Travel ban announced by Scott Morrison

The advice to Australians not to travel abroad will become a travel ban, starting tomorrow.

Announcing a series of new measures and restrictions designed to curb the country’s coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced tonight that Australians would no longer be able to leave the country.

“Previously we received a warning not to travel for smart travelers in terms of all overseas travel, which will turn into a ban,” said Morrison.

“People shouldn’t be doing it right now, that’s the advice. Nobody should get on a plane and go abroad. We have clarified the point for some time.

“Management is being processed overnight. As soon as the direction is signed by the Minister of Health, it will come into force then and it will happen tomorrow. “

He said the directive includes exceptions that include people who provide aid to the Pacific, compassionate travel and essential business travel.

Morrison said the ban is needed because of a small number of Australians who challenge the council. He said he was impressed by how many Australians were still going overseas, even though the number had “shrunk dramatically”.

“The number of people and the number that are leaving Australia is now very, very low. However, I am struck by the fact that there are people who challenge that advice and try to go abroad for leisure travel, “said the Prime Minister.

“They can’t, because when they come home they put Australians at risk. I thought he would be fully respected and the Australians are good enough, but we have to put the agreements in place.”

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Morrison also had harsh words for Australians returning to the country who were breaking self-isolation rules.

“All those who are coming – and the numbers that are coming, are falling every day – all are required to isolate themselves from the public health order at the state level. They are required to do it. It’s the law, “he said.

“That’s where they have to go. That’s where they have to move immediately, don’t go through the shops, don’t go in and see a friend on the way home, don’t go for a walk in the park.

“Go straight home and isolate yourself for 14 days. This is the law. This is the greatest protection we have. This applies to every institution, every Australian, returning citizen or resident. “

Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer, echoes Morrison’s disappointment, calling for the return of Australians to “stay home”.

“Don’t go anywhere on the road from the airport or cruise ship or wherever you come,” said Professor Murphy.

“It is so important. The other important thing, if you are identified as a case contact and you are told by a state and public official, and you are told to isolate for 14 days, you must isolate. “

The professor. Murphy said some people were told they had tested positive for the virus, but they were still stopping at the supermarket or chemist on their way home.

“If you are isolating yourself because you are a positive case or you are a contact, go home and isolate yourself and respect these rules. This is a very, very important part of the control,” he said.


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The multi-billion dollar Coronavirus economic response package received the final tick of approval in the House of Representatives around 11pm Monday evening.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that the economic measures, described as the most significant since wartime, were designed to build a bridge to recovery from the other side of the virus.

“We know that the economic situation has deteriorated over the days,” he said at a late night press conference in Parliament.

“The Australian people can be sure that their parliament has reached political division tonight.

“We face an enemy who has no flag and has no face.

“We must deploy every weapon in our arsenal to defeat it.”

The treasurer said he expected around one million Australians to receive the coronavirus supplement.


Eighty Catholic hospitals that supply 10% of the nation’s public hospital beds are running out of masks, gloves, clothing and other protective equipment, while COVID-19 extends the system.

Catholic Health Australia calls on the Morrison government to urgently release stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospital staff – some of whom have a supply of less than a week – as the stocks in its network reach extremely low levels.

People lined up for coronavirus tests at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Image: Tim Carrafa
media_cameraPeople lined up for coronavirus tests at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Image: Tim Carrafa

The Catholic network employs tens of thousands of nurses and clinical staff.

“Requests from Catholic hospitals to access stocks of clothing, masks and gloves have been met with confusion, the passage of dollars between states and the Commonwealth and even a diktat that supplies supplies will only be released to publicly owned hospitals” Pat Patcia, CEO of Catholic Health Australia said.

The COVID -19 clinic at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty Images
media_cameraThe COVID -19 clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty Images

Nearly one in ten public hospital beds are in Catholic hospitals, but because they are not directly owned by the state, they are denied access to supplies, he said.

In some cases, stocks of personal protective equipment in Catholic hospitals would run out in less than a week, prompting Mr. Garcia to write to state, territorial and federal health ministers warning of the impending shortage.

“We can’t have a situation where thousands of doctors and nurses treat unprotected people – it’s a shocking situation for patients, staff and the community in general. We need every weapon in our arsenal to fight coronavirus and masks, clothes and gloves are the bases. It would be like sending our fireworks to fight fires without trucks. “

Garcia said that Catholic hospitals are conducting clinical trials, treating COVID-19 patients and increasing the capacity in their emergency departments and departments to relieve pressure on public hospitals.

“We are working with all members of the wider healthcare network to combat this virus. All we ask for is the same access to the public network and a clear and efficient way for our staff to obtain supplies of PPE (personal protective equipment) in a timely manner. ) “.

People are seen in a long line outside a Centrelink office in Melbourne's Abbotsford. Image: AAP
media_cameraPeople are seen in a long line outside a Centrelink office in Melbourne’s Abbotsford. Image: AAP

The general manager of the group of San Giovanni di Dio, dr. Shane Kelly, who runs 17 hospitals in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, said time is running out.

“Starting today, if I can’t get more PPE titles, some of my hospitals will end in a week. To protect nurses, doctors and other health care workers and help reduce infections, we need sufficient supplies of gloves, clothes and masks to continue operating and we are not getting the right information on how we can access the inventory.

“We have tried to do everything we can to manage supplies, but we cannot and will not compromise the safety of our staff and ultimately of our patients,” he said.


Two of Australia’s leading gyms will freeze member payments after the federal government has expanded its blockade.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday that non-essential services, including hospitality venues, places of worship, cinemas and gyms, would be closed in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In a Facebook statement, Goodlife Health Clubs said that its gyms would be “temporarily closed” nationwide and that an “automatic block” had been placed on members. He said it would provide members with “a whole range of online training content”.

Fitness First also used social media to warn that customer signups had been blocked, adding that it would provide members with home training materials.

News Corp asked Fitness First, Goodlife Health Clubs, Jetts Fitness Australia, Anytime Fitness, Zap Fitness, Virgin Active and F45 directly about whether members will have the option to cancel their contracts in advance, if a refund will be offered to members. who paid in advance and whether clubs will face permanent closure if the ban lasts at least six months.

Mount Waverley's Muscle City gym is seen empty after the gyms are forced to close. Image: Getty
media_cameraMount Waverley’s Muscle City gym is seen empty after the gyms are forced to close. Image: Getty

Fitness Australia is seeking clarifications on the time of the closings, which will remain in effect until midnight on April 13th, but may be extended.

Fitness Australia is seeking clarifications on the time of the closings, which will remain in effect until midnight on April 13th, but may be extended.

Simon Thompson, an executive officer of the collective wellness group that is responsible for the Anytime Fitness franchises, told News Corp that he was working with clubs to find a solution.

“Yesterday, the government announced a temporary shutdown of non-essential services, including gyms, starting at noon today, Monday 23 March 2020, which subsequently led to the temporary shutdown of all Anytime Fitness Australia clubs,” said Thompson. in a note.

In light of this, we are working closely with our individually owned and managed partners to find the best solution for our 560,000 members. At this stage, our priority is to inform our members directly and we hope to confirm the next steps as soon as possible. “

Earlier, the CEO of Fitness Australia, Barrie Elvish, said in a statement: “It is not yet clear whether the services offered in the fitness sector can continue to function.

“For example, can a PT (personal trainer) continue to train a client indoors in a 1: 1 environment provided that all social distance measures are in place? Or can these services only be offered outdoors? “

The sector body is also looking for clarifications on the closure deadline, which will remain in force until midnight on April 13th, but could be extended.

It was vital that people continue to remain active during social distancing, he said.

“Staying active during a period of isolation and uncertainty is extremely important for our mental health and as an industry, it is our mission to ensure that people can continue to exercise safely,” he said.


The hunt for potentially infected passengers aboard Princess Ruby was handed over to the military with Defense personnel sent to COVID-19 civilian coordination centers across the country.

The cruise ship Ruby Princess obtained permission to dock and disembark in Sydney last Thursday, despite the results of ongoing tests on those showing coronavirus symptoms.

Passengers were allowed to disperse nationally and it has since been confirmed that there were 2,700 infected people on board; it is one of the five cruise ships that docked in Australia with the crates they could land on board.

Defense confirmed that staff from the reconnaissance and planning support teams have been incorporated into COVID-19 civilian coordination centers in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

They are tracking passengers on those ships in each state with additional staff waiting for a call.

Cruise ship passengers disembarked from Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess at Circular Quay on Thursday. Image: AAP
media_cameraCruise ship passengers disembarked from Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess at Circular Quay on Thursday. Image: AAP

The deployment adds to the dozens of staff who provide clinical and epidemiological support to national health operations and even to the production of facial masks and hand sanitizers.

Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said the teams are contributing to the “overall strength and resilience of the Australian health system in this difficult time”.

“These ADF teams will provide logistical, transportation, healthcare and general planning assistance as the workload of civilian medical teams continues to increase as more Australians are diagnosed or affected by COVID-19,” he said. Senator Reynolds.

“The defense continues to follow the advice of the Australian health authorities in prioritizing its support arrangements.

Nine Defense staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 including six in New South Wales.

The death toll rises in Europe

Spain extended its blockade until after Easter as the country’s death toll rises, with health workers representing 12% of the total coronavirus cases.

