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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.

Article Link: Apple Stores in Victoria, Australia to Reclose Following Return of Lockdown
 

meaning-matters

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I find the term 'infections' misleading, must be 'positives'. The vast majority won't get (really) ill or have already fought off the virus; about 98 or 99%.

Corona, like any other virus, looses strength during an outbreak. So decreasing numbers of people get very ill compared to months ago.

BTW, Australia's flu season always starts around this time and Covid-19 follows that.
 

WhoNet

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it is not "lockdown" in Melbourne,Victoria. if you got a job you can go to work. You can play golf with
a buddy all good. You can go outside to exercise. The towers in Melbourne are in lockdown no where
else. Western Australia is the best place in the world live. We just got to build a better rabbit fence
with these eastern states.
 
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Stephen.R

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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.
 

Metapraxis

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Apple is closing stores for the safety of their own employees, not the general public.

That's a nice story, but they are actually closing their stores, because as a non-essential retail store, the terms of the lockdown do not allow anyone to leave their homes to visit them. They aren't providing food or medical services. Whilst they aren't legally required to close (yet), if no one can shop there, there isn't a lot of point in being open.
 
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ColBatGuano

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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.
 

Relentless Power

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It baffles me for those who don’t understand why Apple is closing stores Worldwide. It’s not just to ‘help’ control the spread for the general public entering into the store, it’s To safeguard the employees as an advanced precaution. You can’t second think of what to do in a pandemic, retailers have to be quick and decisive with their decisions.
 

The_Lord_of_Apple

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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.
 

Relentless Power

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Should just close all Apple store and shop online!

Even though this is a bit of a different scenario given the current situation, Microsoft closing their stores couldn’t have been any more perfect with their timing with the recent announcement of closing all their stores moving forward.
 

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Despite this setback (which I believe only began due to a breach of hotel quarantine for overseas travelers), the vast majority of Australians and New Zealanders seem to respect medical and scientific advice as it stands and do not view it through some distorted hyper-partisan political lens.

Keeping screwed up political ideology out of the response to COVID and listening to actual scientific and medical experts makes sense in both the short term and the long run
 
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mikejd1

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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.
Lots of “ifs” there buddy. Slow it down. These kind of statements with all these “ifs” are what cause panic in the first place. Just like CNN. Not a single person right now knows the long term affects of this disease because it hasn’t been long enough. You have zero clue “if” some of these recovered patients are struggling months in but won’t get better over time. 6 months isn’t enough time to play out what the long term affects are.
 
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jimbobb24

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Still a mystery why the virus reappearing in some places and not others. And almost no theory explains it, especially in the US. Most people in the US just check their politics and spit out whatever theory they heard that fits their priors. But none of those explain all the states. Lots of states opened up early but few are having explosions. California has not opened up and is hit the worst. What do the big 4 of AZ, TX, CA, and FL have in common? Very warm with big cities. Maybe air conditioning is the problem. NM is warm but few dense population centers. They all have a larger percentage than most states with Hispanics. Maybe wealthy South Americans fled into those states where they had relatives and reintroduced it - not likely but possible given greater number of multigenerational homes. Really, its a mystery. But it is a mess. And those states are blowing up in numbers and hospitalizations. I hope they can get the numbers to bend soon. Luckily - in all those big 4 the death rate is very low compared to the North Eastern states.
 
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Not a single person right now knows the long term affects of this disease because it hasn’t been long enough.

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.
 

Deliro

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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..
 

DownUnderDan

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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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