Melbourne wakes up to day one of six-week lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak | ABC News

A fifth of the Australian population is back under strict lockdown this morning, with stage three restrictions now in place across Melbourne and a regional council to its north.

The military has been brought in to help control movement in and out of the locked-down areas.

There were 134 new coronavirus cases in Victoria yesterday, with aged care homes and several hospitals also recording infections among staff.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

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  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

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