Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria reports four new cases as lockdown begins to battle Melbourne Covid outbreak

Residents wake up to first day of week-long shutdown to contain growing number of cases. Follow latest updates

12.25am BST

Panic buying offers the illusion of control amid upheaval and acts as a balm for feelings of anxiety and uncertainty related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

That’s the verdict of a South Australia-based psychology expert as Victoria enters its fourth lockdown and toilet paper again flies off the shelves, reports AAP.

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Bill Bowtell AO, adjunct professor at UNSW and a strategic health policy consultant, writes:

As they enter the “circuit-breaker” lockdown, Victorians are entitled to be dismayed by the multiple failures in Australian government pandemic policies that have required the use of the blunt but necessary measures to contain this outbreak.

By the end of 2020, Australians had done the hard work required to achieve sustained zero local transmission of Covid-19. Victorians had endured a 15-week winter lockdown that eliminated Australia’s most serious and deadly outbreak.

Related: Victorians are right to be dismayed by the federal government’s failures in pandemic policies | Bill Bowtell

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria reports four new cases as lockdown begins to battle Melbourne Covid outbreak ———

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