Victoria: Not the place to be – right now.

– Opinion –
While cases continue to rise across Victoria, interstate premiers are having a field day, grateful that they’re not in Daniel Andrews’ position, yet.

Trust Victoria to become the embarrassing uncle of Australia. We’re those who are disapprovingly spoken about at family dinner and those who no longer remain on the list to receive a Christmas card at the end of the year.  

Perhaps it’s time to surrender to last week’s debate – changing the state’s name. To be living anywhere other than Victoria right now seems quite appealing.

And while COVID-19 continues to cause a stir within Victoria, I suggest you do a quick load of shopping for the necessities because it looks like our shelves are clearing themselves out again, *sigh*.

Putting all else aside, many continue to wonder as to where we went so terribly wrong and why our embarrassing uncle decided to invite all his unpleasant friends over for a second time.

Victoria was one of the last states in Australia to relieve restrictions and now the first state to implement them once again. And with the spike in cases continuing, there is little doubt that we’ll continue to go backwards, facing lockdown for a second time.

As a second-wave looms, the threat of this happening to the remainder of the country isn’t on the minds of interstate premiers. Instead, state politicians are ironically ‘all in this together’ as they criticise our premier.

Daniel Andrews has really taken a beating. First he was condemned for not relieving restrictions earlier, and then he was disapproved of for not fining protestors at Black Lives Matter rallies. If Andrews cancelled all protests, he still would have faced backlash. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t sort of situation.

But now with a surge in cases, the premier has hit the tip of the ice-burg. No Premier wants Victorians in their state, interstate citizens are literally begging to have us cut off from the rest of the country and Victorians are embarrassed to be Victorians.

So, where do we go from here?

First, we must come to understand where these cases originated from. To all Facebook warriors out there beating their hearts out over how these cases started because of the protests, the answer is no, these cases didn’t all emerge from the Black Lives Matter rallies. Just as Andrews put it in his statement on Saturday, half of these cases arose from transmission within the family home.

All it takes is for one person to visit a friend or a family member who was asked to self-isolate. Instead, they have risked infecting that person who is now going to go out to the supermarket without knowing that they’re infected until it’s too late. It’s easy done if you haven’t been watching the rest of the world suffer, thinking that COVID-19 is nothing serious.

Unfortunately, this is the reality we have come to live in, with a small minority ignorant to the fact that their mistake of not self-isolating has led to a conundrum for our premier. Should Andrews reinstate restrictions right now for everyone, displeasing those who have already encountered enough hardship despite doing the right thing? Or should Andrews take it as it comes, waiting to see what test results come back before the 12th of July, perhaps leaving it too late and placing the state into a prolonged lockdown that could have been avoided?

Again, it’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t sort of situation.

Victoria has become the forbidden fruit of our country, despite not even reaching the number of confirmed cases that New South Wales (NSW) has recorded. It almost seems hypocritical for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to condemn our state, when her state has almost double the amount of confirmed cases as Victoria to-date. But that’s another story for another day.

What you can take from this read is that, a) Daniel Andrews is doing the best that he possibly can to do to get Victoria unstuck between a rock and a hard place and b) stay home if you can. If you are asked to self-isolate, please do so to save the rest of the state from defacement by our interstate counterparts. After all, put yourself in Andrews’ position. I’d love to know what you would do if you think that you could do better than the premier himself.

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