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Victoria has implemented strict new penalties for city-slickers trying to escape to regional areas of the state.

Residents of Greater Melbourne, who are subject to stage four lockdown restrictions, trying to escape to regional Victoria where restrictions have been slightly eased will be slapped with a $4957 fine.

But it's nothing compared to some of the sanctions around the world. Crikey takes a look at some of the strictest -- and strangest -- COVID-19 punishments out there.