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Why is Melbourne seeing more cases during lockdown?

31.07.20, 17:11
Why is Melbourne seeing more cases during lockdown?
Image copyright EPA Image caption Melbourne residents must wear a mask and can only leave their homes for essential reasons

For the first few months of the pandemic, Australia appeared to have successfully clamped down on Covid-19.

But since June, an outbreak in Melbourne has exploded. It is suspected to have begun with failures in the hotel quarantine of travellers arriving from overseas.

About three weeks ago, the nation's second-largest city embarked on a new six-week lockdown.

But halfway through, hundreds of cases are still emerging each day in the state of Victoria. Thursday and Friday saw the worst rises yet - 723 and 627 respectively.

The numbers are higher than those health officials had modelled for this deep into the lockdown.

So why isn't it working more effectively? The full picture isn't clear - but here's what we know so far.



What does Australia's situation look like?

The second wave is centred in Victoria, with most of the cases reported in the state capital, Melbourne. More than 9,000 cases were confirmed in the state in July - about half of Australia's total since the pandemic began.

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