Melbourne eases lockdown as virus cases plummet


More than 100 days after the lockdown was imposed in Melbourne, authorities lifted a two-hour limit on the time people could spend outside their homes for permitted activities. – EPA pic, October 18, 2020.

OFFICIALS announced a slight easing of lockdown restrictions in Australia’s second-biggest city today following a steady decline in new coronavirus cases, but they stopped short of ending a controversial “stay-at-home” rule.

More than 100 days after the lockdown was imposed on Melbourne’s five million residents to fight an out-of-control surge of Covid-19 cases, authorities lifted a two-hour limit on the time people could spend outside their homes for permitted activities.


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