Sad record for Melbourne: with its 246 days of isolation since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is the city with the longest lockdown in the world since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, surpassing the previous record of Buenos Aires Aires. The last confinement, in force since last August 5, should end on October 26, but only if 80% of the fully vaccinated over 12 population is reached.
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With 246 days of isolation since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic Melbourne is the city with the lockdown longest in the world. The Australian metropolis, capital of the State of Victoria, seemed to have emerged first from the Coronavirus emergency, then the spread of the most contagious Delta variant together with the slow start of the vaccination campaign, they precipitated the situation, forcing the local authorities to decide on a prolonged block of activities. Thus, as the broadcaster recalled Abc, surpassed the previous record of Buenos Aires, with its 244 cumulative days of confinement. The blockade in Melbourne, a center of about five million inhabitants, has been in effect for the past two months for the sixth time since March 2020.
The first dates back to the period between 30 March and 12 May 2020, the second between 8 July and 27 October 2020, the third between 12 and 17 January 2021, the fourth between 27 May and 10 June 2021. , the fifth from 15 to 27 July and finally the sixth between 5 August and 26 October, the date on which the last block should end and when it is hoped that 70% of the over 15 of the state will be fully vaccinated. In fact, during the summer, the infections went from six to about 1,400 per day.
He first Daniel Andrews he further stated on Thursday that he will not rule out a change to the roadmap and the extension of restrictions should the epidemiological situation make it necessary. According to the national pandemic management plan, broken down into four phases by the federal government, blockades will remain the main measure to fight the virus until the country reaches 80% of the population fully vaccinated. This goal is still far away, if we calculate that at the moment the percentage of immunized people in Australia is 45.8% (just over 50% in Melbourne). The emergency policy was not liked by the opposition who harshly criticized the duration and intensity of these mini lockdowns, calling them “a sign of political failure”, to use the words of leader Matthew Guy, also because the record blockade of the capital it’s costing the state economy around 700 million dollars a week.