Residents of the Australian city of Melbourne woke up this morning to their first full day of strict lockdown which is expected to last up to six weeks as the Australian state of Victoria struggles to contain an epidemic with hundreds of what Authorities call it “mystery cases” – infections that cannot be attributed to known outbreaks. Yesterday, 671 new cases were confirmed in the state. Many of Victoria’s cases are in nursing homes for the elderly and among healthcare workers.
Here’s a reminder of the restrictions in Melbourne:
Global infections are approaching 18 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with 17.95 million currently confirmed. So far, 686,947 deaths have been reported during the pandemic.
Here are the main developments of the last few hours:
- Residents of the Australian city of Melbourne will be subject to a nighttime curfew for the next six weeks, and being banned from traveling more than 3 miles to shop or exercise, as Victoria tries to bring the number of new coronavirus cases under control. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced that from 6 p.m. Sunday, residents of the Melbourne metropolitan area would be under curfew for six weeks until September 13.
- Nancy Pelosi says she has no faith in Deborah Birx to handle the pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped up an attack on Dr. Deborah Birx, senior scientist on Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, in televised comments on Sunday as Birx defended the administration’s handling of the pandemic .
- Media will be banned from the Republican convention due to coronavirus restrictions. Media would not be allowed to witness Donald Trump’s official reappointment as President of the Republican Party at his national convention later this month.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson considers further lockdowns in England should there be a second wave of coronavirus infections. The plans are being evaluated after an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases forced the Prime Minister to slow down the easing of the lockdown on Friday, with easing proposals for the leisure and beauty sectors delayed.
- Trump’s campaign adviser has said the election will not be delayed. “The elections will take place on November 3,” said Jason Miller, campaign advisor to Donald Trump, adding that it is in fact the Democratic governors who want the elections to be delayed by introducing postal voting, where the ballots may arrive after November 3.
- India reported nearly 55,000 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, Down from the previous day’s record of 57,118, but bringing the country’s total to 1.75 million. The month of July accounted for more than 1.1 million of these cases. The major cities of New Delhi and Mumbai may have passed their peaks, government expert Randeep Guleria said. Subways, cinemas and other public facilities are closed until August 31.
- The Philippines has announced that it will re-impose a stricter lockdown in and around its capital for two weeks from midnight on August 4., as the country struggles to contain coronavirus infections which have soared to more than 100,000 cases.
- 40 cruise ship passengers infected with coronavirus. At least 40 passengers and crew on a luxury cruise liner have tested positive for Covid-19 and authorities are still trying to trace a number of passengers from two recent trips to the Arctic, officials said on Sunday. public health officials in Norway.
- A major incident was declared in Greater Manchester, England on Sunday after rates of coronavirus infection continued to climb at the end of the week. Crisis meetings of senior police, local authorities and other agencies were held over the weekend amid fears the numbers would continue to rise following the stricter lockdown measures, announced on Thursday evening .
- France calls for sanctions for countries tolerating human rights violations in the EU’s Covid recovery plan. France will push for financial sanctions as part of the EU’s 750 billion euros ($ 880 billion) coronavirus recovery fund against states that violate basic human rights, said its little minister of European Affairs at the Financial Times.