A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders

Melbourne braces for anti-lockdown protests as daily cases hit pandemic high

SYDNEY, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Police in Melbourne prepared for a fourth day of anti-lockdown protests on Thursday and a vaccination hub in the city closed after protesters allegedly abused…

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A delivery courier on motorbike and a cyclist, both wear protective face masks, navigates the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Sydney pilots home quarantine as Australia looks to reopen border

SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Sydney, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as the…

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The Fearless Girl Statue looks at a “Please Stay Home” sign in an empty Federation Square on the first day of a five-day lockdown implemented in the state of Victoria in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders

Australia’s Victoria state to enter COVID-19 lockdown after ‘highly-infectious’ outbreak

Australia’s second most populous state of Victoria will enter a one-week COVID-19 lockdown forcing its near seven million residents to remain home except for essential business as authorities struggle to…

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Police in the southern New South Wales (NSW) border city of Albury check cars crossing the state border from Victoria on July 8, 2020 after authorities closed the border due to an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus in Victoria. – With the city of Melbourne going into lockdown for the next six weeks, the entire state of Victoria will effectively be sealed off from the rest of the country with the state border to NSW closing on 08 July.

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

Shoppers in Australia’s second-biggest city stripped supermarket shelves Wednesday as millions in Melbourne prepared for a return to virus lockdown, with warnings the new restrictions will cost the economy Aus$1…

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A long queue of cars wait at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site located in a shopping centre carpark in Melbourne on June 23, 2020. – Australians were warned June 22 to avoid travelling to Melbourne, as the country’s second biggest city tightened coronavirus restrictions amid fears of a second wave of the epidemic. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Australia starts virus testing blitz to stop second wave in Melbourne

Health workers fanned out across suburbs of Melbourne Friday in a testing blitz aimed at choking off a surge in coronavirus cases in Australia’s second-biggest city. Officials reported another 30…

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