Muscat Daily : 2020-10-19

WORLD : 13 : 13


WORLD MUSCAT DAILY 13 MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020 We’ve had a lot of injustice going on in Thailand for decades. People have been silenced from speaking up about the double standards and the abuse of power WANCHALEAR­M SATSAKSIT Australia’s second-biggest city eases lockdown as coronaviru­s cases fall Melbourne, Australia - Lockdown restrictio­ns in Australia’s second-biggest city were eased slightly on Sunday following a steady decline in new coronaviru­s cases, but officials stopped short of ending a controvers­ial ‘stay-at-home’ rule. More than 100 days after the lockdown was imposed on Melbourne’s five million residents to fight an out-of-control surge of COVID-19 cases, authoritie­s said that as of midnight they were lifting a two-hour limit on the time people could spend outside their homes for permitted activities. They also extended from five to 25km the distance people could travel from their homes for several activities, including exercise, shopping for essentials, socialisin­g and work in essential profession­s. But Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria state which encompasse­s Melbourne, rejected growing calls for an end to all limits on people being able to leave their homes and for a broader reopening of restaurant­s and other retail businesses. He said the stay-at-home rule could be lifted and other business restrictio­ns eased on No- recovery efforts. ‘Every day Victoria remains under restrictio­ns... comes at a heavy cost,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a joint statement on Sunday with his Treasurer and Health Minister. They urged Andrews to speed up the reopening of businesses, particular­ly in the restaurant and hospitalit­y sector, which they said was losing 1,000 jobs every day of the lockdown. vember 1 if community transmissi­on of the virus remains under control. “I’m not doing what is popular, I am doing what is safe, because we don’t want to be back here again if there is a new wave of infections, Andrews said. The number of new daily coronaviru­s cases in Victoria has fallen to low single digits for the past several days, after running at up to several hundred in August. The outbreak in Victoria came after other parts of Australia had successful­ly contained the epidemic and begun to reopen their economies, notably in neighbouri­ng New South Wales, which includes Sydney. Conservati­ve politician­s in other states, and the federal government, have been increasing­ly critical of Andrews’ centre-left government for maintainin­g the strict lockdown in Victoria, saying it was underminin­g national AFP PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW