Daniel Andrews told Victorians at a press conference, “We must do more, we must do more now” because the state is working to contain the devastating coronavirus outbreak, The outbreak has deprived residents of their freedom, livelihoods, and social interaction, and has deviated it from other parts of the country.
Andrews said: “The place where I slept last night is where I will live in the next six weeks.” Andrews announced that starting from Sunday night, from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am, he will implement a curfew, and will include the Melbourne Metropolitan Four-stage blockade measures.
The harsh new regulations have been stimulated by the bleak data on Covid-19. Seven new deaths were announced on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in the state to 123, and 11,557 infections have been confirmed.
In addition, Andrews said there were 760 “mystery cases” in the state, in which “we cannot trace the source of the person’s infection.”
Andrews said: “These mysteries and community communication are our biggest challenge in many ways, and why we need to follow a different set of rules.” He added: “I promise to advance the whole process. So I will say now. This. It will be imperfect. For a while, there are more questions than answers.”
Andrews said: “I have led the state for nearly six years-more than 2,000 days.” “Today is by far the hardest day and the hardest decision.”
He pointed out that there will be “common-sense exceptions” to the lock-in rule, for example, if the nearest supermarket to someone is less than five kilometers from the hotel, or if parents need to take their young children on a walk.
You can exercise for an hour with another person in a day, but you are less than five kilometers away from one person’s home. All restrictions can be relaxed for “work, medical or compassion reasons”.
In recent weeks, police patrols have been common in the city of Melbourne, which has a population of 5 million, as the authorities seek to enforce regulations on going out and mandatory wearing masks.
Starting at midnight on Wednesday, in areas outside the metropolitan Melbourne, the Victoria area will be in the third phase of restrictions, which means cafes, bars and restaurants must be closed. All schools in Victoria will also resume online learning. “
All new restrictions will take effect six weeks from the date of implementation.
In recent weeks, the state has been hit much harder by the coronavirus pandemic than other parts of Australia, but other officials are still on alert because they want to stop the second wave of upsurges in the state.
In New South Wales, Prime Minister Gladys Berekiklian on Sunday “strongly recommended” people to wear masks in closed spaces without social distancing, places of worship and areas with frequent community transmission. The state recorded 12 new cases on Sunday.
Isaac Yee of CNN provided the report.