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‘Brutal’ Australian Covid Lockdowns Hurt Vulnerable, Review Says

  • Low-income workers, elderly bore brunt of pandemic: report
  • Many ‘avoidable’ lockdowns were caused by policy failures
Inside the deserted Queen Victoria Building during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Sydney in May 2020. 

Inside the deserted Queen Victoria Building during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Sydney in May 2020. 

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Australia’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately affected marginalized and disadvantaged groups, according to an independent review, which found “brutal” lockdowns exacerbated existing inequalities in the country. 

The Fault Lines report, released in Sydney on Thursday and partly funded by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest’s philanthropic foundation, found vulnerable groups such as the elderly and low-income workers “bore the brunt of the pandemic.”