Melbourne coronavirus outbreak might ‘recast’ Australian virus success story



Local lockdowns and the specter of a second wave of coronavirus in Melbourne haven’t escaped world consideration, with plenty of media retailers reporting on town as one in all a bunch of these experiencing a possible second peak of the virus.

The New York Times reported from the bottom in Melbourne and described doorknocking efforts to get residents examined as “authorities race to catch up with a string of outbreaks that is threatening to recast Australia’s success story in controlling the spread”.

It quoted Monash University director of the Migration and Inclusion Centre, Professor Rebecca Wickes, as saying immigrant communities shouldn’t be blamed however somewhat “global citizens, coming back from their cruises and their ski trips to Aspen.”

“We seem to have forgotten the history of how this virus took hold in Australia,” she mentioned.

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Despite Europe deciding to permit Australian residents into the bloc from July 1 and the UK set to do the identical with out quarantine necessities, information of the Victorian outbreak has made headlines within the UK.

The BBC reported an “outbreak has gripped Melbourne”. The public service broadcaster mentioned some states have been barring Victorians from entry as the remainder of the nation continued to expertise “few or no cases”.

Britain’s Independent reported 300,000 would return to native lockdown circumstances.

“The spike in cases has been linked to staff members at hotels where travellers who returned to Australia were being quarantined, indicating breaches of quarantine protocols,” it mentioned.


The UK Daily Telegraph additionally warned the winter surge could possibly be a preview of what the northern hemisphere will face within the coming months.

“Australia had been considered to have managed the pandemic well, so far recording a total of around 8,000 cases and 100 deaths in a country with a population of 25 million. Cases peaked by the end of March with the state of New South Wales hardest hit,” the paper reported.

“The state of Victoria went from nine cumulative cases on March 1 to 1,018 cases on April 1. Spread of the virus slowed considerably for some time, then over the past month the cumulative case tally went from 1,670 to 2,380.”

“And as Australia – and the rest of the southern hemisphere – enters winter this has prompted concerns that the virus, which most experts believe is more likely to thrive in the cold, is having a resurgence.”

It mentioned the low variety of instances within the Australian first wave could have contributed to an increase now. Griffith University Queensand Professor Hamish McCallum mentioned town was clearly within the grip of a second wave.

“The question is whether it is a ripple or the start of a tsunami. Certainly, the rise in daily reported cases looks qualitatively very similar to the initial wave in March. However, this does need to be viewed in terms of the increased testing and relaxation of the criteria for testing,” he mentioned.

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The UK tabloid Express mentioned “panic grips Australia over second wave as 300,000 shelter after spike.”

“Australia has fared better than many countries in the pandemic, with around 7,920 cases, 104 deaths and fewer than 400 active cases. But the recent jump has stoked fears of a second wave of COVID-19, echoing concerns expressed in other countries,” it reported.

Australia has recorded greater than 8000 instances of coronavirus to date which remains to be low in comparison with others around the globe.

On Wednesday, the US recorded greater than 52,000 new COVID-19 instances in 24 hours, a brand new one-day report as infections soared.

Overall greater than 10.7 million coronavirus infections have been recorded around the globe with greater than 517,000 deaths.

Many international locations initially seen as efficiently having fought off the virus, similar to Germany, Japan, Singapore and South Korea, have seen a resurgence in native scorching spots in current weeks as lockdown restrictions ease.