Australian state of Victoria to enter five-day lockdown following more than a dozen active COVID-19 cases
July 15, 2021, 17:00:02 CEST | Wikinews

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With at least 18 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, Australia state Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a five-day lockdown to commence at 11:59 PM tonight.

The lockdown regulations list only five reasons to leave home: for food and supplies, excercise, care or caregiving, work or education if not possible from home, and to recieve a COVID-19 vaccination. The regulations detailed, the people cannot go more than five km away from their home for exercise, and for no more than two hours. The vaccination also needs to be administered at the nearest possible location. This is the fifth COVID-19 lockdown in the state of Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic, and the rules applied are the same as the state's fourth lockdown in June.

The ABC News attributed the connection to most cases in the state to a "group of removalists" from New South Wales, who crossed through Victoria while they were reportedly infected with the virus. New South Wales is currently facing an outbreak of COVID-19, driven by the virus' Delta variant, and yesterday lockdown in Sydney was extended by at least two weeks.

In a press release, Premier Andrews wrote that "if we act now – while we're right on the heels of this outbreak – we can give ourselves every chance of getting ahead of it. If we wait – we lose that option." Under the new Victorian restrictions, face masks are also be made mandatory outdoors. This follows an announcement made yesterday "face masks must be worn indoors at all times (except at home) and outdoors when it’s not possible to physically distance."

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Daniel Andrews. "Statement From The Premier" — Premier of Victoria, July 15, 2021
"Victoria to enter five-day snap lockdown as more COVID cases recorded" — ABC News (Australia), July 15, 2021
Anne Davies. "NSW Covid update: Sydney lockdown extended for at least two weeks as state reports 97 new cases" — The Guardian, July 14, 2021

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