Here in Australia we have State border closures, self isolation and quarantine measures rapidly introduced due to 68 locally-acquired COVID-19 cases in Sydney.
Yes, 68 cases.
Why the quick and dramatic response? To protect the rest of Australia where people currently lead near-normal lives.
For instance, Western Australia has had 253 consecutive Covid-free days, and even Victoria has had 51 Covid-free days since their stressful lockdown in part of Melbourne.
Many people are racing to cross state borders before midnight tonight when most borders close to Sydney (NSW) residents, so every State will be making an effort to closely monitor any new Covid presence.
For those who are interested, here’s a link that explains what’s going on, with a bunch of videos about the response of various States and Territories. Hope you can view them from overseas.
And for those interested in official data, here’s another link.
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectiou … dates.aspx
Masks are being put back into action. One of my kids caught a long distance bus out of Sydney the other day (when there was less than 30 cases in Sydney). Everyone on the bus wore a mask, despite there being no requirement to do so. Why? Because there’s no way of knowing if one of the other travellers (or even themselves) has been exposed. Everyone wants to stay healthy for Christmas.
You can’t be too cautious.
Thank you for sharing this LTM. Good to see a post from you, even if in a forum. Here in Queensland we are even on high alert because a person who tested positive from Northern NSW snuck in and visited a few locations. That is one person. Now the border is closing once again. We have had no reported cases in our region but we still have a large supply of masks and hand sanitizer that we take with us everywhere in public.
Other countries should take note...”it’s better safe than sorry.”
Hi Jodah! So happy to see you. I’ve been awol for what seems like forever. Rainy and cold in my part of Australia right now but I’m not complaining. By this time last year we’d already been evacuated a few times in the big fires.
Such a relief that covid has not had a chance to get out of control here. I noticed an interesting thing happening with the first news of covid where I live. People had been so frustrated with the inability to control fire and smoke damage for months, that going into lockdown and wearing masks and social distancing etc really didn’t seem like much of a big deal at all.
The fires were out by then, and it was clear in the online community chats that if there was something that could be done to prevent further drama and devastation, everyone was happy to do it. Businesses closed without fuss. Social distancing in supermarket etc adhered to. Anyone we saw in town kept their distance and cracked jokes and even though people were losing money during lockdown, they were generally cheerful.
And now again, masks and hand sanitiser are out in the town in readiness for people travelling through from Sydney. I heard about 170 cars were turned back from your Qld border today.
Seems new cases are low for the past 24 hours, so that’s encouraging. I feel sorry for all our friends and family overseas who are having a much harder time with it.
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