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Melbourne lockdown extended by two weeks

Melbourne lockdown extended by two weeks

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Monday 07/09/2020
Australian police during COVID-19 operations in Melbourne. [image: Herald Sun]

A strict lockdown in the Australian city of Melbourne has been extended by two weeks, with officials saying that the new COVID-19 cases had not dropped enough.

Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews says the restrictions would be in place until the 28th of September, with a slight relaxation.

A gradual easing of the measures will be implemented from October.

The state has been the epicentre of the country's second wave, accounting for 90% of Australia's 753 deaths.

Australia has recorded a total of 26,000 cases in a population of 25 million.

The greater Melbourne area entered a second lockdown on the 9th of July after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

A 5km travel limit and night time curfew was imposed while shops and businesses were closed.

The current stage four lockdown was originally set to end this Sunday.

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