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Melbourne to ease world's longest COVID-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

A cafe on the first day of eased COVID-19 restrictions for the state of Victoria on June 11. When hospitality venues and some businesses reopen in Melbourne, their capacity will remain heavily restricted.   © Reuters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -- Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday.

By Friday, when some curbs will be lifted, the Australian city of 5 million people will have been under six lockdowns totalling 262 days, or nearly nine months, since March 2020.

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