Melbourne's lockdown a lesson for Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: On Thursday, Melbourne was forced to undergo a second lockdown in four months when it recorded 191 coronavirus cases within 24 hours on Tuesday.
Bloomberg reported that factors in the resurgence of Covid-19 cases included missteps in the handling of travellers returning from overseas and complacency in some neighbourhoods.
Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown was necessary and expected to cause enormous damage to the economy and people's welfare.
Health officers predicted that the measures were poised to be harder on the city's five million residents.
Apart from closing state borders, 3,000 residents of public-housing tower blocks have been barred from leaving their homes even for food.
Malaysian experts, drawing on lessons from Melbourne, are warning against complacency.