Australians on Twitter have developed the #shutaustraliadown trend, urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison to send the nation into lockdown.
Believe it or not, Australia is one of the last nations to self-isolate.
Okay, you believe it. We’re pretty laid back when it comes to this sort of thing.
But, it seems at the moment, more and more of us are starting to panic.
Because now we’ve developed a hashtag on Twitter hoping it will encourage the PM to force citizens to remain indoors.
The #shutaustraliadown trend is circulating the internet trying to urge our leaders to take more precautions surrounding coronavirus.
People online are questioning the government’s actions and pushing for it to follow in the footsteps of other countries that have been more successful at tackling the outbreak.
Twitter for #shutaustraliadown
The hashtag comes after the Australian health department released statistics indicating the dramatic increase in COVID-19 diagnoses in Australia.
Despite our numbers still being relatively low, we’re now up to more than 370 cases.
And if we compare that with countries like Italy and Spain, it seems like those numbers are only going to increase. And, fast.
So, therefore people from all over the country and from all walks of life have banded together to encourage the forced shutdown.
They say locking down the country is the best way to prevent the spread of the nasty virus.
Check out some of the #shutaustraliadown tweets below:
— Nadi (@NadiaGentilcore) March 17, 2020
— 💧Gavin Mettam (@metgav) March 16, 2020
— aangel_351 🇦🇺🇭🇷 (@angel_Bling_11) March 17, 2020
They have shutdown the EU.
It’s time to pull your finger out, @ScottMorrisonMP. People will not reign in their greed or their unwillingness to.stay home and avoid eachother
You must make it mandatory. https://t.co/nIphT6dI9D
— 🔥 Fiona Adorno💧 (@FionaAdorno) March 17, 2020
Taking initiative to self-isolate
But, amid the government’s response to coronavirus (or lack thereof), people have been putting themselves into isolation to avoid its spread anyway.
They’ve been panic buying supplies, then heading home to hibernate until the worst of the virus is over.
They’ve even developed the #stayhomechallenge which is currently trending on Twitter.
It’s encouraging people to remain indoors and work from home despite the government deeming it unnecessary.
But in the middle of all the chaos, are the people trying to look on the bright side.
They’ve been using both hashtags to lighten the mood and to remind everyone we’re in this together.
Check out some of the memes and gifs that have been used to cope in solidarity with the outbreak.
Dealing with the indoors
— 💜MOTS⁷💜 GA 📌 coronavirus #DontBeASpreader (@mykinghaechanie) March 17, 2020
Been practicing this #stayhomechallenge my entire life.
No worries! I got this! pic.twitter.com/bIgYfDehKy
— Jenna (@jennabean) March 16, 2020
— mcbastard (@mcbastard123) March 17, 2020
— Khalil (@khatoum10) March 17, 2020
— YungCocoDroppa (@t_makwasha) March 17, 2020
— ggukv9⁷🍯🌙 (@ggukv97) March 16, 2020
I love sitting on public transport every day wondering when it’s my turn to get sick. Seriously. #shutdownaustralia
— Hannah 🌵 (@tumbycat) March 16, 2020
— Shannon Rhymer (@ssouthernlife) March 17, 2020
Whether Australia goes into lockdown or not, Qnews encourages its readers to remain diligent and healthy during this time.
Additionally, be sure to wash your hands and avoid touching your face where you can.
Finally, if you’re staying indoors or not, let’s work together to stop the spread. It starts with all of us.
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