Under the level four lockdown, a case of infection in the drug injection room in Melbourne
After the drug injection room in Melbourne's North Richmond district caused anger because drug users did not comply with the epidemic prevention regulations, two confirmed cases have now been reported, but the governor said that the center will continue to operate.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services received the report of the first case on August 8 and then learned of the second case on the 10th. The drug injection room was temporarily closed twice for disinfection, and then reopened. It is not clear whether the infected person is a worker or a drug addict.
Governor Daniel Andrews said that the center will continue to operate during the fourth-level lockdown, so it is a "life-saving" medical facility. Closing a drug injection room is like closing a hospital.
He said: "We will continue to operate the center and will build a second one because it can save lives."
Recently, the Yarra municipal government, where the injection room is located, heard in a meeting that as many as 300 drug addicts come here every day from 5 kilometers away.
According to Victoria's Level 5 lockdown regulations, Melburnians can only get necessary services within XNUMX kilometers of their homes, with the exception of medical services.
Earlier this month, residents of the North Richmond district told the media that many drug addicts wandering around the injection room did not wear masks and did not comply with social distancing regulations. They grouped together to inject drugs and left syringes on the street.
In addition, the center is not subject to a curfew at 8 o'clock in the evening. It closes at 9 o'clock every night on weekdays, which makes some residents very dissatisfied.
Resident Sharon told the Herald Sun that the injection chamber was "like a bomb waiting to explode."
She said: "The residents are very worried because some people here do not wear masks and do not observe social distancing. Every day, drug addicts walk by our houses and children."
"Sooner or later some of us will suffer and we are all trying to do the right thing."
Sharon said that during the epidemic, many drug users "have a great time."
Liberal MP Craig Ondarchie attacked the drug injection room and said that the government should have made the relevant cases of infection public, just like they are dealing with the epidemic in schools or other public places.
He said: "Andrews has a set of rules for his baby project in Richmond. He needs to make it clear why he imposes another set of rules on everyone else."
The Victorian Department of Health and the police said they are working closely with the injection room to ensure that users comply with the epidemic prevention regulations.