Starting Tuesday, the border present between two most famous states in Australia will remain closed for an unspecified period as the authorities struggle to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne city.
On Monday, the move announced is the first time that the border built between New South Wales and Victoria has been closed in hundred years. The officials previously blocked the movement between these two states back in the year 1919, at the time of the Spanish Flu epidemic.
However, this move will probably be a major blow to the economic recovery of Australia as it advances towards first recession in almost thirty decades.
The no. of coronavirus cases have surged in Melbourne in the last few days, prompting the authorities to implement stringent social-distancing measures in thirty suburbs as well as place 9 public housing blocks in complete lockdown.
Melbourne reported 127 new coronavirus infections overnight, which is its biggest spike in one day since the time the outbreak started. The state has also reported 2 deaths, taking the overall toll to 106.
Notably, Kensington is among the thirty suburbs which have re-imposed the social distancing initiatives. The 9 public housing towers, which have been ordered to be placed in complete lockdown, are located in the neighboring Flemington and North Melbourne.