Australian states NSW and Victoria are reported to be closing their borders as COVID-19 cases mount.
The Sunday Morning Herald summarised the details of the rapid surge in cases and Australia's response as follows:
- Victoria recorded 182 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, with just one of those cases in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
- There were 20 new cases recorded across Saturday and Sunday in NSW, 19 of which were in hotel quarantine.
- Residents of nine public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington are under total lockdown until Friday after a spike in coronavirus cases on the weekend. They have reacted frustratedly to news some of the blocks do not contain confirmed cases.
- The Australian Medical Association has called for a nationwide freeze on lifting restrictions in light of the uptick in cases.
- Abroad, countries from Spain to Ireland, and Israel to El Salvador are extending or reinstituting their own lockdown measures.
So far, AUD has yet to suffer any setbacks on the news:
However, the ASX 200 Index is struggling to find a bid in the open, stuck between a 6047 and 6057 range so far, slightly damaged by the reports.
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