Melbourne, Australia-Ring Mayar knocked on the door in the western suburbs of Melbourne all day, asking residents if they had a cough, fever or chills.
Even if they did not do so, he encouraged them to be tested for coronavirus, because the authorities are racing to catch up with a series of outbreaks, which may reshape Australia’s success story in controlling the spread.
Mayar, chairman of the South Sudan Community Association in Victoria, said: “This is daunting.” Mayar has been volunteering in one of the major immigrant communities where cases are proliferating.
As in other parts of the world, coronavirus has discovered a loophole in the Australian system: its spread is partly due to Cigarette lighters are shared among security guards working in hotels that segregate returning international travelers.
Later, it was circulated in low-income communities in Melbourne, which have a considerable immigrant population, including in supermarket distribution centers.
The surge in the number of viruses shows that viruses can quickly reappear even in countries that seem to be expected to return to normal life safely. The outbreak in Victoria has stalled the reopening of national borders, weakened plans to create travel bubbles with other countries, and forced 300,000 people back into the blockade.
Authorities said on Tuesday that in order to stop the spread of the virus, in the next four weeks, in addition to essential travel, people in the ten most affected areas will be restricted to their homes. International flights have been diverted from Melbourne, which has nearly 5 million people, and investigations into violations in the isolation agreement have begun.
Officials continue to conduct door knocks and surprise tests, warning that if residents do not comply with the regulations, Victoria, the second most populous state in Australia, may be affected.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said at a press conference: “If someone comes to your door and provides you with a test, then the correct answer is yes.” on Wednesday. He added: “If this situation continues to stay away from us, all of us will be locked.”
Before the outbreak of Victoria, the country only recorded a small number of new cases every week, and it had begun to relax restrictions in order to reopen the country by the end of July.
But in the past two weeks, the number of Victorian cases has grown by double digits every day. Although this situation is pale compared to places like the United States where there are thousands of new cases every day, the rise makes the Australian authorities uneasy. The Australian authorities have insisted on the country’s extensive testing program and its early confinement measures. As the key to success. .
The surge in Victoria follows a familiar pattern: Global public health officials warn that outbreaks are inevitable even in countries where people’s restrictions on movement have greatly suppressed the virus.
Broke out in China Foods related to the food market attacked Beijing last month, and the authorities conducted targeted lock-in and extensive testing. Australia is currently adopting this model. In Singapore, the virus quickly multiplies in crowded migrant workers’ dormitories.
In Australia, coronaviruses have already dominated the pockets around Melbourne. Due to language barriers and other issues, such as distrust of the authorities, government messaging is not always effective. Fear of testing for this virus is high, and the sick may not be able to do temporary work at home.
Some of these areas also experienced The high rate of homelessness and overcrowding makes it difficult for people to abide by the rules of staying away from society.
Eddie Micallef, chairman of the Victorian Ethnic Community Council, said: “If some of them do not work and are not on JobKeeper and JobSeeker, they can only survive on charity.” Measures.
This danger was heralded in May when a group of doctors and experts warned the Australian government that it missed the opportunity to protect the immigrant community.
Mr. Micallef and other community leaders said that communication between state and federal authorities and high-risk groups failed to meet the conditions necessary to prevent infection. Some people said that it took a long time for the translated information to reach them, and it was unclear.
Mohammad Al-Khafaji, CEO of the Council of the Australian Ethnic Community Federation, said: “You almost need a university degree to understand it.” The document talks about the government’s translation of the coronavirus into Arabic pages file.
He and other experts also warned that the blockade measures implemented by the police (especially in the case of severe scrutiny of police abuses worldwide) may only damage communities that are already alert to the authorities and exacerbate their isolation.
“We have to let people understand the importance of being at home.” Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Immigration and Integration Centre at Monash University in Melbourne said. “This will not create the behavioral changes we want. “
She added that although the first wave of racism related to coronary virus has been targeted People of Asian descent had a second wave of immigration and ethnic communities due to misunderstandings of these groups that did not listen to public health advice.
Leaders of the Islamic community also said they were concerned about rising anti-Muslim sentiment, after reports that a cluster in Melbourne originated from Eid al-Fitr celebrations last month.
Professor Wix said it was not these disadvantaged communities that should be blamed, but “global citizens who have returned from cruises and ski trips to Aspen. We seem to have forgotten the virus’s prevalence in Australia history.”
For Mr. Mayar, eliminating the stigma of the virus and the racial discrimination that accompanies it can eliminate all rap on the door: Although he wears gloves, he must be careful to keep a distance of six feet from his residents, but he will not wear Put on the mask.
He acknowledged the risks involved. He said: “But in the end we are humans and we don’t want to treat each other like aliens.” “Even if we meet a sick person, we must show our compassion.”