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Melbourne enters snap 5-day lockdown over virus; spectators barred from Australian Open

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But the tournament continues ? Where is the logic ?

staff has to travel back and forth.

Not possible to keep a bubble

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Welcome to the new normal.

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Crazy stuff..

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Personally I didn't use the term, but why can we say the UK/South Africa/Brazil variant, but not the China virus?

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Hotel guests shagging security again?

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What a farce.

Corona is going to be here in a year or probably even a decade.

How can people continue to accept these constant lockdowns.

Co

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But the tournament continues ? Where is the logic ?

Why not? The athletes were all tested and remain isolated in between matches. No really need to cancel it.

Corona is going to be here in a year or probably even a decade.

How can people continue to accept these constant lockdowns.

Until most population is vaccinated that is a total acceptable measure to protect people’s health and to avoid overwhelmed hospitals.

5 day lockdown, mass testing to identify and isolate clusters, and then move on to normal life.

Better than for example here in Japan, where things are maybe 60% normal all the time.

I’d rather have had proper lockdowns a few days every now and then, to have life 90% normal as in Australia and NZ.

It is a good return on investment, if we can call it this way.

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As an Aussie in Japan I like to chuck on the ABC over my cornflakes and vegemite sandwiches as often as possible just to remind myself what functionality looks, feels and sounds like.

Just watched the Victorian premier Daniel Andrews speaking to the press for what was at least forty minutes if not more. Frank, unscripted, calm, competent, straightforward; not in any way trying to gloss over things or hide any decisions or thought process that have led them to the latest rounds of shutdowns and strategies for containment of this highly contagious new strain. All done in a way that anyone from high school to a seniors home would understand and comprehend. Have said it before, but the real Olympics ( of which every single person on the globe is a competitor ) is happening right now and it is a test of leadership, comprehension, thriftiness of action, co-operation, the ability to put personal interests aside for the greater good and of course the most important part which is effectively communicating with your population. Once everyone is on board the ship sails well.

Hard not to compare things to the muddled, cryptic, vague and dare I say tight-lipped and patronizing approach they take here. I guess we are all supposed to 'read the air' for direction, of which there seems very little. Chalk and cheese, unfortunately.

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Another lockdown of a state of 227,444 km² because of 13 known cases. 1 case per 17,500 km². Insanity.

The poor Aussies are facing a perpetual cycle of opening up and locking down because it is impossible to completely eradicate viruses. Not even the vaccination manufacturers project 100% immunity, nor efficacy against mutations.

Put in strong protections for the elderly and vulnerable but let everyone else live their lives.

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As an Aussie in Japan I like to chuck on the ABC over my cornflakes and vegemite sandwiches as often as possible just to remind myself what functionality looks, feels and sounds like.

Just watched the Victorian premier Daniel Andrews speaking to the press for what was at least forty minutes if not more. Frank, unscripted, calm, competent, straightforward; not in any way trying to gloss over things or hide any decisions or thought process that have led them to the latest rounds of shutdowns and strategies for containment of this highly contagious new strain. All done in a way that anyone from high school to a seniors home would understand and comprehend. Have said it before, but the real Olympics ( of which every single person on the globe is a competitor ) is happening right now and it is a test of leadership, comprehension, thriftiness of action, co-operation, the ability to put personal interests aside for the greater good and of course the most important part which is effectively communicating with your population. Once everyone is on board the ship sails well.

Hard not to compare things to the muddled, cryptic, vague and dare I say tight-lipped and patronizing approach they take here. I guess we are all supposed to 'read the air' for direction, of which there seems very little. Chalk and cheese, unfortunately.

HA!

From one Aussie in Japan to another, complimenting Andrews... what a joke. So those in regional Victoria really need to face the same restrictions as those in Melbourne?

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Of course. More lost jobs, businesses, poverty, mental health issues, suicides, etc. No wonder Victorians are angry.

Fury as Victoria enters five-day snap lockdown

Daniel Andrews' announcement that Victoria will enter a third lockdown to avoid catastrophe has been met with outrage by businesses and residents alike.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/fury-as-victoria-enters-fiveday-snap-lockdown/news-story/76afdc6d5e9524e36499bde468290e2a

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No problem. I have to stay home anyway.

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Let's be fair. The move to include regional Victoria is difficult to understand. Increased contact tracing and testing should be carried out first (The state of Victoria should be well equipped to do them after 2 lockdowns) then if situation gets worse then more measures.

