In contrast to other states after a positive case in a hotel quarantine worker, Victoria isn't locking down. But the response is sensible and proportionate – we're well positioned to manage this outbreak.
With no national standard, casually employed staff, a lack of PPE and a refusal to account for aerosol transmission, infections such as the one that prompted Perth's lockdown will keep happening.
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.
A man gestures from a hotel room under quarantine at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne.
The damage to once highly regarded brand names might be severe.
The clever strategy by Premier Daniel Andrews to defer analysis of the failed hotel quarantine program until the virus had been suppressed makes the findings largely academic and historical.
Charles Darwin University
Australia has student accommodation with nearly 100,000 beds, many now empty. The large purpose-built student housing facilities are well suited for quarantining returning international students.
Three infection prevention and control experts break down Victoria's new hotel quarantine system.
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?
In my view the short, sharp lockdown is warranted. It will give authorities time to discover the extent of exposure from this cluster.
South Australia's COVID cluster is disappointing after a long stretch of no community transmission. Now we need to act to stop it growing exponentially.
Justice Jennifer Coate's first report into the bungled hotel quarantine in Victoria maps out how processes can be changed to make sure it never happens again.
After a disastrous week in which Mikakos' evidence to the hotel quarantine inquiry came into question, she has resigned her position and says she will also quit parliament.
The federal government, has announced the cap on stranded Australians returning internationally, will be expanded from about 4,000 up to 6,000
It's easy to judge people who escape from quarantine as not doing their bit. But if we use some basic principles from behavioural science, we might stop people wanting to escape in the first place.
Some quarantine hotels provide more of a 'holiday vibe' than others. Some countries don't use quarantine hotels at all. Others use technology to make sure people stick to the rules.
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The government has become an easy scapegoat as the pandemic has worsened. While blame can alleviate stress, grief and guilt, it can also be counterproductive if people trust less in their leaders.
The way the media cover disasters tends to follow a similar trajectory, and the COVID-19 crisis is no exception.
Economics tells us that governments privatising services where quality counts is a bad idea.
Jane Halton on the risk of ‘vaccine nationalism’
Michelle Grattan discusses the coronavirus crsis with chair of CEPI Jane Halton