The premier of Victoria plunged Australia’s second-largest state into a “state of disaster” on Sunday, announcing even stricter lockdown measures, introducing a nightly curfew and banning virtually all trips outdoors after the region announced 671 new infections in a single day.
Daniel Andrews told Victorians at a news conference that “we have to do more, and we have to do more right now,” as the state battles to contain a devastating coronavirus outbreak that had already stripped residents of their freedoms, livelihoods and social interactions and made it an outlier from the rest of the country.
“I’ve had the job of leading this state for almost six years — more than 2,000 days. And today is by far the hardest day — and the hardest decision,” Andrews said.
“Where you slept last night is where you’ll need to stay for the next six weeks,” he added, while announcing a curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. beginning Sunday evening.
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