Australia ranks second in the world for coronavirus cases - so where did we go wrong?

Australia’s elimination strategy during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the most effective in the world.

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Through a combination of early border closures, widespread testing and meticulous contact-tracing, localised lockdowns and mask mandates, the number of reported cases was kept at around 28,000 in 2020.

This compared with 805,000 in 2020 in