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.
The modelling assumes infections are fairly evenly distributed. They are not. It ought to be possible to reopen low-infection postcodes first.
We asked an epidemiologist, an academic who researches sharehouses and a philosopher to reflect on Victoria’s new coronavirus rules.
Relaxing restrictions too soon would only cost more jobs in the long run.
Overall, Victoria’s roadmap is good. It identifies the right goal, provides explicit criteria for when restrictions might be lifted, and involves mostly appropriate restrictions.
Researchers created an artificial society inside a computer to model what would happen to virus transmission under different policies. It helped inform Victoria’s exit strategy.
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…
Ahead of the release of Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown, we asked four experts to explain what they see as the most important aspects of the state’s path out of stage 4.
The traffic light alert system, first proposed in response to the 2003 Beijing SARS outbreak, is already being used around the world to classify travel and inform restrictions in classrooms.
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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.
Yes, there will be temporary meat shortages in Victoria, but not for long.
The federal government must provide more support if Victorian businesses and households are to survive the state’s Stage 4 lockdown.
Victoria’s closure of child-care services may be necessary, but it will put pressures on parents and likely drive down women’s workforce participation.
Victoria has been declared a 'state of disaster'.
A state of disaster confers more power on the minister for police and emergency services to ensure compliance with the laws put in place to defeat the pandemic. It plays a powerful symbolic role, too.
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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.