Melbourne is to extend its fourth lockdown of the pandemic for another week after the head of state said the city was battling a version of the coronavirus that is faster and more contagious than it has “never been seen before”.
The city was about to lift its initial seven-day lockdown tonight. However, the Victorian government said it would remain in place for another week amid concerns over the Indian version. The announcement by the acting chief, James Merlino, comes after six new cases were reported yesterday, bringing the total to 60.
“If we let this thing do its job, it will explode,” Merlino said. “This form of worry will become uncontrollable and people will die. No one wants to repeat last winter. “
Extension came amid increasing lockdown
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