August 3, 2020

Tears and anguish as Melbourne sinks further into lockdown

Melbourne (AFP) – When Katherine Reed heard Melbourne’s virus-inflicted lockdown would be tightened and extend for six more weeks, she began to cry. The 32-year-old lives alone and has been working at home since March, when the southern hemisphere summer turned to autumn. Like millions of others living in Australia’s second city she now faces at least another six weeks of winter isolation. “I understand the increased lockdown,” she said, lamenting “cruel and misguided” rules that allow partners, but not friends, to visit. From the start of this world-enveloping pandemic, experts had warned the…


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