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.

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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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Stephen.R Avatar
51 months ago

So stupid. Just let people live their lives. We’re all going to get this stupid virus so quit prolonging it and just get it over with.
I like the cut of you jib. This is smart thinking. It's not at all as if the hospital and healthcare systems of the entire planet would be overwhelmed and fail completely if the <checks notes> 7.8 billion on the planet did nothing to prevent the spread of an infectious virus that leads to people in ICU, being intubated, and potentially having permanent lung damage as a result.


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.
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ColBatGuano Avatar
51 months ago

End this BS and live normal lives.
If people suffer from permanent lung damage they won't be able to live normal lives.
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.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stephen.R Avatar
51 months ago

Not a single person right now knows the long term affects of this disease because it hasn’t been long enough.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2247086-the-coronavirus-is-leaving-some-people-with-permanent-lung-damage/#


Doctors are reporting growing numbers of people who still have breathlessness and coughing months after falling ill with covid-19, and whose chest scans show evidence of irreversible lung scarring.
Last time I checked, scar tissue is for life buddy.
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The_Lord_of_Apple Avatar
51 months ago

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.
Thanks for writing this because it is hard to educate someone who just doesn't understand how dangerous this virus is. We wouldn't have been in this situation if the hotel fiasco had not occurred.
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51 months ago


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DownUnderDan Avatar
51 months ago

Cases are up, deaths are down. We’re already past the “2 week delay“ in cases translating to deaths. This is because the demo of people getting it now are younger adults. CDC states that the mortality rate for healthy adults under 50 is .04%, which is lower than the flu. Corona virus strains account for 30-40% of all common colds, this is a new strain of the same family. This strain isn’t going to vanish and we simply cant keep locking down forever. Protect our vulnerable population (as we do with any illness) and eventually our bodies will develop a semi immunity/anti bodies..
Just no. Please read more about this pandemic and not just what confirms your bias.
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