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Lockdown will be removed in Australia’s second largest city


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Melbourne| Only one new confirmed COVID-19 case has been reported in the state of Victoria. After which the two-week lockdown in Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city, will end at midnight today (Thursday). Health officials in the state are battling a new outbreak, as the first new case was reported locally in late May, Xinhua news agency reported.

Speaking to reporters, Acting Premier James Merlino of the state said that “Melbourne will move to most of the settings currently in regional Victoria, and regional Victoria will move towards further easing.”

The easing of restrictions will mean that from Friday, Melbourne residents will be able to leave home without need and their travel range will increase from 10km to 25km.

“With the regional and metro divisions down, we’ll be able to travel more freely around the state again,” Merlino said.

Masks will not be required indoors as long as people can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, and restaurants and cafes will also open with a maximum seating capacity of 100 people and a maximum of 50 people.

Merlino said, “We should all be proud of what we have achieved together, but we know that the corona is not over yet, and until we have widespread vaccination in Victoria and across our country Till then the virus will be with us.”

We will continue to assess the data each day and provide more details as soon as possible, he said.

–IANS

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