It appears the stage four restrictions are working. From a high of over 700 new daily coronavirus cases in earlyAugust, Victoria has finally fallen below 100 new active daily cases for the first time since that peak.
We still have two weeks of lockdown to go, and if the current trend continues, we could expect the new daily cases to decrease fewer to around 45 per day. Extend that trend out to mid-October, and we could down to zero new cases per day. That would be an outstanding achievement.
Unfortunately, this current outbreak has resulted in more than 500 deaths in Victoria, and our Aged Care residents and healthcare workers have felt the full brunt of these infections.
I suspect it is not going to be comfortable when the restrictions are eased. The risk of further outbreaks and lockdowns will loom. We will still need to wear masks, maintain our social distance, and not travel too far from home. We will have to get used to a new COVID normal, whatever that is.
We are a long way from this pandemic being over. We are going to have to be careful and take precautions for a long time to come. This virus is not going to disappear any time soon, even if a vaccine is discovered.