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Daily situations hit almost 65,000 nationally on Wednesday, a new experience for those of us here. In Melbourne, where I live, we were before forced indoors over only a handful. We experienced the world’s longest lockdown, living under strict restrictions for almost nine months. As recently as August, state authorities imposed a 9 p.m. curfew, strictly enforced for eight weeks, over 25 new situations. We were fined more than $1,300 if caught venturing beyond three miles of our homes without an approved reason. No more. In the season of omicron and with 77 percent of the population double-dosed, chief Minister Scott Morrison has touted a virus management mantra of “personal responsibility.” In all states, the majority of restrictions have been lifted.

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