The global meter that checks the number of COVID-19 cases seems to suggest that at this point, there are no fewer than 18, 000 cases of the pandemic here in one of the largest countries on the face of the earth. But that single statistic may read more like a random figure.
It’s only when you delve deep that you realize how serious is the condition on ground zero in a country often called “Straya!”
Of these many cases, there are around 12,300 confirmed cases in the state of Victoria in Australia. Does that tell us a thing about why the situation is slightly precarious in the country?
But then, of the 12,300 confirmed cases- as suggested at present- nearly 5,100 have recovered. Yet, it does not suggest why must Australia not tread cautiously. For here’s the thing. All those who reckoned that a second, new wave may emerge when least expected and could catch one napping is just the kind of situation one wishes to work against- isn’t it?
And if that’s true, then this leaves us to the next important question or subject of debate. What is Australia actually doing to check the rise in the number of cases and what might happen in the course of the future?
The first step of action is with the authorities taking into account whether the denizens of the state of Victoria are actually taking all requisite steps to evade a possible crisis?
In order to ensure just that, the state has taken a stand to impose a fine as high as upto 20,000 Australian dollars for anyone found not adhering to the isolation orders (and therefore, found breaching the requisite step).
It’s only when you understand that the figure is around USD 14,200 that realisation kicks in that it’s a massive figure. Furthermore, a new news snippet from western media outlet suggests that the state fears that the worst ‘could’ happen, owing to which it’s been decided that military personnel will be deployed around the state of Victoria to ensure that the isolation orders are duly complied with.
But is the overall situation really that critical or are these just standing measures to counter the ‘what-if?’
We don’t know yet. What we do know that there are important developments taking place, such as the one suggested in the following excerpt from Al Jazeera:
Daniel Andrews, Victoria’s premier, told reporters that military and health teams had randomly visited more than 3,000 homes of people who should have been self-isolating because they had tested positive or were awaiting test results for the virus.
But in “more than 800 of those homes, the person who should have been isolating could not be found,” Andrews said in Melbourne, the Victorian capital. “That is completely unacceptable.”
Moving on, it appears that the only real situation where one may be allowed to leave one’s premises is in lines with an urgent medical condition, or as they say, ’emergency.’
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A source from the authorities in Victoria happened to share, “There is literally no reason for you to leave your home, and if you were to leave your home and not be found there, you will have a very difficult time convincing Victoria police that you have a lawful reason.”