Olympic Champion Mack Horton Among Athletes Fleeing Melbourne Amid Oubreak

In an effort to outrun a coronavirus outbreak brewing in the city of Melbourne, 27 Australian swimmers and coaches fled for the Gold Coast, Queensland. The state of Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous with around 6.7 million residents, has already instituted a seven-day lockdown that began at midnight of today, Thursday, May 27th.

“We’re dealing with a highly infectious strain of the virus, a variant of concern, which is running faster than we have ever recorded,” Victoria state Acting Premier James Merlino told reporters in Melbourne.

“Unless something drastic happens, this will become increasingly uncontrollable.” (Reuters)

Reuters reports that ‘crowds have been banned from sporting events and people ordered to stay home except for work, exercise, shopping for essentials, providing care and getting vaccinated.’

With the nation’s sole Olympic Trials meet kicking off in South Australia beginning on June 12th, athletes to the tune of Olympic champion Mack Horton didn’t want to risk being prevented from eventually heading to Adelaide for the meet. (Yahoo Australia)

Athletics Australia (AA) also relocated Victorian-based athletes to Queensland ahead of an Olympic warm-up meet on the Gold Coast next week.

An Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) spokesman said any decision on relocating athletes from Victoria was being left to authorities from respective sports.

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Verram
1 month ago

I thought New South Wales is Australia’s “most populous”? Where did you get that statistic from?

Last edited 1 month ago by Verram
Miss M
Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

It is. Victoria is the most populous state per capita …

Verram
Reply to  Miss M
1 month ago

Who cares about per capita.. where does it qualify that in the article ?? It’s like saying Aruba has the most Olympic gold medals “per capita” not the USA lol

Troyy
Reply to  Miss M
1 month ago

Monaco the most populous country in the world /s

Jackman
Reply to  Miss M
1 month ago

haha this is the funniest metric I’ve ever heard of. My bedroom has the same per capita population as Victoria, as does Mumbai.

Miss M
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

I was trying to work out how they might have got it wrong.

Per capita was the only basis that they could claim it to be most populous! 🤷‍♀️

It’s NSW all the way.

Last edited 1 month ago by Miss M
Jackman
Reply to  Miss M
1 month ago

‘Per capita’ means ‘for each person’. Saying ‘population per capita’ is a bit useless as there is always a population of 1 person for each person.

Tony McKinnon
1 month ago

Yes NSW has a population approx 8.5million Vic about 6.5million

Nance
1 month ago

In the title, “outbreak” is missing the ‘t’.

Last edited 1 month ago by Nance
Fresh Cuts
Reply to  Nance
1 month ago

No it’s actually an oubreak, cuz there’s a lot oh ouies breaking out there

Fresh Cuts
1 month ago

I’m glad I don’t live is Australia. Their government is so tyrannical.

Joel
Reply to  Fresh Cuts
1 month ago

And we’ve only had about 1000 covid deaths . So there is that .

Corn Pop
Reply to  Fresh Cuts
1 month ago

😇

Last edited 1 month ago by Corn Pop
Oceanian
Reply to  Fresh Cuts
1 month ago

You need to go live in China for a few years..

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