Yo-yoing lockdowns are costly and to be avoided if at all possible. Here is what we can do to dramatically improve testing and tracing.
Relaxing restrictions too soon would only cost more jobs in the long run.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has declared a state of disaster and an 8pm-5am curfew for Melbourne for the next six weeks. Meanwhile, the rest of the state moves to stage 3 restrictions.
No single measure in isolation prevents disease transmission. It is a matter of reducing the likelihood and enhancing the capacity of the system to deal with events that occur.
Without policies to address the core needs of small business, Victoria's second wave of restrictions will be a killer blow.
As the second wave takes hold of Melbourne, the Victorian government will lock down the metropolitan area.