Australian and New Zealand officials say quick action in Melbourne and Auckland has helped curb the spread of the new variant in Britain, which is believed to be highly infectious. Announcing the end of a five-day blockade in Melbourne, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews highly appreciated the measure. Accordingly, about 6 million people were allowed to leave their homes, businesses reopened and a few spectators were allowed to enter the court to watch the final matches of the 2021 Australian Open.
Although Australia is almost completely under control, the Victorian city of Melbourne remains the region most heavily affected by the epidemic, having spent more than 100 days imposing a blockade late last year. to stop an outbreak that has already killed about 800 people. Premier Andrews also warned not to rule out the possibility of once again using a strict blockade.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, nearly 2 million people in Auckland enjoy similar freedoms after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a three-day shutdown helped avert the worst outbreak. in this city for almost 6 months. Auckland is also hosting a major sporting event, the America’s Cup boat race. It is expected that this activity will be resumed this week with the number of spectators limited to 100 people.
Prime Minister Ardern said New Zealand’s COVID-19 epidemic control measures, including rigorous exposure tracing and large-scale testing of cases occurring in the community, have shown efficacy. However, Ms. Ardern also warned that she was ready to take more tough measures if necessary.
* In the UK, the Daily Mail reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering phasing out the previously imposed blockade to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. Accordingly, restaurants and pubs will be reopened in May, while the domestic tourism and service industries will resume operations in July.
Expectedly, Prime Minister Johnson will announce the above plan on February 22.