Due to concerns about a growing cluster of coronavirus infections, a pandemic lockdown in Australia’s Melbourne city will be extended for a second week.
Melbourne will remain in lockdown for seven more days starting Friday, according to Victoria state acting Premier James Merlino, but pandemic restrictions will be eased elsewhere in the state.
“If we let this thing run its course, it will explode,” Merlino says.
Victoria officials said Wednesday that six new locally acquired coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active infections in the current outbreak to 60.
The lockdown is Melbourne’s fourth. The city has a population of 5 million people.