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The Informer: Local lockdowns, they're a thing - in Victoria and the UK

Praise be and pass the sunscreen.

Well, fire up Google Maps first as a roadtrip is in order with news Queensland is about to share its sunshine after three months of border closures.

The borders will open on July 10. Well, that is for everyone other than Victorians. But they have greater concerns right now - more on that soon.

So seriously is the Palaszczuk government taking the risk posed by Victorians that they've actually tightened restrictions for them - with a tough new travel ban being enforced from midday Friday, July 3.

"Anyone who has travelled from Victoria, including Queenslanders, will be prevented from entering or will have to quarantine at a hotel at their own expense for two weeks," the Premier said. "We just can't risk removing border restrictions for people coming from areas of Victoria right now. These are very big concerns."

Of the 71 new coronavirus cases confirmed nationwide today 64 in Victoria, five in New South Wales and two in Western Australia.

And it's because of those numbers that Premier Daniel Andrews has sent 10 postcodes back into stage three lockdown from 11.59pm Wednesday.

The good people of those suburbs will only be allowed to leave the home for four reasons: "For work or school, for care or care giving, for daily exercise, for food and other essentials," the Premier said.

While we're talking lists and numbers - Australia has been included on the European Union's "safe" list.

The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from July 1, despite the pandemic, the BBC reports.

On the EU's current "safe" list, still likely to be amended, are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Not so safe right now is Leicester, in the UK.

Stricter lockdown measures have been announced for the East Midlands city as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Non-essential shops will shut again, schools will close for most pupils and the nationwide loosening of restrictions on pubs and restaurants across the country will not be introduced in Leicester.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Leicester is "three times higher than the next highest city" and 944 cases were reported in the last two weeks.

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This story Local lockdowns, they're a thing - in Victoria and the UK first appeared on The Canberra Times.