A new report shows out of 1 million students enrolled in all Victorian schools, only 337 may have acquired the virus through outbreaks at school.
Putting all of Victoria under stage 4 restrictions would give the state its best chance of stopping community transmission, rather than setting it up to play an endless game of COVID-19 whack-a-mole.
A mural by Amanda Newman in Northcote, Melbourne, depicts Ai Fen, a Wuhan Central Hospital doctor who was reprimanded for raising the alarm about COVID-19 in December 2019.
Photo: Carl Grodach
The inner suburbs are home to large numbers of workers in jobs vulnerable to the pandemic. If they're forced to seek cheaper housing in outer suburbs, the urban divide will widen.
Not everyone has a job they can do from home. Mapping the patterns of occupations across Melbourne's suburbs against COVID-19 cases strongly suggests why some parts of the city are more vulnerable.
The hard lockdowns of whole blocks have been challenging for many residents due to their histories of trauma, their housing conditions and a lack of communication and understanding from authorities.
Much of our public housing stock is ageing and substandard. But we can learn from outstanding examples of retrofit projects that have transformed existing blocks into high-quality housing.
For large households living at close quarters, as in Melbourne’s public housing towers, hotel isolation of people with COVID-19 is likely to be more cost-effective.
The spread of the virus through households creates costs higher than for isolation in hotels when families are large and living at close quarters as in Melbourne's public housing towers.
The public housing hard lockdown is the product of a punitive public housing system whose residents have been neglected for decades.