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Ken

According to the South Koreans they didn't have a lockdown. They did put in travel restrictions and advised people to minimise possible exposures. What people did was to do much the same as the Australian partial lockdown. We have been asked to only travel for essential reasons. Many shops are shut because they don't sell essentials. All food is exempt so I bought a very nice seafood spaghetti the other night as a takeaway, as restaurants are closed. In most states you are not allowed to visit anyone else residence except in certain circumstances. It seems to be working. We are doing a lot of testing per capita, but one of the worlds highest for tests per case. Hopefully it will continue to look good.

Kaiser

Ken: When is the normal flu season in Australia? I suspect it's not now so with the extra time to prepare and taking it seriously, you'd hope the situation is a bit more under control. Good luck!

Ken

Kaiser: We are just about to start flu season. Vaccines for high risk people available now, everyone else in May. The public health people are aware that it will make life more difficult, but the public aren't. The government is making the point that when we get our rates down to a reasonable level it is not back to normal. One of our politicians, who has had coronavirus, pointed out that a dinner party with 20 guests could easily turn into a couple of hundred cases. We have had a bit of trouble with young tourists who have trouble returning home and want to party on. What the public health people are aiming for is to minimise cases with unidentified transmission, and so areas where this is high they are testing anyone who has respiratory infections.

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