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5,000,000 - 39 =

no job, no rent payment, no education, no food, debt, domestic violence, poor sanitation, obesity, depression...

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@ goodlucktoyou

Hope things improve for you in your home country.

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no job, no rent payment, no education, no food, debt, domestic violence, poor sanitation, obesity, depression..."

Why are you talking about Saitama on this thread?

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no job, no rent payment, no education, no food, debt, domestic violence, poor sanitation, obesity, depression...

And you know this as a fact because....?

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@Goodlucktoyou

The Australian government actually supports people through these lockdowns. I have friends that work part time or casual and they were supported by the government.

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Stay home, stay safe.

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Seems like the same ol',same ol' peek a boo playbook with the virus is in effect.A lot of the people on here that support the lockdowns and tout the manner of them, are the same people who don't want it in Japan though.But behind a computer screen scream the need for one.Covid-19 will never disappear.It has simply become the new influenza.

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5,000,000 - 39 = 4,999,961 persons condemned to stay home, for how many our of the 39 who are really sick ?

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Bit rude to only lockdown the weary residents.

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@didou

It's 39 now and they don't want it to get any higher. How can you not understand that?

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5,000,000 - 39 =

no job, no rent payment, no education, no food, debt, domestic violence, poor sanitation, obesity, depression...

A few days ago another poster here said, the Aussies like it like it is.

According to that poster the Aussies are OK with the lockdown.

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People want dedicated facilities for quarantine. Putting people in to hotels in the middle of populated areas is just stupid. Problem is, state governments want the federal government to pay for these facilities, but the federal government keeps saying it's a state issue and fob it off to them.

Hell, even repurposing existing facilities situated far from the major cities would be good, but the federal government insists that hotel quarantine works.

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VrethToday 01:14 pm JST

@didou

It's 39 now and they don't want it to get any higher. How can you not understand that?

I can not understand the craziness to lockdown a city of 5 millions, just for a few infected.

Are Aussies not able to respect a few basic hygiene and sanitation rules to protect from a virus without requiring a full lockdown ?

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but the federal government insists that hotel quarantine works.

That works splendidly if done as it has to be done. Anyway, the problem is, especially for the owner, that you can dismantle the hotel building in the near future. Who wants to check in into such a place full of virus loads and who wants to be quarantined in such a place after quite a virus load has already accumulated? That’s near to suicide in any case.

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However frustrating the situation is in Japan, I would still rather be here than melbourne

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1 billion dollars lost (if it lasts only a week not longer) but posters on JT said Australian economy is dong so well, so I guess it is just a drop in the bucket for the fantastic Australian economy or in particular the Victorian economy,

but the much loved Victorian government, the only one in Australia to have such harsh lockdowns, is begging the federal government for handouts as there is pressure on them to compensate the many businesses losing that billion dollars.

Are the people of Melbourne weary, they seem to fully support their government and happy to do these lockdowns eventhough they are the only place in Australia to do them like that, with other states particularly NSW handling it very differently . You get what you vote for.

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@didou

I can not understand the craziness to lockdown a city of 5 millions, just for a few infected.

It's 39 today and if they do nothing it will be more tomorrow and more the next day. Some countries might be fine with 100s of cases a day and no contact tracing, Australia had different priorities. In 7 days the lockdown will end and things will go back to normal, unlike other countries that seem to be having months of semi-lockdown with no results.

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Monty

I just talked with a friend in Melbourne over Zoom.

People accept this for what it is.

They aren’t happy (who would be?), but they understand why it is being done.

People can go outside an exercise (for a limited period of time each day) and do essential shopping. Here’s the official guidelines:

REASONS TO LEAVE HOME

1. Shopping for essential items (within 5km)

2. Exercise (max 2 hrs) with one other person  (within 5km)

3. Caregiving

4. Work where working from home not possible

5. To get vaccinated

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There is no job keeper being handed out anymore and businesses are not being compensated for this lockdown..

