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Melbourne & # 39; s is returning with checkpoints across the city to fight the second wave


Melbourne is blocked again with police checkpoints across the city to deal with a second wave of coronaviruses – just a few weeks after Australia celebrated defeating Covid-19.

The fact that one of the country's largest cities has been returned to first place with complete restriction restrictions provides a salutary lesson on the dangers of loosening restrictions too soon if other countries emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

And a sex scandal intensifies outrage at another outbreak of the corona virus in Australia's second largest city.

Security forces have admitted having sex with quarantined suspected coronavirus patients at a five-star hotel where new arrivals to Australia were quarantined for 14 days after they reached Australia.

An investigation into the sex scandal at the luxurious Stamford Plaza has been linked to 31 cases of coronavirus in the city after the guards slept with isolated travelers and let families go between rooms to play cards.

Now the state of Victoria is fighting a new outbreak of the corona virus and recorded 77 new cases of the virus yesterday – the largest total since March 31. This means that the total number of new cases has increased to 289 since Monday.

The city had largely defeated the virus at the end of April and no new cases were registered on June 5, but the cases are now increasing again.

More than 300,000 residents in the 36 suburbs of Melbourne's 10 COVID-19 hotspots awoke to police checkpoints when they were closed again for another four weeks today.

Residents may only leave the house for work or school, for care or for important purchases and exercises. Anyone leaving their home for other reasons could be fined $ 1,652, and restrictions on food purchases have been reintroduced to stop panic buying.

Police pull aside vehicles on July 2 at a checkpoint in the cordoned-off Broadmeadows suburb in Melbourne

The curve in Victoria has skyrocketed in the past few weeks as coronavirus infections continue to increase in the Melbourne suburbs

The curve in Victoria has skyrocketed in the past few weeks as coronavirus infections continue to increase in the Melbourne suburbs

An investigation into the sex scandal at the luxurious Stamford Plaza (pictured) has been linked to 31 cases of coronavirus in the city after the guards slept with isolated travelers and let families go between rooms to play cards

An investigation into the sex scandal at the luxurious Stamford Plaza (pictured) has been linked to 31 cases of coronavirus in the city after the guards slept with isolated travelers and let families go between rooms to play cards

Masked officers used light beacons and cones to mark drivers approaching each checkpoint, and drivers are asked where they are going, where they came from, and why they traveled.

Australia has had a total of 104 coronavirus deaths to date, and restrictions were relaxed in a three-tier plan from mid-May.

The country's low mortality rate was explained by the fact that it is a large island nation with borders that can be blocked and that it is inhabited by a comparatively small population that lives mainly in sparsely populated cities.

It is because the UK is ready to block more local areas after the city of Leicester reintroduced restrictions in some cases this week after an increase.

In Victoria there are 415 active cases with 20 patients in the hospital and four in the intensive care unit, two more than yesterday.

Security personnel charged with enforcing COVID-19 quarantine in Melbourne hotels had SEX with isolated guests and spread the virus in Victoria.

Security forces used to monitor returning travelers to Victoria quarantine hotels slept with banned guests ahead of the state's second COVID-19 outbreak.

Claims that security guards were sexually active with some guests, including those who were isolated in the hotels, will be part of the investigation.

The allegations have been heard in police and government circles as well as in the hotel industry, Herald Sun reported.

Other allegations to be investigated include security companies involved in ghosting, a practice that increases the number of guards on duty to charge the government and taxpayer more for their services.

The operators accused the government of a certain number of employees, even though less work was done, and even gave false names for the nonexistent employees, the newspaper said.

Of the 77 new cases, 13 are related to outbreaks, 37 have been discovered through routine testing, and 27 other cases are under investigation. There are five previous cases that have been reclassified. No one is in hotel quarantine.

After only four weeks of freedom, the residents who are now locked again are prohibited from leaving the country their homes apart from work and school, grocery shopping, grooming and daily exercise.

Restaurants, gyms, pubs and all other non-essential services in the suburbs have to close their doors again.

Affected companies are compensated with a government grant of $ 5,000.