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Dan Andrews’ breathtaking arrogance coming home to roost. It was only on Tuesday that he was asserting that Victoria had the “best” hotel quarantine in Australia, it was so good that all the other states were copying his hotel quarantine (?). Despite the fact NSW is taking 3 times the amount of returned travellers that he is. Today he locks down the WHOLE of Victoria, for a few cases in Melbourne, escaped from his superior quarantine. And now says that he wants to stop Australian citizens returning (to Victoria) because of his govt’s complete and utter failure.

Tennis is still fine though. Too bad if you were getting married this weekend.

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PharohChromium@' Nice name maaaayte ;P You guys really think it's ok to gamble with this thing? Caution to the (new strain in) the wind? For real? You'd prefer them to do sweet FA like here? Really? I think they've been brilliant watching from afar.

Would love to hear your counter ideas and strategies.

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The poor Aussies are facing a perpetual cycle of opening up and locking down because it is impossible to completely eradicate viruses.

Poor Aussies? Please do not attempt to make out that Aussies are to be given sympathy for our outstanding record on containing the virus so far. This latest five day lockdown is nothing. We are veterans of lockdown conditions in Melbourne and can handle five days in our sleep.

The ability of the UK strain to spread faster and easier than the first strain out of China is why the whole state faces five days lockdown. Towns state wide would get people from Melbourne visiting daily on a normal basis so to protect everyone in the state and the nation borders are closed and the state locked down. We know what we are doing as we have successfully done it before.

Of course. More lost jobs, businesses, poverty, mental health issues, suicides, etc. No wonder Victorians are angry.

Poor comment. No jobs lost for a five day lockdown. No additional suicides or mental issues over such a small period of time. Comment responsibly please. Fear mongers do nothing to help the situation.

Unless you live here and are dealing with this yourself, take it from one who is in Melbourne (me), this is a prudent and vastly supported move to eradicate local transmissions of covid, which then allows us to return to normal. Some few dissenters are always vocal about any subject. This is no different.

There is no other industrialized country I would rather be in right now than Australia. Have sympathy for those not living here, they need it more than we do.

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BRAVO Melbourne.

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Well said Peter 14!

We just finished our lockdown here in WA but fortunately lucky with no further cases reported. It hasn’t resulted in job losses or increased suicides and most people would rather this course of action than the alternative many seem to suggest.

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Poor Victorians, and all this circus is happening because of a virus with more than 99% survival rate. It's not about saving lives anymore, it is about control of the masses.

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all this circus is happening because of a virus with more than 99% survival rate.

Such fake statistics do nothing but sow confusion.

The worst mortality rate was in Italy between May 11 and Aug 15 at 14% and topping out at 14.5%.

In new Zealand at the other end of the spectrum the mortality rate spiked at 1.5%

Japan spiked in late May early June at 5.4%

Only because of actions like mask wearing and social distancing and lockdowns, this has brought down the average's around the world. Current world average death rate is 2.2% and Japan at 1.6%.

https://ourworldindata.org/mortality-risk-covid#the-case-fatality-rate

So the worst "survival rate" was Italy at 85.5%. Please do not make up fake figures.

Total reported world cases are over 107 million. 60.1 million have recovered and 2,360,000 have died so far.

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Peter 14

In other words, survival rates getting better worldwide. Without Australia’s absurdly draconian lockdowns.

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In other words, survival rates getting better worldwide. Without Australia’s absurdly draconian lockdowns.

Seriously, mate. Do you watch the news? Many countries all over the world are having some restrictions to contain the virus. On the other hands, states in Australia are relatively restrictions free. Masks are even not mandatory in public places here in Queensland.

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Killing the virus by lockdown every case approach it seems.Unsustainable and morale sapping.Messaged my good mate in Melbourne last night and he said "just sick of it bro."

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Lockdown, open up, lockdown, open up. It guts the economy, angers people and is demoralizing.

Every single problem Australia has had with managing the virus in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth since last August can be summed up with one word: quarantine. They haven't been able to get it right.

I think Australia has done a terrific job and I am envious when I see people going about and enjoying a relatively normal life but the economy is being hammered with every lockdown. I think when the Jobkeeper program ends (in March, I believe?), we'll get a better idea of the true economic fallout and unemployment.

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In other words, survival rates getting better worldwide. Without Australia’s absurdly draconian lockdowns.

The rates come down in Countries that institute lock downs and use masks and social distancing and have improved testing and tracing. Many countries both envy Australia and have emulated our lock downs to some degree to reverse rampant spread of the virus. Because it works to save lives and keeping the patient numbers from overwhelming available medical services.

You may not agree, others may not agree, but in Australia we are proud of what we have accomplished together and we continue to support lock downs. Would we prefer a world without covid? Obviously we would. But we handle this in the right way for us.

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