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Melbourne lockdown extended by two weeks


Melbourne lockdown extended by two weeks

A strict lockdown in the Australian city of Melbourne has been extended by two weeks, with officials saying new Covid-19 cases had not dropped enough. Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said the restrictions would be in place until Sep 28, with a slight relaxation.

A gradual easing of the measures will be implemented from October.

The state has been the epicentre of the country's second wave, accounting for 90% of Australia's 753 deaths.

Australia has recorded a total of 26,000 cases in a population of 25 million.

The greater Melbourne area entered a second lockdown on Jul 9 after a rise in cases. A 5km (3 mile) travel limit and night time curfew was imposed while shops and businesses were closed.

The current stage four lockdown was originally set to end on Sep 13.

– Source: News websites

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