Australian state of Victoria to impose penalties for violating COVID-19 isolation orders

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SYDNEY, Aug.4 (Reuters) – Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, said on Tuesday that anyone who contracted COVID-19 and taken outside their home in violation of isolation orders would face fines of almost AU $ 5,000 ($ 3,559.00).Earlier this week, the state of Victoria imposed a nighttime curfew, tightened restrictions on the movement of people and ordered much of the local economy to shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

But State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said nearly a third of those who contracted COVID-19 were not at home when they were checked by authorities, which required new severe penalties to stop community transmission. ($ 1 = AU $ 1.4049) (Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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