Like many countries around the world, Australia’s Covid-19 pandemic is getting worse, with only 25 cases confirmed on 1 March, soaring to more than 4,000 in four weeks. Federal Chief Medical Officer Kelly released a forecast that the Australian outbreak could be contained by September, with between 5 million and 15 million people infected and between 50,000 and 150,000 dead in the interim. To this end, on 20 March, the Australian Government announced a “feudal state”, and since then it has announced a ban on citizens travelling outside the country and increased social distance restrictions, including a reduction in the maximum number of people allowed to meet in public places from 500 to 100, and on the 29th to 2 (with the exception of family members); a minimum of 1.5 metres between people outdoors and 4 square meters per person indoors, etc.
In Rubenstein’s view, Australians, who had not suffered a major plague for decades, were somewhat apathetic in their defense against it.
Australia is located in the South Pacific, with its bounty and self-sufficiency in meat of all kinds. As a result, Australians are somewhat not caring for the rules such as “social distance”, especially in Sydney, where the pandemic is most severe. On the first day after the “locking the country”, thousands of people flocked to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, in serious breach of the then “ban on non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people”. The Australian government had to close the beach in order to control the spread of corona virus. In light of this, Sydney’s chief health officer in Victoria, Sutton, issued a stern warning: if people continue to blatantly disregard the 1.5-metre social distancing rule, the number of infections in Australia could soar to 100,000 in the next two to three weeks, killing thousands.
Rubenstein was happy to tell reporters that while many Australians are ignoring the social distance rule, 1.2 million Chinese are taking it very seriously. In fact, since the beginning of the new crown outbreak in Wuhan at the end of January 2020, the Chinese have been on a strict journey of prevention. Chinese returning from China to Australia isolated themselves initiatively, and some Chinese in Australia timely closed down restaurants, etc. The Chinese also insist on wearing masks, even though this cultural conflict has led to misunderstandings, accusations and even beatings. At present, the proportion of Chinese is also small out of more than 4,000 confirmed cases. While they are “protecting themselves”, they are also protecting other Australians.
Australian Department of Health shows that a person carrying the virus can infect 406 people in 30 days, completely regardless of social distance. Rubenstein stressed that this was not an assumption, as the figures for Italy, the United States, and Spain have proven. Strict adherence to social distance can prevent the transmission of information from one person to another and also prevent the transmission of information from one person to another, which can kill two birds with one stone.
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