As the Australian Open plays on, Victoria officials order a ‘circuit breaker’ Covid lockdown.
More than six million people will enter a Snap Lockdown in Victoria, Australia for five days in response to a coronovirus outbreak at a quarantine hotel.
Came as order Australian Open According to officials, the tournament was being held in Melbourne, Victoria’s capital on Friday, but the tennis tournament would continue.
Victorians will only be allowed to leave the house for necessary shopping, work, exercise and care, and must wear masks whenever they get out of the house.
But when sports and recreation venues are closed, professional athletes such as tennis players will be classified as “essential employees” and allowed to continue their matches.
“There are no fans; There is no rush. These people are essentially at their workplace, ”Victoria chief Daniel Andrews told reporters on Friday. “It’s not just people who are at work, supermarket workers.”
Tennis Australia said in a statement that it will notify changes to all ticket holders and will continue to “work with the government to ensure the health and safety of all”.
The lockdown, which applies at 11:59 pm on Friday, comes after an outbreak at a Holiday Inn near Melbourne Airport that was being used for passengers returning home.
As of Friday, 13 people associated with the hotel had tested positive with the new virus version that first emerged in Britain. In the last 24 hours, five new cases have been identified, bringing the total number of states to 19.
Describing the lockdown as a “circuit breaker”, officials said it was important to prevent the spread of the variant, which is highly contagious and has removed contact tractors before they could outbreak. Similar snaps in Perth and Brisbane in recent months were successful in silencing the lockdown transition.
“The game has changed,” Mr. Andrews said. “It’s not the virus of 2020.”
He said he hoped for the Victorians, who were permanent in between Longest lockdown in the world Last year, the state would work together to prevent the third wave of coronaviruses from entering. “We’ll be able to smooth it out,” he said.
The order had effect in other states of Australia, with everyone announcing travel restrictions with Victoria. International flights were also canceled, leaving freight in Melbourne.