Australia’s “Super Spread Incident”

Australia caused a super-spread incident-a 27-year-old man committed suicide recently. 45 of his 50 relatives and friends who attended his memorial ceremony were diagnosed. Infected with the new coronavirus. This has made Australia’s anti-epidemic work “exacerbated.” Various states have stepped up their management and control, extended the lockdown period, strengthened vaccine promotion, and police-military joint law enforcement policies.

This defensive movement took place on July 19, and 8 days later, 45 participants were successively diagnosed with the new crown virus. The governor of New South Wales, Berejiklian, confirmed the super-spreading incident with a 90% infection rate and warned people who ignore public health regulations: “You might think this is just a trivial matter of giving family members some food to show their grief. But in fact, for you, it may be a death sentence.”

According to a report by the Australian News Corporation on the 29th, Berejiklian announced that there were 239 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths in Sydney that day, setting a new high since the current round of the outbreak. What is worrying is that at least 70 of them were not quarantined during the infection period. Berejiklian admitted that “the epidemic is likely to continue to worsen”, which is very different from her previous expectation that the epidemic is expected to peak this weekend. A spokesperson for the New South Wales Department of Health confirmed that 182 confirmed patients needed treatment in the hospital that day, including 54 patients in the intensive care unit and 22 critically ill patients requiring ventilators. According to current statistics, 50 of 54 critically ill patients have not been vaccinated. In response to the people who did not cooperate with the epidemic prevention measures and the worsening epidemic situation, New South Wales continued to tighten management regulations on the 29th, including increasing the fine for not wearing a mask from 200 Australian dollars (about 1,000 yuan) to 500 Australian dollars. The Daily Mail said on the 29th that Kelly Changte, Chief Medical Officer of New South Wales, believes that people’s failure to be tested for the virus as soon as they develop symptoms is the main reason for the high epidemic in this round.

According to the “Daily Mail” report on the 29th, NSW announced on Wednesday that it will extend the “blockade” measures for the third time since the outbreak of the epidemic in June, which is expected to be extended by 4 weeks to August 28. Eastman, an epidemiologist at the University of South Australia, believes that the lockdown period in Sydney will likely be extended after the end of August. This is mainly because it is unrealistic for NSW to complete an 80% adult vaccination rate by the end of August. NSW has only completed 2.5 million doses of the new crown vaccine in the past six months, and it is unrealistic to complete 7.5 million doses in the next month.

In Melbourne, another major city in Australia, although the “blockade order” was lifted on the evening of the 27th, a number of new confirmed cases in the community were still found that day. According to the “Herald Sun” report, an apartment building in Melbourne was blocked on the 29th because a patient diagnosed with the new crown that day visited the apartment building 10 days ago. Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer Ben Koey expressed concern about the state’s epidemic prevention and control. “Today’s new patients remind us that there are still many cases in the community.” On the same day, the Victorian Department of Health issued a statement saying that Virus fragments were found in sewage testing, and there may be undetected active cases in the community.

As a pair of difficult brothers and sisters, the Victorian Governor Daniel Andrew’s recent epidemic prevention advice to the state of New South Wales is considered to be “five steps to laugh at a hundred steps”. Andrew suggested setting up “steel ring” isolation measures around Sydney, that is, increasing stricter checks of passing vehicles and other measures to cut off the transmission of new crown virus carriers. But Andrew admitted on the 29th that the proposal “has not received positive feedback from the governor of NSW.” At the same time, Andrew believes that it is necessary to implement curfew measures in Sydney, and emphasized that although matters in NSW should be decided by the people of NSW, their decision The impact is far more than just NSW itself. Andrew’s “good intentions” are not without reason. According to a report by the Daily Mail on the 29th, although Berejiklian insisted that the strictest epidemic prevention measures have been implemented in history, many people did not think so and criticized the new Many state regulations are not stricter than the previous “blockade” measures of Victoria and South Australia.

As the front-line commander in the fight against the epidemic, the NSW Police Department’s statement is obviously stronger. Faced with the ever-increasing number of confirmed diagnoses, NSW Police Commissioner Fuller confirmed that the local government has formally applied to the federal government to request the National Defense Forces to support the NSW police’s anti-epidemic law enforcement work. The Federal Government plans to send 300 Defence Force soldiers to participate in the NSW epidemic prevention and blockade operation centered on Sydney. When asked whether measures such as curfews and “steel rims” would be adopted, Fuller believed that “all means would be considered.” At the same time, he confirmed that the NSW police are currently increasing the intensity of household investigations, conducting hundreds of random random checks every day, and have the right to ask passers-by’s addresses and other information. According to the “Daily Telegraph” report on the 29th, the NSW government is formulating a new version of the epidemic prevention roadmap, considering setting up military checkpoints in epidemic hotspots, and relaxing control measures in low-risk areas.

Australian people and businesses have suffered from repeated epidemics, and many people’s normal lives and work have been greatly disrupted. According to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on the 29th, taxi drivers in Victoria complained that “only when they show a negative nucleic acid test report within 72 hours can they enter the local tourist area”. Considering that there is no public transportation in the local area, taxis are the only travel option. Both tourists and local residents are subject to many restrictions on going out. According to the anti-epidemic regulations, the hygiene of taxis is the focus of supervision, and lack of clean records will face a fine of 16,000 Australian dollars (approximately 80,000 yuan).

Another area plagued by the epidemic is the aviation industry. The “Daily Telegraph” stated on the 29th that Australian Airlines calls on the federal government to issue new regulations as soon as possible to force all aviation industry practitioners to be vaccinated against the new crown. Virgin Atlantic, another major airline, immediately issued a statement expressing its support for Qantas’ proposal. At present, Australia has not issued regulations on the mandatory vaccination of new crown vaccines for practitioners in the aviation industry, but each state government “decides on its own.” Virgin Atlantic’s recent internal staff survey showed that only 65% ​​of the crew and airport staff have received at least one dose of the new crown vaccine.