The Australian state of Victoria has declared a state of disaster and imposed new lockdown measures after an acute outbreak of coronavirus infection.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the bans would take effect on Sunday at 18:00 (09:00 BST).
Under the new rules, residents of the state capital Melbourne are subject to night curfews.
The city’s stay-at-home orders will be increased, with residents being given less discounts to leave their homes.
Residents will not be allowed to travel more than 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from their homes, practice will be limited to once a day and one person will be able to go shopping together for essentials.
After initial success in controlling the virus, Australia has had a lower number of cases than many other countries, with about 17,000 infections and 200 deaths recorded.
Cases in Victoria, however, have been growing rapidly, with many new infections in Australia in recent weeks promoting the return of lockdown bans in early July.
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On Sunday, 671 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths were reported in the state. These increases lead to a total of 11,557 infections and 123 deaths.
Mr Andrews said the lockdown measures introduced in Australia’s most populous state – Victoria – were working but very slowly.
“We have to do more. We have to be tougher. That’s the only way we can get to the other side of it,” Mr Andrews told a news conference.
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