Coronavirus: Harsher Covid-19 lockdown imminent in Melbourne as deaths mount

Melbourne is facing tougher lockdown restrictions within days, which could mean more businesses in Australia’s second-largest city closing their doors, stricter stay-at-home rules and drastically cut public transport services. It comes amid calls from doctors for a “New Zealand-style full lockdown”, as Covid-19 infections and deaths in Melbourne mount. Victorian government officials and politicians worked late into Saturday night on the details of the next stage of the fight against the killer virus The state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, earlier in the day reported another 397 new Covid-19 cases and three more deaths, two from aged care homes as the deadly crisis in the sector deepened. READ MORE:Kiwi-made masks back in vogue as Australia’s Covid-19 crisis worsensEditorial: We’re all covidiots if we let complacency ruleCoronavirus: Australia’s Covid-19 death toll passes 200 after three Victoria deaths The premier provided no detail at his press conference on what was being considered, but sources close to the planning process say Melbourne could move to “stage four”, likely to be in force for six weeks, as early as Wednesday under the plan being considered. The rest of the state would be placed under the “stage three” lockdown that has been in force in the metro… Read full this story

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