Brett Sutton, Victoria's chief health officer, confirmed that Victoria is experiencing a second wave after registering zero cases on June 5.

He said, "One of the problems is that people move a little. Obviously, given the restrictions in place, people should limit their movement as much as possible. & # 39;

Residents of the ten postcodes in 36 suburbs are not allowed to go on vacation, and the government will announce a support package for affected tourism companies tomorrow.

The ban lasts four weeks and came into effect on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

The police will enforce the orders with random vehicle checks similar to random breath tests and will hand out fines on the spot.

In the meantime, security forces used to monitor returning travelers in quarantine hotels in Victoria slept with guests locked up ahead of the state's second COVID-19 outbreak.

Claims that security guards were sexually active with some guests, including those who were isolated in the hotels, will be part of the investigation.

The allegations have been heard in police and government circles as well as in the hotel industry, Herald Sun reported.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said DNA testing had shown that a number of cases could be linked to “hotel quarantine workers who violate known and well-understood infection control protocols”.

Officials said the violations were associated with a significant number of cases in late May and early June.

It is believed that employees infected the virus, took it to the suburbs, and triggered the community transmission – some spreading the virus by sharing a lighter.

Other infections have been linked to the Rydges on Swanston hotel, which is also located in the state capital.

Andrews also said Wednesday morning that the entire state could be shut down if the localized locks that started at midnight did not stop the virus from spreading.

"If we don't get control of it really quickly, we will end up having a complete state shutdown," said Andrews.

Victoria has 6.4 million inhabitants and is the second largest state in Australia after New South Wales.

Gladys Berejiklian has warned New South Wales residents that a second wave of coronavirus could hit the state at any time.

In an interview about sunrise on Thursday morning, the Prime Minister said residents should remain vigilant.

She said: "I have no doubt that we will get a tip in the course of the pandemic," she said.

"It's about how you deal with it."

Police inspect driver's licenses on July 2 at a checkpoint in the cordoned-off Broadmeadows suburb in Melbourne

Police inspect driver's licenses on July 2 at a checkpoint in the cordoned-off Broadmeadows suburb in Melbourne

Members of the public line up on July 2 before a walk in the COVID test clinic in Brunswick, Melbourne

Members of the public line up on July 2 before a walk in the COVID test clinic in Brunswick, Melbourne

A healthcare worker is tested for COVID-19 in Keilor, Melbourne, on Wednesday when the state prime minister warned that all 6.4 million Victorians could soon be banned

A healthcare worker is tested for COVID-19 in Keilor, Melbourne, on Wednesday when the state prime minister warned that all 6.4 million Victorians could soon be banned

This map shows the suburbs that have to stay at home from 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday after an increase in coronavirus cases

This map shows the suburbs that have to stay at home from 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday after an increase in coronavirus cases

The public is tested today on a walk in the COVID clinic in Brunswick, Melbourne

The public is tested today on a walk in the COVID clinic in Brunswick, Melbourne

Ms. Berejiklian said she was not considering closing the Victoria border because she had not received a health council for it.

"Keeping the borders open is the right thing to do," she said.

However, New South Wales has banned people from the 36 Melbourne suburbs.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said anyone from the areas trapped in NSW could face six months in prison and a $ 11,000 fine on Wednesday from 11:59 p.m.

New South Wales residents are allowed to return home from these hotspots, but must isolate themselves at home for 14 days.

Mr. Hazzard said he was "still working" on how the police would enforce the rule – but one option was to use Victorian license plates to ask drivers where they were.

There are no plans for border checkpoints.

Annaliese van Diemen, Victoria's deputy health manager, previously admitted that the Hotel Stamford Plaza had violated physical detachment measures.

"There has been a closer mix than we would have liked from these guards at work," she said.

"There is a large cohort of security forces and workers, and unfortunately some of them seem to have worked infectiously for a day or more."

Andrews has said international travelers will not be admitted to Melbourne in the next two weeks, while the quarantine program under the supervision of Corrections Victoria, who run the state's prisons, is being reset.

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