The Spanish government warned that the worst was “yet to come”, as nurses and doctors are bearing the brunt of the outbreak there, which has reported nearly 30,000 infections.

Further tests were expected to increase that number again, with Spain becoming the new epicenter as it followed Italy’s deadly path.

A conference center in Madrid was being set up as a makeshift military hospital, with images showing structures similar to some of the hospitals used during the Spanish flu in 1918.

A man wearing a protective mask collapses in Rome. Image: Getty
media_cameraA man wearing a protective mask collapses in Rome. Image: Getty
Medical staff assists man. Image: Getty
media_cameraMedical staff assists man. Image: Getty

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “Unfortunately the number of diagnosed cases will increase in the coming days.

“The worst is yet to come and is pushing our capabilities to the limit.”

The death toll in Italy rose yesterday with 651 more deaths, bringing the total to 5476, while the country desperately tries to extend its blockade to prevent further outbreaks.

Health workers facing the coronavirus crisis cheer in exchange for police cheers outside Bellvitge hospital near Barcelona. Image: AFP
media_cameraHealth workers facing the coronavirus crisis cheer in exchange for police cheers outside Bellvitge hospital near Barcelona. Image: AFP

The death toll announced on Monday in Australia (Sunday local time) was less than nearly 1000 dead on Saturday local time, but it was too early to tell if the virus had peaked.

The head of the Italian civil protection service Angelo Borrelli, who manages the country’s response, was cautious that the blockade in progress since March 8 was starting to work.

“The figures announced today are lower than yesterday’s,” he said.

“I hope and we all hope that these figures can be confirmed in the coming days. But don’t let your guard down. “

The UK will appeal to the army to deliver parcels of food to up to 1.5 million people while asking sick, vulnerable and elderly people to stay home for 12 weeks.

The UK was sending letters to people over 70 and others considered at risk asking them to stay home.

Passengers stop on an underground Central Line train at Stratford station, East London, despite guidelines for social distance. Image: AFP
media_cameraPassengers stop on an underground Central Line train at Stratford station, East London, despite guidelines for social distance. Image: AFP

He will also be offered help with army-coordinated food and medicine spills if they don’t have a support network to keep them going.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK must step up its measures, but stops at a complete blockade with police patrolling the streets.

French army soldiers set up tents while building a military hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France. Image: AA)
media_cameraFrench army soldiers set up tents while building a military hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France. Image: AA)

In France, the first doctor died when the toll hit 674, with nearly 16,018 cases in which the terrible toll rose 112 in one day.

The country has ordered 250 million masks as it tries to slow the epidemic.

There were 1,746 coronavirus patients in intensive care, with 35% of those under the age of 65, who had broken theories that it was a disease that only affected the elderly.

Germany has banned meetings of more than two people, with the exception of families, since her chancellor Angela Merkel entered quarantine after being treated by a doctor who has the coronavirus.

Passengers at a subway station in Shanghai. Image: AFP
media_cameraPassengers at a subway station in Shanghai. Image: AFP

Merkel was told of her doctor’s positive test after holding a press conference, raising concerns that she might have spread the virus if she had also been infected. Hairdressers in Germany will also close now, with new penalties in place for at least two weeks. Germany has almost 24,000 cases but a mortality rate of only 0.3 percent.

India has 396 cases, but it is feared that up to 300 million will contract the disease if it manages to take over the second most populous country in the world.

In Pakistan, telephone companies exchanged ringtones when people called for warning messages on COVID-19, while doctors and nurses posted images of bruises on their faces from protective equipment during patient treatment.

Pakistan has 730 cases so far, but there were concerns about a higher death toll due to the country’s already struggling health system compared to western hospitals.


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Australian seniors on board a cruise ship that will moor in Italy fear that he will be refused treatment if they prove positive for coronavirus in the country devastated by the disease.

It is understood that there are many older Australians aboard the Costa Victoria, which the operator Costa Cruises has confirmed that he is ready to sail to the port of Venice on March 28, when passengers will be “advised” to leave the ship.

Relatives of Australian families aboard the Costa Victoria are becoming increasingly concerned as the ship sets sail for an emergency stop in the European nation where nearly 30,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded – and nearly 3000 dead.

Sydney woman Lauren Petrovic stated on Facebook that her mother-in-law Susan Morgan was among the 240 oldest Australians on board who were terrified of their well-being in one of the most disastrously invaded COVID-19 nations.

Costa Victoria cruise ship. Image: provided
media_cameraCosta Victoria cruise ship. Image: provided

“At this moment Italy is zeroed for the corona virus and Susan and most of the other passengers are over 65 years old and will not be entitled to medical assistance in case of illness,” said Petrovic.

“This is obviously a death sentence if they are to be released here without assistance or any way back to Australia safely. They will potentially be left to die. “

Despite fears, Coasta Cruises has confirmed that it will advise passengers to leave the ship in Venice.

“The Costa Victoria itinerary has been modified due to the pandemic alert issued by the World Health Organization which has led local authorities to apply restrictions for the disembarkation of our guests compromising their cruise experience on board,” he said Costa Cruises in a note.

“Most likely, despite all the efforts made to readjust the program, currently the only viable itinerary for Costa Victoria is to make technical calls whenever it will be allowed and go directly to the designated port of landing Venice on March 28th.

“Given the current global transport limits due to governments that introduce restrictions in an attempt to contain the health emergency on their territory, Costa is warning his Ggest on board that landing in Venice on March 28 is the most suitable solution.”

Australian passenger on the Victoria Coast Corina Maplesden. Image: provided
media_cameraAustralian passenger on the Victoria Coast Corina Maplesden. Image: provided

Corina Maplesden from the central coast tweeted: “We are 250 Australians on the Costa Victoria with no information and nothing from the captain besides what will be sent to Venice on March 28. Most have not heard anything even from our travel agents. Everyone is calm but worried. “

Among the Australians on board are Sunshine Coast women Alana Hitch, 74, and Jean Gross, 78, who work frantically to try and organize flights home once the ship reaches Italy.

Alana Hitch and Jean Gross are on the Costa Victoria. Image: provided
media_cameraAlana Hitch and Jean Gross are on the Costa Victoria. Image: provided

He currently sails through the Suez Canal in Egypt en route to the Mediterranean Sea.

Ms. Hitch’s daughter, Rachael, said it was a nervous wait for all Australians on board.

“I know that the Costa Victoria is an Italian ship, but the unloading of elderly Australian passengers in Venice seems like pure madness,” he said Courier-Mail.

Many people from all over the world turned to Twitter to express their concern about the ship’s decision to land in Venice.

The ship is one of 35 worldwide with Australians blocked by new hardline travel restrictions introduced in the wake of the coronavirus.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that assistance was offered to Australians involved in the crisis.

“DFAT offered consular support to those Australians if necessary,” said a spokesman.

Australians in need of urgent consular assistance can call the DFAT Consular Emergency Center at 1300 555 153 from Australia or +61 6261 3305 from abroad.

News Corporation Australia contacted the cruise operator for comment.


Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed by thousands of new coronavirus cases every day, but in a dramatic development that underlines how much the epidemic has rotated towards Europe and the United States, Chinese authorities have claimed that the city and the surrounding province had no new cases to report.

The news offers a rare glimmer of hope for the rest of the world as it fights the virus and perhaps a lesson on the rigorous measures needed to stop its spread.

Wuhan was the place where the epidemic first caught on and thousands of people fell ill or died in rapidly built hospitals.

But Chinese authorities said Thursday that all 34 new cases registered the previous day had been imported from abroad.

“We saw the sunrise today after so many days of hard effort,” said Jiao Yahui, a senior inspector from the national health commission.

Medical teams from all over China started leaving Wuhan this week after the number of new coronavirus infections dropped. Image: STR / AFP
media_cameraMedical teams from all over China started leaving Wuhan this week after the number of new coronavirus infections dropped. Image: STR / AFP

It comes when Scott Morrison announced that a travel ban will be placed on all non-Australian residents to prevent him from traveling here from 9pm on Friday.

The prime minister said that traffic from abroad has already reduced significantly, but that further blocking the country was essential.

Australian citizens will still be able to return home and will be subject to a 14-day isolation period upon arrival.

Morrison said Qantas is working with the federal government to ensure that flights are available to Australians who needed to get home “as soon as possible”.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also closed the borders of his country.

The travel ban in New Zealand will take effect Thursday at 11.59pm (local time).

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a ban on foreign travelers with the exception of Australians. Image: AAP
media_cameraAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a ban on foreign travelers with the exception of Australians. Image: AAP

The federal government is also developing a oversized and simplified cash payment to support tens of thousands of Australians who are expected to lose their jobs during the crisis.

The fortnightly payment of $ 574.50 will be significantly increased in an unprecedented cash to help families survive the next six months.

In other developments:

The Reserve Bank reduced interest rates to a minimum of 0.25 percent, freeing up $ 90 billion for banks to lend to small businesses;

Further measures have been considered to strengthen the blocking of non-essential meetings, probably forcing cafes and bars to reject customers in order to avoid them becoming too crowded; is

The federal government plans extraordinary rationing measures to stop the accumulation of food and supplies.

