Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Victorians ‘despondent’ over Covid roadmap to freedom, say its ‘over-cautious’

Victoria has recorded 567 new local Covid-19 cases as the state’s roadmap to freedom released yesterday left many feeling “despondent”.
The figure is the state’s highest COVID-19 daily case number this year.
The Department of Health said one person died from the virus on Sunday.
Melbourne’s Lord Mayor this morning said a planned roadmap out of lockdown has seen many react with “despondency”, feeling the announcement doesn’t go far enough.
The four-step plan hinges on vaccination rates, with Melburnians able to participate in outdoor recreational activities like golf and cricket once Victoria hits the milestone of 80 per cent of the eligible population receiving their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
That milestone is expected to be reached about September 26.
When 70 per cent of the eligible population had had their second dose, which is expected to be October 26, lockdown will end.
But the roadmap has been criticised for being too cautious, particularly businesses facing the prospect of several more weeks of closure.
“The immediate response has been really despondency,” Sally Capp told Today.
“People were hoping for much bigger steps forward and these have really been baby steps.”
Melbourne is due to reach 230 days in lockdown by the time the restrictions are lifted.
But Australia’s former deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth said it was modelling from the Burnett Institute, that informed the roadmap, that was “a little bit overcautious”.
“I think any road map that shows us a way where these restrictions are going to be lifted is welcome,” Dr Coatsworth told Today.
“There’s a case to be made that the modelling is a little bit overcautious, a little bit overrepresenting the likely impact on the Victorian health system.
“When you look at most models around the world – and we have real-life examples of this in the United Kingdom – they show a certain picture which is doom and gloom and the reality is substantially less.

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