The Victorian Premier’s path to success is a world different from the rest of the Australian reality
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has taken to the airwaves to defend his controversial COVID-19 roadmap amid national and international condemnation.
On Sunday, the prime minister broke the hearts and confidence of millions when he announced that the Melburnians would not be getting out of phase four in the coming weeks.
On Monday, Mr. Andrews faced a barrage of criticism in the mainstream media, supported by more than 500 doctors who signed a letter condemning his handling of the pandemic and demanding more consultation.
Daily Mail Australia has cut Victoria’s road to recovery, as ordered by Mr Andrews on the advice of its Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, examining what the Prime Minister is saying versus the reality of the situation.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews will continue to keep the Victorians safe at home for the next few weeks
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton addresses the media at a news conference in Melbourne on Monday. He has come under fire from more than 500 other doctors
A resident is removed from St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner in July. Older people are still most affected by COVID 19
Mr Andrews says: Victoria will not be ‘COVID normal’ until Victoria is free from the virus for 28 days.
The reality: Other states with active COVID infections, including New South Wales, are already living freely in a COVID-normal environment, with increased social distance measures and controls. A comparative analysis with NSW shows that the state is functioning almost normally on Monday with four new cases.
Mr Andrews says: Lockdown is needed to save the lives of Victoria’s elderly.
The reality: Isolation of the elderly – coupled with the prime minister’s hotel quarantine fiasco – has resulted in more elderly dying and suffering from extreme mental health problems. Most of the 565 deaths have occurred in nursing homes, which, according to doctors working in this setting, described causal factors related not only to the virus, but also to other care-related issues, including isolation, loneliness, and associated reduced nutritional intake.
Mr Andrews says: Can’t afford to open non-essential businesses.
The reality: Businesses across Australia can now open and operate under the one person per four square foot rule.
Mr Andrews says: Constant restrictions are required for outdoor sports such as golf, football, fishing and hiking.
The reality: No one in Australia has contracted the coronavirus from practicing outdoor sports or while walking outside.
Mr Andrews says: Childcare will be available again to all parents from the end of the month and will prepare for grade 2 and senior students in October, but grade 3 through 10 students will continue to learn at a distance. The Victorian government claims it has “time to address and catch up on health, wellness, mental health.”
The reality: Top teachers have warned prep students would do better to repeat their base year next year to avoid being permanently left behind after months of lost lessons in class. Teachers fear that older students will also struggle and teachers themselves under the increased workload. Regional cities with active cases of COVID can open the next term in Victoria.
Mr Andrews says: Tens of thousands of Victorians will die if the virus cannot be contained.
The reality: The COVID-19 deaths are a relatively small fraction of the 114 deaths per day normally seen in Victoria. In comparison, COVID-19 has been associated with three of the 114 deaths per day since the beginning of March.
Mr Andrews says: According to his models, relaxing coronavirus restrictions too early would lead to a more than 60 percent chance that a lockdown would have to be reentered before Christmas. And that it was work and the kind of analysis ‘you can’t argue with’.
The reality: Top Australian professors have argued that the roadmap announced by Prime Minister Daniel Andrews under-analyzed and that modeling focused on foreign data rather than Victorian specific data.
A security guard at a Melbourne quarantine hotel sleeps on the job. The Victorian Prime Minister blamed the people of Victoria for the spread of the coronavirus while hiding what happened there
Victoria Police have set up spy vans around Melbourne’s parks to catch people breaking lockdown rules
Melbourne remains a ghost town amidst phase four lockdown
Mr Andrews says: Victorian families who failed to distance themselves socially were responsible for the second wave of infections that locked first place Melbourne in Stage Four.
The reality: An independent investigation led by retired judge Jennifer Coate in August learned that nearly all of Victoria’s pending cases could be related to hotel outbreaks. The investigation was launched by the state government after it was revealed that breaches of protocol by security officers – who had been deployed by the Victorian government to monitor the quarantine of hotels – had led to outbreaks in Victoria.
Mr Andrews says: Physical distance measures have reduced the flu level in the community, and anyone with symptoms should assume they have COVID-19.
The reality: According to the website of the Australian Influenza Specialist Interest Group and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are between 3,500 and 4,000 deaths from influenza each year. For people who are physically healthy and under the age of 60, the risk of death from COVID is extremely low.
Mr Andrews says: Gyms are a breeding ground for COVID-19 and should not be opened in the near future.
The reality: Gyms in other states with active business remain open under COVID safety plans and marshals. Public swimming pools also remain open with restrictions on numbers.
Police continue to patrol the streets of Melbourne looking for people who are ignoring lockdown laws
Sydney has found a normal COVID way of life despite active cases of the virus
On Sunday a person is seen walking a quiet Bourke Street. Melbourne is quiet during the week
Mr Andrews says: Contact tracing has improved statewide since the peak of 725 daily cases a month ago. That Victoria uses the ‘best of tech’ and people to track down people with the virus and who they may have been in contact with.
The reality: Victoria has engaged a team of call center agents as part of the Case, Contact and Outbreak Management team. These include Stellar, Helloworld and Health Direct. Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues to criticize Mr Andrews’ efforts, stating: response to those threats. So that clearly indicates that that is the standard we should strive for. ‘
Mr Andrews says: Weddings and funerals are prohibited.
The reality: States with active cases of COVID continue to allow up to 100 people to attend funerals and 150 at weddings.