Coronavirus in Australia: What went wrong?

On June 16, Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said “a day like today can make me nervous”.

The southeastern Australian state had just recorded 21 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, then the highest number of new cases they had seen in a single day since May 15.

In the four weeks in between, everything seemed to be going to plan. The Victorian government had been one of the strongest in its decisive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and the curve – much like in the rest of Australia – appeared to be well and truly flattened.

If anything the state had been too cautious and too strict, according to some critics.

But almost two months later, Covid-19 is surging. Victoria’s outbreaks are helping bring Australia alongside the UK for daily cases and deaths. The country was once thought to be a safe haven. So where did it all go wrong?

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/04/australias-coronavirus-strategy-unraveled-sex-scandals-assaults/

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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