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Australia declares ‘State of Disaster’ in Victoria after coronavirus cases spike continues – Fox News

A “State of Disaster” was declared for the Australian state of Victoria after almost 700 new cases of coronavirus were recorded overnight, according to reports.

The declaration is just one of several measures taken as Australia’s second most populated state grows more concerned over the pandemic situation it faces. All of Melbourne has entered Stage 4 lockdown, which goes into effect from 6 p.m. Sunday.

“If you’ve got that many cases – and they’re not just in metropolitan Melbourne, they’re in regional Victoria as well – if you have that many cases of community transmission you must assume you have even more and on that basis you can no longer be confident that you’ve got a precise understanding of how much virus is there,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said during a press briefing.

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“You have to err on the side of caution and go further and harder.”

The lockdown includes a nightly curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and only allows for one resident from each household to go shopping within three miles of their homes, according to the Guardian.

Residents also are restricted to one hour of daily exercise with no more than two people together.

Victoria recorded over 700 cases on Thursday of last week, giving rise to alarm within the government. The numbers dipped near the end of the week, with only 397 recorded on Saturday, but the increase to almost 700 again overnight pushed the state government to act.

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The new rules will remain in place until at least Sept. 13, and Andrews promised more changes would be coming as well, the BBC reported.

“Today is about a series of changes that relate to how we live our lives,” Andrews added. “Tomorrow I’ll make further announcements about how we work.”

Victoria has found itself at the center of Australia’s pandemic, with its 11,557 cases making up the bulk of Australia’s roughly 17,000 total infections. The state also recorded 123 deaths, again making up over half of the roughly 200 deaths across the country.

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The spike in Melbourne has proven to be a major setback in the country’s otherwise positive progress in combating the spread of the virus.

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Virgin Australia finds new owner in US private equity firm Bain Capital – CNN

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Virgin Australia has found a new owner.

Administrators for the carrier announced Friday that it had selected Bain Capital, the US private equity firm, to take over the company, two months after its collapse. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bain won out over Cyrus Capital Partners, a New York-based investment firm, which had also submitted a binding offer.
“Several proposals from other interested parties” were also submitted this week, including a proposal by some of the airline’s bondholders, according to the administrators.
Bain Capital says it wants to “protect as many jobs as possible” at Virgin Australia while supporting the airline’s “unique culture.” The airline employs about 10,000 people.
“We are determined to see that Australians have access to competitive, viable aviation services for the long-term,” wrote Mike Murphy, a managing director of Bain Capital, in a statement. He added that Bain will strengthen Virgin’s “regional services” while continuing to offer flights for business and leisure travelers.
The rescue comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hurt global demand for travel. The International Air Transport Authority has estimated that it could take more than three years for international travel to return to pre-crisis levels.
Virgin Australia, Australia’s second biggest airline, filed for voluntary administration in April after failing to receive the government support it had asked for. Earlier that week, billionaire founder Richard Branson had appealed to the national government for assistance, and even said he would offer his Necker Island estate in the Caribbean as collateral. (Virgin’s other major shareholders prior to administration included Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and Nanshan Capital Holdings.)
Virgin Australia’s main local competitor, Qantas, is also fighting to stay afloat. Qantas (QABSY), which is Australia’s flagship carrier, announced Thursday that it would slash 6,000 jobs and raise up to 1.9 billion Australian dollars ($1.3 billion) as it took on “the biggest crisis our industry has ever faced.”
While federal authorities in Australia have declined to provide a direct bailout for Virgin Australia, they have stressed the importance of the carrier’s survival.
“We want a competitive aviation market here in Australia. We want to see these two airlines [Virgin Australia and flag carrier Qantas] flying and competing,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters last month.
Virgin Australia’s administrators said Friday that the deal would likely face “minimal” regulatory scrutiny.
Bain has already received preliminary regulatory approval from Australia’s treasurer, and is now proceeding with the airline for its restructuring and eventual sale, administrators said.
— Angus Watson contributed to this report.

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