Over the past few weeks Australia is one of the few places who have not had major Covid spikes. Australia is said to have handled it well, compared to others who have not handled it as well.
The state of South Australia – which boasts some 1.7 million people – had largely eradicated community transmission of the COVID-19 virus after a nationwide lockdown earlier this year. According to reports, the cluster of cases broke out after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel was exposed to the virus.
“There is no second chance to stop a second wave,” Marshall said. “We are at a critical point, but we will get through this”. Australia has been praised for its handling of the pandemic, earlier this month marking five months without a new local case. The country has recorded 27,784 cases and 907 deaths as of Thursday. Earlier in the year Australia immediately went on lockdown, causing not too many cases but still way more than expected.
They implemented a “circuit breaker” lockdown in an attempt to squash a COVID-19 outbreak that grew to 22 infections this week in the state capital Adelaide. The strict measures closed schools, universities, bars and cafes. Also, only one person from each household will be allowed to leave home each day – and only for specific reasons. Outdoor exercise is banned, and wearing masks is mandatory. Additionally, the restrictions require most factories to close aged-care facilities to go into lockdown, and weddings and funerals to be put on hold for the time being.