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Australia: Melbourne residents react to new stage four restrictions

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Melbourne shoppers reacted to the announcement of new stage four COVID-19 restrictions in the Australian city’s metro area on Monday.

Some supermarket shelves were seen to be empty, amid reports of supply chains being affected due to outbreaks in abattoirs that supply meat to major supermarkets. Supermarkets have again introduced limits on items including meats, toilet paper, rice and hand sanitiser.

Stage four restrictions have been initiated across metropolitan Melbourne from Sunday for six weeks.

Under the restrictions, people are only allowed to leave their house for four reasons: purchasing food and essential items, care and care-giving, daily exercise, and work. Melbourne residents will also have to face a curfew from 8pm to 5am.

On Monday, Victoria recorded 429 new cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths.

Since the start of the outbreak, Victoria has had 11,937 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 136 deaths as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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