Victoria records another 628 Covid cases as Melbourne is due to become the world’s most locked-down city from tomorrow after enduring 235 days of hell
- Tomorrow Melbourne will have spent 235 days in lockdown during the pandemic
- Argentinian capital Buenos Aires spent 234 days in lockdown, the current record
- Anger over the Melbourne’s extended, sixth lockdown led to public disorder
Melbourne will set a depressing world record tomorrow with its 235th day in lockdown since the Covid pandemic began.
It has been widely reported that no city in the world has been under stay-at-home orders longer, with Wednesday equalling Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.
The longsuffering city won’t just eclipse that record, it will smash it as Premier Daniel Andrews’ roadmap to freedom don’t end lockdown until October 26.
At that point Melbourne would have been under various lockdowns for 268 days. – basically nine months, although the lockdowns have been spread over
Melbourne has little chance of an early reprieve to the current lockdown with another 628 Covid cases recorded on Wednesday, the most since August 1 last year.
Three people also lost their lives after testing positive for Covid.
The new cases were diagnosed from 60,829 tests and 43,056 vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday.
This week has seen the patience of thousands of people in Melbourne completely run out, with disillusionment and anti-lockdown protests grow and morph into public disorder across the city since Saturday.
The city’s tradies have been among its most visible dissenters, with thousands reacting angrily to Premier Dan Andrews’ draconian mandate to shut down all construction for two weeks.
The peak union CFMEU distanced itself from the actions of protesters on Monday, saying it ‘condemns far right extremist violence’.
Its National Secretary Dave Noonan claimed the crowd was ‘heavy infiltrated by neo-Nazis’.
But as the city’s increasingly violent protests enter their fourth day the number of protesters has only grown.
The huge crowds rallying on Tuesday and Wednesday appear to represent much wider anger with Melbourne’s continual and draconian lockdowns than niche groups are capable of.
The violent scenes filling media and the unwanted lockdown record also mean the city’s previously positive international reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities has taken a battering.
More to come.