Lockdown not working? – Australian edition

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    Lockdown not working? – Australian edition


Victoria’s government has warned that many people are doing the wrong thing – such as going to work while sick.

“Together with community transmission, that is what makes cases grow and grow,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.

Last week, he revealed more than half of newly infected people had not self-isolated while waiting 48 hours for their test result. Nine out of 10 also failed to immediately get tested after feeling symptoms.

Online there have also been instances of people flouting lockdown rules, claiming it breaches their human rights. They have drawn sharp rebukes from authorities.

The latest record numbers mostly represent people who caught the virus about a week ago, when lockdown was well under way. This takes into account the timeline between feeling symptoms, going for testing and receiving results.

But overall it’s hard to quantify the impact, experts say, when other assumed drivers of transmission aren’t being measured publicly.

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