In Australia, they are looking for answers to the questions: who is to blame and what to do.
Australia was one of the countries that managed to cope with the coronavirus epidemic relatively quickly. In March-April, the country had an outbreak of the disease, but then managed to stop the epidemic at the level of 6000 infected. And now three months later, Melbourne is again urgently closed for quarantine – over the past week, a sharp increase in the number of diseases was recorded – the diagnosis of COVID-19 was detected in 1000 people.
When Australia went into self-isolation in March, the situation was alarming, but not critical. By that time, doctors from this country already knew how dangerous this disease was and could plan actions to prevent the outbreak from becoming truly widespread.
Although the locals were concerned about the impending threat, they also understood that the epidemic could be fought and not let it become a national disaster. Then the country was ready to unite to cope with the epidemic.
In the end, Australia managed to cope with the outbreak.
Now the situation is somewhat different. Over the past week, 1,000 Australians have fallen ill. For comparison, the same number of people became sick during the entire period from mid-April to the end of June.
As a result, authorities were forced to respond and introduce quarantine measures in the city of Melbourne, which became the center of the new outbreak.
Now Australia’s second most populous city is prohibited from leaving its home, except for necessary purchases, work or study, nursing and medical appointments, and exercise.
However, this is not the worst option – in the area of the city, where the new outbreak of coronavirus came from, even more, stringent measures have been introduced. There, people should keep their contacts to an absolute minimum – this is the only way to contain the growing epidemic.
But now the attitude to a new outbreak of the disease is somewhat different than in the spring.
Now people do not hide their irritation well – they have already felt that the disease has been defeated, and now they have to become forced recluses again. More and more Australians are asking the question – who is to blame for the fact that the disease has returned?
Some are inclined to blame the Governor of Victoria, Daniel Andrews. It is believed that he took the problem of a possible second wave of coronavirus too lightly, and did not take sufficient measures to ensure that the disease did not return.
Another popular theory is that the virus was spread by people protesting for black rights. In Australia, as in other major English-speaking countries, rallies were held in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. These rallies often created a dangerous situation where many people were in direct contact with each other.
Some people in Melbourne tend to blame immigrants for everything. Indeed, the outbreak began in low-income areas of the city, where mostly poor Australians and people who only recently moved to this country live.
A high population density could have triggered an outbreak of coronavirus infection in these areas.
In any case, in addition to the answer to the eternal question “Who is to blame?”, Australians will have to look for a solution to another, no less eternal question: “what to do?”.
On the one hand, you can try to impose a strict quarantine again, but it will be much more difficult to do this than in March. Residents do not want to sit on self-isolation; it is even harder for schoolchildren who are on vacation now. Also, Australians fear that the second wave of the disease could severely cripple the country’s revived economy. Residents sincerely hope that severe restrictions across the country will not come.
At the same time, the government is taking a serious risk by not responding harshly to the outbreak. If the second wave comes, and it is more severe than the first, people
Australia will not forgive its leadership for negligence. Also, the country’s economy will be severely affected.
In such circumstances, Australians can only hope that the outbreak will remain local, and it will not lead to serious consequences. Last time, competent measures helped to cope with the surge of the disease in two weeks, and this time, too, there is a chance that the epidemic will soon be brought under control.