Australia: Thousands of Melbourne tower block residents in lockdown after COVID outbreak

The nearly 3,000 residents of a public housing complex in the city of Melbourne were ordered to remain inside for at least five days, with police forces guarding the buildings' entrances since Saturday. Authorities enforced coronavirus restrictions in twelve suburbs of the Australian city, but a strict lockdown was imposed on nine tower blocks in Flemington and North Melbourne after at least 23 cases were reported in the complex. Residents are not allowed to leave their flats until everyone is tested, with public authorities delivering food and essentials and providing mental health support where needed. Some locals deemed the measures «unfair» as residents of private residential blocks in the area are still allowed outside for essential shopping and exercise. The state of Victoria reported 108 new cases on Saturday alone, with the number of cases hitting 8,449 across the country. Australia reported 104 deaths with COVID-19.

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