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39 cases, really? thats nothing, i would say there is more road traffic accident related deaths, but 39 infection cases, that is to tough to go back into lockdown, lets face it there is lots of other illnesses out there, I dont wish to make light of this situation, but you have to weigh up all of the factors, ie health, the economy, shops, mental health, if it was 39,000 new cases, well thats differant.

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@ Vreth

It's 39 today and if they do nothing it will be more tomorrow and more the next day. Some countries might be fine with 100s of cases a day and no contact tracing, Australia had different priorities. In 7 days the lockdown will end and things will go back to normal, unlike other countries that seem to be having months of semi-lockdown with no results.

I can see this, Vreth.

I can’t see why others don’t realize that these 39 cases will multiply if nothing is done.

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I’m glad I don’t live in that government created hellhole. I’ll never get used to people telling me what to do and no, it’s not like wearing a seatbelt.

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This yo-yo will keep on going up and down unless enough are vaccinated and Australia is not doing well on that front just like Japan.

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that government created hellhole

Really?! A bit of an overreaction on your part, I think.

My family and friends in Melbourne - and most of the citizens - are not of that opinion, and that’s all that matters.

@ Antique:

I agree that far more Australians need to be vaccinated.

However, they can be vaccinated easily and have inoculation sites carrying out the procedures.

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The present Australian federal government isn’t too bright . How many times does it have to happen before they take some sort of action .

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@blvtzpk don't know but most of my relatives live there and they are hating it..the government hasn't released any funding for this it's going to send many broke..

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Victoria is run by a socialist-left government who seem to get off on control. Even with the toughest lockdowns they had the highest death toll in the country, as opposed to a moderate right government in NSW with a bigger population but far lower death toll and much lighter restrictions. I know people in country Victoria who are a long way from Melbourne and mad about having to lock down for a week.

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@ Northernlife

I didn’t say they were happy about it. And I think financial support should be offered for those affected, money that will come from the taxes I pay.

@ Gooch

I’m not entering any political debate about this. You’ve made your views clear on this matter in earlier posts.

However, I’m sorry the country Victorians you know are mad.

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Oh, and I still strongly disagree that Melbourne is a ‘hellhole’ as someone previously stated. That’s pure hyperbole.

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The fact that a country has done wonderfully until now, as Australia has, sadly leads it to be helplessly exposed. Since nobody got sick and there have been few vaccinations, Australia is extremely vulnerable: nobody has antibodies.

Good luck when all those athletes and hangers on drag their medals home from Tokyo. Vaccinated or not they can and will bring back the virus.

Fools gold.

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@blvtzpk And I think financial support should be offered for those affected, money that will come from the taxes I pay....don't worry the government hasn't even sent the bill out yet for the past year of jobkeeper and extra dole payments.

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Are the people of Melbourne weary, they seem to fully support their government and happy to do these lockdowns eventhough they are the only place in Australia to do them like that, with other states particularly NSW handling it very differently . You get what you vote for.

Like the rest of the world we would much prefer covid to just go away, but it wont. When cases are beginning to be out of control, then measures to regain control are needed. I am living in Melbourne and have lived through all the lock downs. I agree with them all and my neighbors though weary, are also stoic and understand life returns to normal when the lockdown ends.

This pandemic is nobodies choice. How we maintain control over it "is" our choice. We will continue to lock down as needed, until it is not needed. We dont mind others not understanding the logic, because we do. Saving lives is what makes us a civilized people. If we did not value peoples lives like we do, we would be no different to any other species of animal on the planet.

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Goodluck- the cure has been worse than the disease in many places.

Though a little slow on the vaccines, Japan managed COVID very well. Businesses survived, kids thrived.

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@Happy day Though a little slow on the vaccines, Japan managed COVID very well. Businesses survived, kids thrived.......What are you talking about you must be in a different Japan in which I am in...

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What people dont realise is this virus is hear to stay, we will never totaly irradiate it, unfortunately we are going to have to live with it, like cancer and one or two other nasty diseases, unfortunately locking down every time it raises its ugly head wont solve a thing, but what it will create is mental health issues, financial hardship and bankruptcy, and possibly social stigmas

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