- Severe restrictions were imposed in Melbourne, the state capital and Australia's second-largest city.
- Australia has so far kept the spread of the pandemic under control.
- New South Wales reported 12 new cases and the first death in the area in the last month.
The Australian state of Victoria declared a state of disaster on August 2, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and announced the most drastic movement-limiting decisions taken since the beginning of the health emergency. A whopping 671 new infections and seven deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.
The steps taken allow the state police more powers to ensure that the population respects the containment rules implemented by the authorities. In Australia’s second-largest city, the state capital of Melbourne, severe measures have been taken to limit the spread of the virus. which also provide for the imposition of a night curfew, from 20:00 to 05:00, effective yesterday.
The high numbers of local transmissions, as well as the presence of cases whose origin remains unknown, at the time 760, prompted the Victoria authorities to adopt drastic measures, scheduled for six weeks, until mid-September.
Among these, there will be hourly limitations on the time that can be spent, for example, to do outdoor sports, limited to one hour, as well as to carry along the basic necessities. Furthermore, from August 5, all schools will have to organize themselves for distance teaching. Supermarkets will remain open, while restaurants will remain closed, despite having the possibility to sell takeaway meals.
In the city of Melbourne, the stay at home order was already in force since last week, when new records were set in the infections. The Premier of the State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said that the rules have helped control thousands of cases per day, as well as thousands of hospitalizations and other tragedies. Compared to the new measures of August 2, the premier said he had no other option but to take certain decisions and move forward.
Australia has so far kept the spread of the pandemic under control that has infected 17,895 people and caused 208 deaths, against a population of about 25 million inhabitants. However, the recent increase in cases in the state of Victoria has been difficult to contain with the state so far having 11,557 infections and 123 deaths in its territory.
The neighboring state of New South Wales, which is also the most populous in the whole country, reported 12 new cases and the first death in the area in the last month, August 2. NSW “warmly” recommended the use of protective masks in public places.
The coronavirus originated in China from the city of Wuhan, in the province of Hubei, where the first cases were registered in December 2019. On January 7, a new virus was identified, provisionally named by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the name: “2019-nCoV” and then officially called: “Covid-19”, on 11 February.
On January 30, WHO declared the virus a worldwide emergency and then a pandemic on March 11. At present, 17,853,948 people have contracted coronavirus globally and 685,179 have since died. The United States remains the most affected country in the world, with 4,620,502 total cases and 685,179 deaths, followed, in terms of infections, by Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa.