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.
A tidal drain at South Yarra, Melbourne, in 2008. The installation of litter-trapping equipment now prevents access.
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What was once the stuff of urban legends now spreads virally through social media claims the tunnels beneath our cities are used for child trafficking. The truth is both more mundane and important.
Crew on board the Ruby Princess as the cruise liner docks at Port Kembla, Wollongong, Monday April 6, 2020.
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A cruise ship stranded, temporary memorials, face masks, empty cities ... Coronavirus has transformed Australia and these images tell the story.
Melbourne's Innovation Districts were launched a few years ago, but the impacts of COVID-19 have added urgency to having places to trial new ways of urban living.
Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Sunday announced steps to slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. There are four steps…
We have to balance the risk of transmission with the mental health challenges of lockdowns. A bubble system could alleviate loneliness while minimising infection risk.
New research looking at the attitudes of non-Muslim Australians supports the theory that contact between people of different backgrounds reduces prejudice.
A night manager at one of Melbourne's quarantine hotels has been designated as "patient zero" in Victoria's second wave of COVID-19. Here's what that actually means.
Many who are lonely will overlook their own emerging signs of loneliness in hope these feelings will go away once around other people.
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Melbourne's stage 4 lockdown forbids residents travelling more than 5km from home during their daily hour of exercise. Fine for those in leafy suburbs, but not for those with less greenery nearby.
It can be daunting trying to work out how to get help with your mental health.
Contaminated masks are an infection risk. Here's how to clean them properly.
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Even though cases haven't dropped off yet, mandatory masks have probably helped to prevent cases continuing to spiral upwards - which is a real risk with this virus.
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