A recurring nightmare: Australia reimposes lockdown amid fears of second wave of coronavirus

Weeks after unlocking the economy, Australia is reimposing a strict lockdown as the fears of a second wave of coronavirus are rising. Residents have been told to stay at home for six weeks after other measures to contain a spike in coronavirus cases failed to prevent the virus spreading.

 

New lockdown

Five million people in Australia's second-biggest city began a new lockdown Thursday, returning to tough restrictions just weeks after they ended as Melbourne grapples with a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

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Roadside checks

A rush of travellers across the border into neighbouring New South Wales on Wednesday has raised concerns those efforts could be torpedoed. Police said some 30,000 cars made the crossing in less than 36 hours.

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Residents complain

Nine buildings in Melbourne have been sealed where almost 1/3rd of the residents had tested positive for coronavirus. As the buildings were sealed, food packages were provided and all essentials were delivered, the residents feel the treatment is inhumane. 

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Food packages

To make sure people stay indoors and do not face any issues, Melbourne Fire Department is providing food packages in selected buildings that have been completely sealed.

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Testing intensified

Interstate health workers from Adelaide in South Australia take a swab as people queue during COVID-19 testing as the testing rate has been intensified in Australia with the fears of a possible second wave.

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Wiping it clean

The maintenance workers in the country have started a sanitisation drive through which the workers are cleaning and sanitising all the amenities in the public spaces. The sanitisation process is in full swing especially in Melbourne and Victoria.

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Isolating cities

Police in the southern New South Wales (NSW) border city of Albury are checking every car crossing the state border from Victoria after authorities closed the border. With the city of Melbourne going into lockdown for the next six weeks, the entire state of Victoria will effectively be sealed off from the rest of the country with the state border to NSW.

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