Victorians in 10 postcodes across Melbourne’s north and west have been ordered back into lockdown. But regaining control of COVID-19 remains the responsibility of all Victorians.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about how the virus affects children. We are safer if we make decisions while fully aware of that uncertainty, rather than with an unfounded surety. Only then can we properly measure the trade-offs, and make the tough decisions that need to be made about our schools.
Almost two million Australians downloaded the COVIDSafe app in the first 22 hours of its release. But that is a long way from the numbers the app needs to be effective. The government needs to do more to convince people it can be trusted.
A growing body of evidence shows that if we can hold the course for a little while longer, Australia could beat coronavirus.
Australia has turned a corner, but we must be careful about when we lift restrictions, what restrictions we lift, and in what order.
Driven by tighter restrictions at the border, new cases of COVID-19 have fallen rapidly in Australia. But local transmission has not shared the same fate, with the rate of new cases remaining relatively flat over the past week or so.
The lessons from overseas are clear: unless Australians comprehensively comply with spatial distancing, those measures won’t work and our hospitals will be over-run.
We should be clear: a shutdown of anything that isn’t truly essential will be needed to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system.
The less people are physically near each other, the lower the rate of transmission of coronavirus. That’s why ‘social distancing’ – or more accurately, spatial distancing – is a key strategy to slow the spread of the virus.
The impact of the new measures by the Australian Government will take time to show up in official COVID-19 cases. It’s a step in the right direction, but we are unlikely to see the flow-through to lower case numbers for another week.