Morrison said Thursday that the government was planning to “build a bridge” to get workers and businesses through.

“The government is stepping up where it can try to cushion that impact as responsibly as possible,” he said.

The Qantas plane parked at Sydney airport after the airliner announced that it will land its entire international fleet, including the Jetstar flight abroad. Image: Getty Images
media_cameraThe Qantas plane parked at Sydney airport after the airliner announced that it will land its entire international fleet, including the Jetstar flight abroad. Image: Getty Images

News Corp understands that existing subsidy requirements, such as job application and relevant training, could be removed for laid-off workers.

Morrison said the Newstart payment – known as JobSeeker payment since Friday – has currently been calculated to encourage people to return to work.

“We understand that surely in the next six months, this will be a very different looking economy, and when facts change and circumstances change, packages need to be modified to reflect this,” he said.

“We are examining issues related to income support, we are examining issues related to people’s obligations.”

It arrives as the National Emergency Cabinet meets on Friday to strengthen the rules of social distance, taking into consideration medical advice to limit indoor spaces to one person per 4 sq m. A 60 sq m coffee shop would only allow 15 customers at a time.


Paracetamol for children will be sold behind pharmacy counters and Ventolin asthma medications limited to one purchase per person to stop coronavirus buildup.

Deputy Medical Director Paul Kelly announced the new restrictions after people unnecessarily accumulated crucial drugs in a panic-stricken response to the pandemic.

“Please don’t buy more than you need for anything, be it food and medicine in particular,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

It comes when health experts have called on people to get the flu shot to reduce the pressure on the hospital system during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some pharmacies have already run out.

A total of 17,038 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases have already been recorded in Australia this year.

The News Corp. health reporter tried to get a flu shot at a local pharmacy and was told that they had already run out.

They asked her to provide her details so they could book an appointment for when new titles arrived.

The paracetamol will be sold behind the counter in an attempt to combat the purchase of panic from coronavirus. Image: provided
media_cameraThe paracetamol will be sold behind the counter in an attempt to combat the purchase of panic from coronavirus. Image: provided

Professor Kelly said that the therapeutic restrictions were not put in place because there were real shortcomings, instead because people were needlessly stripping the shelves.

“Please don’t buy more than you need for anything, be it food and medicine in particular,” he said.

“We have an excellent system of knowledge of the shortage of medicines in Australia and, in fact, it is up to all the suppliers of medicines who have to tell us if there is a shortage now or soon in the future. We have not had it from any supplier.”

He moved to reassure all Australians that the country was well stocked and that stock levels were being monitored.

Meanwhile, the peak body representing companies that manufacture and distribute over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen says it is not aware of scientific evidence of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (OTC) (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen van. influence the health outcomes of COVID-19 patients.

France and the United Kingdom are urging patients to use acetaminophen to reduce fever rather than ibuprofen due to emerging evidence that ibuprofen and COVID-19 can increase a patient’s blood pressure.

“Based on all the information available, Consumer Healthcare Products (CHP) Australia is not aware of any scientific evidence to support claims made in recent days that suggest that the use of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, could influence the outcomes. COVID-19 patient health care, “he said.

People diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the advice given by their doctor, the body said.


Coronavirus cases in Western Australia have increased by 17 years and the source of infection for the most part is unknown, with the health minister saying that the community’s clear transmission is underway.

It is the largest one-day peak in WA and brings the total to 52.

Health Minister Roger Cook said he did not know where 12 of the new cases had been contracted.

“We are now starting to see the emergence of community-based transmission of the virus,” Cook told reporters Thursday.

“We have always known this would happen and we are prepared, but it is now obviously appropriate for us to respond by raising the plans of the Department of Health.”

Two of the new cases are healthcare professionals.


The Northern Territory leader is observing the tightening of borders in an unprecedented move to keep the coronavirus at bay for as long as possible.

NT has been mostly free from the global COVID-19 pandemic with no known community broadcast and only one reported case involving a Sydney man who has contracted him elsewhere and is recovering.

However, the virus will inevitably hit the Territory and it has been “very optimistic” to think that no one has yet done so, said Minister Minister Michael Gunner on Thursday.

Gunner described the potential move as “securing” and not closing borders, with goods free to pass.

Such a move would be over a period of months.


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A sign on the front of the Top End Medical Center, Darwin, asking patients not to enter if they have traveled to some countries in the past few weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic. Image: What a Chorley
media_cameraA sign on the front of the Top End Medical Center, Darwin, asking patients not to enter if they have traveled to some countries in the past few weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic. Image: What a Chorley

“I think the best way to describe it would be: I can’t build a wall, maybe I’ll put in a gate, which helps imagine what we can do on that state line,” he told reporters.

“My understanding is that I can’t stop freedom of movement, we can simply control movement.

“So the things that we ask someone at international borders upon landing who are asked to do certain things, we may be able to do things similar to our state borders, we are getting clarity.”

Alice Springs Aboriginal Combined Organizations requested Thursday that NT become a special control area for COVID-19, severely limiting entry to prevent deaths.

There are concerns that COVID-19 will have disastrous effects on remote indigenous communities, whose populations are more vulnerable due to worse health and disadvantage.


All non-essential travelers arriving in Tasmania will be forced to quarantine for two weeks under the frontier measures of the coronavirus nicknamed the most difficult in the country.

On Thursday Premier Peter Gutwein declared a state of emergency for the Isle of Apple.

“We will present the most difficult border measures in the country. Only essential travelers will be admitted to Tasmania without going to quarantine, “he told reporters.

The measures will take effect from midnight on Friday, but do not apply to healthcare professionals, emergency workers, defense personnel, air and naval crew, specialists and essential freight personnel.

On Thursday, the Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein declared a state of emergency for the Isle of Apple. Image: Getty Images
media_cameraOn Thursday, the Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein declared a state of emergency for the Isle of Apple. Image: Getty Images

“We know that some will create an outage, but our goal is to ensure that we protect the health, well-being and safety of the Tasmanians,” said Gutwein.

All passengers will be screened on arrival and must demonstrate that they meet the traveler’s essential criteria.

If they are considered non-essential, they will be sent to quarantine at the location indicated.

People who violate the quarantine could be fined up to $ 16,800.

Three new virus cases were confirmed Wednesday evening, bringing the state total to 10, although there was no evidence of local transmission.


Frantic Australians are packing up and leaving London, with the Australian High Commission overrun with requests for advice.

More than 1,200 Australian stakeholders have phoned to find out how to get home while airlines cancel 90% of their international flights.

Many have lost their jobs in bars and restaurants due to the UK government’s request to stay home and stop contacting people.

The UK saw its biggest daily jump in cases early Thursday morning, with 2626 people now suffering from coronavirus – a jump of 676 cases. The death toll is 104.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made the drastic appeal to close all UK schools by the end of the week, which will spark the debate on politics in Australia.

“Looking at the disease curve, we now think that we need to apply further downward pressure on that upward curve by closing schools,” Johnson said.

“For many parents, this will be frustrating and make it more difficult for them to go to work.”

An airline passenger wearing a face mask pushes suitcases in front of a mailbox at Heathrow Terminal 5 departures as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies. Image: Getty Images
media_cameraAn airline passenger wearing a face mask pushes suitcases in front of a mailbox at Heathrow Terminal 5 departures as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies. Image: Getty Images

Private schools and kindergartens have also been asked to close, the Prime Minister said.

Despite the annoyance, Johnson reminded parents not to leave children with grandparents or older relatives

“I know it will be difficult … but I want to thank the whole country for the efforts people are making to comply,” he said.

The United Kingdom has not yet blocked the country, but London is likely to be the first with more extreme measures, including the possible closure of some underground lines.

France has police patrols on the streets to keep people in, Spain has closed all hotels since Tuesday of next week and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it has been the biggest crisis since World War II.

“The situation is serious. Take it seriously. Since German unification, no, since World War II, there has been no challenge for our nation that has required such a degree of common and united action, “he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the nation about the spread of the new coronavirus. Image: AFP
media_cameraGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the nation about the spread of the new coronavirus. Image: AFP

The death toll in Italy had 475 more deaths in a day, affecting almost 3000.

George Brandis, Australian High Commissioner in the UK, has equipped telephones to help stranded Australians with travel advice.

“With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the world is experiencing an unprecedented public health challenge,” he said.

“We are all concerned about the implications of the coronavirus.

“As Australians abroad, we know that the distance from home is felt very acutely during times of uncertainty. During this emergency, Australia House will continue to help Australians here in the UK. You are not alone and together we will come through this. “

The Aussies in London Facebook page, which has over 50,000 members, has become a home bulletin board.

The rooms ran through London, while others posted advertisements for “moving” sales.

Flights from London to Melbourne one way next week on Qantas were filling up quickly, with the cheapest seats already sold out.

Some fares were now almost $ A2000 for the one-way ticket, however many parents offered to help with the cost of bringing their adult children home.

A traveler wearing a protective suit moves his luggage at Heathrow airport in London. Image: AP
media_cameraA traveler wearing a protective suit moves his luggage at Heathrow airport in London. Image: AP

Matt Allen published: “Unfortunately, because we are musos, all the work is canceled here and we are going home!

