Melbourne has officially become the most locked down city in the world – overtaking the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.

The city’s 246 days spent at home have cost Victoria’s economy an estimated $700 million a week.

By the time lockdown lifts Melburnians will have spent 267 days in lockdown – 45 per cent of the time since the pandemic started on March 12 last year.

And there’s no reprieve in sight as health authorities race to control a growing outbreak in Melbourne’s south east.

Fears are growing new infections have spread from the city’s north and west where the majority of cases had been concentrated.

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