“Victoria’s sacrifice appears to have been for nothing”

Seen in the letter’s page of one of our state newspapers:

It will be no comfort to the thousands of businesses and millions of Victorians who can now pick up the pieces, after Daniel Andrews’ latest “snap” lockdown (“Victoria’s lockdown to end tonight, Premier announces”, The Age, 17/2), to realise their sacrifices were for nothing, as the spread of infections from the Holiday Inn had already been contained within the small circle of close family contacts before it started. This upsetting fact emerged when the Chief Health Officer noted on the fourth day of the lockdown that the most recent and last two cases had acquired the infection eight days earlier. No positive cases have been reported from any of the dozens of “exposure sites” listed, nor among the tens of thousands of people tested. It’s past time to lift all the continuing restrictions on our daily lives.
David Macilwain, Sandy Creek