8 Jul 2020

Whole of city lockdown easier to bear for Melbourne residents

From First Up, 5:37 am on 8 July 2020

On the cusp of something very, very bad. Those were the words Victoria State Premier, Daniel Andrews chose to describe Melbourne's situation - as he announced the city will lock down for another six weeks. The Australian state is experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus, recording the largest daily increase in cases yesterday with 191 - the majority in the state capital. There are currently 796 active cases. From midnight local time tonight the residents of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will only be allowed to leave home for essential reasons - food, medicine, work, study and exercise. Last week residents in 10 Melbourne postcodes went into lockdown - including Adele Freeman who told Katie Doyle says the whole city locking down helps make being locked down easier.