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Chaos on the streets of Melbourne as hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clash with police

Tensions flared in Melbourne on Thursday after Australia’s second-most populous state was slammed into one other Covid lockdown after only a handful of circumstances have been detected. 

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Melbourne on Thursday night to march throughout the metropolis in protest in opposition to the new lockdown restrictions.  

Police have been seen clashing with some protesters and making not less than 15 arrests and fining 16 others, as livid marchers who have been shouting ‘no extra lockdowns’ mentioned the gruelling restrictions have been ruining lives.      


The outburst got here after authorities introduced Victoria, house to the nation’s second metropolis of Melbourne, would go into strict stay-at-home orders beginning 8pm Thursday – simply 9 days after residents have been launched from the earlier lockdown.

The restrictions will final for not less than every week and got here after simply eight ‘thriller’ circumstances with no recognized supply have been uncovered.   

Tensions flared in Melbourne on Thursday after Australia’s second-most populous state was slammed into one other Covid lockdown after only a handful of circumstances have been detected

Police were seen clashing with some protesters and making at least one arrest, as furious marchers said the gruelling restrictions were ruining lives

Police have been seen clashing with some protesters and making not less than one arrest, as livid marchers mentioned the gruelling restrictions have been ruining lives

A protester is seen holding a sign that claims the state's lockdown is not about the Covid-19 virus

A protester is seen holding an indication that claims the state’s lockdown will not be about the Covid-19 virus

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Melbourne on Thursday evening to march across the city in protest against the new lockdown restrictions

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Melbourne on Thursday night to march throughout the metropolis in protest in opposition to the new lockdown restrictions

Police were seen clashing with some protesters and making at least one arrest, as furious marchers who said the gruelling restrictions were ruining lives

 Police have been seen clashing with some protesters and making not less than one arrest, as livid marchers who mentioned the gruelling restrictions have been ruining lives

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Melbourne on Thursday evening holding placards claiming 'the injection IS the weapon' as Victoria was slammed into another Covid lockdown

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Melbourne on Thursday night holding placards claiming ‘the injection IS the weapon’ as Victoria was slammed into one other Covid lockdown

With keep at house orders kicking in at 8pm, Premier Dan Andrews informed residents: ‘Go house, and start that lockdown.

‘Don’t be out and about as a result of all you may be doing is spreading the virus.’    

But that didn’t cease the swarm of protesters, largely with out facemasks, descending on the metropolis with flares, banners and never even an inch of social distancing.

Police have been seen threatening crowds with pepper spray as they struggled to manage the offended protesters.  

Protests started on Thursday after Victoria was slammed back into a Covid lockdown after eight 'mystery' cases were reported

Protests began on Thursday after Victoria was slammed again right into a Covid lockdown after eight ‘thriller’ circumstances have been reported

Police were seen clashing with some protesters and making at least one arrest, as furious marchers said the gruelling restrictions were ruining lives

Police have been seen clashing with some protesters and making not less than one arrest, as livid marchers mentioned the gruelling restrictions have been ruining lives

Hundreds of angry demonstrators marched through the centre of Melbourne on Thursday night after new lockdown restrictions were announced

Hundreds of offended demonstrators marched by means of the centre of Melbourne on Thursday night time after new lockdown restrictions have been introduced

A demonstrator gives gestures toward police during the anti-lockdown march in Melbourne on Thursday evening

A demonstrator provides gestures towards police throughout the anti-lockdown march in Melbourne on Thursday night

A police officer discharges a pepper spray canister during the heated demonstration

A police officer discharges a pepper spray canister throughout the heated demonstration

Police officer are seen moving down Melbourne's iconic Hosier Lane during anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne, Thursday, August 5, 2021

Police officer are seen shifting down Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane throughout anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne, Thursday, August 5, 2021

At least two flares have been let off in the road (pictured) as protesters stormed Melbourne

It marks the sixth time Victoria has been locked down, with state premier Dan Andrews telling weary residents he had ‘no selection’ however to behave – regardless of Australia being one of only a few international locations nonetheless pursuing a ‘zero Covid’ technique. 

‘I can not inform you how dissatisfied I’m to must be right here doing this once more,’ he mentioned.

‘But with so few in the neighborhood with one vaccination, not to mention two, I’ve no selection however to just accept recommendation, and we collectively [have] to make this essential resolution to maintain Victorians protected.

‘The various is we let this run … away from us and our hospitals might be completely overwhelmed [with] not hundreds of sufferers however hundreds.’ 

Residents are solely allowed to go away house for train, important buying, care-giving, important work and getting vaccinated.  

A protester carries a sign calling on Premier Daniel Andrews to 'get the boot'

A protester carries an indication calling on Premier Daniel Andrews to ‘get the boot’

A protester live streams anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination demonstrations in central Melbourne on Thursday

A protester reside streams anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination demonstrations in central Melbourne on Thursday

A protester smiles as she is dragged away by police during anti-lockdown demonstrations in central Melbourne on Thursday evening

A protester smiles as she is dragged away by police throughout anti-lockdown demonstrations in central Melbourne on Thursday night

Protesters hold a sign reading 'we will not be censored, we will not be silenced, we will not be stopped' during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Thursday

Protesters maintain an indication studying ‘we won’t be censored, we won’t be silenced, we won’t be stopped’ throughout an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Thursday

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne during a demonstration against the new lockdown in the state of Victoria

Hundreds of protesters gathered exterior Flinders Street Station in Melbourne throughout an illustration in opposition to the new lockdown in the state of Victoria

It is now the sixth Covid lockdown the city has face since the pandemic hit Australian shores

It is now the sixth Covid lockdown the metropolis has face since the pandemic hit Australian shores

Meanwhile New South Wales, house to the nation’s largest metropolis of Sydney, registered 262 circumstances of Covid on Thursday – its highest toll since the pandemic started, regardless of giant components being underneath stay-at-home orders since June.

