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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.
Too many people are going out with COVID-19 symptoms or while awaiting a test result, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said, after the state hit a bleak new record of 484 new cases.
Research suggests the coronavirus pandemic's greatest impact is due to people changing their behaviour voluntarily. So we may be overestimating the costs of government restrictions.
Melbourne isn't the only place suffering under a second lockdown. It's happening across the world as the virus surges in countries that were initially successful in flattening the curve.
Given what is now known about the mortality rates of COVID-19, the ongoing disruptions to children’s care, education and health are no longer justified.
Some experts were concerned about the creation of unrealistic expectations, links with gender-based violence, and the potential for addiction. Others said education might help to offset these harms.
The best option is for infected people to be admitted to hospitals or other suitable health facilities. This will help prevent transmission within families.
Without policies to address the core needs of small business, Victoria's second wave of restrictions will be a killer blow.
Once something bound up with other people, more recently 'happiness' is seen as something very individual. Has our dependence on each other during lockdown changed our sense of where happiness lies?
Victoria has recorded its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases. It might be time to return to a statewide lockdown.
The drop in traffic during COVID-19 lockdowns reduced global emissions. If we keep encouraging cycling and working from home beyond the pandemic, our climate goals may become more achievable.
The Victorian spike serves as a reminder that we are still very much in a pandemic. We need to come to terms with the fact we will need follow the basics of infection control for some time.
A survey conducted in April revealed more than half the participants flouted social distancing rules to go shopping for non-essential items, and visit friends or family.
Building a greener economy starts at home.
Rivalries will have been bred, birthed and nursed during lockdown, just as they are on the street.
Community sport already faced financial difficulties and funding cuts – coronavirus will only make this worse.
Bankruptcy is meant to offer breathing space to struggling companies, but it may not be enough given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.
If expert advice on the pandemic turns out to be wrong, it will have dire consequences for how reliable scientific evidence is treated in other policy areas, such as climate change.
Evidence from South Korea tells a precautionary tale about rushing to end lockdown, without the right public health measures in place.