Oil price plummets

The price of oil has continued to drop in the markets, this after registering the lowest number in 30 years.

The price of a barrel opened the day at about $ 10, however, during the day that number has continued to plummet and has reached less than a dollar.

These prices have been observed so far this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with Metro, the president of the Gasoline Retailers Association, Rafael Mercado indicated that the price of a liter of regular gasoline on the Island could reach 30 cents. However, this estimate was made when the price of a barrel was at $ 10. The level at which the price can end once the markets close today is still unknown.

Fuel demand falls due to COVID-19

Despite the historical drop in prices, Mercado mentioned that demand has fallen due to the quarantine and the curfew that Governor Wanda Vázquez implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“It does not necessarily reflect immediately, some days it will catch,” he said. Market, who added that due to the quarantine on the Island, the purchase of fuel has decreased. “There is a fuel cap, there is an oversupply,” he added.

According to the Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO), the minimum price of a liter of regular gasoline is 44 cents, while the maximum at the pump is 47 cents.

According to the Prensa Asociada agency, the price of a barrel last Friday stood at $ 18.27 a barrel. The agency published today that the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that “the worst is yet to come” regarding the new coronavirus, which set off alarms around the pandemic as many countries are beginning to relax restrictive measures.

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In Europe, crises have brought back borders

INFOGRAPHIC – Migration and then the Covid-19 erected new harrows and shattered the taboo of openness between countries in the Schengen area.

Spanish customs officials have tightly controlled vehicles coming from France at the La Jonquera border crossing.
Spanish customs officials have tightly controlled vehicles coming from France at the La Jonquera border crossing. Nacho Doce / REUTERS

The taboo of open borders has jumped. The last thread which still retained in the air the ideology of an ideal Europe because gaping was cut by the coronavirus. Emmanuel Macron said it black and white in his television intervention on Monday: the borders with non-European countries, outside the Schengen area, will remain closed “until further notice” Probably until September. The borderless world that has emerged since neoliberal globalization has lived. The great dream of a Europe free of its borders, defended by Jacques Delors, seems today to be a thing of the past …

After the era of blissful globalization, the one that we thought could only benefit everyone, the concept of borders is gradually being rehabilitated in Europe. Since the early 2000s, the “opening” had already been stabbed several times. The terrorism crisis, inaugurated on September 11, 2001 and amplified by the Daesh attacks. The financial crisis

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Naranjito CDT technique tests positive for COVID-19

An employee of the Naranjito CDT who returned to work on Monday gave a positive test for the coronavirus on Tuesday, the administrator of that facility, Patricia Villanueva reported.

The spokeswoman indicated that an action plan was activated and a cleaning operation was started by a company.

“We regret the diagnosis of our colleague who returned to work on Monday after spending some time without work. This is why, under our screening protocols, we identified the case and quickly proceeded to test for COVID-19, and all exposed employees. In addition, due notification was made to the Department of Health, “Villanueva said.

They ensure they comply with federal guidelines

“Our plan follows the guidelines of the State and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) for this type of internal hospital situation, which includes, but is not limited to: counseling , quarantines to affected or exposed employees, rapid and confirmatory tests, specialized cleaning, tracking and notification to the relevant agencies, ”he added.

The CDT is currently operating the Emergency Room and a tent was set up outside where the coronavirus tests are done.

“We continue to implement measures to protect the health and well-being of the patients we serve at our facilities and of the employees who are currently working at our facility,” said Villanueva.

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AFL 2020, coronavirus, postponed season, umpiring, financial hit, AFL loan, credit line, money

AFL players have agreed on a sharp 50% cut after the AFL season has ended.

But that’s a figure that may not be enough according to those who have to deal with the financial blow of the decision to postpone the 17 round season.

Here are the latest AFL updates in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

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EDDIE BACK THE PLAYERS DURING THE NOTICE OF HUGE COSTS

Collingwood President Eddie McGuire has defended the AFL players, who – despite having accepted a 50% reduction in pay – have already received half of their salary for this year.

It is understood that the AFL wants players’ salaries to be further reduced, with 80% of the AFL staff stopping on Monday during the league suspension.

But McGuire told Triple M Melbourne’s Hot Breakfast that AFL had to be careful when it came to treating players, which he called the “centerpiece of our game.”

Collingwood President Eddie McGuire
Collingwood President Eddie McGuireSource: AAP

“The situation is that players have already received money for this half of the year because it was fair enough, everyone gets paid,” said McGuire.

“It is the next part of the journey that we will have to face until we start playing again and we can get some money coming.

“Channel 7’s money, Foxtel’s money, stopped this week. It’s over, it’s all over.

“There are no gate entrances, the AFL is cutting its costs, all the clubs are cutting their costs and here we have to face an elegant situation … if there is no money, there is no money.

“We don’t have to fool the players at the same time. These are the centerpiece of our game, they are wonderful people, they are fantastic young people and we have to do the right thing.”

COLLINGWOOD DUO FIND THE CONTRACT PLAYERS ON AUGUST GROUND

David Zita reports …

Players who exit the contract this year face a stalemate in their future due to the coronavirus crisis, according to player manager Liam Pickering.

The AFC announced on Sunday to close the competition until at least May 31st.

With AFL and the clubs starting to suppress a large number of employees for the foreseeable future, Pickering says that those who don’t have a contract have to wait a long time.

Jordan De Goey and Darcy Moore.
Jordan De Goey and Darcy Moore.Source: AAP

“It’s a serious challenge … we are currently able to negotiate extension contracts, but AFL will not mark them,” Pickering told SEN Breakfast.

“Obviously with a contract it has to be signed by the player, the club and AFL, and AFL has declared that it does not sign anything.

“They won’t stop us from negotiating and making agreements … but they simply won’t accept the deal, because we don’t know what the limit will be next year because we don’t know what the future will be after the next two months.”

Collingwood fans in particular are expected to wait for some of the club’s key players, with Darcy Moore and Jordan De Goey both out of contract at the end of the year.

Pickering, who manages Moore, says it is not possible to get any contract extensions in the current climate.

“We can continue talking to clubs, I mean, I’m not sure, I haven’t talked to (Ning Guy, manager of Collingwood’s list) at Pies, but if 80% of the staff are gone their list management it could be in that category I guess, “he said.

“So in that case, it will be very difficult if they are not paid, they will really want to spend hours and hours … I am sure they will, I am sure they would … by paying a salary cap they don’t even know what it will be.”

UMPIRES FACE GRIM FUTURE

Tom Morris reports …

AFL referees are expected to be fired until May 31 and believe they will not be paid in the meantime.

Foxfooty.com.au understands that game officials are likely to have their immediate future confirmed on Tuesday.

