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Victoria declares 'state of disaster,' locking down millions in Melbourne

August 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The premier of Victoria plunged Australia's second-largest state into a "state of disaster" on Sunday, announcing even stricter lockdown measures, introducing a nightly curfew and banning virtually all trips outdoors after the region announced 671 new infections in a single day.

(CNN)The premier of Victoria plunged Australia's second-largest state into a "state of disaster" on Sunday, announcing even stricter lockdown measures, introducing a nightly curfew and banning virtually all trips outdoors after the region announced 671 new infections in a single day.

"Where you slept last night is where you'll need to stay for the next six weeks," Andrews said, announcing a curfew between 8 p. m. and 5 a. m. beginning Sunday evening and moving Metropolitan Melbourne into stage four lockdown measures.

In that part of the state, only one person per household will be allowed to leave their homes once a day -- outside of curfew hours -- to pick up essential goods, and they must stay within a 5 kilometer radius of their home.

In addition, Andrews said the state has 760 "mystery cases," where "we cannot trace back the source of that person's infection. "

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