Coronavirus updates: 'The minute we opened, it was like COVID didn't exist'
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 504,000 people worldwide.Over 10.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.
Australia's million-dollar metropolis Melbourne is undergoing another six-week lockdown due to a sharp rise in corona infections. The country's second largest city had only slowly reopened its economy from the beginning of June. © Photo: Andy Brownbill / AP / dpa Melbourne skyline. Australia's second largest city is again in a six-week lockdown.
From Wednesday at midnight (local time), strict curfews will come into force again, as regional head of government Daniel Andrews announced on Tuesday. The same day, health authorities confirmed 191 new infections, one of the highest increases in one day in Australia since the corona pandemic broke out.
Australia’s Most-Populous States to Close Shared Border
Australia’s two most-populous states will close their shared border from Tuesday night as authorities battle to contain a spike in coronavirus cases that jeopardizes the nation’s economic recovery. © Photographer: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images AsiaPac MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Workers in personal protective equipment are seen entering the Flemington Towers Government Housing complex on July 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Nine public housing estates are in mandatory lockdown and two additional suburbs are under stay-at-home orders as authorities work to stop further COVID-19 outbreaks in Melbourne.
"We have to be realistic about the circumstances we face," said Andrews. The frustration apparently led to a certain negligence. "I think we all know that we have no choice but to take these very, very difficult steps," added the head of government. In Germany, the corona outbreak at the meat processor Tönnies at the end of June led to regional restrictions in public life in the Gütersloh and Warendorf districts in North Rhine-Westphalia. At times, around 640,000 inhabitants were affected. Only two people or people from a family or household group were allowed to meet in the public space. Museums, cinemas, gyms and indoor swimming pools had to remain closed. At the height of the outbreak there, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants was 270.2. Recently, however, the number had dropped significantly below the limit of 50. In Warendorf district, the requirements were lifted last week. On Monday, a court also overruled the corona restrictions in the Gütersloh district.
Melbourne to reimpose six-week coronavirus lockdown as Australia battles potential second wave
Strict lockdown measures are to be reimposed in Australia's second largest city, as authorities scramble to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections spreading across the country. © Daniel Pockett/Getty Images MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Workers in personal protective equipment are seen, along side police patrols, on July 07, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Nine public housing estates are in mandatory lockdown and two additional suburbs are under stay-at-home orders as authorities work to stop further COVID-19 outbreaks in Melbourne.
In Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, citizens are now not allowed to leave the house under the renewed lockdown until at least August 19, except for shopping for food, visiting doctors and nursing staff, exercising physical fitness or working. Guests cannot be received at home. Cafes and restaurants have to return to take-away sales, services are only available online, weddings are limited to five people, funerals to ten, according to the newspaper "The Age". In addition, schools in the affected areas, which should open next week, remain closed.
The approximately five million residents are also unable to leave their city. The regional government announced on Monday that the border between the two most populous states of Victoria and New South Wales would be closed due to the rising corona numbers.
The military is mobilized to assist the police in enforcing exit restrictions. Among other things, roadblocks are to be built to prevent citizens from leaving the region, wrote the newspaper "Sydney Morning Herald". The law enforcement officers would also use software to identify license plates, which can be used to check the origin of vehicles. You have to take the situation as seriously as you take bushfires seriously in Australia. It's about "life and death," said Andrews.
On Tuesday, the number of confirmed Corona cases across Australia (25 million people) was 8755. Nationwide, 106 people related to Covid-19 have died.
Sunshine State beckons for Aussie sports amid coronavirus .
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s so-called Sunshine State continues to be a safe haven for professional sports in the country because of its relatively strong success in dealing with the coronavirus. Six Melbourne-area Australian Football League teams have already been relocated temporarily to Queensland because of a spike in COVID-19 infections in Victoria state and a subsequent six-week lockdown of the city. On Wednesday, AFL officials told the Queensland government they would like more clubs to make the move north.