Four full-time coaches and a full-time force and conditioning manager were told on Monday that they would be stopped. Administrative and high-performance staff should receive the same fate.

Like the players, the referees earn an annual salary plus match payouts, although almost all of them have part-time jobs outside the game. Some are lawyers, others are teachers.

AFL confirmed on Monday that 80% of its workforce would be stopped until May 31, coinciding with 400 of the 500 club staff members who have just received or will receive the same treatment.

The league has consistently stated that referees are a small but integrated stakeholder in the sector. This was demonstrated when referees were told to train alone before Round 1 in order to reduce the risk of infection and keep the best officials in the park for the season’s opening weekend.

AFL referee Ray Chamberlain.
AFL referee Ray Chamberlain.Source: Corp Australia News

AFL TO REQUEST A HALF HALF BILLION DOLLAR LOAN

In the midst of the AFL financial crisis, the entire group of players pledged to cut their wages by 50% as the league closes.

However, according to nine of Sam McClure, it’s a deal that’s not enough in the eyes of AFL House.

“AFL and its players disagree strongly about money,” he explained on Channel 9 Footy Classified.

“AFLPA and its board ended a meeting just before 8pm tonight where they stamped an offer of a 50% cut for the next eight weeks. At AFL House this did not go particularly well. It is not enough, according to the sources of the ranking, and moreover, it should not have been leaked.

“But the players would say in response that you can’t expect them to train on their own and prepare for a reduced season if they aren’t paid at all. It comes when the leaders of the league, already tomorrow, are preparing to head to the main banks with the first stop NAB – one of their sponsors, of course – for a credit line in the vicinity of half a billion dollars.

“AFL messaging to AFLPA has been clear; we can’t pay you money we don’t have. “

“Clubs will end within three months if (financial) guarantees are not found by AFL,” added Damien Barrett.

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Coronavirus Melbourne: Victorians warned of life under the coronavirus blockade

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Victorian selfish parents have been lashed out for ignoring social removal after the start of the school holidays, while state coronavirus cases continue to grow.

The number of Victorian cases has increased by 56 overnight, with 411 people so far positive.

Schools have been closed from today, but for now the childcare facilities and kindergartens remain open.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews this morning said that these numbers would continue to rise if Victorians continued to “live their lives normally” and ignore the strict rules of social estrangement to stop the spread of the “deadly” virus.

“Cases keep growing,” he told Triple M.

“I can inform you that there will be up to 411 cases, or 56 new cases overnight and will continue to go back and forth, particularly if some people in the Victorian community don’t start taking it seriously.

“There are people out there who don’t distance themselves, who live their lives normally.

“They don’t respect the fact that this is fatal and if it continues to spread and people don’t do the right thing, then people will die.”

Yesterday a cyclist passed Flinders Street station. Image: Asanka Ratnayake / Getty Images
media_cameraYesterday a cyclist passed Flinders Street station. Image: Asanka Ratnayake / Getty Images

Mr. Andrews also affected parents who were still allowing play dates and social activities after school closed.

“Children can’t go to the mall, children can’t stay in the place of their mates,” he said.

Andrews has three children aged 13 to 18 and has claimed to be self-insulating.

“They are experiencing the best part of three weeks when they don’t see their friends, they don’t go to the Chadstone mall.

“They are not doing all the usual things … because there is nothing usually in this situation.”

It comes when Victorians are asked to cancel barbecues in the courtyard, think twice about traveling to the hairdresser and shop online while authorities try to strengthen the state’s unprecedented blockade.

The National Coronavirus Cabinet will meet tonight to consider a second phase of closings after pubs, clubs, gyms, cinemas and churches have all been forced to close for the first time in history Monday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Andrews have warned the community, warning that a wider arrest will come unless people respond to measures already in place to stop the rampant spread of the virus.

It comes as the Gold FM Breakfast show was not broadcast this morning due to a COVID-19 scare.

Conductor Christian O’Connell said the radio station suffered a blockage, preventing them from airing.

People toured the streets outside Centrelink Abbotsford on Monday.
media_cameraPeople toured the streets outside Centrelink Abbotsford on Monday.

“The station had to suffer a 24-hour emergency crown freeze,” he said on Twitter.

“Building evacuated and station stopped for 24 hours. The show will return tomorrow. “

He said the show that aired this morning was a “recorded special” that had been pre-recorded in the event of an evacuation.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that a NAB employee had falsified the results of coronavirus tests, causing hundreds of employees to be evacuated from Bourke St’s NAB office and fear of their own health.

On March 17, the NAB management was informed that a staff member who worked at the 700 Bourke St office had tested positive for COVID-19, at which point the staff were asked to work remotely and the office was cleaned in pandemic way.

Subsequently, it was determined by management that the test information provided by the employee was falsified.

In a note to NAB staff, it was noted that the hiring of the staff member had been interrupted.

“Reflecting on the gravity of the matter, the colleague will not return to the NAB,” said the note.

“We certainly regret the uncertainty that this has caused to our colleagues in 700 Bourke St, especially those who work closely with the colleague in question.

“Of course leaving the house was the right decision with the information that provided us with a precautionary measure to protect the health and well-being of everyone who works at 700 Bourke St.”

The headquarters of NAB Bourke St, which has been evacuated.
media_cameraThe headquarters of NAB Bourke St, which has been evacuated.

WHAT IS THE NEXT STAGE AFTER THE FIRST STAGE OF LOCKDOWN?

Tonight’s National Cabinet will also consider renter support and workforce and supply chain issues affecting the healthcare system.

Morrison said that coronavirus was an economic and public health crisis “once every 100 years”.

“For many, young and old, 2020 will be the most difficult year of our lives,” he said.

“We are a strong nation and a strong people, but in the coming months this will test us all like, at no time since the Second World War.”

Andrews yesterday detonated “selfish” Victorians for putting vulnerable people at risk by ignoring the request to stay 1.5m away from others to minimize the spread of the virus.

“There are many Victorians who act selfishly. If this continues, people will die, “he said.

“You won’t be able to go to the pub because the pub is closed. That doesn’t mean you can have all your mates at home and get the beers up.”

“Whether you want to call him a partner, or be a good Australian, or respect your civil duty, I don’t care what you call him, just do it.”

“If you don’t, then will people die and do you know who dies? The most vulnerable people in the Victorian community. Do the right thing, do the smart thing, do the decent thing.”

“If you don’t, you have every reason to believe that Victoria Police will catch you and you will be punished.”

