The state of Victoria hit a new milestone on 19 August, with its residents spending 200 days under lockdown since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
The lockdown has had a mental and business impact on the state.
Tony Barton, former president of the Australian Medical Association, told TODAY on 18 August: “The despair and the fatigue are visible.”
“It’s a really uncertain time, and the next week or so will decide that,” he said.
“We have seen a stubborn bunch of days with more than 20 cases and about half of those cases are contagious in the community.
Officials in Victoria have extended the state’s sixth lockdown by a further two weeks after the initial lockdown – which began on 4 August – failed to rule out the emergence of COVID-19 infections.
Victorian opposition state parliament member James Newsbury has also pointed to the rising mental health toll from the lockdown.
“Today, there are 12 Victorians in hospital who have COVID-2 in the ICU,” he wrote on Twitter.
“This week, 148 teens will be taken to hospital after self-harm and experiencing suicidal thoughts … the mental health shadow epidemic is real.”
In recent weeks, there have been several notable cases of public health system violations, with 69 individuals coming together for an engagement party – a move that attracted widespread $350,000 in fines.
Ian Hickey, from the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre, said Melburnians were suffering from a “prolonged state of chronic stress” due to the ongoing lockdown.
“In the face of what appears to be ineffective government action and confusion … people don’t want to be left helpless and weary,” he told ABC.
“They act out to feel better, and they act in ways that they deem appropriate. They believe they are at low risk, and they are doing things that really make them feel better.” helps to achieve.”
Australian state leaders have taken tough measures to deal with the small outbreak of COVID-19; These efforts have intensified in recent months to tackle the new, more virulent Delta strain of the virus.
Australia and New Zealand have enjoyed relatively low infection and death rates from COVID-19 by global standards; This – along with public support for the stringent measures – has prompted state leaders to ease use of lockdowns and restrictions.
Melbourne, the Victorian capital, has been battered by extended lockdowns, with its commercial office market recording the lowest demand level since the 1990s.
In contrast, the demand for office space in other capital cities has remained stagnant.
“While the office markets have shown pleasing resilience, challenges remain. The lockdown continues, and the effects of the pandemic are still working through the economy, so CBD recovery should be a priority for governments at all levels,” Ken Morrison, CEO of the Property Council of Australia, said in a statement.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times