Another Melbourne lockdown…
Victoria will be plunged into a seven-day lockdown from tonight after the state’s Covid-19 outbreak rose significantly overnight.
Acting Victoria Premier James Merlino said this afternoon the state would go into a “circuit-breaker” lockdown from midnight until Friday morning next week, with only five reasons to leave the house.
Those five reasons include to get food and supplies, authorised work, care and caregiving for medical reasons, exercise for up to two hours each day with one other person, and getting vaccinated.
It is the fourth time Melbourne has been placed in a lockdown.
…I’m deeply skeptical of opening travel bubbles with anyone.
Why are we doing this at the most dangerous time of the pandemic? We won’t know we will have contracted it via Australian travel until sick people start turning up at our hospitals.
Christchurch GP Dr Hammond Williamson was not so optimistic.
He feared the roll-out would be a “disaster” as the Ministry of Health had provided little to no information about how it would work, and what would be expected of him and his colleagues.
Williamson worried the mistakes made in the distribution of the 2020 flu vaccine, which saw some clinics supplied with too few doses and others provided with too many, would be repeated with Covid-19.
“Communication about it was terrible. On the news repeatedly the public was told GPs had [the vaccines, but] they were delayed weeks and weeks,” he said.
…with the new mutations of Covid so much more contagious it is an enormous risk to be this open.
The virus is still out of control globally, the vaccine roll out is far from over and the simple reality is that until 75% of the global population is vaccinated this continues.
Surely the smart money would be on waiting until the damned vaccine is fully rolled out, why risk everything now?
We have all sacrificed for this damned plague, why put all our amazing work at risk to rush travel bubbles? This drive to ‘go back to normal’ misinterprets how utterly difficult vaccinating everyone will be.
We are putting the cart way ahead of the horse and if the damned virus does get into the country, all Labour’s political capital will implode.
I just can’t see the borders opening until 2023 and that reality demands a bigger vision from the Government.
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