“Anyone interested in a lot about a Nord & Amp? £ 1000 for the lot! “

It comes amid reports of further arrests expected across London, with people fearing to get stuck if they don’t get on a flight before the weekend.

Some airlines were rejecting people despite having valid tickets.

“With my head held high: I was just pushed back to Heathrow. They are no longer traveling to international destinations. It must be an incredibly recent decision, “published Lachlan Wells.

This week the Australian government urged Australians to return home as the world struggles to cope with the outbreak.

The Iranian epidemic remains a major concern with over 17,000 reported cases and 1135 deaths on Thursday.

South Korea recorded over 8400 infections, but only 84 deaths, which was lower than the death toll in the UK from only a quarter of the reported cases.

The Asian country epidemic peaked on February 29, when 909 cases were reported.

Switzerland has more than 3000 cases, but only 20 dead, with all shops closed except for supermarkets and pharmacies until April 19.

The Netherlands canceled Eurovision, which was due to be held in Rotterdam in May, as it is grappling with the outbreak that has so far caused 58 victims.

In the UK, the Glastonbury music festival was canceled despite the sale of over 200,000 tickets for its 50th anniversary concert, which was chaired by Kylie Minogue last year.

The queen had a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson instead of her weekly face-to-face meeting before leaving Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle.

Prince William published a video message to urge people to get together, while his cousin Princess Beatrice was thinking of postponing her wedding on May 29 with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The wedding had already been under a cloud due to the friendship of his father, Prince Andrew, with the dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.


U.S. President Donald Trump has doubled his criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus while authorities have warned that the threat to young people is greater than many believe.

Given that the United States and Canada have closed their borders to all but essential travel, Trump has called for a “war” measure that empowers the federal government to organize the private sector for assistance.

The Defense Production Act would help increase medical supplies, Trump said, fearing that the nation faces a severe shortage of ICU beds, fans and protective equipment to cope with the expected peak of the disease in around 45 days.

It came when the infectious disease specialist leading the White House effort said that an increase in tests would see a “huge spike” in diagnosis in the next four or five days and that it could potentially include more youth than expected.

media_cameraPresident Donald Trump says that calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” is not racist. Image: AP

“There is news about France and Italy about some young people who get seriously and very seriously ill in intensive care,” said Dr. Deborah Birx in the White House.

Mr. Trump on Thursday dispatched two naval hospital ships to New York and a West Coast location to be determined, to offer more places to U.S. hotspots.

He again referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” with which America was fighting a war, insisting that it was not racist.

“Because it comes from China,” said Trump, when asked why he kept using the term.

“That’s why. I want to be precise.”

Trump also claimed that China has accused US soldiers of spreading the virus and that “they tried to say at some point, perhaps they stopped saying now, that it was caused by American soldiers.”

“It can’t happen. It won’t happen. Not as long as I’m president,” said Trump.

“It comes from China.

“He’s not a racist at all. No, not at all.”

Relations between China and the United States have deteriorated due to the fallout of the virus, with Beijing expelling all American journalists this week.

Dr Birx warned that early messages that young people probably would not get sick may have minimized the risk excessively, which could be “disastrous”.

“We believe that part of this could be that people listened to the first data that came from China and that came from South Korea regarding the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions were at particular risk,” said Dr. Birx.

The Blue Water Maiden statue is located at the base of the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan, which connects to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Image: AP
media_cameraThe Blue Water Maiden statue is located at the base of the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan, which connects to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Image: AP

“It could have been that the millennium generation, our biggest generation, our future generation, that will carry us forward for the next multiple decades – there could be a disproportionate number of infections among that group,” he said.

“And so, although it is a rare event, it can be seen more frequently in that group and be evident now.”

Dr Birx repeated her warning to young Americans, many of whom do not go to school and work, to stop treating the epidemic as a “snow day” due to a false sense of security.


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A public health expert revealed that a “disproportionate number of … young people are getting very seriously ill” from the coronavirus, according to disturbing reports from France and Italy.

During Wednesday’s White House briefing, Deborah Birx said the coronavirus task force was concerned that “some young people get seriously and very seriously ill in ICUs” in the regions most affected by the pandemic.

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According to Dr. Birx, reports indicate that patients may have had prolonged exposure to the virus because initially they were not worried about being at risk. Previously, children were believed to be resistant to the virus.

“We think part of this could be that people listened to the first data that came from China and that left South Korea for the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions were a particular risk,” said Dr. Brix.

“It may be that the millennial generation … there may be a disproportionate number of infections among that group and therefore, even if it is a rare event, it can be seen more frequently in that group.

“We have not seen any significant mortality in children, but we are concerned about the news coming from Italy and France.”

Dr. Brix’s comments came after Attilio Fontana from Lombardy, Italy, told the citizens: “You don’t have to go out, you have to stay at home”.

“Unfortunately, the numbers of the infection are not decreasing, they continue to be high. We will soon be unable to respond to those who get sick, “said Fontana.

“We are asking you to make a sacrifice to save lives. Every time you leave home, it is a risk for you and for others. “

Fontana said that if people continue to break restrictions, they will ask the government to implement “even more stringent measures”.


Earlier, Trump announced that the United States will close its northern border with Canada to “non-essential traffic” as part of the administration’s response to the pandemic.

In a tweet, the President of the United States assured people that the trade will not be affected by the “temporary” move that he claimed was made by “mutual consent”.

It comes after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that the country’s borders will be closed to all foreign nationals from March 18 and has called on Canadians abroad to “go home now”.

“At this point we are closing our borders to all non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada … this measure does not apply to US citizens,” said Trudeau.

More than 100 people died from the virus in the United States, which has nearly 6,500 confirmed cases of the disease, according to a count held by Johns Hopkins University.

Trump has said he will announce “very important news” from the Food and Drug Administration related to coronavirus today or tomorrow.

Trump, who described the disease as the “Chinese virus” in one of a series of tweets on Wednesday local time, shed no light on the development to be disclosed.

“Today I will have a press conference to discuss very important FDA news regarding the Chinese virus!” he wrote.

The FDA is the U.S. agency that is responsible for ensuring the safety of US drugs, vaccines and medical devices, as well as U.S. foods.

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European leaders propose a 30-day travel ban for all European countries

About 500 million people across the European Union could go on temporary blockade due to a 30-day ban on people entering the 27-member block, proposed the President of the European Commissioner.

European Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Monday to propose a 30-day ban on anyone entering the EU unless their trip is essential.

“I propose to heads of state and government to introduce temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the European Union.”

“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,” he said in a video message.

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Those who are long-term residents or the family of EU citizens would be exempted from the ban and transport workers could also be allowed to move to maintain the flow of goods.

“We must take exceptional measures to protect the health of our citizens. But we ensure that essential goods and services continue to flow into our internal market. This is the only way to prevent shortages of medical equipment or food, “he said.

Europe has now become the global center of the COVID-19 epidemic with Spain overtaking South Korea to become the fourth most virus-infected country in the world after cases have increased by 1000 in 24 hours to reach 9,191. Monday.

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The army has been deployed to clean streets and stations, with 46 million people said to stay home and private hospitals have been taken over by the government. About half of the deaths occurred in the capital, Madrid, and the Portuguese border was closed.

France is expected to outline stricter measures on Monday evening (local time) to contain the virus. In the UK, “COVIDwalkout” was trending online while many enjoyed the government’s “flock immunity” tactic that saw schools, restaurants and bars open.

Italy on Sunday reported its largest daily increase in infections – 3,590 more cases – for a total of 24,747. With 1,809 virus-related deaths, the country is responsible for over a quarter of the global death toll.

The Netherlands recorded the largest daily jump in infections with 278 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. New cases reported on Monday brought the country’s total to 1,413. The Dutch Institute of Public Health said four other people died of COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to 24.

On Sunday, the government ordered the closure of all schools, bars, restaurants, sports clubs and sex clubs until April 6th. The closures also affected the country’s famous coffee shops selling marijuana, triggering panic buying before the bars closed on Sunday evening.

Germany has also moved to close shops, bars, museums and other unnecessary facilities.

COVID-19 disease causes mild or moderate symptoms, but most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or in people with existing health problems.

More than 77,000 people have recovered from this, especially in China.


The U.S. surgeon general said Monday that the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago, a sign that infections are expected to increase in America as the government intensifies tests. and the financial markets continue to decline.

“We are at a critical point of inflection in this country, people,” Dr. Fox told Fox News. Jerome Adams, general surgeon.

“When you look at the projections, there is every chance that we could be Italy.”

Two weeks ago, Italy had 1,700 coronavirus cases and reported 34 deaths.

Now, Italy is reporting about 25,000 cases and over 1,800 deaths. About 3,800 cases have been reported in the United States and so far, over 65 people have died from coronavirus.


Coronavirus: Richard Wilkins tests positive while the Australian death toll is now five years old

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Australian television icon Richard Wilkins tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

The Weekend today the guest, who disappeared from the screens this weekend, contracted the virus after meeting Rita Wilson while he was in Sydney.

The singer-actress self-isolated with her husband, Tom Hanks, after being positive for the infection on Thursday.

He made a guest appearance Extra today and at the Sydney Opera House when he performed on March 7th.

Radio presenter Ben Fordham confirmed that Wilkins tested positive on Twitter last Sunday.

