The Greens are calling for HARDER closures like in New Zealand so that Australia can try to eliminate the coronavirus
Greens advocate HARDER lockdowns like the restrictions that have frozen New Zealand so Australia can try to eliminate coronavirus
- Adam Bandt wondered if Victoria should have come out of the lockdown
- Victoria registered 165 new cases of coronavirus in their growing second wave
- The Green Leader said that Australia should have followed New Zealand’s strategy
- He believes that following an eradication strategy is the best way to eliminate the disease
Adam Bandt wondered whether easing the lockdown restrictions in Victoria was the right decision after the second wave of the corona virus outbreak.
The Green Leader continued to speak Sky News on Thursday when he argued that Victoria should have stayed under strict lockdown measures for longer to reduce the likelihood of another COVID-19 outbreak.
“Looking over the ditch at New Zealand where they ran the course, you wonder what might have been in Australia,” he said.
“This push to reopen everything, while it’s understandable in some ways, we see in Victoria what happens if you don’t have a first reaction to health.”
An empty street with a closed restaurant in the inner city of Prahran, Melbourne, on Thursday after the introduction of the heavy new closure
Bandt said the urge to return to normal has left Victorian communities vulnerable to the disease.
He believes the best chance to eliminate the coronavirus is to pursue New Zealand’s success by pursuing an eradication strategy.
“I think we should ask ourselves whether this idea of ’we need to get things moving again’ and ‘we need to start reopening again’ was the right decision,” said Mr. Bandt.
Victoria registered 165 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday when Melbourne began the first day of a six-week block.
Members of the Melbourne Fire Brigade are preparing to bring food parcels to residents in an enclosed public residential area in Melbourne on Thursday
Thirty of the new cases were linked to known outbreaks – including 18 at nine all-towers – and the source of the rest was investigated.
The figure was Victoria’s second worst after it registered 194 new cases on Tuesday, prompting Prime Minister Daniel Andrews to shut down Australia’s second largest city.
Mr Bandt said that the Greens supported unpopular foreclosure measures as the best way to counter the second wave outbreak.
“No one likes these lockdowns, and no one likes to go back into lockdown after having previously enjoyed a degree of freedom of movement,” he said.
“This is about protecting lives. This is to ensure that we prevent outbreaks as much as possible within the Victorian and, of course, the wider Australian community. ‘
A closed sign can be seen in front of a restaurant on Chapel Street in downtown Prahran on Thursday
A child stands in front of the window in a tower of the housing committee in Flemington on Thursday