Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announced at a news conference on Monday that Melbourne residents would be allowed to leave their homes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday and that most businesses in the state would reopen with restrictions on the number of people. .
“Since there are 0 cases and so many tests, we can say that now is the time to open up. It’s time to congratulate every Victorian who continues the course,” Andrews said.
The sharp decline in cases has allowed the government to maintain a major social gap that has persisted for weeks.
As cases began to escalate this summer, Andrews implemented drastic anti-epidemic measures that governments in Western Europe and the United States were reluctant to implement for fear of undermining the economy and trampling on civil liberties.
East Asian governments, including China, South Korea, and Taiwan, do not need to impose such restrictions because of early attempts to contain the virus, which focused on testing and contact tracing, as well as their people’s willingness to wear masks and maintain social distance. Guidelines for helping prevent pandemic.
Andrews said Victoria was able to control the epidemic because of the public’s willingness to endure hardship, pay attention to science, and follow the rules.
“I can’t be more tempted to lead a state that has the courage, compassion and character to get this job done, but it’s not done yet,” he said.
“We have to be vigilant for weeks and months … it’s not normal until a vaccine comes along. It’s just covid-normal.”
Under the waiver measures, officers are allowed to return to their business immediately to prepare for customers and take anti-infective measures.
Some restrictions will remain in place until November 8, including a 25-kilometer (15-mile) travel limit and the internal border between Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has praised the state for reducing the number of Kovid-19 cases and praised Victorians for making great strides in reducing the rate of Kovid-19 infections.
They played their part and made great sacrifices to achieve these goals in the control of the faith, ”he said.
Morrison added that Victoria state borders will open by Christmas. They were closed as part of the federal government’s response to the epidemic.
Victoria and the capital, Melbourne, witnessed Australia’s worst Covid-19 eruption this Australian winter.
Andrews said he would not push the government “loudly” to reopen it before public health experts thought it was safe.
Andrews hinted earlier this month that authorities were considering moving further restrictions if trends continue in the right direction. However, a small group of cases in the northern suburbs of Melbourne prompted him to “carefully suspend” more than 4,000 residents and delay reopening.
Almost all the tests came back negative. Andrews said the widespread community transmission can now be ruled out by health authorities.
“We’ll have to wait to make sure,” he said.