Melbourne is ready to go world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past an abandoned city bridge during the morning commute hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria tries to curb the spread of an outbreak of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders//File Photo

  • Victoria records second-highest daily rise in cases
  • Qantas to driveway up Sydney-Melbourne flights from November
  • Double dose vaccination level above 70% in Victoria

SYDNEY, Oct. 21 (Reuters) – Millions in Melbourne is ready to come out of the worldlongest COVID-19 lockdown later on Thursday, even if the fallen in being around record levels, with pubs, restaurants and cafes are rushing to replenish supplies before opening their doors.

Ever since begin August residents can in Australia’s second-largest city have been in lockdown – their sixth during the pandemic – to quell an outbreak die is fueled by the highly contagious Delta strain.

Officials had promised to lift the lockdowns one day double-dose of vaccinations for people older than 16 years more than 70% in Victoria State, of of which Melbourne is the capital.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday confirmed that the state had achieved that goal, with more limits set to relieve as inoculations hit 80% and 90%.

“The longest road has been covered in Victoria and die long road really opens now up tonight,” Morrison told Seven News on Thursday.

From Thursday 23:59 (1359 GMT) pubs and cafes can have 20 fully vaccinated customers inside and 50 outside, while hairdressers allow entry for five customers. Mouth caps remain mandatory both inside and outside.

In return for die time is the city of five million would in total 262 days, of nearly nine months in residence.home orders since March 2020 – the worldThe longest, more than 234 days of lockdown in Buenos Aires, according to Australian media.

Pubs have started taking more beer ahead of the reopening with Carlton & United Breweries, owned by Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings (2502.T), and said it had moved an additional 50,000 barrels to locations over worldwide city on Thursday.

As companies prepare to welcome customers, daily infections rose to 2,232 in Victoria on Thursday, the second highest daily count in sole Australian jurisdiction during the pandemic.


After mostly stamping out infections in 2020, Australia has its COVIDzero approach and is focused on live with virus in the midst of higher vaccinations after being startled by a third wave of infections in the southeast of the country since half June.

Despite the Delta wave, Australia has only recorded about 152,000 cases and 1,590 deaths, far fewer than many comparable countries.

Cases in New South Wales, home to Sydney, rose for the third consecutive day on Thursday to 372 from 283 a day earlier.

Virus-free state of Queensland is on alert after reporting his first new local business in two weeks – an unvaccinated rideshare driver who spent 10 days in the community while they are potentially contagious. Authorities said they would check with Uber as the driver had worked while he was contagious.

a spokesperson for Uber said “the driver-partner did not drive with the Uber platform since September 19.”

Sydney and Canberra, the national capital, closed lockdowns last week after meeting their vaccination goals. Other states are COVID-free of have very few cases.

As restrictions begin to ease, Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) said it would rise up daily flights between Sydney and Melbourne, one of the worldbusiest domestic routes before the pandemic, up to about 15 of the first week of November from just one now. read more

Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Richard Chang and Lincoln Feast

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