Melbourne is locking down again (how can it be?) Of all the cities and states in Australia, why us? Haven’t we had enough, Universe? Maybe, we are experts at it already so it’s only natural it would happen here again? At any rate, it is happening again as of midnight tonight. Seriously, who puts a timeline on staying safe??
From what I understand (and don’t quote me on it) a returning Australian man left the mandatory hotel quarantine (after his 14 days) in Adelaide and brought the virus to Melbourne. It is believed it is the Indian variant of Covid and that he caught it whilst in quarantine. Because it is so contagious and fast moving, it has everyone very concerned. So far most states have shut their borders to us, including SA – cheeky since they basically delivered it into our state of Victoria via this one man.
From the ABC : Acting Premier James Merlino said contact tracers had identified 10,000 primary and secondary contacts linked to the outbreak. “In the last day, we’ve seen more evidence that we’re dealing with a highly infectious strain of the virus, a variant of concern which is running faster than we have ever recorded,” he said.
“The time between catching the virus and passing it on is tighter than ever so for some of those cases I’ve mentioned … the serial interval, that is, how long it takes between the onset of symptoms in the first and secondary case, is averaging just over a day.
“So unless something drastic happens, this will becoming increasingly uncontrollable.”
As a result, the government has now opened up an expanded age category eligible for the vaccination in our area. As you can imagine, the queues are long and the phone centres are impossible to get through to. Tomorrow the kids return to remote learning and we are back to Stage 3 restrictions: Face masks indoors and out, you may only leave to go to the market, the doctor, to get a vaccine, as a necessary worker and for exercise (within 5km and with only one other person.) I am grateful for a fast acting government but am worried that it’s been in the community for about 10 days now before we really knew about it. Sigh. I miss the before time.