The dean of St Paul's cathedral, Heather Patacca, is preparing to take online services. Image: Mark Stewart
media_cameraThe dean of St Paul’s cathedral, Heather Patacca, is preparing to take online services. Image: Mark Stewart

Fines of $ 20,000 for individuals and $ 100,000 for businesses are pending for those who have been caught breaking the new coronavirus rules – such as holding mass meetings or failing to isolate themselves after returning from abroad.

There will be random checks on the road, with 5000 policemen specially deployed by the Victoria police in a special coronavirus task force.

Disruptions are likely for many months due to the crisis as the number of reported cases continues to increase.

Andrews said he has no plans to follow Queensland, Western Australia, Southern Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory and to close state borders, but this could change if the threat to life increases.

School holidays are already in chaos, with families urged to download nonessential plans.

“The fact that more steps may be needed does not diminish the magnitude of a change: we have never done this before in any of our lives,” said Andrews.

But a Victorian Christian school snubbed state government directives, refusing to carry on the Easter school holidays and telling families that God is not surprised by the coronavirus pandemic.

And in the United Kingdom, the British public is allowed to leave their homes only to buy food, medicine or to do essential work, given that the country is completely blocked.

STAY HOME FOR OUR HOSPITAL HEROES

Doctors and nurses who endanger their lives to save their own ask the Victorians to stay home and obey the vital rules of social distancing of the coronavirus.

As the state is stuck due to concerns that the Victorians are not taking their responsibilities for isolation seriously, staff from the Royal Melbourne Hospital made a candid appeal which they hope will strike at home:

“We stayed at work for you. So stay home for us. “

Needed on the front lines in certain roles to put them in touch with COVID-19 in the coming weeks, medical staff don’t have the luxury of taking social removal measures to protect them.

But Mark Putland, director of emergency medicine for RMH, said that simply staying at home and limiting the spread of the infection is a matter of life or death – thousands of times – for ordinary Victorians.

“People can really save lives by doing this,” said Putland.

“We can do extraordinary things for a certain number of people, but there is a certain limit beyond which we can no longer help people if they all arrive at the same time.

Royal Melbourne Hospital staff gather outside the main entrance to urge people to stay home. Image: David Caird
media_cameraRoyal Melbourne Hospital staff gather outside the main entrance to urge people to stay home. Image: David Caird

“We must ask everyone else not to put ourselves at risk anymore, not to make our work vain. We are here to do this job, but we need others to do their part too, so it is possible for us to do ours ”.

While efforts focus on building the capacity of state hospitals, dr. Putland said that great encouragement was taken from the results of nations such as Korea and Germany, where early spacing measures have been very effective in slowing down COVID-19.

“We are ahead of much of the world here in Victoria by taking these measures and keeping the state frozen before we actually had a Coronavirus death in Victoria.

“Many other places left him much later than that and therefore didn’t benefit from it.

“It gives us the only chance we have of making a difference on how much this disease affects our community.

“We are very grateful to have the privilege of being able to do something truly constructive and to be on the front line and try to fight this thing.

“But I don’t want other people to think that they can’t do something too – they can, just by sitting at home. By isolating themselves, they can make a really significant contribution.”

– Grant McArthur

REGUE STARTS SOON IN CENTRELINK

The Melburnians are already queuing outside Centrelink offices across the city, attempting to access new stimulus payments.

Some people facing unemployment for the first time in their lives lined up more than four hours before the doors opened.

In Prahran, some are lined up from 4.30 in the morning when the doors don’t open until 8.30 in the morning.

It comes as the MyGov website crashed yesterday while over 95,000 jobless Australians attempted to apply for coronavirus income support.

People lined up outside a still open Centrelink office in Heidelberg. Image: AAP Image / Stefan Postles
media_cameraPeople lined up outside a still open Centrelink office in Heidelberg. Image: AAP Image / Stefan Postles
Centrelink's offices in Australia have been flooded with people trying to register for unemployment benefits following business closings. Image: AAP Image / Stefan Postles
media_cameraCentrelink’s offices in Australia have been flooded with people trying to register for unemployment benefits following business closings. Image: AAP Image / Stefan Postles

COURT CLOSED, PUBLISH EMPTY AS THE START OFF

Victoria courts will be shut down on Tuesday with an automatic three-month update to hundreds of listings.

In a statement to lawyers on Monday evening, chief magistrate Lisa Hannan said that all criminal hearings through state magistrates’ courts, with the exception of filing hearings, mentions for commissions and hearings for commissions, will be updated until to June 15th.

Defendants in court or on bail will no longer have to attend filing hearings, provided they are represented by a lawyer.

In civil matters, lawyers and stakeholders were asked not to participate in the court.

The disputed commission hearings and Koori judicial matters have already been suspended across the state.

Four practical instructions for lawyers have been posted on the court website.

The indications, which go into effect on Tuesday at 9 am, have been widely praised by lawyers as a reasonable step to protect users of the court.

Chief magistrate Hannan said the move was made due to health and safety concerns for COVID-19 and the need to reduce the number of people attending the court.

Learn more about Victoria’s partial closure.

BREAKING AUSSIE BRINGS HOPE FOR THE VACCINE

A “passive gap gap” vaccine for COVID-19 will see the collection of antibodies from the blood of patients who have recovered from the virus injected into vulnerable individuals.

It comes as losing your sense of smell emerged as one of the first signs of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, researchers from the University of Queensland are looking for 100 healthy volunteers to take part in clinical trials of a candidate vaccine for COVID-19 mid-year.

Melbourne’s Doherty Institute is working on a new COVID-19 rapid test which takes just 30 minutes to get an improvement over the three hours needed now.

Royal Melbourne Hospital's COVID-19 screening clinic, nurse ED Robyn Lindsay, has seen the number of people getting tested go down. Image: David Caird
media_cameraRoyal Melbourne Hospital’s COVID-19 screening clinic, nurse ED Robyn Lindsay, has seen the number of people getting tested go down. Image: David Caird

ANSWERS THE MAIN QUESTIONS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS VICTORIANS SHUTDOWN

Victoria’s new blocking rules will change lives as we know it across the state.

From hairdressers to weddings, children’s birthday parties, and bike rides, we’ve asked the state government 50 questions about how Victorians face their lives during the coronavirus crisis.

We have compiled their responses, which assume that people are healthy and have not been abroad or in contact with any confirmed coronavirus cases.

Read the full list here.

Do you have a question we haven’t asked ourselves? Email it to news@heraldsun.com.au

OLYMPIC GAMES POSTPONED

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were reportedly postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound has confirmed that the Games will be held at a later date, most likely in 2021.

THE CAMPSITE CAN AVOID “INCREDIBLE TRAGEDY”

Any Victorian who thinks to escape for a vacation to escape the coronavirus block can rethink.

