We need to rigorously analyse data from recent lockdowns, so we can respond better to future outbreaks.
During the current COVID outbreak in Melbourne, the state government has been listing exposure sites as tier 1, tier 2, or tier 3. So what's the difference between each level, and why does it matter?
Another lockdown in Victoria comes at a considerable cost. However, it's important to see the distinction between this short, sharp lockdown and the one that lasted several months last year.
If there are inevitably going to be leaks from quarantine, wouldn't it be better to have it in an isolated location so it can't spread further?
Novak Djokovic was one of the lucky ones, sitting out quarantine in Adelaide and with greater freedom to train than tennis players isolating in Melbourne.
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Nobody likes a whinger. But when you're used to having an entourage, and being feted around the world, things can get tough when you don't get your own way.
The pervasive impacts of infrastructure projects on public health are often overlooked. New research is teasing out the many ways Melbourne's level-crossing removals will affect people's health.
Victoria has achieved a remarkable thing. But the virus has not been eradicated. The question then becomes, how well can the state deal with new outbreaks?
Ideally, I'd wait until there's zero community transmission before reopening borders. But I think the risk of a substantial outbreak is low.
Alice Pung's family escaped Pol Pot to settle in Australia. In suburban Melbourne, as her mum worked in the dark, back shed, she discovered books — and what the world could be.
There is cause for optimism. But now the pendulum swings towards individuals taking responsibility for managing risks, rather than government telling you what you can and can’t do.
How does Victoria’s response to a second COVID-19 wave compare internationally? Very favourably - only a handful of other jurisdictions have enjoyed anything like the same level of effectiveness.
A previous version of Melbourne's COVID roadmap flagged an exclusive bubble between two households. The new plan allows residents to have two adult visitors per day, which is far riskier.
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Melbourne could be out of lockdown within a week, if COVID-19 case numbers continue their current trend. But blanket rules such as the new 25km travel radius risk unnecessarily burdening the public.
Some hard lessons have been learned along the way but the contact tracing system in Victoria is now very comprehensive and increasingly robust.
We're likely to see clusters of cases pop up and outbreaks that are hard to stamp out. But we can't stay in lockdown forever. We have other options.
As the federal government finalises next week's budget, with large red numbers into the future, Morrison, Frydenberg and Hunt applied the blow torch to the premier.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has provisionally brought forward the lifting of lockdown after announcing 127,000 Melburnians can return to work this week amid 'safe and steady' lifting of restrictions.
The premier said Melbourne's restrictions could be eased more than expected on Monday. But from an outbreak-management perspective, we should be careful of easing too soon.
Hospitals in regional Victoria can now begin ramping up their elective surgeries again, with metropolitan Melbourne soon to follow. But six months of partial shutdown has left a significant backlog.
The Andrews government has announced regional Victoria will move to step 3 of the roadmap towards COVID normal from tomorrow night.