Australia implements harsh coronavirus curfew in Melbourne, Victoria

Australia has implemented a harsh curfew to battle the now rampantly spreading coronavirus in its second biggest city - Melbourne.

Published Mon, Aug 3 2020 3:36 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

On Sunday, Australia imposed a new curfew that would ban people from moving more than five kilometers from home.

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This curfew has been put into place to battle the ever-growing coronavirus outbreak that is occurring in Victoria. Victoria's Premier, Daniel Andrews, said that Victoria's main city Melbourne will be moving to Stage 4 restrictions until September 13th as the levels of community transmission of the virus are "unacceptably high".

The imposed curfew is the harshest rules that Australia has implemented since the pandemic began. The curfew bans Melbourne residents from leaving their homes from 8 pm to 5 am, and only those who are essential workers, or seeking or providing care will be permitted to leave. The curfew also includes Melbourne residents will not be able to travel more than five kilometers from their home, and that only one person per household will be allowed to shop for essential items each day.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews declared a "state of disaster" and said, "The time for leniency, the time for warnings and cautions is over. If you are not at home and you should be, if you have the virus and are just going about your business, you will be dealt with harshly. Lives are at stake."

For more information about this newly implemented curfew, or the coronavirus situation in Victoria, Australia, visit this link here.

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