He published: “Breaking – Big love to @RichardWilkins, which tested positive for coronavirus.”

Confirmation of his infection comes when the virus states the death of two other people in Australia: two elderly women, aged between 90 and 77, who died in New South Wales.

NSW Health confirmed the deaths on Sunday, bringing the nation’s death toll to five.

“A 90-year-old woman residing in Dorothy Henderson Lodge – died (Saturday),” said a spokeswoman.

“Tests confirmed that he had COVID-19.”

It is understood that the other woman, from Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast, died on Friday in a Sydney hospital.

Health authorities believe he contracted coronavirus from his daughter who had returned from San Francisco two weeks earlier and was not known at the time that both women had COVID-19.

The woman had been on a flight to Sydney on March 13 when her condition deteriorated significantly.

She was taken to the hospital immediately after landing but was not revived.

“The woman had recently arrived in Sydney and tests confirmed that the woman had COVID-19,” said the spokesperson.

NSW Health is working with state health authorities to trace the close contacts of the deceased woman.

“Our condolences are with the family and friends of both women at the moment.”


The shortage between Coles and Woolworths nationwide is prompting supermarket giants to introduce new restrictions to ensure more customers have access to goods.

Coles has announced that Sunday shoppers will now be able to purchase only two packs of pasta, flour, rice, paper towels, handkerchiefs, hand sanitizer and mince – including beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey – for shop “to allow everyone the opportunity to buy basic items”.

Its new restrictions follow the limits imposed on purchases of toilet paper last week after panic shoppers left the shelves empty nationwide.

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“Toilet paper remains limited to 1 package per customer. There may also be additional limits for certain items in each store, for more information visit the local Coles, “said Coles on his website.

“We will also temporarily suspend our change of mindset policy to discourage excessive purchases.”

Woolworths has taken a more restrictive position, limiting purchases of rice, paper towels, napkins and wipes to one per shop per customer.

However, when it comes to dry pasta, flour, handkerchiefs and hand sanitizer, customers will be able to purchase two at a time.

media_cameraWoolworths has temporarily paused its Pick Up service. Picture Woolworths website

“We have temporarily suspended our” Pickup “and” Deliver Now “online services due to temporary shortages on a number of items and to allow our teams to focus on customer service in the store,” reads the Woolworths website.

“These new additions will help ensure that more of our customers have access to essential goods in the face of unprecedented demand for certain products.

“Woolworths encourages customers to continue purchasing only what they need.”


Customers booked on Qantas and Jetstar flights will be able to cancel their bookings in exchange for travel credit following the coronavirus epidemic.

On Sunday, the Qantas group announced that customers with new and existing reservations on domestic and international flights would have the option to cancel and receive travel credit.

“Qantas and Jetstar have introduced greater flexibility for customers who wish to change their travel plans, following the increase in travel restrictions implemented by various governments around the world due to the changing coronavirus situation,” he said. stated the Qantas Group in a note.

The changes are available for Qantas, Jetstar and QantasLink flights and apply until March 31 for travel until May 31.


Life in China is returning to normal as the coronavirus epidemic spreads globally, state media report.

According to Xinhua, 1117 out of 1119 nationally closed highway entrances and exits were reopened over the weekend, along with 549 blocked national, provincial, national and city roads.

Most health and quarantine stations – 11.11198 of 12.028 – have also been removed.

A total of 28 provinces resumed inter-provincial road passenger transport on March 1 and 126 prefecture-level cities and 192 county-level cities resumed public ground transport operations.

According to Xinhua, of the 41 cities that have opened urban rail transport, 36 cities normally manage rail transport.

These cities include Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and Shenzen.

78 million migrant workers also returned to work.


China’s update comes when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison bans international cruise ships from arriving in the nation’s ports for 30 days and introduces a series of social removal measures.

Even travelers to Australia from abroad must now self-isolate for two weeks.

Morrison said the measures are part of the “targeted action phase”.

“To help keep up with this curve. We will impose a mandatory universal self-isolation obligation on all international arrivals in Australia starting at midnight tonight, “he said on Sunday.

“The Australian government will prohibit cruise ships from foreign ports from arriving at Australian ports after the first 30 days and which will continue on an ongoing basis.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly. Image: Joel Carrett
media_cameraPrime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly. Image: Joel Carrett

“The national cabinet also approved the HPCC board to introduce additional social removal measures.”

Mass meetings of over 500 people will be banned, while previously the government had only recommended that they would not take place.

This will happen on Monday, but does not apply to schools, workplaces, universities, supermarkets or public transport.

We also recommend rigorous social removal measures to all, such as being 1.5 m away from people, not shaking hands and limiting close interactions.

Schools and universities will remain open for the time being, as this is one of the key issues that the new national cabinet will consider when it meets Tuesday evening.

The cabinet will also consider changes to the aged care visit, the problems remote communities face to further limit meetings.

Morrison said the government is planning that coronavirus will impact the country for six months and that slowing down the transmission speed is a top priority.


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“By slowing down the spread, the bed is freed,” Morrison said.

“This is what happens when you do it well.”

Morrison echoed a comment that Australian chief medical officer Brendan Murphy told the media last Sunday.

He said Australians who have not recently returned from abroad or have been in contact with a coronavirus case can still shake hands, go on public transportation or visit the cinema. However, the board is likely to change.

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy added that health officials do not suggest that people should stop using public transportation at the moment.

Sunday’s meeting came when the number of virus cases rose to over 300 in Australia, with the death toll remaining at three.

More than 150,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 worldwide, with over 5600 deaths.


Health authorities are trying to contact passengers who were on a flight from the UK with a Qantas flight attendant who has tested positive for coronavirus.

A Qantas International crew member is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 after returning from abroad.

The crew member recently flew from the UK to Australia as a passenger and asked for medical attention after experiencing mild symptoms.

Qantas said in a statement that Sunday’s health authorities will contact those seats in the immediate vicinity of the flight, as was the standard procedure for all confirmed Coronavirus notifications.

Qantas stated that the team member was not symptomatic when operating as a crew on any Qantas flight.

The announcement comes when the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Queensland rises to 61, a public health emergency has been reported in South Australia and six campus locations on the University of Sydney are being cleaned intensively after a student is coronavirus has been diagnosed.

NSW Health and the university released a joint statement on Sunday confirming that he was in the hospital “recovering and doing well” after feeling bad and tested positively for COVID-19 at the weekend.

“NSW Health and the University of Sydney identified around 80 people who were in close contact with the student while on campus, who were asked to self-isolate for 14 days,” the note says.

“Staff and students are asked to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms which include fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath and telephone in front of their family doctor.”

In the past 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases in New South Wales has increased by 22, bringing the total number of infected people in the state to 134.

On Sunday, the SA total increased by one to 20 confirmed cases; Victoria rose from 8 to 58, with eight recovering, and Tasmania suspended all cruise ship visits to its ports after the island state registered its sixth coronavirus case.

In WA, there have been 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 5424 negative tests and one death from the virus.

Thousands of Australians to work from home

Thousands of Australians will be invited to work from home for the first time this week in what is likely to be the largest test on the national broadband network so far.

But telecommunications experts warn that some workers would be much better off than others and urged NBN Co and Government to “press the switch” at higher speeds for all users during the coronavirus crisis.

Several companies in Australia, including Telstra, Dropbox and Twitter, will not only offer the opportunity to work from home, but will give it to all employees who can work off-site this week.

On Sunday there was news that the online portal of Deakin University in Melbourne was down due to the influx of users.

Telstra spokesman Alex Badenoch said the move, which will affect more than 20,000 staff members, was taken as a precaution rather than a reaction to a COVID-19 infection.

A usually crowded Sydney harbor is now quiet and without tourists. Image: David Swift
media_cameraA usually crowded Sydney harbor is now quiet and without tourists. Image: David Swift

“This unprecedented situation requires decisive action and it is important that we are flexible and ready to adapt to this changing situation,” he said.

“Moving on with things now means that we will be ready if the problem escalates quickly.”

Dr Kathryn Snow, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne, praised initiatives to temporarily change the workforce, stating that “these types of social exclusion measures” have helped to contain infections in other countries.

But veteran telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has warned that he has so many people working from home, participating in video conferencing and watching life flows would put “further stress” on NBN in what could be his biggest test.

He predicted that users of NBN fiber optics would be fine, but those who use fixed HFC, copper, satellite and wireless NBN connections may suffer from lower speeds due to congestion and downtime.

“Some parts of the network will be better than others,” he said.

“People who have been connected to the NBN and have not encountered any problems will have the best chance of maintaining a good quality service.

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media_cameraEmpty seats during Round 6 AFLW match between Western Bulldogs and Fremantle Dockers at Whitten Oval in Melbourne. Image: Natasha Morello

“Those who fought on fiber optic networks could see things get worse if there are significant increases in traffic in their area.”

Budde said that the flood of new remote workers would also highlight problems with the NBN’s pricing structure, where connections were artificially slowed down according to how much users were willing to pay, and called on the Morrison government and NBN Co to provide higher speeds for the duration of the health emergency.

“In a crisis like this, all services should be available at least 50 megabits per second,” he said.

“They can do it with the touch of a switch.

“They can make the network cheaper during a crisis situation that could last two or three months. This would also give us an even better test of the network.”

