It is Victoria’s catastrophe nevertheless it’s a nationwide emergency

It was Prime Minister Scott Morrison who lately used the phrase “we’re all Melburnians now”. It’s now extra true than ever. Victoria wants the help of the nation. For the subsequent six weeks, Melbourne shall be a metropolis in a state of suspended animation, its streets largely deserted at night time, and by day solely open to these doing important duties.

Midway into what was purported to be six weeks of stage three restrictions Victoria has been unable to include the variety of COVID-19 instances in that state. On Sunday, its Premier Daniel Andrews introduced an unprecedented set of measures, together with a curfew from 8pm to 5am, that may take the town and surrounds by to spring.

On Monday, he’ll spell out a sequence of economic shutdowns, limiting the best way explicit sectors can function, to cut back the variety of individuals transferring round. College college students, together with these of their last years, will return to distant studying. Every family shall be allowed to ship one member out for provides for one hour every day.

The financial penalties of this lockdown shall be monumental, and that too comes with its personal knock-on results on individuals’s monetary, emotional and bodily wellbeing.

This isn’t purely a Victorian disaster. Premier Daniel Andrews could have declared a state of catastrophe, however this can be a nationwide emergency.