Australia’s second largest state enters lockdown after 15 cases of Indian coronavirus variant – Prime Time Zone

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The seven million people living in Victoria, including Melbourne residents, are expected to remain at home while the situation is under control

EFE/EPA/JAMES ROSS People line up at Melbourne testing center after announcement of new Covid-19 cases in the region

The Australian state of Victoria, which is home to the city of Melbourne, will enter a lockdown a week from this Thursday, 27. The decision, which forces seven million people to stay at home, is related to the notification of 15 infections by Indian variant do new coronavirus, considered highly infectious. Victoria’s chief of health, Brett Sutton, believes that more cases have yet to be reported, as the number of sites visited by the contaminated in the past few days is more than 150, including high-density spots such as sports stadiums and shopping centers. In addition, more than 10,000 people have had primary or secondary contacts with patients and, therefore, will need to be quarantined, tested and isolated. Such tracking and rapid blocking strategies have helped to Australia to keep your numbers Covid-19 relatively low, with just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths caused by the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

Victoria’s lockdown, valid until June 3, states that state residents will only be able to go out to perform essential jobs, receive medical attention, shop at the supermarket, exercise or vaccinate against Covid-19. In addition, Victoria’s currencies will be under tighter control. THE New Zealand decided to temporarily suspend the non-quarantine travel agreement with the state and force all New Zealanders who visited the region recently to isolate themselves in their homes until they tested negative for the new coronavirus. Victoria suffered one of the country’s toughest and longest blockages last year, when it accounted for 90% of total deaths across Australia.