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How did Australia lose its grip on covid-19 and can it get it back?

Empty streets in Melbourne, Australia, where lockdown rules are in place to limit the spread of coronavirus

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Australia was tantalisingly close to eliminating the coronavirus, but is now seeing a surge in new cases. What went wrong and can it regain control?

The country was initially able to contain covid-19 by closing its border to non-nationals, quarantining citizens returning from abroad, implementing stay-at-home orders throughout the country, and conducting widespread testing and contact tracing. This brought the number of new confirmed cases down from 460 on 28 March to between two and 17 per day in …

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