Virus Lockdown In Australia's Second-largest City Extended By A Week
Umer Jamshaid 11 days ago Wed 02nd June 2021 | 08:10 AM
Melbourne, June 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Jun, 2021 ) :A coronavirus lockdown of Australia's second-biggest city will be extended by another seven days, authorities announced Wednesday, as they attempt to stamp out a cluster of cases in Melbourne.
"We've got to run this thing to ground otherwise people will die," Victoria's acting state Premier James Merlino said, adding they were dealing with a virus variant "quicker and more contagious than we have ever seen before".
Thousands of close contacts have been identified and the list of venues visited by the 60 confirmed cases has grown to about 350.
Merlino said stay-at-home orders were expected to be lifted for Victorians living outside Melbourne as planned, though a swathe of restrictions would remain, including caps on wedding guests and mourners at funerals.
But outbreaks in Taiwan and Japan have underscored how initial success containing the virus can quickly be eroded without widespread vaccination, and only about two percent of Australians have been fully jabbed to date.
Brett Sutton, Victoria's chief health officer, said the extension of most restrictions was required to quash community transmission, describing the variant as an "absolute beast".
"There are a dozen countries that had no community transmission going into 2021 that have now lost control, that have community transmission and will probably not bring it back to a point where they've got no community transmission again," he said.
The lockdown is the fourth in Melbourne since the pandemic began, and many residents are weary of renewed restrictions.
In recent months, Australians had largely been enjoying few restrictions after the country successfully contained the spread of coronavirus.