrictions following their success, the virus has resumed spreading at an alarming rate in Melbourne, with a record 191 new infections just yesterday.
The city has today announced that it will re-lockdown for six weeks in a bid to once again stop the spread.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the city and some of its surrounds will be locked down under tougher restrictions than were imposed during the first shutdown which only began to lift on June 1. The borders between Victoria and its neighbour states will remain shut for the duration.
“We are in many respects in a more precarious, challenging and potentially tragic position now than we were some months ago,” Andrews said.
…and to Israel
In a bid to spare the nation another total lockdown, Israel’s government has today announced that bars, gyms, nightclubs, swimming pools and event halls will all be closing again.
Israel lifted the initial lockdown on May 28 following a low of just 5 new cases reported on May 24. By July 1, new infection numbers had returned to pre-lockdown levels of 1000 new infections per day.
Latest Coronavirus News & Statistics
- The United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics reports that 80% of people who test positive for COVID-19 are asymptomatic on the day of the test., further highlighting the danger of asymptomatic transmission.
- The United States surpassed 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week, a number which is almost equal to population of Madrid, Spain’s most populous city and capital.
- Worldometers: Up to date Coronavirus statistics
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