Coronavirus: This is a war, but it’s unlike any we’ve seen

Coronavirus: This is a war, but it’s unlike any we’ve seen, by Paul Kelly.

The conflict between saving the economy and slowing the virus has reached a new tipping point. …

The moral is stark: the speed of the virus outpaces the speed of human reaction and decision-making. The complacency of the ­Australian public and the relentless invasion of the virus have ­driven leaders into draconian steps. Life in Australia will begin to be transformed this week. With the spread of the virus doubling each three or four days, the hos­pital system will face intolerable pressure without the trend being checked. …

The Bondi Beach fiasco became a call to arms. But Morrison offered some hope — Australia has conducted more than 120,000 tests and the positive ratio was 0.7 per cent, one of the lowest in the world.