A woman arriving in Brisbane International Airport, wearing a mask. Picture: Attila Csaszar
media_cameraA woman arriving in Brisbane International Airport, wearing a mask. Picture: Attila Csaszar

Professor Reg Coutts, president of the telecommunications agency TelSoc, said that this week’s NBN test, as well as new requests for teleassistance during the coronavirus pandemic, should highlight the need to plan infrastructure updates.

“Eventually, the NBN’s obsolete technology will have to be replaced right through the network,” he said.

“Given the needs of the medical profession right now, it would make sense for the government to assign NBN Co to make doctors, health centers and hospitals its top priority for a technological upgrade.”

Budde also warned that having so many office workers and students working from home for the first time could also uncover unexpected problems for businesses and universities.

“There will be no time for proper evaluation, training and improvement,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see what the fallout of many misadventures will be once the virus retreats.”


Spain has been blocked, France has joined some parts of Germany in the closure of restaurants, cafes and cinemas and Norway has closed its airports.

Europe has taken unprecedented measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus after it has become the epicenter of the pandemic.

The United States extended the ban on travel to Europe to include the United Kingdom and Ireland, and France began wiping out business closings across the county on Sunday.

Northern Ireland was considering closing schools for 16 weeks, while Britain was slammed for herd immunity plan – effectively hoping that 60% of the population will get the virus to prevent it from returning to school. British winter.

An empty parking lot in a commercial area of ​​San Sebastian de los Reyes on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Picture: Bernat Armangue
media_cameraAn empty parking lot in a commercial area of ​​San Sebastian de los Reyes on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Picture: Bernat Armangue

But the Italians who were forced to be locked up for a week have become creative with ways to entertain themselves, with bursts of dance parties on the balcony and phone calls on the roof.

However, the country’s hospitals are in crisis, with only 20 ICU beds in the region of Lombardy, hit hard, according to the newspaper La Repubblica, and the death toll rose from 175 to 1441 on Sunday.

The 60 million people in Italy are actually forced home until at least April, while the country frantically tries to slow down its devastating spread of the coronavirus.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the closure of restaurants, cafés and non-essential activities on Sunday from 9 AEDT on Sunday, when the country’s death toll hit 91 out of 4500 cases.

A woman selling disinfectant gel as a preventive measure in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, in Guatemala City. Picture: Johan Ordonez / AFP
media_cameraA woman selling disinfectant gel as a preventive measure in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, in Guatemala City. Picture: Johan Ordonez / AFP

“I decided to close all the non-essential locations, in particular cafes, restaurants, cinemas, discos and shops. We must absolutely limit our movements, “he said.

Meanwhile, Syria, which has had no reported cases, has postponed elections in the war-torn country.

Spain will follow Italy’s example, blocking the whole country from 22:00 AEDT on Sunday for 15 days as the country’s confirmed cases exceed 10,000, with 193 people dead.

Some flights from the UK to Spain were shot in mid-air as non-essential travel was strongly discouraged.

Qatar and Dubai were planning to stop issuing visas, while Jordan canceled all international flights.


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Norway has announced that it will close its airports from 22:00 AEDT on Sunday, while Greece has closed schools and shops and has banned all flights from Italy until 23 March.

Berlin and Cologne have closed bars, shops and restaurants, with each regional area in Germany responsible for making decisions about its restrictions.

The Italians’ videos show the residents all standing on their balconies and celebrating together.

In a viral video of Naples in southern Italy, a man is seen walking through his neighborhood, showing dozens of people dancing on the roofs and balconies to a DJ who turns “I can’t take my eyes off” from his balcony.

Just above the DJ, an old man still in his dressing gown played along with his guitar.

Despite being blocked inside, the neighborhoods come alive while the Italians are forced to stay inside, choosing instead to use their balconies as places to socialize.

In another video from Rome, dozens of people are standing on the balcony and applauding for the work that resonates through the neighborhood.

“I have lived in this neighborhood for 1.5 years, this is the liveliest I have ever seen on this street,” said Yemi Adeyeye.

Doctors and nurses were also praised with Italians across the country who gave their standing ovations to everyone who walked around.

Italy introduced further repressions this week, including the closure of all stores except supermarkets and pharmacies.

There have been long lines for supermarkets, with customers allowed to enter only one at a time.

The UK has seen another huge jump in its coronavirus cases to 1,140 people. Ten more people died in 24 hours, bringing the UK death toll to 21.

The government’s chief medical adviser said the patients were all in “risk” groups across England.

The UK continues to be slammed for its response to the coronavirus while other countries in Europe are closing schools and universities in an attempt to slow down the spread.

In an open letter sent to the British government, a group of 198 academics in mathematics and science called for a greater response to the coronavirus.

“At this point, looking for” herd immunity “doesn’t seem like a viable option, as this will put the national health service at an even higher level of stress, risking many more lives than necessary,” reads the letter.


The psychologist explains the purchase of panic in the toilet paper

The death toll from coronavirus is increasing by the minute, global equity markets are losing billions of dollars and Australia appears to be on the cusp of a recession.

But the takeaway key from the week’s news is that people are crazy about their toilet paper.

The virus has caused thousands of victims worldwide, but has yet to be classified as a pandemic, with cases in Australia apparently focusing on the return of cruise ships, quarantine areas and a nursing home.

Yet fear has swept the nation, materializing in a hysterical wave of panicked food supplies.

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Canned food, bleach and other essential household items have been torn but it is the empty shelves of toilet rolls that have captured the imagination of social media.

It was even rumored that a knife had been pulled into a battle for toilet paper reduction, while news sites from New York to London reported the toilet paper supermarket fight.

“Here are a few things and it’s therefore quite a complex problem,” clinical psychologist Dr Kn Knight told

“For whatever reason, and there may be some contributing factors, people are becoming quite anxious about COVID-19.”

Dr Knight, who is also president of the Australian Psychological Society, said the bizarre reaction is probably the result of worried consumers trying to appropriate an apparently defenseless endemic.

And he implored Australians to express their anxiety in a healthy way and instead focus on understanding the real dangers of the virus rather than unnecessary hysteria.

“If you are hearing about a virus that is causing a pandemic and killing people all over the world, if you hear the hype rather than the facts, then go” what will I do to protect myself? I could be stuck at home for a while, so I’ll make sure to stock up, “he said.

“Actually, of course, it is not necessary or at least certainly at this point. It is not an adequate response to the level of threat at the present time.”

Dr Knight says that both traditional and non-traditional media have a role to play in this.

Streem, a media monitoring group, released the data on Thursday revealing that the phrase “toilet paper” in coronavirus stories has increased by nearly 11,000% over the previous six weeks.

This type of dialogue contributed to the inappropriate response of a large part of the country to the real threat of the virus, he said.

Dr Knight says it’s okay for people to be a little anxious, but it’s important to proceed with a rational and well-informed response.

“And it’s really about sticking to the facts: accessing the website of the Department of Health or listening to the sources from which the fact came, not allowing yourself to be overwhelmed,” said Dr. Knight at

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket did not support the accumulation of goods and that the shelves were replenished regularly.

“Coles is committed to providing the best service to all Australians and during this challenged period it is committed to ensuring that all Australian communities have access to the products and services we all need. Coles wants to make sure that no matter where you live or how old you are, you have the same access as everyone else on your way. “

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Dr Gary Mortimer, Queensland University of Technology retail expert, said the shortage was exacerbated by the voluminous nature of some products and the inability of supermarkets to store them for long periods in warehouses.

“The challenge with toilet paper is that it comes in large, bulky packages and supermarkets can really only hold 150 to 200 packages in a corridor – those packages fill a corridor fairly quickly,” he explained.

“Since they hold very little toilet paper due to space restrictions, only 100 people are needed to enter and buy two packages instead of one, because suddenly the demand will increase by 100%.

“If you walk down the corridor of canned tuna you may see a couple of gaps but if you sell 200 packets of toilet paper, you will end up with an empty corridor that people think means a crisis without toilet paper anywhere. But there is toilet paper – it’s coming from the back door.

“They fill it up overnight and then run out at lunchtime.”

Ritchies Stores CEO Fred Harrison said that all of us have had a role to play in distilling panic.

“We need the public to be a little more responsible,” said the head of the supermarket in a statement given to

“We will not be isolated indoors for months: we will be able to go out and shop.

“There is no shortage of toilet rolls if people buy sensibly and there is absolutely no need for panic.

“Manufacturers can equip, but it takes time and it’s not something that can be fixed in 24 – 48 hours.”


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Peter Dutton, Australia's home affairs minister. Image: Mandel Ngan / AFP
media_cameraPeter Dutton, Australia’s home affairs minister. Image: Mandel Ngan / AFP

The coronavirus threat to Australians came home on March 13, when Interior Minister Peter Dutton revealed that he tested positive for the virus.

“I woke up this morning with fever and sore throat,” said Dutton in a note.

“I immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was subsequently tested for COVID-19. This afternoon I was informed by Queensland Health that the test had returned to positive. It is Queensland Health policy that anyone who proves positive is hospitalized and I have respected their advice. “

“I feel good and will provide an update in due course.”

It is assumed that Dutton detected the virus on a recent trip to the United States, in which he met Ivanka Trump and many senior members of Trump’s White House.

