Border closure as Melbourne sees sharp spike in virus cases Jul 07, 2020 0 49 12345 DPACanberraThe internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers announced Monday. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the closure would come into effect from Tuesday midnight, after a crisis phone talk with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. “We have, all of us, agreed that the best thing to do is to close the border,” Andrews said, adding the rising number of new cases is “challenging.” “This could not be more serious,” he told reporters on Monday.Victoria has had 20 consecutive days of double-digit new cases, while the rest of the country has seen very few new cases in recent weeks.“This is unprecedented in Australia. We have not seen anything like this,” Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.She said the new Covid-19 cases in Victoria were not overseas cases or direct contacts, so “it’s actually a new phenomenon.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES With 700,000 virus cases, India is 3rd worst-hit in world Jul 07, 2020 0 470 Duterte’s anti-terrorism law challenged in Philippines’ top court Jul 07, 2020 0 342 World must support Hong Kong, says activist Wong at court hearing Jul 07, 2020 0 37 Over one million told to evacuate in Japan after heavy rain kills 44 DPA Tokyo The death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu climbed to 44 on Monday, while a heavy rain emergency warning forced local authorities to issue .. Philippines raises alarm over spike after COVID-19 lockdown easing DPA Manila Philippine authorities on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country and urged the public to strictly follow preventive protocols. “We are alarmed because the .. Nepal makes wearing a face mask mandatory in public places DPA Kathmandu Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) made wearing face masks in public places mandatory on Monday, with provisions for legal action against those defying the public health and safety rules. Umakanta .. Hundreds of drones light up Seoul sky with virus messages Seoul Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were .. India, China agree to ‘complete disengagement’ from deadly border flashpoint AFP New Delhi Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the .. China says US has ‘ulterior motives’ in South China Sea Beijing China said the United States had “ulterior motives” for dispatching two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, in the latest show of military might between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry ..