Melbourne goes into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The new restrictions in Australia’s second city will remain in force for six weeks, Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced.
Residents will only be allowed to leave their home if they have a valid reason, such as shopping, working or seeking medical care.
All kinds of companies must also close their doors, and catering establishments may only deliver or have food delivered.
The lockdown will also take effect in the Mitchell Shire area of Victoria. The restrictions come into force on Wednesday night at one minute before midnight.
The authorities had also already decided to close the border between Victoria and neighbouring New South Wales.
“I understand that six weeks might feel like an eternity,” said the prime minister, who stressed the need to control the outbreak.
“Yesterday, we passed a grim milestone. The largest number of new cases in a day. Today we went over it.”