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Victorian 'pivot' opens path out of lockdown

Victoria's COVID-19 response has retreated from an undeclared ambition of eliminating the virus before Christmas to a more pragmatic and achievable aim of suppressing its spread to levels the state can live with safely. Senior epidemiologists say the government's conflicting public health message – Premier Daniel Andrews talking about 10 daily cases being the new five and five being the new zero – reflects the unrealistic targets it set when the road map out of lockdown was set two months ago. The overarching problem, say epidemiologists, is that the government was quietly pursuing an elimination strategy for the virus. The terms elimination and suppression – or 'aggressive suppression' as the national cabinet and the Victorian government have preferred – can be confusing, but experts say there has been a clear change in approach in recent weeks.

The Age - October 15, 2020

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