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In pictures: Coronavirus in Australia

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 79: Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley looks on during a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, 20 October 2020. Victoria has recorded one new case of COVID-19. People in Melbourne are now allowed to travel a 25km radius from their homes and there will be no limits on time spent away from their residence as a part of eased COVID-19 restrictions which were implemented on 19 October.

A sudden surge in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported from Melbourne and Sydney has forced authorities to take strict measures to control the outbreak. From 11:59 p.m. on July 8, Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in the state of Victoria returned to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. Wearing of face masks was made compulsory in these areas, with a $200 fine for those who failed to comply. Metropolitan Melbourne was placed under Stage 4 restrictions from 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 till Sept. 28, 5 a.m. Lockdown restrictions here were eased slightly from 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 13, with the curfew changed from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Regional Victoria took the third step out of COVID-19 restrictions from 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 16. Jenny Mikakos, the health minister for Victoria, resigned from her post on Sept. 26 over the bungled COVID-19 hotel quarantine scheme. People from New Zealand were allowed to travel to New South Wales (NSW) and the Northern Territory without mandatory quarantine starting Oct. 16. On Oct. 11, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the state of emergency and disaster in Victoria was extended to Nov. 8, 11:59 p.m. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Oct. 14 a hold on further easing of restrictions due to a rise in number of cases. In Victoria, new lockdown rules were announced on Oct. 18. These included no limit to time outdoors, a 25-kilometre travel bubble and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people from two households.

Meanwhile, for the first time in 100 years, the border between Victoria and NSW has been closed to curb the outbreak. Other states, too, have imposed border restrictions. In a National Cabinet meeting held on Sept. 4, all states except Western Australia agreed on a plan to open the borders by Christmas.

Here's a look at the ongoing situation in pictures.

(Pictured) Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley looks on during a press conference in Melbourne on Oct. 20.

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