Don Juravin reporting from Bella Collina, Florida (Dwight Schar center for peace)
While European and Israeli countries are experiencing widespread outbreaks of COVID-19, the Australian state of Victoria has seen a significant halt. Since the local prime minister announced stricter guidelines, the region has managed to reduce the number of new cases by a large percentage.
The Prime Minister of the State of Victoria in Australia, Daniel Andrews, announced a total closure in his region in early August. Some of his opponents called him a “dictator,” but now the state is reaping the rewards. A little less than two months after it went into effect, the closure led to a reduction in COVID-19 cases in the country. At the height of the second outbreak, there were 670 cases, but just this week, there are only 11. So how did the Australians do it in spite of the aggravation of citizens, restrictions, and discipline required?
A Unique Way to Defeat COVID-19
The quarantine carried out by the Australians is not the same across the continent, but rather focused and slightly different in each country and even in each city. In the state of Victoria, Melbourne, for example, the guidelines are expected to ease slightly next week. Other areas have not yet decided to remove the restrictions. However, in the metropolitan area of Melbourne, a night curfew takes effect every evening from 9 pm to 5 am – without exception.
“We can do it,” Andrews tweeted on his Twitter account last Sunday, “We are Victorians – and we will go through it as Victorians.” Yet despite the encouragement, the Melbourne metropolis is only in the first phase of the fight. On the official website of the State of Victoria, the information is completely clear about the steps required to get rid of COVID-19.
Discipline Is Key
The local government has defined four stages and as the stages progress, some of the restrictions are removed. The first phase completely restricts the departure from home. Businesses operate in a similar manner to the Israeli format during the closure. The second stage allows for additional reasons why you can leave the house. In the third stage, you no longer need an excuse to leave, but there is a limit of ten people. In the fourth and final phase, which will be achieved if not a single case is identified within 14 days, the restrictions are significantly reduced. Unlike Israel, the restrictions on mass gatherings still remain in force.
Despite opposition and even criticism from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Victoria’s experience, as well as China’s experience in dealing with the virus, has shown that spot closure with widespread public discipline is effective in fighting the virus. Among other things, the spot closure has allowed Australians to significantly lower morbidity levels, reduce hospital congestion, and created a convenient platform for performing mass tests and halting infection chains.
Don Juravin (Bella Collina, Florida, Dwight Schar center for peace)
Don Juravin is an American with Middle East & European heritage. An expert in the Bible and weight reduction fields but with a vast opinion on politics, finance, legal and social matters.