Premier Daniel Andrews has issued a monotonous warning that traveling unnecessary means not traveling for holidays.

Stay home is the message. Or the community could face “a rather surprising tragedy,” he said.

And Lisa Neville, minister of police and emergency services, warned that roadblocks could be used to prevent people from ignoring the council.

Campsites and trailer parks were “highly contagious” when there were shared toilets and showers, Neville said.

“We are very careful about camping and caravan sites. There are potentially high risks for people who share showers and toilets etc.”

Yesterday, the campsites, including Walkerville Foreshore in Gippsland, were closed or closed, but the trailer parks with long-term and permanent occupants, most of them in independent cabins or caravans, were still open to the public.

Discovery Parks said that as a housing provider, its parks have been an essential service at a time of crisis.

Parks Victoria closed the lodging and camped in Tidal River at the Wilsons Promontory National Park on Sunday.

Parks Victoria closed the lodge and camped at Tidal River in the Wilsons Promontory National Park. Image: James Lauritz
media_cameraParks Victoria closed the lodge and camped at Tidal River in the Wilsons Promontory National Park. Image: James Lauritz

Further updates on access to other campsites in the state were expected in the coming days.

But Andrews said families shouldn’t be leaving now that the kids are on vacation.

“It’s going to be a very different school vacation,” Andrews said.

“And it must be. Because if we don’t start taking these things seriously, we’ll talk about a rather surprising tragedy. “

Travel warnings come when regional airline Rex says regional flights to Victoria will stop on April 6.

Rex operates services from Melbourne and Mildura in six locations in New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

The fixed-wing fleet Ambulance Victoria, operated by the subsidiary Rex Pel-Air Aviation, will continue to operate.

Melbourne’s trains and trams and the V / Line network are still operating during normal hours.

Extra cleaning has been introduced and passengers have been urged to stagger travel times to help with social distances.

The Victorian parks operated by Discovery, Top Parks and Big 4 were still open for business, although many guests had returned home.

In a statement, Discovery Parks said that changing travel restrictions meant that some people needed to find accommodation.

“We also have caravan communities that are currently traveling and require a safe place to stay,” says the note.

GREEN LIGHT DATA STIMULES PACKAGES

The multi-billion dollar economic response package to the coronavirus 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.

– Tamsin Rose

AFL PLAYERS OFFER A MASSIVE PAYMENT

AFL players voluntarily offered a 50% cut, with immediate effect.

On one of the darkest days of footy, the 850 players in the game decided to halve their wages until May 31 – the restart date proposed by the competition.

If the 2020 season is abandoned, players will agree to even more drastic reductions in wages.

It came when entire football departments were eliminated under Fair Work provisions. Some will likely be fired in the coming days.

US STOCKS FALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CONGRESSIVE FIGHT ON STIMULUS

Wall Street fell on Monday (local time) when the U.S. Congress quarreled over a massive stimulus package as the Federal Reserve unveiled new emergency plans to revive the economy, even with the unlimited purchase of bonds.

The scale of the Federal Reserve’s moves has impressed investors, but in the first few minutes of trading the shares have still dropped as concerns continue to rise over the economic pain caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

Central banks are doing everything they can to support the economy as other states and communities close, but investors also want to see the United States government do its part.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO AFL FAN MEMBERS?

Footy fans will have to wait to see if registrations they paid for will be refunded after the AFL season has ended.

While AFL and clubs are facing the fallout from the already shortened season put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league has yet to decide what to do with regards to enrollment.

In a statement, AFL said it was working last night.

“The main concern of AFL and the clubs is that members and supporters continue to take the relevant precautions to ensure that their health and well-being is critical,” he said.

“AFL will work with clubs to ensure that their members are well-informed and clubs will continue to communicate with their members during this temporary suspension of the season.”

AFL Fans Association President Gerry Eeman said supporters want clarity.

“Fans don’t want a refund, they want the option to get a refund,” he said.

“Because many fans realize that their clubs are in danger of folding but if you don’t have money alone, it’s a luxury they can’t afford to treat them like a donation.

“Some will do it … but people who have just lost their jobs and don’t have much money to feed their family need the option to get a refund.”

In a memo to members, Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett said yesterday that he doubted that the AFL season will resume “before July soon.”

“This therefore means that the revenue generated by the competition and the clubs has been drastically reduced,” he said.

“For Hawthorn, we continue to receive revenue from registrations and some sponsorships.

“I thank all the members who promised their support for the club, it is more crucial than ever.”

It comes when the Yarra Junior Football League reconsidered its decision to start its season before the AFL recommended start date of May 31, in response to fears of the coronavirus.

The Picola and District Football Netball League has decided to “postpone” his season until May 2nd and to reconsider his position on April 17th “subject to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic” “.

– Peter Rolfe

ITALIAN POLITICS “FORGIVE THEM S —“

Politicians in Italy, where nearly 60,000 people have coronavirus and 5500 have died, are going crazy in an attempt to beat their rebel components to obey a national blockade amid the coronavirus.

“I receive news that some would like to organize graduation parties. We will send the police – with flamethrowers,” says Campania president Vincenzo De Luca in a video.

You can see four other Italian mayors and politicians agitating people for breaking the rules during the global crisis,

In a country famous for being overrun with tourists and party-goers, the new normal – blocking and being safe – is obviously not reaching many people easily.

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Coronavirus: Australian hospitals running out of masks

  • 15 million Australians could catch the virus in a few months
  • Shock therapy of angry teachers in the fight against viruses in schools

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.

DENIED FACE MASKS OF AUXILIARY HOSPITALS FROM STOCKPILE

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.

GYMS CLOSED: CAN I RESET MY REGISTRATION RATES?

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.

HUNTING FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS

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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The Northern Territory is closing its borders after the UK has closed its restaurants and gyms. New York has joined California by telling millions of residents to stay home. Bondi beach and other Australian beaches are also closed.

Starting at 16:00 on Tuesday March 24, anyone arriving in the Northern Territory will be forced to quarantine for two weeks.

Prime Minister Michael Gunner said that strict border controls apply to all NT access points: roads, airports, railway stations, ports and airports.

“Whether you are local or not, this applies to you,” said Gunner.

The quarantine will be enforceable by law.

People arriving in the NT will have to engage in quarantine and tell officials where they will stay.

The quarantine will not be applied to essential personnel, such as medical officers, flight crews, freight workers and Defense workers.

Travelers may also request exemptions for compassionate reasons.

PRESSURE ON AUSTRALIA TO SAVE WORK

It comes when the treasurer Josh Frydenberg will be under pressure to further activate the economic holds after the United Kingdom has guaranteed 80% of the workers’ wages to save millions of jobs.