Its result raised concern that other members of government and parliament may also have the virus.


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at the Stagecoach Festival 2019 in Indio, California, April 2019. Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for Stagecoach)
media_cameraTom Hanks and Rita Wilson at the Stagecoach Festival 2019 in Indio, California, April 2019. Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for Stagecoach)

Tom Hanks confirmed on March 12 that he and his wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for coronavirus in Australia.

Both are in a Gold Coast hospital, the actor said.

Hanks and Wilson are in Australia to shoot Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film.

Positive tests from Hanks and Wilson raised concern that they may have inadvertently infected many fans and industry figures.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau after winning last year's election. Image: Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press via AP
media_cameraCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau after winning last year’s election. Image: Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press via AP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12. Mr. Trudeau’s office has stated that he feels good and will remain in solitary confinement. “The Prime Minister is healthy with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, it will be isolated for a planned period of 14 days, “added the note.

His office said the doctor’s advice to the prime minister is to continue daily activities during the self-check, given that he himself shows no symptoms.

“Even on the advice of doctors, it will not be tested at this stage since it has no symptoms. For the same reason, doctors say there is no risk for those who have been in contact with him recently, “says the note.


Mikel Arteta, pictured on 11 January. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
media_cameraMikel Arteta, pictured on 11 January. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12, prompting the Gunners’ Premier League game in Brighton on Saturday to be postponed.

Arsenal closed its training ground following Arteta’s positive test, with the Gunners players and the club staff who had had recent contacts with the Spaniard now forced to isolate themselves.

“This is really disappointing, but I took the test after feeling bad,” said Arteta in a statement on the Arsenal website. “I will be at work as soon as I am allowed.”


Daniele Rugani of Juventus pictured in April 2019. Image: AP Photo / Peter Dejong
media_cameraDaniele Rugani of Juventus pictured in April 2019. Image: AP Photo / Peter Dejong

The Italian soccer team Juventus revealed that one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, had shown positive for COVID-19 on 11 March despite not having had any symptoms.

Rugani, who also plays for the Italian national team, is the first player in the country’s top football division to give positive results.

Juventus, who have won the last eight Serie A titles, have announced the result on its website and on social media channels.

The club says Rugani and those who are known to have made contact with him are being isolated.

Italian football, along with all other sports in the country, was suspended until April 3.


Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert pictured in December 2019. Image: George Frey / AFP
media_cameraUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert pictured in December 2019. Image: George Frey / AFP

American basketball Rudy Gobert of Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before a game against Oklahoma City Thunder.

The NBA initially proposed that the games continue without spectators, but the organization suspended all games on Thursday 12 March.

On the same day Utah Jazz revealed that a second player, Donovan Mitchell, had also tested positive.


Nadine Dorries pictured in June 2019. Image: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire
media_cameraNadine Dorries pictured in June 2019. Image: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

Nadine Dorries, UK Conservative Member of Parliament and Junior Health Minister, revealed at the end of March 10 that she had been diagnosed with the virus.

Labor MP Rachael Maskell revealed that she had been advised to isolate herself after meeting Dorries last week, even if she had no symptoms.

“MPs are at high risk due to very frequent contacts and large meetings,” tweeted Stewart. “They risk infecting each other in the room and continuing to infect others. Time to act. Now.”


Who gave Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson the coronavirus

The news of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s diagnosis of coronavirus has made shivers in Hollywood, also because the authorities believe that the couple caught the virus in the United States or on their way to Australia.

While local health officials rush to track down anyone who came in contact with the couple on the Gold Coast, where Hanks was shooting Baz Lurhmann’s biographical film about Elvis, and in Sydney and Brisbane where Wilson performed in shows, similar scenes were play in Los Angeles.

The couple’s social media accounts show that they rubbed themselves off with some of the world’s biggest stars – including Oprah Winfrey, Jonas Brothers and Renée Zellweger – on a trip to Los Angeles before they proved positive for the virus in Australia.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, were among seven people who tested positive for the virus in Queensland on Thursday. The state virus toll rose to 35, with eight new cases Friday, including home affairs minister Peter Dutton.

All seven patients diagnosed Thursday recently traveled to Australia from overseas, or were in close contact with someone they had had, and are believed to have contracted the virus outside the country.

On Thursday morning, Warner Bros issued a statement stating that a cast member of the Elvis film had proven positive for the virus and that precautions had been taken to ensure the safety of the other crew members.

“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come into direct contact with the individual,” says the statement, which did not mention Hanks.

If the couple contracted the virus in the United States, rather than on the return flight to Australia, the chance of them being infectious while asymptomatic increases.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is believed to be between five and 14 days with an average of 5.1 days. However, there have been cases of patients who fell ill for up to 27 days after exposure.


On February 6, Hanks and Wilson returned for the Oscars, where he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

The ceremony took place on February 9 – over three weeks before the couple fell ill in Australia.

On 28 February Wilson was the guest of honor at a star-studded breast cancer fundraising extravagance held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

“An unforgettable evening” raised over $ 1.8 million ($ 2.86 million) for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, an important charity for Wilson, a breast cancer survivor who suffered a double mastectomy and reconstruction in 2015.

She was photographed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including musician Nick Jonas, actor Ken Jeong, supermodel designer and mentor Tom Ford and actor Renée Zellweger.

“LA, you blow me up with your generosity,” Wilson wrote on Instagram.

“Tonight we raised so much money for breast cancer research! @wcrfcure @bcrfcure THANK YOU! @jonasbrothers performed and shook the house. Everyone is dancing! @nickjonas @joejonas @kevinjonas thank you very much!

“Our emcee, real-life doctor and fantastic actor @kenjeong you are the best! @Tomford #richardbuckley you are the funniest dinner partner #reneezellweger Your speech was so beautiful.

“Thanks for being our Brave Woman recipient tonight. @mozellamusic @rodaworld so happy that you are both there to shine your lights! Let’s find a cure. We can never give up! “

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It’s unclear exactly when the couple returned to Australia, but Hanks was caught by fans on the Gold Coast on February 29 while his wife, who was still Instagramming from Los Angeles in early March, appears to have followed a few days later.

On March 1, Wilson released a video of herself stuck in traffic on a Los Angeles highway en route to Oprah’s word show.

“Riding on the old city street to get to you, but our horse is stuck in traffic,” he wrote, labeling the talk show queen in the caption.

In a bizarre turn, Winfrey lost his balance and fell on stage during the performance, although there is no indication that the fall was the result of an illness. The Time Time Espanol posted a video of the accident on its Instagram page.


Tom Hanks was in Australia for several weeks during the filming of Baz Luhrmann’s biographical film about Elvis Presley.

It arrived on the Gold Coast on January 26th and was spotted at several holiday resorts in Queensland and New South Wales.

On January 29, he took a selfie with a fan on a Gold Coast beach. On January 31st, he then said goodbye to the photographers as he strolled along Broadbeach beach.

On February 2, he dined at Mavis’ kitchen and booths at Mount Warning. The following day he entered the Bon Bon bar on Mermaid Beach in February, where he took a funny photo with two young diners.

On February 6, Hanks returned to the United States for the Oscars, where he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in A nice day in the neighborhood.

He was then filmed on the Gold Coast on February 29, taking a photo with two other fans.

On March 5 Wilson performed in a concert in Brisbane at the Emporium Hotel in South Bank.

The luxury hotel is now taking “active steps” to inform staff, said general manager Charles Martin.

“Extra hygiene precautions were already in place since the first international coronavirus outbreak in January,” he said The courier’s mail.

Wilson and Hanks were spotted sipping a beer at Sydney’s Bondi RSL on March 6 before Wilson performed at the Sydney Opera House on March 7.

“Performing in this iconic place is unlike any other. And the warmth of the audience made me feel welcome. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, “he wrote on Instagram, next to a photo of him next to the famous passages of the building.

More than 200 people attended the show and the organizers said they got in touch with anyone who had had close contact with the couple.

On March 9, Hanks and Wilson took a boat ride around Sydney Harbor, taking photos on Bondi Beach and again outside the Opera House.

Wilson also visited Channel 9 studios in Sydney, where she performed and was interviewed by presenters David Campbell and Belinda Russell on Extra today to exhibit.

Campbell, Russell and all other staff members who had “prolonged” contact with the star were asked to self-isolate.

“Nine took steps today in line with our crisis response plan around a visit to our Rita Wilson studio on Monday this week for an appearance on Extra today with David Campbell and Belinda Russell, ”said the network in a statement on Thursday.

“Our actions are in line with the guidelines established by the government and health authorities.

“Those who were in prolonged contact with Ms. Wilson have been tested and have been insulating themselves for 14 days.”

Campbell said 2GB he did not shake Wilson’s hand during his visit, and she had shown no obvious symptoms at the time.

“It came in Extra today she studied on Monday and she was delightful and really nice and had no symptoms of anything, “she said.

“She was cautious. He actually made a joke upon entering the studios, saying that we shouldn’t shake hands, we should bang our elbows. So we hit the elbows. “

Tracy Grimshaw, who is recovering from surgery, had no contact with Wilson but did not host A current relationship Thursday night “as a precaution,” said Nine.

Wilson did his hair and makeup in the same room that Grimshaw uses as a dressing room, The Australian relationships.

