Source: Premier of Victoria.
There’s been plenty said about how challenging 2020 has been.
And it’s true. This year has asked more of us – taken more from us – than any year, ever.
But 2020 has also proven, without doubt, the incredible courage of Victorians.
We have found it in ourselves to stay the course. And as a state – millions strong – we are defeating this virus.
Other places around the world have not been so successful.
Back in August and at our peak, we reported 725 daily cases. At the same time, the UK recorded 891.
Today, as Victoria records two new cases, the UK hit 16,171. And as we continue easing our restrictions – they are being forced to increase theirs.
We are seeing states and cities, not so different from our own, overwhelmed by their second wave.
Doctors and nurses being asked to decide which of their patients are most worthy of their care.
And communities – entire countries – confronting the reality that this will be “normal” until there is a vaccine.
We have escaped that awful eventuality. With modest acts of greatness and kindness, we have endured this – together.
Today, and on the strength of that success, we’ve been able to progress a number of changes.
I know these changes can’t be absolutely everything everyone wants. But they are the steps we can safely take that will make life a little bit easier.