Melbourne starts five-day virus lockdown

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Australia’s second most populous state Victoria entered a five-day lockdown today as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases sparked by the highly infections UK variant. One new locally acquired case was confirmed in the past 24 hours, Victoria health authorities said today, taking the number of active cases in the state to 20. Prime Minister Scott Morrison had agreed to stop all international flights to Melbourne through Wednesday.

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