Lockdown after lockdown takes a heavy toll on Victoria's economy

Empty chairs and tables in Melbourne's normally bustling city centre last Friday. The city's lockdown will be eased tomorrow but residents cannot visit other homes and must limit outdoor gatherings to 10 people.
Empty chairs and tables in Melbourne's normally bustling city centre last Friday. The city's lockdown will be eased tomorrow but residents cannot visit other homes and must limit outdoor gatherings to 10 people.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

In recent weeks, the 6.7 million residents of the Australian state of Victoria have found themselves in a familiar situation, as they were forced to go into lockdown while the 19 million people in the rest of the country continued as normal.

Victoria's state government announced yesterday that the lockdown in the capital, Melbourne, will be eased from tomorrow but residents are barred from visiting other homes and must limit outdoor gatherings to 10 people.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2021, with the headline 'Lockdown after lockdown takes a heavy toll on Victoria's economy'. Subscribe