Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia, will end one of the longest coronavirus lockdowns in the world.
At the end of Tuesday 27 October, Melbourne’s five million residents will see an end to strict stay-home orders that put an entire city into a form of protective custody.
— Melbourne (@br19800) October 22, 2020
The measures in Victoria’s capital city will have been in place for 112 days when it is lifted late Tuesday.
Thank you, Victoria. pic.twitter.com/n7bkWikL6b
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) October 26, 2020
- 817 of the 905 Australians to have died from COVID-19 lost their lives in Victoria.
- Victoria has reported 20,341 of Australia’s 27,539 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.
No cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Victoria for the past 48 hours. Monday marked the first day of no new cases of COVID-19 in the state since June 9.
Covid restrictions easing in #Melbourne 7 months on and we have hope. Shops opening on Wednesday. I’ve forgotten how to shop. Masks mandatory until we have a vaccine. 1000 plus humans on campus today, first time in 4 months. Here’s hoping we stay on top of this. pic.twitter.com/pN9dDAcDmY
— Christine Pearson (Chrissy) (@chrissypearson9) October 26, 2020
However, life is not returning to normal. Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday Victorians will have to keep wearing face masks.
“We’ll be wearing masks until at least the end of the year, and into next year,” he told a news conference.
Hong Kong and Vietnam have enjoyed comparable success in squashing a second wave of COVID-19 cases, Michael Toole, Professor of International Health at the Burnet Institute, wrote for The Conversation.
Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina where 40% of the country’s population reside, has been in lockdown since March 20, more than 200 days, and yet the country is still getting close to 12,000 new cases of COVID-19 daily and more than 1.1 million Argentinians have had COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with almost 30,000 people dying.
Santiago, the capital city of Chile, was in lockdown from 22 March to 17 August until the number of COVID-19 cases plummeted. Chile’s Health Minister Enrique Paris on Monday said the COVID-19 positivity rate had fallen below 4% for the first time since Chile’s first case of infection was detected on 3 March. It is still seeing more than 1500 COVID-19 cases daily with about 50 new deaths recorded every 24 hours.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the COVID-19 pandemic the “greatest crisis of our age” at the World Health Summit, which was held virtually.
Guterres called for worldwide solidarity to meet the challenges of the epidemic: “Developed countries must support health systems in countries that are short of resources.”
The epicentre of the pandemic is in Europe, with tens of thousands of confirmed cases recorded daily. In the US, record numbers of positive COVID-19 tests, particularly in the Midwest and West, have been recorded as the US Election approaches on 3 November.