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Australia's Victoria to toughen coronavirus lockdown: media

 

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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

 

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - 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.

 

Victoria's capital of Melbourne is already under a reimposed six-week stay-home order and reported record numbers of new infections last week. Authorities warned of more restrictions ahead.

 

Melbourne newspapers reported that plans going into effect on Wednesday would restrict movement for six weeks and close all but essential businesses.

 

Australia has fared far better than many other countries in keeping the coronavirus from spreading, at a high economic cost. The country has recorded around 17,300 cases total and 200 deaths, but the recent surge in Victoria has proven difficult to contain.

 

At present, Melbournians are allowed to go out for work, essential shopping, medical care and exercise, but under the new restrictions they would have to stay within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of their homes, with only one person from each household allowed to go to grocery shopping.

 

The measures would limit public transport options and restaurants, which allow now for delivery and take-away options would be limited to contactless pick-up orders, the 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.

 

The Age newspaper reported, citing sources, that Victoria officials and politicians worked late into Saturday on the details of the next stage of the restrictions, which could be announced Sunday or Monday.

 

The state's media office was not immediately available to comment, but Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews was expected to hold his daily briefing later on Sunday.

 

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

 

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5 minutes ago, sanuk711 said:

The Bogans wont like this.................

 

 

 

***For the Non colonials

Bogan: “A lower class inhabitant, usually of South-Eastern Australia. Generally 'dim-witted', Bogans are well know for having poor and vulgar language and typically found in rural areas or outer, lower class, suburbs.”

wow .....  is that the best you can come up with   ! ....  your answer has absolutely nothing to do with the Topic heading.

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7 minutes ago, sanuk711 said:

No Steven100 nothing whatsoever to do with the topic heading --like 70% of most posters.....

And yes , that is the best I can come up with...............:w00t:

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Just out of sheer curiosity ---where are you from..........

yep ... i'm not a southerner, northern NSW ( they call it god's country ) New England area. 

I must admit ... bogans have crept up into places like Logan and Ipswich.    lol

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Dan Andrews and his Labor government had already bankrupted Victoria pre Covid, sand now the incompetence of his government has allowed the spread of this virus when every other state had it controlled.  He will leave a legacy of the state premier who came very close to bankrupting the whole country.

 

A cautionary tale on the talents and skill sets of Labor and left wing parties everywhere.

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55 minutes ago, sanuk711 said:

The Bogans wont like this.................

 

***For the Non colonials

Bogan: “A lower class inhabitant, usually of South-Eastern Australia. Generally 'dim-witted', Bogans are well know for having poor and vulgar language and typically found in rural areas or outer, lower class, suburbs.” ----Google

New Australian airline 'Boganaire' ready for take off

So about 22% of the population. Or should we include those of average intelligence who hang out with the bogans? 🤣

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I have a few friends in Sydney who are saying they aren't wearing masks, I said, you gotta be kidding, protect yourselves, the masks might help, they might not help, but you got nothing to lose, cover up when out and about, thankfully my daughter gets it as does her boyfriend, so it's not just the young that have got their knickers in a not, so do the mid 50's ones that I know of.

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