2020-09-18 09:03:13 UTC
on social media, #IStandWithAndrews. To residents of Melbourne,
Australia's second-largest city, he is Daniel Andrews, the
premier, or governor, of Victoria state and the politician
responsible for inflicting upon them some of the most stringent
pandemic control measures on Earth.
The city named repeatedly over recent years as the worlds
most livable has been locked down since July 9. A week ago,
Andrews declared that a citywide curfew will not be lifted until
Oct. 26 and then only if the coronavirus is almost eliminated.
That would leave Melbournes 5 million residents confined
indoors for 115 days, longer than the 92-day lockdown in Manila,
76 days in Wuhan, China, 58 days in Italy and 33 days across New
In Melbourne, public life has essentially come to a halt.
Schools are shuttered. Roads are empty. The only shops open are
gas stations, supermarkets and drugstores.
He's a Democrat.