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Australia: 'extreme' quarantine halted second wave of Covid-19

 

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In Australia, a second wave of coronavirus could be stopped after the city of Melbourne is under one of the strictest quarantines in the world, including a night curfew with strong traffic bans.

With the increase in COVID-19 cases around the world, dozens of countries in the northern hemisphere are preparing for the arrival of autumn and winter, and the pandemic has not slowed its progress.

Some are already preparing measures to prevent the second wave from catching them, the establishment of a quarantine area is always on the table. Several of them are studying the case of Australia, especially the city of Melbourne, which is currently one of the strictest confinement areas in the world.

There is no question that extreme isolation is effective. Timothy Slay, an epidemiologist at the Ryerson University School of Public Health in Canada, said: "A partial shutdown will only prolong suffering."

At the end of June, the number of COVID-19 cases in Australia increased further, mainly in the state of Victoria, which is the second largest city in the country, Melbourne.

The results of the harsh confinement...

Melbourne is home to five million people. The strict lockdown that has been in place since July has successfully lowered the infection curve for the next second wave.

According to the Victorian government, some of the measures include:
* You cannot leave your home unless it is to exercise, care, work, or buy essential supplies. If he leaves, the person must stay 5 km from his home.
* Masks away from home are mandatory.
* Schools switched to distance learning.
* Child care centers are closed.
* Visiting or going to someone else's home is not permitted unless it is for the purpose of providing or receiving medical or emergency care.
* People can be outdoors for a maximum of two hours and respecting social distancing.
* There is a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. (previously it was 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) The start of the curfew was adjusted to one hour later as spring approaches in the southern hemisphere and the hours of light begin to lengthen.
* Weddings are prohibited.
* Restaurants and cafeterias will only be open for take out and home delivery.
* General retail, gyms, hair salons and bars are closed.

Melbourne residents cannot leave the city without a valid reason. The government has warned that anyone who chooses to cross the border into another area will be fined or jailed for up to six months.
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