Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, praised Australia's use of lockdowns to quell the spread of the deadly virus
Australia's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been called "the epitome of success" by America's top doctor.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Australia's ability to "consistently implement" public health policies, as well as the citizens advocating the lockdown, have helped save the country from the worst of the pandemic.
"What Australia did is the proof of the pudding," said Dr. Fauci, who helped lead America's response to the pandemic.
“If you consistently implement public health measures, be it total or partial lockdown, you can turn off the voltage spikes. It worked, ”he told The Australian.
Shortly after the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic on March 12, Australia launched a series of tough lockdown measures to prevent the disease from spreading.
Bondi Beach was busy over the weekend as beach goers tried to stay cool during the heat wave (Image: A woman buys shaved ice)
Residents are encouraged to be socially distant, but masks are not mandatory (Image: Sydneysiders cool off at Bronte Beach on Saturday during a November 28 heatwave).
Residents wear face masks when shopping in Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan on November 27 (pictured), where strict restrictions still apply
The borders were closed to all non-residents on March 20 and social distancing rules were introduced. Restaurants such as pubs, cafes, restaurants and clubs had to close and only offered a take-away service.
According to the regulations, the number of cases dropped significantly by April. By the end of the month, fewer than 20 cases were reported across the country each day, easing tighter restrictions.
A second wave in Victoria in May was brought under control by a strict 112-day lockdown. The state celebrated 31 days of no new COVID-19 cases or deaths on Sunday.
Australians have since received the reward for returning to normal daily life with few restrictions.
Shoppers wearing face masks wait in line to enter a store in Citadel Outlets on Black Friday during the coronavirus pandemic in Commerce, California (pictured Nov. 27).
In Australia, life has almost returned to normal with only a few restrictions (Photo: Sydneysiders enjoy the hot weather on Bondi Beach during a heat wave on Saturday).
Dr. Fauci said much of the success came from the fact that Australians who accepted bans were part of the greater public health benefits.
He said part of the fight for the US is the country's individualistic spirit.
“It is clear that countries and states that do not accept restrictions are not making the curve as blunt as those that do. The epitome of that was Australia's success, ”he said.
Dr. Fauci feared the worst was yet to come after the country celebrated Thanksgiving over the weekend.
However, he was optimistic about the promise of a successful vaccine and predicted that an effective coronavirus vaccine would be available by April.
People wear masks as they walk down Fifth Avenue with One World Trade Center in New York City (pictured) on November 28 as America suffers a second wave
A nurse performs a COVID-19 swab test as a crowd lines up at a transit clinic in Bondi Beach (pictured in July). In NSW alone, an average of 10,000 tests are performed per day
People talk as they line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (pictured). Free trials have been available to all Australians since March
The U.S. had more than 13.1 million infections on Black Friday when it registered 205,000 new cases, which likely consisted of some Thanksgiving numbers when 20 states didn't report data.
It was the 25th straight day with more than 100,000 new cases.
There have been more than 265,000 deaths in total, with five states keeping daily death records this week and 23 states reporting higher case numbers than last week.
The US reported fewer than 1,000 daily deaths just twice in the past week, while the two days leading up to Thanksgiving had more than 2,000 American deaths each time.
AUSTRALIA VS AMERICA: COVID-19 IN PICTURES:
Total number of cases:
America: 13.4 million
Daily borders were closed:
America: On March 31st, the US closed its borders to a handful of countries, including China and Europe
Australia: March 20th
Day restaurants were closed:
America: Different for each state. As of March 21, at least 25 states had restaurants and bars closed.
Australia: March 23
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