Australia contemplates further curbs as coronavirus cases keep rising
SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) – The most populous states in Australia are likely to impose strict curbs on movement in case the spread of the pandemic is not halted quickly, said premiers of the states on Wednesday.
The country, which was hailed as a global leader to contain the spread of the virus, witnessed a surge in new cases last week. In a bid to contain the outbreak, the state of Victoria forced about five million people into a six-week lockdown last week. Yet, as many as 238 cases were recorded in the state over the past 24 hours.
Across the country, Australia has marked about 10,500 cases, while the fatality tally climbed to 111 on Wednesday after a woman in her 90s succumbed to the virus.
“If, however, people do not do the right thing then we will have to move to additional restrictions being put in place and potentially prolong … these restrictions,” Victoria premier Daniel Andrews said in Melbourne.
As many as 500 people have been fined for violating the lockdown. They include two men who were driving around to play the Pokemon GO video game, said Rick Nugent, Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner.
New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state, which has witnessed several dozen cases in the past week, said new curbs were likely. However, she ruled out a blanket lockdown, citing the damage to the economy.
The country’s Northern Territory said it would keep its borders with New South Wales and Victoria closed.
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