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In pictures: Coronavirus in Australia

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 79: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Passengers wait to board a Qantas Boeing 737-800, flight number QF735 from Sydney to Adelaide at Sydney Airport on September 24, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Flights from Sydney to Adelaide have resumed after the South Australian government's decision to lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for NSW residents. From Thursday 24 September, travellers from New South Wales are able to enter South Australia without having to go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

A sudden surge has been reported in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases from Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney. In a bid to control the outbreak, authorities announced on July 7 that Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in the state of Victoria will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions for six weeks, from 11:59 p.m. on July 8. Wearing of face masks was made compulsory in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire starting 11:59 p.m. on July 22. A $200 fine will be charged from those who fail to do so. Starting Aug. 2, a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. was imposed in Melbourne. Additionally, metropolitan Melbourne was placed under Stage 4 restrictions starting from 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 and will continue till Sept. 28. Metropolitan Melbourne's lockdown restrictions were eased slightly from 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 13, with the curfew changed to 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. From 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 16, regional Victoria took the third step out of COVID-19 restrictions.

Meanwhile, for the first time in a 100 years, the border between Victoria and NSW – two of the nation's most populous states – 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. Western Australia has stated that until the community transmission of COVID-19 ends along the east coast, its borders will remain closed to the rest of the country.

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

(Pictured) Passengers wait to board a flight from Sydney to Adelaide at Sydney Airport on Sept. 24. Flights between the two cities resumed after the South Australian government's decision to lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for NSW residents. From Sept. 24, travelers from New South Wales are able to enter South Australia without having to go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine. 
© James D. Morgan/Getty Images
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