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Melbourne begins six-week night curfew in effort to contain the spread of resurgent coronavirus

Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne was deserted on Sunday night (August 2) as it underwent its first curfew to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus.

The state of Victoria on Sunday imposed the nightly curfew for the capital Melbourne as part of the country’s harshest movement restrictions to date.

The curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day will be in place for six weeks, barring the city’s nearly five million people from leaving their houses except for work or to receive or give care.

The new measure came in as the Victorian government declared a ‘state of disaster’, which gives police additional powers to ensure people are complying with public-health directions.

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