Australia 's government to back Victoria's strict coronavirus lockdown
Australia 's government expressed support on Sunday for the strictest social-distancing measures yet by the state of Victoria in an effort to contain the new coronavirus.
3 Min ReadMELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s government expressed support on Sunday for the strictest social-distancing measures yet by the state of Victoria in an effort to contain the new coronavirus.FILE PHOTO: Medical personnel administer tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a pop-up testing centre, as the state of New South Wales grapples with an outbreak of new cases, in Sydney, Australia, July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
The government in country’s second-most populous state is expected to announce that movement and businesses will be severely restricted in the state’s capital Melbourne for at least six weeks from Wednesday, media reported.The backing by the federal government, ruled by a Liberal Party-led coalition, for the measures by Victoria’s Labor Party government shows national unity of message across the political spectrum in a country with a loose federal system.
Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, is already under a reimposed six-week stay-home order, but it has been struggling to rein in COVID-19. Record numbers of new infections of the virus that causes the disease were reported last week, prompting warnings of further restrictions.
The state reported more than 650 infections on Sunday, up from 397 cases Saturday, ABC News television reported, citing unnamed sources.Education Minister Dan Tehan told Sky News that the federal government would “absolutely” support Victoria in ramping up its measures.
“We will continue to offer as much support as we can,” Tehan said. “There’s no question these are very difficult times in Victoria.”Australia has fared far better than many other countries in keeping the coronavirus from spreading, but at a high economic cost. It has recorded around 17,300 coronavirus cases and 200 COVID-19 deaths, but the recent surge in Victoria has proven difficult to contain.
Melbournians are allowed to go out for work, essential shopping, medical care and exercise. Under the new restrictions, they would have to stay within 5 kilometres (3 miles) of their homes, with only one person from each household allowed to go to grocery shopping.
The measures would limit transport options and affect many retail outlets. Restaurants, which allow now for delivery and take-away options would be limited to contact-less pick-up orders, Melbourne newspapers reported.Movement restrictions and business operations would also be limited in the rest of the state, but not to the same level as in Melbourne.
Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and William Read more: Reuters Top News »
Baby in NICU sees parents' faces for 1st time thanks to innovative masks
Baby in NICU sees parents' faces for the 1st time thanks to innovative masks: 'She likes the silly faces we make,' Mason said.
FASCIST INSANITY Responsible federal leadership. We have ZERO here. AmericanGenocide TrumpsGenocide No freedoms in Australia. Nice to know the government there can arbitrarily decide how long basic freedoms & civil liberties will be taken away. Meanwhile, idiot Liberals in America are upset because they have freedom. They would love nothing more than an authoritarian crackdown!
Australia's Victoria to toughen coronavirus lockdown: media Australia 's Victoria state will toughen its social distancing measures in the coming days as the country's second-most populous state struggles to contain the novel coronavirus, media reported on Sunday. It’s Melburnian.
Travel restrictions limit options for Americans amid coronavirus outbreakNBC News’ Joe Fryer breaks down the limited travel options available to Americans after months of coronavirus lockdown. Now Blame trump and the admin for this. We used to choose who we’d travel to and now we’re being outlawed from traveling to other countries. Neat. neat Now Wtf Now ThanksTrump
Two thirds of UK firms 'fully operational' after COVID, survey saysTwo thirds of British businesses say they are now 'fully operational' after the coronavirus lockdown, up from half in June, according to a survey on Sunday. About bloody time After lockdown would make much more sense since we’re still in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic
Skoda's first-half deliveries fall 31%, sees steady markets aheadSkoda Auto sees signs of recovery after first-half deliveries crashed 31% amid coronavirus lockdown measures, the Czech carmaker owned by Volkswagen said on Friday.
Over half of furloughed UK staff back at work, think tank estimatesMore than half of the roughly 9 million British employees who were put on furlough during the coronavirus lockdown have already returned to work, the Resolution Foundation think tank estimated on Saturday. Yet 30 percent of office staff are told to possibly work from home until end of the year.. Individual company policies anyway But then the Wuhan Covid19 was not on a furlough at all. Uncontained and uncontrolled it is there and waiting. So masking, sanitizing and maintaining social distancing is a must. Or else the staff will need to be furloughed one more or many more times. Is it same job? Same pay and benefits? That is not happening here in US furloughed unemployment EmployeeExperience employersneedtodobetter
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Had a positive COVID19 test? Recovered? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions, we need you to say ‘yes’ to a plasma donation. Your plasma has antibodies that may help others fight COVID. Find a donation center at fema I dont understand biology well (not my forte) but is this not a better solution than dumping millions into rushing a vaccine through? I tried but they rejected me cause I’m over 67