Victoria state in Australia has a population of 6.8m, about the same as the island of Ireland. Its capital, Melbourne, saw a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19 in recent months and imposed strong lockdown measures. On Sunday, borrowing an expression from the cricket commentators, the state’s public health officials announced another ‘doughnut day’.

A doughnut, also known as a duck, describes the failure of the player departing the field to score a single run, dismissed for a big fat zero.