Almost Got This Thing Flattened

Knight’s vision of Melbourne’s devastated cultural, commercial, religious, retail and transport centres is deliberately shocking. Harsh measures had been put in place to rein in Victoria’s rampant coronavirus second wave, but many worried about the impact on the state’s economy. Around the world, some commentators and politicians — even US President Donald Trump — were questioning whether the economic and social effects of the ‘cure’ (physical distancing restrictions) might be worse than the loss of life caused by the pandemic itself.