Fur­ther re­stric­tions an­nounced in Aus­tralian state

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Vic­to­ria state, Aus­tralia’s coro­n­avirus hot spot, has an­nounced that busi­nesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

Vic­to­ria premier Daniel An­drews said non-es­sen­tial busi­nesses will close from late to­mor­row in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia’s sec­ond largest city.

The new re­stric­tions fol­lowed Mr An­drews on

Sun­day declar­ing a dis­as­ter in Mel­bourne and in­tro­duc­ing an evening cur­few for six weeks. He pre­dicted the lat­est re­stric­tions would cost 250,000 jobs.

Vic­to­ria an­nounced yes­ter­day 429 new in­fec­tions and 13 more deaths overnight.

Chief health of­fi­cer Brett Sut­ton said the in­fec­tion rate would con­tinue at 400 or 500 new Covid-19 cases a day without the new re­stric­tions.

In­dus­tries that will have to close on-site oper­a­tions for six weeks in­clude most re­tail and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son said yes­ter­day that work­ers in Vic­to­ria state will be en­ti­tled to a 1,500 Aus­tralian dol­lar (€900) pay­ment if they are re­quired to self-iso­late for 14 days and they do not have paid sick leave.

Mean­while, a Nor­we­gian cruise ship line has halted all trips and apol­o­gised for pro­ce­dural er­rors af­ter an out­break of coro­n­avirus on one ship in­fected at least five pas­sen­gers and 36 crew.

Health au­thor­i­ties fear the ship could have in­fected dozens of towns and vil­lages along Nor­way’s western coast. The 41 peo­ple on the MS Roald Amund­sen who tested pos­i­tive have been ad­mit­ted to the Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal of North Nor­way in Trom­soe, north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, where the ship cur­rently is docked.

“A pre­lim­i­nary eval­u­a­tion shows that there has been a fail­ure in sev­eral of our in­ter­nal pro­ce­dures,” Hur­tigruten CEO Daniel Sk­jel­dam said.

He added the com­pany that sails along Nor­way’s pic­turesque coast be­tween Ber­gen in the south and Kirkenes in the north is “now in the process of a full re­view of all pro­ce­dures, and all as­pects of our own han­dling”.

The cruise line has con­tacted pas­sen­gers who were on the MS Roald Amund­sen for its July 17 and July 24 de­par­tures from Ber­gen to the Arc­tic ar­chi­pel­ago of Sval­bard, known for its po­lar bears.

All 158 crew mem­bers on MS Roald Amund­sen have been tested and 122 were neg­a­tive. There were 209 guests on the first voy­age and 178 on the sec­ond voy­age.

In France, beach re­sorts, prom­e­nades on the Loire River and farm­ers mar­kets in the Alps are among scores of spots around the coun­try where ev­ery­one is now re­quired to wear a mask out­doors.

Aus­tralian PM Scott Mor­ri­son.

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