Australian state of Victoria locks out and declares ‘state of disaster’

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The Prime Minister of the hard-hit Australian state of Victoria declared a disaster among new coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne and elsewhere from Sunday evening.An evening curfew will be in place in Melbourne from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has said the proclamation of a state of disaster has given police greater power.

He says 671 new cases of coronavirus had been detected since Saturday, including seven deaths. This is part of a growing number of deaths and infections over the past six weeks in Victoria.

“Where you slept last night is where you’ll need to stay for the next six weeks,” Andrews said. “If we don’t make these changes, we’re not going to get away with it. We must do more. That is what these decisions are about. ”

He said there would be more announcements at workplaces on Monday, including the shutdown of some industries.

“I want to make sure that all the Victorians – the supermarkets, the butcher, the baker, the food, drink, groceries, those types of settings – there won’t be any impact there,” he said. -he declares.

Melbourne residents will only be permitted to shop and exercise within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of their home. All students in the state will return to home learning centers and daycares will be closed.

Deaths in Victoria brought the national death toll to 208.

Also on Sunday, New South Wales confirmed its first coronavirus-related death in more than a month as authorities sought to suppress a number of growing clusters at a hotel and several restaurants in Sydney.

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