British Chancellor Rishi Sunak made the unprecedented announcement this morning that the government would cover the payroll of millions of workers while they were out because of the coronavirus.

It arrived when Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the latest drinks across the UK, with pubs, bars, restaurants, gyms and leisure centers to close tonight.

The dramatic interventions, which have been mirrored in other European countries, will provide a model for Australia as the virus will inevitably skyrocket.

Johnson pleaded with people to stay home tonight, saying that contact with people must decrease by 75% for the measures to work.

“You may think you are invincible, but there is no guarantee that you will have mild symptoms and you can still be the carrier of the disease and pass it on to others,” he said.

Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg will be under pressure to further activate economic outlets after the United Kingdom has guaranteed 80% of workers' wages. Image: AAP
media_cameraAustralian treasurer Josh Frydenberg will be under pressure to further activate economic outlets after the United Kingdom has guaranteed 80% of workers’ wages. Image: AAP

The pub ban will be in effect for at least a month, but could extend longer, with Johnson looking to offer some hope that the UK would be able to turn the tide in 12 weeks.

Mr. Sunak, who has the equivalent role in the United Kingdom of Mr. Frydenberg in Australia made history by making the wages insurance policy this morning.

Sunak, who took office only in February, said that “our planned economic response will be one of the most comprehensive in the world”.

“To all those at home, right now looking forward to the days ahead, I say you won’t face it alone,” he said.

Workers will be paid up to $ A5000 a month while being shut down due to coronavirus.

There were nearly 1 million hospitality job losses this week after Mr. Johnson asked people to stop going to pubs and cafes.

British unions said that this measure would save another two million in the sector, with guaranteed liquidity for three months.

A Transport For London worker cleans the handrails on an above ground London train. Image: Getty Images
media_cameraA Transport For London worker cleans the handrails on an above ground London train. Image: Getty Images

The UK is actually putting its money on black on the economic roulette wheel that was caused by the virus, which killed 177 people in the UK.

They believe that paying an “unlimited” wage guarantee would be cheaper than devastating millions of job losses.

The world has witnessed an increase in the death toll in Italy, with another 627 deaths in a day, bringing its total to over 4000.

The European country now has almost 25% more deaths than China where the virus started.

The world has tried to test as a way to resolve the crisis, but the World Health Organization has said that over 100 million would be needed.

To date, WHO has distributed 1.5 million test kits.

NSW GOVERNMENT CLOSES THE BONDI BEACH

The government of New South Wales closed Bondi Beach after the filming of people packing up its famous sand has led to worldwide convictions.

NSW police David Elliott announced the drastic measure in Bondi Beach.

Waverley’s board confirmed that the board is also immediately closing the beaches of Bronte and Tamarama.

Thousands of people poured into Bondi Beach on Friday amid temperatures in the 1930s, ignoring measures of social estrangement.

Bathers’ photos have been severely criticized by foreign media and social media as the world tries to slow the spread of the deadly virus. On Saturday, the mayor of Waverley Paula Masselos launched a public appeal for people to stay away from Bondi amid the coronavirus pandemic and away from the beaches.

Beachgoers are seen on Bondi Beach despite the threat of the coronavirus. Image: AAP
media_cameraBeachgoers are seen on Bondi Beach despite the threat of the coronavirus. Image: AAP

“The public should always maintain a minimum safety distance from each other in public places and if it is not necessary to be out in public, please consider staying at home,” said Masselos.

“We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and I am frustrated that people continue to ignore health advice regarding social distancing as observed yesterday in Bondi Beach.” Masselos asked people to follow the health advice of New South Wales, including the practice of social distancing and compliance with hygiene rules.

“Nobody is immune to COVID-19 and irresponsible behavior puts the whole community at risk,” said Masselos.

Health Minister Greg Hunt told Melbourne reporters that local councils were to ensure that people observed health and safety measures.

“What happened in Bondi was unacceptable and the local council must take steps to prevent this from happening,” said Hunt.

“Each of us as individuals, as families, as groups, as councils, as state governments, as a national government has responsibility.

“Where something like this is happening, the local council must take action and that message is absolutely clear.”

The Gold Coast beaches will remain open despite the decision to close Sydney’s famous Bondi beach due to the COVID-19 threat.

JAPAN’S INFECTIONS ABOVE 1000

Japan has 1,016 coronavirus cases reported nationwide as of Saturday, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Although the number of cases is still on the rise, Japan has started to scale back some measures to combat the spread of the virus.

On Friday, Japan said it will not close schools because it faces increasing pressure on whether to host the Tokyo Olympics.

A woman greets a bus carrying the Japanese comedy couple Sandwich Man who holds the Olympic flame after the arrival ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games torch at the Matsushima air base of the Japan Air Self Defense Force.
media_cameraA woman greets a bus carrying the Japanese comedy couple Sandwich Man who holds the Olympic flame after the arrival ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games torch at the Matsushima air base of the Japan Air Self Defense Force.

THE QUARANTINE OF COLOMBIA, THE FIRST DEATH OF SINGAPORE

Colombia will enter a national quarantine from Tuesday night, said President Ivan Duque. The quarantine in the country, which has 158 confirmed cases of viruses, will last for 19 days, Reuters reports.

“In the coming weeks, we have the opportunity to collectively take the virus out of speed,” said Duque.

Singapore reported today of two coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday.

A 75-year-old Singaporean woman and a 64-year-old Indonesian died.

Police officers use face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in Cali, Colombia.
media_cameraPolice officers use face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in Cali, Colombia.

NEW YORK ORDERS NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS FOR STAY AT HOME

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering workers from non-essential companies to stay home and by banning meetings across the state.

“Only essential companies can have workers traveling to work or the workplace,” said Governor Cuomo of an executive order he will sign on Friday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Image: Getty
media_cameraNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Image: Getty

Non-essential meetings of people of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed.

“We need everyone to be safe, otherwise nobody can be safe,” said Governor Cuomo. “So we’re going to issue an executive order today: New York State on hiatus: policies that ensure uniform security for everyone.”

Civil fines and mandatory closings will be applied for companies that fail to comply with the new mandate, Governor Cuomo announced.

“These provisions will be applied,” he said. “These are not useful suggestions. This is not if you really want to be a great citizen. These are legal provisions. They will be applied. There will be a civil penalty and mandatory closure for any non-compliant business. Again, your actions may affect my health. That’s where we are. “

A subway customer uses a tissue to protect his hand while holding onto a pole while COVID-19 fears reducing the number of passengers in New York. Image: AP
media_cameraA subway customer uses a tissue to protect his hand while holding onto a pole while COVID-19 fears reducing the number of passengers in New York. Image: AP

It comes when New York has seen a spike in coronavirus cases. New York State now has 7102 confirmed cases, 4408 of those in New York City.

