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Australia: Victoria hit with sudden curfew after surge in coronavirus cases01:19

Australia: Victoria hit with sudden curfew after surge in coronavirus cases

Australia, Melbourne
August 2, 2020 at 14:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

Melbourne residents were caught off guard by Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews's announcement of an overnight curfew Sunday afternoon, mere hours before it was to be first put into effect.

Starting Sunday, those in the city will be banned from travelling more than 5 km from their homes, and will be subject to a nightly curfew between 8 pm and 5 am local time, during which stores will also be closed. The restrictions are due to last for the next six weeks.

"I think it totally sucks and it's riddled with dictatorship. It was done too quickly. We weren't given enough warning to sort ourselves out," said Rick Rickstein, a shopper in Melbourne who only learned the news after arriving at a grocery store with a notice of reduced hours posted on the window.

Stores are reportedly imposing limits on certain items to discourage panic-buying, and the premier officially declared a "state of disaster". The move came after Victoria reported 671 new cases of coronavirus in a single day, with a total of 11,557 infections.

Australia: Victoria hit with sudden curfew after surge in coronavirus cases01:19
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Melbourne residents were caught off guard by Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews's announcement of an overnight curfew Sunday afternoon, mere hours before it was to be first put into effect.

Starting Sunday, those in the city will be banned from travelling more than 5 km from their homes, and will be subject to a nightly curfew between 8 pm and 5 am local time, during which stores will also be closed. The restrictions are due to last for the next six weeks.

"I think it totally sucks and it's riddled with dictatorship. It was done too quickly. We weren't given enough warning to sort ourselves out," said Rick Rickstein, a shopper in Melbourne who only learned the news after arriving at a grocery store with a notice of reduced hours posted on the window.

Stores are reportedly imposing limits on certain items to discourage panic-buying, and the premier officially declared a "state of disaster". The move came after Victoria reported 671 new cases of coronavirus in a single day, with a total of 11,557 infections.

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