After the city reported zero new coronavirus cases on Monday and Tuesday, a rollback took place, which is a sharp drop from the hundreds of cases recorded every day during the peak of the outbreak in late July and early August.
“I am very proud of what we have achieved here,” said Sharon Levine, director of Melbourne’s Peter Dougherty Institute of Infection and Immunity, to the BBC. “The results are extraordinary-but not without pain.”
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According to Bloomberg, due to the forced closure of most businesses, Victoria, where Melbourne is located, loses an average of 1,200 jobs every day. Since the lock-up period started in July, the demand for mental health services increased by 31% in September and October, and was initially expected to last only 6 weeks. At the same time, alcoholism and domestic violence are increasing.
Melbourne recently withdrew from the nationwide lockdown measures implemented from March to May, which may make long-term work stoppages more challenging, because residents can return to normal life briefly during the three-year period from January to May. Then reduce daily activities again.
This summer, in most parts of Europe, Melbourne residents stranded in Melbourne watched the trip and resumed part of their ordinary lives. At the same time, the virus spread across the United States. After strict blockades in some countries, including Italy and Spain, Europe seems to have contained a major epidemic to a large extent and began to reopen its borders.
This also comes at a price. Europe is now facing a large number of infections.
European leaders have stated that their goal is to avoid imposing a hard lockdown as in the spring, as it did in Melbourne, causing painful blows to the economy and communities. Nevertheless, due to hospital warnings of increasing pressure, Italy and Spain have recently tightened restrictions, and France is reportedly considering a one-month lockdown. Germany is expected to announce new stricter regulations this week.