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Melbourne eases lockdown, reopens schools; 125,000 to return to work

The restrictions were scheduled to be eased Sunday if the rolling 14-day average of new infections was between 30 and 50 cases

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Melbourne and surrounding parts of rural Victoria state were placed under strict “Level 4” lockdowns on Aug. 2, shutting schools.

Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased restrictions imposed after a surge in cases, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work.

and surrounding parts of rural Victoria state were placed under strict Level 4 lockdowns on Aug. 2, shuttering schools and non-essential businesses, imposing a nighttime curfew and prohibiting public gatherings.

The restrictions were scheduled to be eased Sunday if the rolling 14-day average of new infections was between 30 and 50 cases. With 12 new infections reported Saturday and 16 Sunday, the 14-day average has dropped to 22.1.

That allowed Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews to confirm the 9 p.m.- 5.a.m curfew will be lifted from 5 a.m. Monday, though residents still cannot travel more than 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from home. Public gatherings of up to five people from a maximum of two households will be allowed.

A further easing could take place on Oct. 19 if the average falls below five new cases per day. Masks remain mandatory.

Andrews said there are 399 active cases in Victoria, the first time that number has fallen below 400 since June 30.

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First Published: Sun, September 27 2020. 10:33 IST
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