ITALY BECOMES ZERO LAND AS AUXILIARY DEATH

Italy has become zero for coronavirus as it exceeds China’s death toll.

COVID-19 has killed more than 4000 people in Italy compared to China’s death toll of 3248.

The army was called to move the coffins from the Lombardy region to northern Italy because the burial services were submerged.

Italy has announced 627 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the largest daily increase during the outbreak.

The global death toll has exceeded 10,000.

Lombardy in Italy sent the army to impose the blockade of the coronavirus today, while other 380 people died only in that region and doctors in Italian hospitals in crisis have described an “infinite flow” of sick patients.

The Northern Italy region hired 114 soldiers to keep people in after some Italians challenged the country’s quarantine rules – hindering its efforts to stop the world’s deadliest epidemic.

The cruise ship Costa Victoria. Image: Costa Cruises
media_cameraThe cruise ship Costa Victoria. Image: Costa Cruises

Meanwhile, a passenger of the Costa Victoria cruise ship that was sailing to Venice told News Corp that Australia had landed on the ship after it had been diverted from the Italian port.

Previously terrified passengers feared that they would be left to die if they were unloaded there.

“At first there was some panic from some to go home before Australia closed the borders, but Costa assured us that everything will be fine,” he said.

“To be honest, many think that this cruise should never have gone on to begin, we had to leave from the Maldives, but the day before we left we received the call to say that the Maldives are blocking us and now we had to change our flights to Dubai.

“It started before we left, but we weren’t given any chance of a refund or reprogramming, we just had to go where we were told or we would all get lost and lose our money.”

The ship crossed the Suez Canal and was between Egypt and Cyprus when Ms. Mapelsden spoke to News Corp Australia.

Gold Coast Australian couple Joanne and Iain Martin-Blakey went to Costa Victoria to celebrate their 50th birthday. Image: Evelyn Martin-Blakey
media_cameraGold Coast Australian couple Joanne and Iain Martin-Blakey went to Costa Victoria to celebrate their 50th birthday. Image: Evelyn Martin-Blakey

Previously, Sydney woman Lauren Petrovic had claimed that her mother-in-law Susan Morgan – who is also on the cruise ship – was terrified of being left in Venice.

“This is obviously a death sentence if they are to be released here without assistance or any Ave to return home safely to Australia. They will potentially be left to die, “he said.

Gold Coast woman Joanne Martin-Blakey is on the ship with her husband Iain to celebrate her 50th birthday. He said on Facebook: “H.E.L.P. Now we are stuck on this ship (Costa Victoria) until we reach Italy. Which country will accept us after being in Italy? Emirates canceled our return flight from Venice and offered no alternatives.

“We are forced to enter the epicenter of COVID-19 and we are all in good health on this ship but now we are put at risk.”

The cruise, which reported no coronavirus cases, continues for at least eight more days.

Passengers were told to avoid social contacts and all activities were canceled.

The Italians will remain en bloc indefinitely as it now becomes the deadliest place on the planet to contract the disease.

The ban on opening stores, which will expire on April 3, has now been extended.

“Use your common sense and act with the utmost caution,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said to the Italians.

“We don’t underestimate anything and we always act on the worst case scenario.”

The Republic the newspaper, the main outlet in Italy, reported that 94% of Italians remained in favor of bans, despite the imposition on their lives.

Members of the Military Emergency Unit are preparing to carry out a general disinfection at Josep Tarradellas airport in Barcelona-El Prat in El Prat de Llobregat. Image: AFP
media_cameraMembers of the Military Emergency Unit are preparing to carry out a general disinfection at Josep Tarradellas airport in Barcelona-El Prat in El Prat de Llobregat. Image: AFP

Residents who wander the streets who don’t go to grocery stores or pharmacies or who travel for work have been threatened with fines of $ A385.

Iran has become the next major critical point for the virus with a person dying there every 10 minutes bringing the nation’s already fragile health care system to its knees.

French President Emmanuel Macron has lashed out citizens for violating his country’s blockade, with the beaches now closed, despite the warning that his tough measures will be in place for a month.

Prince Albert II of Monaco became the first head of state to come up with the disease, amid concerns that Prince Charles had recently encountered.

FRANTIC SCENES AS AUXILIARIES TENSE AT HOME

A group of Australian teenagers captured one of the last planes outside London after the coronavirus robbed them of their sabbatical, while a cruise ship carrying up to 240 Australians is now heading to Greece instead of Italy.

There were frenzied scenes at Gatwick airport in London early Saturday in Australia as people ran back to their home countries.

However, some couples have been separated as those without a passport to their destination country have been rejected by flights since Europe has strict travel bans.

Staff from the budget airline Easyjet said they had dealt with frustrated and tearful passengers, as many travelers wore masks and some even wore protective goggles when passing security checks.

(LR) Olivia Edwards, 19, Eliza Ewington, 18, Sascha Wilson, 18, Daisy Meehan, 18 and Cate von Behr, 18, leave London Gatwick Airport with their gap year in Oxford, United United, in an abbreviated private school. Picture Stephen Drill
media_camera(LR) Olivia Edwards, 19, Eliza Ewington, 18, Sascha Wilson, 18, Daisy Meehan, 18 and Cate von Behr, 18, leave London Gatwick Airport with their gap year in Oxford, United United, in an abbreviated private school. Picture Stephen Drill

Daisy Meehan, 18, from Armidale, Sydneysiders Eliza Ewington, 18, Olivia Edwards, 19, Cate von Behr, 18 and Sascha Wilson, 18, from the central coast of New South Wales, have just scraped the UK .

They were working in a private school in Oxford, but were forced to make plans to return to Australia quickly, as their parents urged them to leave quickly.

“My mom wrote a frantic text message and said you have to put on your big girl’s pants and go home,” said Miss Meehan. “It is so uncertain that it is so disturbing.”

Miss Wilson said she wanted a “Hamish and Andy” style sabbatical, but now she is returning to uncertainty.

Miss Ewington said she was troubled by having to leave her students, who had become part of her family.

Coronavirus has killed 177 people in the UK. Image: AFP
media_cameraCoronavirus has killed 177 people in the UK. Image: AFP

The hasty departure meant that he wore three pairs of pants and three jackets to avoid violating the weight limit of his bag on the Emirates flight.

“It’s not like we can go home and find work,” he said.

Miss Edwards said she lost her travel bucket list. There have been trips across the continent, including Portugal, Spain and Amsterdam during the itinerary.

