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NSW records five locally transmitted Covid-19 cases; 17 New Zealand travellers entered Melbourne despite state's lockdown

New South Wales reports seven new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, five of which were locally transmitted.

Premier Daniel Andrews expressed frustration with the Australian Border Force and Kingsford Smith Airport during a press conference over a technicality that allowed 17 travellers from New Zealand to enter Victoria despite the state's lockdown. The identity of the travellers has yet to be determined.

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Melbourne lockdown extended by two weeks
Empty Swanston Street during Friday morning, Melbourne
Empty Swanston Street during Friday morning, Melbourne Credit: Philip Mallis from Melbourne / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Despite dropping daily numbers of COVID-19 infections, Melbourne will remain in a "Stage 4" lockdown until at least September 28.

“I apologise for the circumstances we find ourselves in; I apologise for the reality we find ourselves in,” Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Sunday. “Pretending it’s over because we want it to be, that is not something I will do.”

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State of disaster declared in Victoria, Australia over new Covid-19 infections
State of disaster declared in Victoria, Australia over new Covid-19 infections
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After 671 new infections had been reported on Sunday, the Australian state Victoria has declared a state of emergency. The capital city Melbourne has imposed a nightly curfew and stay at home order which will last at least six weeks. The curfew will be active from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day and enable people to only leave the house for work or to receive care from others and provide care for others.

Restaurants will be able to continue with takeaway and delivery services and supermarkets will stay open.

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Melbourne supermarkets impose buying limits as people return to panic-buying
Empty shelves in a supermarket
Empty shelves in a supermarket Credit: unsplash.com/John Cameron

As Melbourne goes into its second lockdown of the year, panic-buyers are returning to the supermarkets to empty shelves. In response, Australian supermarkets chains Coles and Woolworths have imposed a buying limit on essential products such as milk, hand sanitisers and pasta.

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Melbourne orders new 6-week-lockdown
Dan Andrews
Dan Andrews Credit: Video Reproduction

Melbourne is re-entering a 6-week-lockdown. The lockdown has been imposed on the Victorian capital and other Victorian towns as the Australian state sees a rising number of Covid-19 infections. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews ordered people to stay at home except for work, medical treatment or school purposes. Essential businesses will remain open but are subjected to a density limit. Bars, cafés and restaurants have to return to delivery and takeaway. Private home visits are forbidden and public outings are limited to two people.

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Australia closes border for indefinite period to contain spread of Covid-19
Australia closes border for indefinite period to contain spread of Covid-19
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In order to contain the further spread of Covid-19, Australian officials have closed the state border between Victoria and New South Wales – the first time since the 1919 Spanish flu pandemic. Melbourne has seen a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, putting 30 suburbs on strict social-distancing orders. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters that the decision was "a smart call [...] given the significant challenges."

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Black Lives Matter protests held in cities across Australia
Black Lives Matter protests held in cities across Australia
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Thousands of people have taken part in Black Lives Matter protests across Australia. Health officials and leaders in Australia have warned that mass gatherings in support of racial equality risk inadvertently re-sparking the virus. A protester who attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne last weekend tested positive for the coronavirus, according to state authorities.

A separate series of protests were held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne against the treatment of refugees being held in detention centres. The Sydney event -- organized by the Refugee Action Coalition -- took place despite a court ban.