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Reinforced confinement in Melbourne
Australia strengthens this Sunday the confinement established for several weeks in Melbourne, its second largest city. A nighttime curfew and a ban on marriages come into effect for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Residents will be able to exercise for one hour per day, up to five kilometers from their homes, from Sunday evening. Only one person per household will be authorized to make essential purchases, always within the same limits. “We made these decisions because doing less than that will not protect us,” said Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister of the State of Victoria (south-east).
Despite a lockdown introduced in early July, Melbourne continued to register hundreds of new cases daily. Declaring a “state of disaster” on Sunday, Daniel Andrews said the state capital was passing “phase 4” restrictions until September 13 because of “unacceptably high” contamination levels.
Additional workplace measures will be announced on Monday, he said, suggesting that non-essential activities could be halted.
United States: fifth consecutive day with more than 60,000 new cases
The country chaired by Donald Trump recorded more than 60,000 new cases of coronavirus for the fifth day in a row Saturday, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. There were also 1,051 deaths that day.
The United States, which is the hardest-hit country in the world, has now recorded more than 4.6 million infections and 154,319 deaths. “We have more cases because we’ve tested a lot more than any other country,” Trump protested on Twitter.
In relation to its number of inhabitants, the United States is indeed the country (behind Luxembourg) which tests its population the most massively, according to official data.
The new figures are released as Florida braces for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to revert to a hurricane as the virus-ravaged southeastern part of the state approaches.
Belgium: travel prohibited to several areas in Europe
Belgium prohibits “non-essential trips” to the French department of Mayenne, the Spanish regions of Navarre, Aragon, Barcelona and Lérida in Catalonia, the Lake Geneva region in Switzerland, because of their epidemiological situation. Quarantine and screening are compulsory for travelers from these areas returning to Belgium.
From now on, anyone returning to Belgium from abroad or who wishes to stay in the country for more than 48 hours must also complete an identification form, providing their contact details and the places where they have stayed during the last 14 days.
Quarantine and screening are “recommended” for a certain number of areas appearing on an “orange” list, which notably includes for France the Paris region (except the department of Seine-et-Marne), the Pays de la Loire, the Nord department, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Savoie, Meurthe-et-Moselle and Vosges.
New record of contaminations in Mexico
9,556 new cases were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from the Mexican Federal Health Secretariat announced on Saturday. This is, for the second consecutive day, a record of coronavirus contaminations.
The total contagion cases in Mexico have now reached 434,193, and deaths number 47,472, of which 764 were recorded in the past 24 hours.