We need to be prepared that the present coronavirus situation means there will be ramifications.
Not ramifications just for Victorians, but for all of us.
Viruses don't stop at borders.
We know the ability of COVID-19 to spread easily and quickly given the right circumstances, so what's happening in Victoria will mean we all have to make more sacrifices.
"We are all Melburnians now, when it comes to the challenges we face," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.
"We are all Victorians now, because we are all Australian."
Yes, like it or not we are in this together.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the border operation between Victoria and NSW is likely to continue for at least six weeks.
While NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian suggested there would be a return to tighter restrictions for our state things didn't pan out as badly on Thursday as some expected.
The premier said while the government continued to be on high alert, and was monitoring border communities and regional NSW closely - she did not feel any wider restrictions were necessary at this stage.
Instead, Ms Berejiklian said she had been buoyed by the more than 18,500 COVID-19 tests conducted in last 24 hours, including more than 400 hundred in the Albury community.
But there are no assurances that the restrictions will be reintroduced in fact the premier confirmed the matter was being reassessed on a daily basis.
There's no doubt that the indoor activities remained the highest risk gatherings.
We may well all ask why do we have to suffer?
Because if we don't adhere to these measures, what's to say we are not the next Melbourne?
On Wednesday the NSW Government revealed Victorian teenager holidaying in Merimbula had been advised he was COVID-19 positive.
This is the grim reality we are facing.
We are trying to live in a community, a world in fact, with this virus and protect the parts of our community who are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of it.
So if it means we need to take a step back to take two steps forward, let's just grin and bear it.
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