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Five million begin lockdown in Melbourne

09 Jul 2020, 21:42 GMT+10

Panic-buying returns to Australia as Melbourne braces for lengthy coronavirus lockdown

Melbourne resident Monica Marshall said the most difficult part of the new lockdown was being separated from her 91-year-old mother, who recently entered a care home.

"The idea of not being able to see people that you love and care for is really distressing, really distressing," she told AFP through tears.

"I hope that people have got the message that they really need to take notice - it's very disconcerting watching some people on the news where they really don't care".

Government workers are going door-to-door in Melbourne urging residents to get tested for the virus, with officials saying about 10 000 people have refused after being influenced by online disinformation.

Australia has recorded just over 9 000 cases of Covid-19 among a population of 25 million, with 106 deaths.

Outside of Victoria, the country has seen few new infections, with most cases involving returned international travellers in hotel quarantine.

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