Apple Stores in Victoria, Australia to Reclose Following Return of Lockdown
Four Apple stores in Victoria, Australia are set to reclose for up to six weeks from July 9, following a spike in coronavirus infections in the state.
As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple Highpoint in Melbourne was the first store to reclose on July 2 as the deteriorating health situation prompted a reintroduction of stage three lockdown measures across the state capital.
Apple's other retail stores in Victoria will now also reclose. They include Chadstone, Southland, Doncaster, and Fountain Gate. All four stores had been operating on a reduced pickup and appointment-only Genius Support service since last week.
The reimposed stay-at-home measures are expected to last at least six weeks, with only essential travel like buying groceries and medicines allowed. Restaurants and cafes have been ordered to shut, although shopping malls and other retailers are technically allowed to remain open, suggesting Apple took the decision to close its stores of its own accord.
Melbourne's stage three restrictions were reintroduced on Tuesday following a record high of 191 new coronavirus cases.
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I know in America you must think that whatever is happening there is "normal". It isn't. Other parts of the world actually did something to prevent the spread, and generally managed to control it, allowing things to slowly return to normal.
For reference, the "lockdown" (seriously unless you have a curfew and it will be enforced using that word is a bit melodramatic) in Victoria has been triggered because of a rise in cases. On Tuesday, they recorded 191 new cases, the day before was 118.
The state of Victoria has a little under 450 cases per 1M population, the national average is a little under 350 per 1M. So we can then we compare that to the US figures of <checks notes> just under 8300 per 1M nationally. I don't know really what to compare Victoria to in the US. It's the second most populous state, so perhaps Texas, with a infection rate of 7800 per 1M. There are a lot more Americans though, so we'll just pick the "best" (in terms of lowest infection rate) to compare. Hawaii. 748 cases per 1M.
Let me guess "oh **** it let's just get on with our lives". There is a reason the US currently has 406 known deaths per 1M population due to Covid19, vs Australia's... 4.24 known deaths per 1M due to Covid19.
The death count due to Covid for the entire country of Australia is 106. One hundred and six. In a population of 25M.
If people suffer from permanent cognitive damage they won't be able to live normal lives.
I think you are seriously underestimating just how damaging this virus is, and unless and until there is a vaccine, we won't be able to live "normal lives" for any time in the foreseeable future.
Last time I checked, scar tissue is for life buddy.