Coronavirus Australia: Military deployed and car windows smashed by police to enforce lockdown stay-at-home orders

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‘There is literally no reason for you to leave your home,’ state premier says

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Some 500 military personnel will be deployed to Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, to enforce coronavirus isolation orders.

Anyone caught breaking the rules will face a tough fine as high as A$20,000 (£10,900), with the only exception being for urgent medical care.

Earlier this week, Victoria imposed a night-time curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s movements during the day and ordered large parts of the economy to close in order to slow the spread of the virus.

However, nearly a third of those who contracted Covid-19 were not isolating at home when checked on by officials, Victoria state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, said on Tuesday.

“There is literally no reason for you to leave your home and if you were to leave your home and not be found there, you will have a very difficult time convincing Victoria police that you have a lawful reason,” Mr Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

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