“This week she has been on a roller coaster. I could have held on for about three weeks, but it hit us when nothing would have been open if we had stayed in Oxford, “he said.

“This is the first time we have been independent and were looking forward to it.”

The teenagers were also planning to attend a music festival in Budapest.

Medical professionals put on new gloves after washing their hands at a newly opened drive-thru test site for COVID-19 on Friday March 20, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Image: AP
media_cameraMedical professionals put on new gloves after washing their hands at a newly opened drive-thru test site for COVID-19 on Friday March 20, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Image: AP

RECORD NUMBER OF DEATH IN SPAIN

Spanish authorities are planning to transform a Madrid convention center into a giant military hospital for coronavirus patients, as the second worst outbreak in Europe has caused 235 more victims.

Spain’s worst one-day death toll brought the country’s total casualties to over 1000 on Friday.

Spain quickly followed Italy to become the second European country where hundreds of people are killed daily by the coronavirus. The death toll shows few signs of slowing down.

About 5,500 hospital beds, including intensive care units, will be set up inside the 240,000-square-foot IFEMA conference center on the outskirts of the capital to meet growing demand expected in the coming days, the Madrid region said in a tweet.

“The most difficult days are coming now,” said emergency chief Fernando Simon at a press conference.

Medical workers wearing protective suits work near the Gran hotel Colon, which has been converted into a medical building to treat COVID-19 in Madrid, Spain. Image: AP
media_cameraMedical workers wearing protective suits work near the Gran hotel Colon, which has been converted into a medical building to treat COVID-19 in Madrid, Spain. Image: AP

The capital has become the epicenter of the disease in Spain. With nearly 20,000 cases reported on Friday, Spain overtook Iran to become the third hardest hit country in the world after China and Italy.

The Madrid region has 628 deaths and 7165 cases.

Health Minister Salvador Illa said that Spanish hospitals are conducting numerous clinical trials to treat severe and mild cases of coronavirus, while the ministry of science said researchers were working on potential vaccines and detection tests.

On Thursday the government promised measures to protect the elderly and nursing home staff after a large number of deaths.

A man wearing a mask carries his dog in after regional authorities have ordered that all stores in the region be closed for fourteen days except those selling food, pharmacies and gas stations, in order to slow down the spread of coronavirus. Image: AFP
media_cameraA man wearing a mask carries his dog in after regional authorities have ordered that all stores in the region be closed for fourteen days except those selling food, pharmacies and gas stations, in order to slow down the spread of coronavirus. Image: AFP

About 30 firefighters were involved in an extensive disinfection operation in one nursing home in Madrid, and one military team was working in another. The government said on Friday that providing more face masks would be a priority and could even do more to help vulnerable groups.

The ministry of justice said that 1000 doctors and forensic technicians would be reassigned to deal with the epidemic.

The country stepped up efforts to curb the spread of the disease over the past week, ordering a nationwide 15-day state of emergency on Saturday that excludes people from all but essential exits.

Bars, restaurants and most stores have been closed and limited transportation.

CALL FOR BOOKS VULNERABLE PRISONERS

Criminal law experts recommend Australian governments to free senior, young and minor offenders from prisons and detention centers to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak.

More than 370 legal experts have signed a letter coordinated by the Australian National University and the University of Technology in Sydney calling for urgent reforms to protect the prison population from the global health pandemic.

“Australian prisons and detention centers will become epicenters for COVID-19 transmission if governments do not act now,” said ANU criminology program leader Professor Lorana Bartels.

Criminal law experts recommend Australian governments to free senior, young and minor offenders from prisons and detention centers to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak. Glenn Ferguson
media_cameraCriminal law experts recommend Australian governments to free senior, young and minor offenders from prisons and detention centers to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak. Glenn Ferguson

Experts are urging the early release of vulnerable prisoners and detainees who are at high risk of damage from COVID-19, such as those with pre-existing conditions, elderly and young people.

They also believe that detainees for crimes such as illegal driving, property crimes and those who could be released in the next six months should also be released.

Ulia Professor Thalia Anthony said urgent measures, including the release of prisoners, have been taken in the United States, the United Kingdom, Southeast Asia and the Middle East in response to the virus.

He said that Australian governments must provide a coherent approach to protect prison populations.

“It is only a matter of time before COVID-19 explodes in prisons and detention centers for young people. This will therefore have a significant flow effect for the community, “he said.

Professor Bartels said that most people entering prison are not sentenced and that almost a third should serve less than 12 months.

“Tens of thousands of people are likely to be released into the community later this year, making them potential carriers of coronavirus in communities,” he said.

Judicial action coordinator Brett Collins said earlier this week the unrest observed in Italian prisons would have been replicated in Australia if the authorities were unable to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.

He also argued that older prisoners are at high risk of death and should be released and that no one should share cells to ensure adequate social removal.

“COULD KILL YOU”: WHO IS NOTICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE

Geneva UN health chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says young people around the world face the reality that the new coronavirus attacks them in large numbers, not just the older generations.

“You are not invincible. This virus could put you in hospital for weeks or even kill you, “the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) said in Geneva.

The pandemic, which resulted in over 210,000 confirmed infections and 9,000 reported deaths, requires not only cooperation between countries, but also between generations, stressed Tedros.

“I am grateful that so many young people are spreading the word and not the virus,” said the head of the WHO, praising the young people who protect the elderly by protecting themselves.

Workers who wore protective suites as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus bury a coffin in the La Bermeja cemetery in San Salvador. Image: AFP
media_cameraWorkers who wore protective suites as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus bury a coffin in the La Bermeja cemetery in San Salvador. Image: AFP

Tedros also sent a message to the millions of people who are forced to stay at home as their authorities have imposed various forms of blockades.

Confined people should pay particular attention to eating healthy foods, avoiding tobacco and alcohol and taking care of their body and mind.

“If you can’t leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance to the music, do some yoga or walk up and down the stairs,” said the head of the Ethiopian United Nations health.

Staying in touch with family and friends and reaching out to neighbors is another way to protect your well-being, according to Tedros.

Military armored vehicles patrol the streets during a quarantine in El Alto, Bolivia. Image: AP
media_cameraMilitary armored vehicles patrol the streets during a quarantine in El Alto, Bolivia. Image: AP

Last Friday, United Nations agencies warned that the pandemic creates risks for billions of people who are unable to wash their hands properly and for hundreds of millions of children who have to cope without school lunches because the educational facilities are closed.

Three billion people around the world do not have adequate access to water or soap to wash their hands, the United Nations said in Geneva, citing data from the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF ).

POOL TRIPS UBER AXIS

Coronavirus hit the ride-sharing market in Australia today when Uber announced that it would close all Uber Pool races in the country and start telling all users to “travel only when needed.”

