The Australia state premier Daniel Andrews, on Sunday extended the hard lockdown, due to coronavirus hot spot state of Victoria in the capital Melbourne by two weeks to the end of September as infection rates have declined more slowly than hoped.
In a place since August 2 to September 28 with a slight relaxation and mapped out a gradual easing of restriction over the following two months.
Melbourne’s stage 4 restrictions, which had been due to end on September 13, shut most of the economy, limited people’s movements to a 5-km (3-mile) zone around their homes for one hour a day and imposed a night time curfew.
Andrews said at a televised media conference, “We cannot open up at this time. If we were to we would lose control very quickly.”
However, Victoria, Australia is the second most populous state, has been the epicentre of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic accounting for about 75 percent of the country’s 26,282 cases and 90 percent of its 753 deaths.
While the state on Sunday reported 63 new Covid-19 infections and five deaths, down from a peak of 725 new cases on August 5.