The lockdown is formally attributable to final till August 28 however is now nearly sure to be prolonged past that, as measures have been prolonged to the metropolis of Newcastle and surrounding Hunter Valley after 5 circumstances have been discovered there.

State chief Gladys Berejiklian warned on Wednesday that driving up vaccination charges is now the solely viable route out of lockdown.

‘We won’t get by means of this numbers till we see excessive charges of vaccination,’ she informed a press convention on Wednesday.

Since the begin of the pandemic, Australia has pursued a so-called ‘zero Covid’ technique – shutting infections out of the nation utilizing powerful border quarantines and stamping out infections inside its borders utilizing snap lockdowns.

That has allowed the nation to maintain case and demise numbers comparatively low – 35,000 circumstances and 925 deaths – and has allowed life to proceed comparatively undisturbed between the lockdowns.

But border shutdowns have didn’t maintain out the more-infectious Delta pressure whereas snap lockdowns are struggling to fight its unfold – hampered by the indisputable fact that simply 16 per cent of adults are totally vaccinated, one of the lowest charges in the world.

That has meant both repeated returns to lockdown measures, or prolonged intervals underneath harsh restrictions that’s crippling the nation’s financial system and resulting in sometimes-violent protests. 

Ministers at the moment are signalling a shift away from the ‘zero Covid’ coverage by linking the easing of lockdowns with the quantity of folks vaccinated.

Ms Berejiklian has mentioned measures can begin easing in Sydney as soon as greater than 50 per cent of folks have been jabbed, which she hopes to realize by mid-September.

Victoria, home of Australia's second city Melbourne, will go into lockdown from 8pm Thursday after just eight cases of Covid were found (pictured, officers enforce lockdown in Sydney)

Victoria, house of Australia’s second metropolis Melbourne, will go into lockdown from 8pm Thursday after simply eight circumstances of Covid have been discovered (pictured, officers implement lockdown in Sydney)

Meanwhile Sydney, which has been under stay-at-home orders for six weeks (pictured), has recorded its highest one-day case toll of the whole pandemic

Meanwhile Sydney, which has been underneath stay-at-home orders for six weeks (pictured), has recorded its highest one-day case toll of the complete pandemic

Australia is suffering a third wave of Covid driven by the more-infectious Delta variant of the virus, which lockdowns are struggling to suppress

Australia is struggling a 3rd wave of Covid pushed by the more-infectious Delta variant of the virus, which lockdowns are struggling to suppress

Covid deaths across the country remain low (pictured), though the city of Sydney saw five people die Wednesday - its joint-highest one-day toll of the pandemic so fa

Covid deaths throughout the nation stay low (pictured), although the metropolis of Sydney noticed 5 folks die Wednesday – its joint-highest one-day toll of the pandemic to this point

Meanwhile Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hinted he’ll rethink the nationwide lockdown technique as soon as 70 per cent have been dosed, hopefully earlier than year-end.

Previously, lockdowns have been solely lifted as soon as neighborhood transmission of Covid – i.e. folks individuals who examined optimistic whereas not in isolation – dropped to zero.

Health officers in New South Wales mentioned nearly all of the state’s 262 new circumstances have been situated in Sydney, although 5 have been present in Newcastle.

It is believed infections might have been unfold there by a seashore social gathering that a number of younger folks travelled from Sydney to attend, in violation of the lockdown. 

Schools have now been shuttered in Newcastle, with residents informed they have to keep at house apart from important business for not less than every week. 

Australia additionally recorded 5 deaths from Covid, its joint-highest one-day complete of the pandemic, all of whom have been in Sydney and 4 of whom had not been vaccinated.  

‘I can’t stress sufficient the way it’s so essential for everyone of all ages to come back ahead and get the vaccine,’ Berejiklian mentioned.

The 5 deaths in Sydney included three males of their 60s, one man in his 70s and a lady in her 80s.

New South Wales additionally confirmed the demise of a wholesome 27-year-old man from the virus a day earlier, the state’s youngest sufferer to this point. 

‘As older folks grow to be vaccinated … COVID will predominantly have an effect on the unvaccinated, on this case youthful folks,’ Alexandra Martiniuk, epidemiologist at the University Of Sydney, mentioned. 

Dan Andrews

Gladys Berejiklian

Dan Andrews, chief of Victoria state (left) and New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian (proper), are urging folks to get vaccinated to cease the unfold of the virus

Australia has fully vaccinated just 16 per cent of its population, one of the lowest rates in the world, leaving the country especially vulnerable to more-infectious variants

Australia has totally vaccinated simply 16 per cent of its inhabitants, one of the lowest charges in the world, leaving the nation particularly weak to more-infectious variants

New South Wales well being officers are imploring residents, particularly folks above 60, to get inoculated. 

Health consultants count on the nation to endure stop-and-start lockdowns till it reaches a excessive vaccination protection.

Mr Morrison, as soon as hailed for his ‘zero Covid’ technique, is now discovering himself underneath stress attributable to the gradual vaccine drive which has left the inhabitants weak to the emergence of new variants and the lockdowns they’re sparking.

Polls present his recognition has slumped since the begin of the year. 

With Melbourne now again in lockdown, all three of Australia’s largest cities at the moment are underneath stay-at-home orders, with Brisbane in Queensland hit final week. 

That means greater than half the nation’s 24million folks at the moment are in some type of lockdown, having spent most of 2020 dwelling largely restriction-free. 


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