Australia’s second most populous state has been declared a “disaster state” after health authorities registered 671 new coronavirus cases on Saturday.
The new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state of Victoria to 11,557, including 123 deaths. Australia has seen more than 17,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
At a press conference on Sunday, Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews declared a state of disaster as of 6 p.m. Sunday, local time (4 a.m. ET), and announced strict new measures to block the new stage in the Melbourne subway.
What are the new rules? From Sunday evening, the Melbourne Tube area will be under curfew from 8pm. at 5 a.m., that is, people will not be allowed to leave their homes during these hours. The only reasons to leave will be for work, medical care and care.
Under the new rules, only one person per household will be able to leave their home once a day to pick up essential products and will have to stay within a five-kilometer radius.
“We have 760 mystery cases, they are active cases where we cannot find the source of that person’s infection,” Andrews said. “These mysteries and this community transmission is, in many ways, our biggest challenge and the reason we have to move to a different set of rules.”
Andrews also announced that residents will only be able to leave their homes for one hour of exercise each day.
Outside the Melbourne tube area, Victoria will be placed under the three restrictions on Wednesday night at midnight. This means that cafes, bars and restaurants must close and all schools will return to online learning.
All new restrictions will be in effect for six weeks from the date of taxation.
Elsewhere in Australia: New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian “on Sunday” strongly recommended that people wear masks in enclosed spaces where there is no social distancing, in places of worship and in areas with high community transmission.
NSW registered 12 new cases on Sunday.