FILE PHOTO: People take photos in front of a 'Welcome Back' sign in Melbourne after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria, Australia, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo FILE PHOTO: People take photos in front of a 'Welcome Back' sign in Melbourne after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria, Australia, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: People take photos in front of a 'Welcome Back' sign in Melbourne after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria, Australia, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo

Melbourne counts economic cost of coronavirus lockdown, offering harsh lesson to other cities

  • The lockdown cost US$71 million a day and resulted in a daily average of 1,200 jobs being lost across the state in August and September
  • Business leaders say it may take years for Melbourne – which was last year ranked as the world’s second-most liveable city – to recover

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
FILE PHOTO: People take photos in front of a 'Welcome Back' sign in Melbourne after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria, Australia, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo FILE PHOTO: People take photos in front of a 'Welcome Back' sign in Melbourne after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria, Australia, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: People take photos in front of a 'Welcome Back' sign in Melbourne after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria, Australia, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo
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