Australia prepares for vaccine rollout; Victorian government yet to send hotel quarantine bills; Inside Sydney’s biggest vaccination station
Melbourne was nudging 20 degrees by 7am and, as the city awoke, it breathed a collective sigh of relief. On walking tracks and beaches, strangers looked at each other – maskless – and grinned. Once again, we had done it.
The statewide snap lockdown – billed as a circuit breaker and ending at midnight on Wednesday – was nowhere near as tough as previous Melbourne lockdowns. But it still stung.
Business groups have warned many small and medium operators will never come back after the past year’s rolling lockdowns, and estimate the losses from the latest shutdown could be nudging $1 billion.
Through it all, Melbourne has again shown its resilience. Having technically eliminated the virus in November, we have again driven community transmission of COVID-19 into the ground (on Friday, three new cases were confirmed; all of them people already in quarantine having been exposed through close contacts).