The second lock now in and around the Australian city of Melbourne has been extended for two weeks, and officials said new Covid-19 cases have not fallen enough.
Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the restrictions would run until Sept. 28 with a slight easing.
From October, a gradual easing of measures will begin.
Victoria became the epicenter of the second wave of Australia, accounting for 90% of the country’s 753 deaths.
A total of 26,000 cases of the disease have been reported in Australia in 25 million people.
The greater Melbourne area entered the second unit on July 9 after an increase in cases. While shops and businesses were closed, a travel limit of 3 miles and night time curfew was imposed.
The original four-stage castle was originally scheduled to end on September 13th.
Melbourne’s curfew will be extended from 9pm to 5pm. Single people will be allowed to create bubbles and visit each other, and the current travel limit will not apply to these meetings.
Prime Minister Andrews told a news conference: “There is only one option and that is to do it with a series of sustainable and safe steps. You cannot finish the lock. Because all you do is a collision with the third wave, and we will all be shut down again.
“At this time, we can’t open up. If we were, we would lose control very quickly … I want Christmas to be as close to normal as possible, and that’s the only way. These steps are the only way to get there. “
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If by September 28 the average daily number of cases is between 30 and 50, Melbourne will enter the third stage of restrictions.
At this stage, public gatherings will increase to five people from two households, and in a few years there will be a phased return to schools and special schools.
If the average daily number of cases before October 26 falls below five, the curfew will be lifted.
Outside of the greater Melbourne area the rest of Victoria will be softened a little faster.
From September 13, up to five people from two households will be able to gather in the fresh air. Outdoor swimming pools and playgrounds will open, and religious services can be held outdoors for up to five people.
The announcement came a day after hundreds of people took part in protests in Australia.
In Melbourne, about 300 people marched against the city in defiance of the measures.
Prime Minister Andrews said: “Protesting is selfish and illegal. Any behavior by anyone who contributes to an increase in viruses, as well as less restrictions, is not in anyone’s interest. ”