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Australia’s Virus Hotspot State Urged to Reopen Economy Quicker

  • Businesses say delays in resuming Melbourne retail inexcusabe
  • Victoria has eased lockdown as Covid-19 cases decline
People form lines outside a Covid-19 test site in Shepparton on Oct. 15.
People form lines outside a Covid-19 test site in Shepparton on Oct. 15.Photographer: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
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The government and business groups are calling on Australia’s Victoria state to reopen the economy more quickly as Covid-19 cases decline, pointing to mounting job losses across retail and hospitality.