Victoria declares a month-long state of emergency as the state struggles to respond to the coronavirus epidemic
- Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews declared a state of emergency
- Authorized officers may detain or restrict persons and prevent entry to the premises
- The National Gallery of Victoria and the State Library have been temporarily closed
- Schools to remain open but Andrews said likely to be disrupted soon
- Travelers from abroad must comply with the 14-day isolation penalty
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A month-long state of emergency was declared in Victoria to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Starting at noon on Monday, for at least four weeks, authorized officers can detain people, restrict movement and prevent entry to the premises to protect the public.
“It is a violation of public health and welfare law not to comply with the orders that have been issued,” Prime Minister Daniel Andrews told reporters on Monday.
The state of emergency will also help enforce the 14-day national isolation penalty for all travelers entering Australia.
“These orders relate primarily to compulsory or non-optional home quarantine – or to a hotel if you are not a resident,” said Andrews.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday the punishment of the isolation of all travelers.
Non-essential mass gatherings of more than 500 people such as cultural and sporting events and conferences are also prohibited in Victoria.
Institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library and museums are temporarily closed, while the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Food and Wine Festival have already been postponed.
CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTRALIA: 299
New South Wales: 135
South Australia: 20
Western Australia: 18
Northern Territory: 1
Australian Capital Territory: 1
TOTAL CASES: 299
But the exclusions from the ban on mass gatherings include schools, airports, public transport, health services, emergency services, elderly care, prisons, parliament, markets, and construction sites. of construction.
“It’s about smoothing the curve,” said Andrews.
Schools and universities are urged to restrict major events and Andrews said there is “more than likely a disruption to schools”.
“All of this will be based on the best advice from health experts to protect public health,” he told reporters.
Places such as Federation Square and Bourke St Mall are also expected to remain open, but the government has said it will consider larger quarantines in the future.
The Victoria coronavirus count is now 71 after 14 new cases were confirmed overnight.
Andrews said it made sense for people to stock up on one or two more staples when shopping regularly, but it was not appropriate to buy supplies for weeks and months .
“All that means are those who are vulnerable, people who cannot go to four different supermarkets to get what they need will be missed,” said Andrews.
“We have treatment packages, we will provide them to you if you lack these bases.”
Andrews said there was a good chance that the state of emergency would last longer than four weeks.
The statement came after two other Australians died from coronavirus, a 77-year-old woman from Queensland and a 90-year-old woman from New South Wales.