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City locked down for three months has bleak lessons for the world

Business leaders say it may take years for Melbourne -- ranked as the world's second-most livable city last year -- to recover

Deserted streets in Melbourne, on Jul 30. The stay-at-home order began three weeks earlier, but infections were yet to peak | Credits: Bloomberg
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Deserted streets in Melbourne, on Jul 30. The stay-at-home order began three weeks earlier, but infections were yet to peak | Credits: Bloomberg

Sybilla Gross, Jason Scott and Jason Gale | Bloomberg
As countries across the globe grapple with the prospect of renewed lockdowns, the Australian city of Melbourne offers a stark lesson on the costs of bringing the coronavirus under control.

The city of 5 million people on Wednesday emerged from one of the world’s strictest and longest lockdowns that shuttered businesses and confined residents to their homes for more than three months.

While infections have dropped from a daily peak of about 700 in early August to just two new cases on Wednesday, the economic and social impact of Melbourne’s second lockdown since the crisis began has been enormous. Australia’s government estimates

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First Published: Oct 28 2020 | 6:32 PM IST

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