Australia Implements 3rd Lockdown, Melbourne due to New COVID-19 Clusters

Melbourne, Australia implements its third lockdown, starting Friday due to rapid widespread of COVID-19 on hotel quarantine.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said to the local reporters, it is a five-day lockdown that will be enforced across Victoria state to prevent the virus spreading from the state capital.

“The game has changed. This thing is not the 2020 virus. It is very different. It is much faster. It spreads much more easily,” Andrews told reporters.

“I am confident that this short, sharp circuit breaker will be effective. We will be able to smother this,” he added.

Meanwhile, only international flights that were already in the air when the lockdown was announced will be allowed to land at Melbourne Airport.

Schools and many businesses will be closed. Also, residents are ordered to stay at home except to exercise and for essential purposes.

British variant of the virus was first detected in the Melbourne Airport hotel that has infected 13 people. Around 6.5 million were under lockdown until Wednesday.

Melbourne has emerged from a 111-day lockdown in October because of the wave of the infections that peaked at 725 cases a day.

To date, Australia has 28,886 COVID-19 cases, 25,486 recoveries and 909 deaths.

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