For the first time in 139 days, the state of Victoria had zero new cases and no further deaths from coronavirus. Double doughnuts day, and as a result, the Premier has said we could reopen Melbourne.
From Wednesday, retail, hospitality and entertainment will be able to re-open with some restrictions, so for the first time in a long time, we will be able to go out to eat at a restaurant or have a beer at the pub.
For five million Melburnians, it was a collective sigh and an emotional sense of relief. Though they made us wait an extra day to hear this news, it has been an outstanding effort by everyone to get the low numbers that were achieved today.
Victorians can now have some confidence in contact tracing, which has improved significantly. The number of new cases peaked at 700 a day in August and has been on the decline since then. Other countries that were recording similar numbers at the same time are still recording many hundreds of cases a day.
This result is a vindication of the strategy the government pursued to get the number of cases down. They have copped a lot of flack for sticking with their plan, but, we can all feel a little chuffed at the part we have played in this outcome.
Let's eat some doughnuts.
Doughnut day has been a common expression this week to describe a day when there are no new coronavirus cases. A double doughnut day is one where there are no new coronavirus cases or no new deaths. Today was another double doughnut day for Victoria, and a doughnut day for no community transmissions right across Australia, the first time this has happened since 9th June.
Now, I am feeling a little bit guilty writing about these achievements when so many other countries are doing it so hard with coronavirus at the moment. However, after enduring 112 days of lockdown in my home state, it is hard not to be thankful for the fact that the lockdown has served its purpose and reduced the cases of coronavirus.
There is still a long way to go, but we are now looking for all the state borders to be open for Christmas, and the opportunity for families to get together over the festive period.
My Melbourne lockdown experience has shown that they work, provided you stay the course and resist all the naysayers. It's where your leaders need to put their undies on the outside and stick to their plans.
For my fellow Writelier contributors who are heading into a lockdown, good luck and stick with it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it is not a train coming towards you.