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Victoria wakes to another lockdown as more state borders close

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 9, 2020
Australia’s second-most populous state will relax restrictions on many of the 3,000 people locked down in nine public housing towers despite surging numbers of coronavirus cases, state premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday.
Daniel Andrews says the tower will remain in lockdown
Premier   Daniel Andrews says the tower will remain in lockdown
Andrews said that after testing all 3,000 people in the towers, residents in eight of the high rise buildings would be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, the same rules in force throughout the state.

Topics: Victoria

“There are such numbers of positive cases, together with known close contacts, that the assumption has got to be that everybody in that tower is a close contact of someone who is positive,” Andrews said of the tower that will remain in lockdown.

The relaxation of the rules relieved residents, many of whom have said they have been left without sufficient food and supplies.

“I can’t keep my kids anymore inside. I can’t, whether they shoot me or not. I don’t think I can stay any more here, not allowed even an hour to play outside,” said Amina Yussuf, an Australian citizen of Somali descent who lives with her seven children in two bedroom apartment in one of the Melbourne towers for which the strict lockdown is ending.