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One of the World’s Toughest Lockdowns Eases—by a Hair

MELBOURNE, Australia—After more than 100 days under one of the lengthiest and most stringent lockdowns in the world, residents of Australia’s second-largest city are getting a hard-earned reprieve—but the terms highlight the deep global divide over the need for lockdowns to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Since July 9, residents of Melbourne have been forbidden to…

MELBOURNE, Australia—After more than 100 days under one of the lengthiest and most stringent lockdowns in the world, residents of Australia’s second-largest city are getting a hard-earned reprieve—but the terms highlight the deep global divide over the need for lockdowns to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since July 9, residents of Melbourne have been forbidden to leave their homes except briefly for a handful of reasons, including exercise and shopping for food within a three-mile radius. Offices and retail outlets were mostly…

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