Melbourne breaks world record with longest COVID-19 blockade


As of September 20, Melbourne could break the world record for the longest COVID-19 limit after enduring six hard lockdowns over a 232-day period.

Currently, the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, holds a record 245 days after its citizens were banned from going out for most of 2020 (March-November) and blocked for another 11 days in May.

On September 19, Victoria’s Prime Minister, Dana Andrews, announced that the blockade restrictions would begin to be relaxed when the expected double vaccination rate on October 26 reaches 70% of the population.

If it goes according to plan, Melbourne will be guaranteed a total of 267 days of blockade, surpassing Buenos Aires, Ireland with 227 days and London with 201 days.

The Victorian roadmap from the blockage offers different paths of unvaccinated, single-dose, or double-dose freedom.

Once “freedom” is granted, pubs, restaurants, recreational facilities, wedding halls and beauty salons are only allowed to be fully vaccinated.

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On September 3, 2021, you can see the empty closed Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia. (Darrian Traynor / Getty Images)

Business leaders and politicians have deviated from Australia’s national plan and criticized the roadmap for providing freedom far behind Australians living across the borders of Sydney, New South Wales.

Opposition leader Matthew Guy I wrote in a Twitter post “The Victorian people wanted something, not a hard lockdown of more than five weeks.”

The Australian Franchise Council (FCA) said companies are struggling to maintain their business and it is not economically feasible to put a 50% capacity limit on the venue.

“Many small business owners have lost their financial and emotional wisdom and are deciding whether they can reopen the door later this week,” FCA CEO Mary Aldred told ABC. Told.

Meanwhile, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has cautioned by relaxing restrictions and warned that the health care system could be strained in the face of the potential for a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“When implementing a national plan, given the thousands of COVID-19 cases in the community, it is necessary to realistically and carefully test the impact of each change and measure before proceeding to the next stage. “AMA President Dr. Omar said. Khorshid Said in a statement on September 19..

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An overview of a quiet shopping mall in Melbourne’s Central Business District, Australia, July 16, 2021. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake / AFP via Getty Images)

The blockade also destroyed Victoria’s economic and spiritual well-being.

Research by Murdoch Children’s Institute (pdf) On September 13, it became clear that blockades and school closures were not COVID-19, but a major risk to children’s health.

“Schools remain closed, but the demand for mental health support services for our youth continues to skyrocket,” said Shadow Health Minister. Emerkey Lee said..

In June, Kids Helpline, a 24/7 support line for ages 5-25, revealed that Victorian teens’ suicide rates increased by 184% in six months.

Offices in Melbourne’s central business district remain empty, and demand has plummeted below the recession of the 1990s.

Rebecca Chu