Based on the data below, some points of interest include:
- The slight upward trend in cases we experienced from December 2020 to March 2021 ended in April, with cases dropping to the second-lowest monthly case level since the pandemic began. April 2021 was lower than April 2020, when Victoria was experiencing far greater restrictions as part of the first wave of COVID-19 infections.
- Competing factors are having impacts on case numbers. Welfare support in the form of JobKeeper ended in late March, adding financial pressure to some in the community, but the Essential Services Commission communicated expectations for retailers at a similar time, extending some protections for consumers.