A total of 126 coronavirus cases have now been confirmed across Australia, with 64 in New South Wales, 18 in Victoria, 17 in Queensland, 8 in South Australia, 7 in Western Australia and 2 in Tasmania.

Most cases are said to have had a “direct or indirect travel connection” with countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Iran and Italy, according to the Department of Health.


A Sydney beautician claims that she was given the “all clear” by NSW Health after taking a selfie with actor Tom Hanks a few days before he tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We can all breathe. I can’t do it, “wrote Val Flores on Facebook.

Flores met Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson at Mr Wong, a famous Cantonese restaurant in Sydney’s CBD, on March 8th.

“Selfie done by Tom Hanks himself. Wow … the royalty of Hollywood in Sydney. Only people can take photos with Tom Hanks and his beautiful wife Rita Wilson, “she wrote online, along with two photos of herself with the stars.

But just four days later, Hanks announced on Instagram that he and Rita had proven positive for COVID-19 after feeling bad.

“We felt a little tired, as if we had a cold and some muscle pain. Rita had chills that came and went. Mild fevers too, “he said on Instagram.

“To play well, as is necessary in the world right now, we have been tested for coronavirus and it has tested positive.”

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Health authorities advise anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person to self-isolate for 14 days. But close contact is defined as at least 15 minutes of face-to-face interaction or at least two hours in the same enclosed space, which means that Flores has been given everything clear.

“All clear from NSW Health. Fewer casual contacts in less than 15 minutes, no physical contact and no symptoms, “he wrote on Facebook.

A spokesman for Merivale, who owns Mr. Wong said that all staff who were “less than a meter from Mr. Hanks and his side” are in “self-isolation” and would not return to work until it was deemed “appropriate”.

In the meantime, celebrities like Tim Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mia Farrow, have hurried to wish the stars a speedy recovery.

“Woody, I should have made you wear two spacesuits! You and Rita rest and be well! Said Allen, who played Buzz Lightyear alongside Hanks on Disney Toy Story.

“Wishing you both a speedy recovery and sending lots of love,” said DeGeneres.

The American comedian Whitney Cummings joked: “I mean, Tom Hanks is who would play the boy in the coronavirus movie.”

“It’s as if he chose the celebrity we cared about most to make a point,” he added.

Meanwhile, actor Jameela Jamil praised Hanks for his “calm” announcement on social media.

“A calm and sensible note from the man I wish was president. I hope they feel better soon and are happy to be in good sanitized hands # Hanks2024, “he tweeted.

Hanks Colin’s son also moved in to assure fans on Twitter that his parents were in good hands.

“My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and are well (and in a good mood) under the circumstances,” he said.

“Despite the fact that I’m in Los Angeles and haven’t seen them in over three weeks, we have been in constant contact and are confident that they will be able to fully recover.”


What life will be like in the virus block

Empty streets. Closed stores. Hospitals on the verge of collapse. Italy is in the grip of a pandemic. And it’s coming here.

Italy woke up this morning to a dystopian nightmare.

The whole country is in blockade.

It is a drastic response to a spiral crisis. Quarantines in its northern provinces were unable to contain the COVID-19 virus. And thousands had time to flee after losses revealed new weekend blockades.

As a result, his destroyed government shut down the entire national transportation system.

It is a desperate offer to slow the spread of the disease.

The Italian health system is already on the verge of a meltdown.

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Dr. Daniele Macchini, an intensive care specialist in Bergamo, took to Facebook to warn the world of what their future holds.

Macchini says that only a week after starting apparently “surreal” preparations, things suddenly became terribly real: “One after another the departments that had been emptied fill up at an impressive rate. The patient names cards, of different colors depending on the operating unit, they are now all red. “

Cases are multiplying. The beds were placed in the corridors.

“Suddenly the ER is collapsing,” says Macchini. “And there are no more surgeons, urologists, orthopedists – we are just doctors who suddenly become part of a team to face this tsunami that has overwhelmed us.”


For those who are not sick, life in Italy has completely changed.

They are cut from each other. Cut out of the world.

They are afraid of going out.

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The country’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, called the pandemic: “the darkest hour in Italy”.

It is still unclear how rigorously its emergency services will enforce the national blockade.

His government’s message is deceptively simple: a “serious” reason is needed to be able to travel anywhere. But, if you get caught from home, you can come back.

The lack of detail, however, shocked the Italians.

“Who can do what? Where can they go? Who can work? Who can travel? And the borders with other countries? “Asks the far-right Italian foreman, Matteo Salvini.

No answer has been provided yet.

In the meantime, the nation’s economy is stalling.

People were asked to stay home.

Bans have been imposed on all activities that attract crowds. Cafes and restaurants can still open – if they can guarantee a minimum space of 1 m between all customers. But new research indicates that this is also not enough: COVID-19 seems capable of jumping 4.5 m inside an enclosed and air-conditioned space.

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Schools and universities are already closed. The lights are off in cinemas and theaters.

All sporting events have been postponed unless they can be held without spectators.

Gyms and swimming pools remain open, but staff must apply new rigid rules. These include complete hand washes and 1m of personal space between all customers at all times.

The churches are closed, as are any close encounters. Civil and religious ceremonies – such as weddings and funerals – are also prohibited.

And police checkpoints were established in transportation centers, questioning travelers about the importance of their journey.


“Italy, as a European country at the forefront of the crisis, has had little to draw upon except the response in China,” writes political professor Martin Bull.

“There, it appears that a rigid government policy is working, but it becomes a different matter when a non-authoritarian country has to act.”

Democracies like Australia need to take note of how things are going in Italy, he says.

COVID-19 is already here. An answer will be needed.

Fortunately, Australia has the models of China, Italy and South Korea to guide its actions.

And Italy is the closest cultural and political confrontation we have.

Social removal policies seem almost certain.

What does it mean?

It is a good bet that you will not be ordered to stay in your homes, as with Wuhan.

But anticipate the restrictions on movements, as with Italy.

Expect to be invited to stay home for 14 days if you are not feeling well. Expect to be invited to limit your exposure to others.

Expect more and more schools and universities to close.

The events will be canceled – initially by the organizers concerned and then by order of the government. Festivals. Sports. Concerts. Everyone is likely to be affected.

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Religious services will be reduced. This is already happening in the United States.

The film industry is preparing for a loss of billions of dollars when cinemas are emptied. It’s a similar story for gyms, as customers avoid.

Outdoor restaurants and beer gardens could grow in popularity. The interior can suddenly become more spacious when “rack’s pack” and “stack” becomes politically incorrect: “social distance” are the keywords.

Air, bus and rail services are restricted. Corporate and corporate meetings will be held online. Those who can work from home should practice doing it.

The demand for delivery services may decrease or increase. Food deliveries may be preferable to visiting the supermarket, for example.

And, as with Italy, once the pandemic takes hold, expect police checkpoints and questions about whether you really have to go where you are going.

“The jury has not yet clarified whether Italy has successfully reached the right balance,” writes Bull. “It may not be long before other nations have to decide whether the Italian response to coronavirus is a model to follow or a lesson to learn.”


Milanese psychoanalyst Pina Antinucci told AFP that the Italian government was “bombing us anxiously, spreading paranoia.” I would like to know if I am infected … it would be better to know if I have that unwanted guest who occupies our homes, minds and lives. “

Venice – where residents usually complain of being overwhelmed by tourists – is practically empty. Giancarlo of Venice told AFP that the blockade was a “heavy blow”. “First, the city was hit by record floods, now this. Venice is very fragile right now, “he said.

But the difficult situation of dr. Macchini explains why the blockade is taking place.

“The staff is exhausted. I saw tiredness on faces that didn’t know what it was despite the already grueling workloads they had … Doctors who move beds and transfer patients, who administer therapies rather than nurses.

“Nurses with tears in their eyes because we can’t save everyone and the vital signs of several patients at the same time reveal an already sealed fate.”

Experts have been saying for weeks that the cancellation of public events is the best way to slow the spread of the virus. Many important events followed this advice. But many others don’t.

It’s all about “social estrangement”: keeping people far enough away that COVID-19 won’t make the leap.

It will not eliminate the possibility of contracting the disease.

But it will slow down the speed with which it spreads.

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While the Bergamo hospital was warned, dr. Macchini says that nobody expected it.

“The cases are multiplying, we arrive at a rate of 15-20 admissions per day all for the same reason. The results of the swabs now come one after the other: positive, positive, positive … The reasons for access are always the same: fever and difficulty breathing, fever and cough, respiratory failure. Radiology always reports the same: bilateral interstitial pneumonia, bilateral interstitial pneumonia, bilateral interstitial pneumonia. Everything to be hospitalized. “

There is not near enough capacity to handle them.

“Each ventilator becomes like gold: those in operating rooms that have now suspended their non-urgent activity (and) become places of intensive care that did not exist before.”

All claims to follow shifts and occupational health and safety practices have been abandoned. The staff is tired. They are making mistakes.

“We no longer see our families for fear of infecting them. Some of us have already been infected despite the protocols, “says Macchini. “(Don’t) go to the theater, museums or the gym. Try to have pity on the myriad of elderly people you could exterminate.”

Jamie Seidel is a freelance writer | @JamieSeidel