The traffic below The Highrise was much quieter this morning, but not as quiet at Mark 1 lock down.
We did our weekly South Melbourne shopping. No panic buying. Panic buying was a total media beat up. Aldi was overstacked with toilet paper. The numbers of vacant parking spaces in the Aldi carpark is a good indicator of busyness. Pre Christmas, it showed Full at times. Lock Down Mark 1 it showed around 55 spaces vacant spaces. Last week it was down to 27 free spaces. This morning under Lock Down Mark 2, it showed 58 free spaces. The streets were deserted. People who were out went about their business but did not hang around.
The Highrisers sanitised their hands about every five minutes, did not put anything down on a surface apart from our Aldi shopping on a the shopping trolley and checkout belt and we kept our distance. R as always wiped down the shopping trolley with sanitiser wipes.
We did buy a pepper steak pie each from a bakery and a take away coffee from Brazil coffee shop but they did not touch any surface.
R is extremely stressed by Mark 2 Lock Down but logic tells him it is necessary.
I had an online chat with our remaining Brother Friend who now lives in Thailand and I asked him if could the Thai figures of virtual zero infections be believed? Vietnam has even better figures.
His reply was, lock down borders early, mask wearing when in public, hand spray sanitising every time you enter a shop, along with a temperature check, closing public venues and bars, and a night curfew. It was strictly enforced and obeyed. Thailand is now opening up. Its medical system was prepared but not necessary.
I ask why has it all gone so wrong in my state when the rest of country is pretty well zero infections?
If you look at a map of COVID infections in Greater Melbourne they are generally contained to areas with a high Muslim population, yet western Sydney has a high Muslim population, so it can't be the religion or the race. Yet, in Melbourne it seems to be. Eid is the end of Ramadan in late May and is when families get together. The highest cluster is now a Muslim secondary school. Many of the locked down public housing blocks are full of Muslims. Many of the guards at quarantine hotels were Muslim and they interacted with each other and it seems sexually with 'guests' at the hotels, along with being lax about keeping people locked up.
I don't want to be seen as a Muslim basher, but it seems like I am being awfully like that. It is just how I see it.