Technology giant suspended its group tour mid-morning on Saturday, with Uber Global riding senior vice president Andrew Macdonald on Twitter who will remove the Uber Pool driving option in Australia, Latin America and India after suspending the service in London and Paris on Wednesday.

Uber Pool had allowed up to four cyclists to share a ride in one place and share costs.

Coronavirus hit the ride-sharing market in Australia today when Uber announced that it would close all Uber Pool races in the country. Image: AFP
media_cameraCoronavirus hit the ride-sharing market in Australia today when Uber announced that it would close all Uber Pool races in the country. Image: AFP

Nonostante la chiusura, altri servizi di condivisione dei giri, tra cui UberX e Uber Eats, rimarranno aperti in Australia, ha detto un portavoce, ei ciclisti inizieranno a ricevere messaggi nell’app Uber che li avvertono di prendere solo i viaggi necessari.

“Il nostro obiettivo è quello di aiutare ad appiattire la curva di diffusione della comunità nelle città che serviamo”, ha detto.

“Con questo in mente, stiamo sospendendo l’Uber Pool in tutte le città in cui è disponibile: Sydney, Melbourne e Perth.

“Lavoriamo sempre per aiutare a proteggere tutti coloro che utilizzano la piattaforma Uber e continueremo a condividere i consigli delle autorità sanitarie con coloro che utilizzano l’app Uber.”

La chiusura arriva alcuni giorni dopo che Uber ha rivelato i piani per pagare i conducenti che sono costretti a mettere in quarantena o isolarsi per 14 giorni.

Didi ha anche istituito un fondo da 10 milioni di dollari per pagare i conducenti con diagnosi di COVID-19.

TEST DI IVANKA NEGATIVI DOPO L’INCONTRO DEL DUTTON

Ivanka Trump è tornato alla Casa Bianca dopo essere risultato negativo per il coronavirus e aver ottenuto “risultati chiari”, ha detto una persona che ha familiarità con i risultati.

Il consigliere senior e la figlia del presidente degli Stati Uniti Donald Trump lavoravano da casa da quando erano venuti in prossimità del ministro degli affari interni australiano Peter Dutton, che era risultato positivo per COVID-19.

La consigliera della Casa Bianca Kellyanne Conway, Assistente del presidente e direttore del Consiglio di politica interna Joe Grogan, procuratore generale William Barr, consigliere senior della Casa Bianca Ivanka Trump, ministro australiano degli affari interni Peter Dutton. Image: AP
media_cameraLa consigliera della Casa Bianca Kellyanne Conway, Assistente del presidente e direttore del Consiglio di politica interna Joe Grogan, procuratore generale William Barr, consigliere senior della Casa Bianca Ivanka Trump, ministro australiano degli affari interni Peter Dutton. Image: AP

Si è incontrato con Ivanka Trump pochi giorni prima di essere risultato positivo per il coronavirus, in un incontro tra il procuratore generale William Barr, Kellyanne Conway e un altro assistente senior.

Ivanka Trump e Jared Kushner erano anche a Mar-a-Lago con la delegazione brasiliana, dove almeno un membro si è rivelato positivo per il virus, nel fine settimana.

L’avvocato della prigione Debbie Kilroy e l’attivista Boneta-Marie Mabo, nipote di Eddie Mabo, si sono dimostrati entrambi positivi per il COVID-19 dopo essere stati sullo stesso volo del signor Dutton diversi giorni fa.

GLI INSEGNANTI DICONO DI NON INDOSSARE LE MASCHERE A SCUOLA

In tutta l’Australia gli insegnanti delle scuole pubbliche stanno lottando per insegnare le loro lezioni normali, gli viene detto di prepararsi per l’insegnamento online e anche di fornire compiti scolastici agli studenti che si isolano da soli.

In un promemoria visto da News Corp in Australia, agli insegnanti viene detto che verranno immediatamente rimandati a casa se indossano le maschere a scuola e per ricordare agli studenti di chiamare immediatamente l’importanza del distanziamento sociale, poiché pochissimi studenti aderiscono alle regole.

Le scuole del NSW stanno chiudendo i blocchi di servizi igienici per preservare il sapone e nel Queensland agli studenti viene chiesto di portare il proprio disinfettante per le mani, a causa delle scarse forniture.

A Victoria gli insegnanti sono frustrati perché lavoreranno mentre il Victorian Institute of Teaching ha chiuso i battenti e la linea diretta non è più attiva.

Arriva come una hotline del Dipartimento della Pubblica Istruzione del NSW viene sopraffatta dalle chiamate degli insegnanti che chiamano per segnalare le preoccupazioni del coronavirus in materia di salute e sicurezza, pulizia, igiene e questioni relative al distanziamento sociale.

Fonte: Organizzazione mondiale della sanità, Johns Hopkins, altri media

Gli insegnanti sono invitati a segnalare le loro preoccupazioni alla hotline del Dipartimento dell’Istruzione per la salute e la sicurezza, ma News Corp Australia comprende che la linea dovrebbe essere utilizzata solo per presidi e non ha le risorse per gestire il carico delle chiamate in arrivo.

Gli studenti HSC sono particolarmente preoccupati su come gestire i loro studi e News Corp Australia è stato informato che ci sarà una riunione dell’Autorità per gli standard di istruzione del NSW questo martedì dopo la quale verranno forniti ulteriori consigli su come gestire gli studenti senior che si autoisolano.

Martedì, il Ministro della Pubblica Istruzione Dan Tehan incontrerà anche la direzione dell’Australian Education Union (AEU) per discutere della crisi.

“I membri dell’AEU sono in prima linea nella crisi COVID-19. Non solo hanno i loro bisogni e quelli delle loro famiglie, ma continuano a fornire un’istruzione di alta qualità ai loro studenti in periodi molto difficili “, ha dichiarato la presidente federale dell’AEU Correna Haythorpe.

The AEU expects that Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy or his representative will also attend the meeting and Ms Haythorpe described the meeting as a welcome step forward in responding to the National Cabinet’s decisions in relation to preschools, schools and TAFE.

NEW INDOOR GATHERING LIMITS AS FEDERAL BUDGET DELAYED

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new indoor gathering limit for Australians.

There is now a four square metre rule for gatherings of less than 100 people.

“What we are now moving to is an arrangement for gatherings of less than 100, is that they would be four square metres provided per person in an enclosed space, in a room. So that’s 2m by 2m,” he said.

“So for example, if you’ve got a room, if you’ve got a premises, if you’ve got a meeting room or something like that, that’s 100 square metres, then you can have 25 people in that room.”

“I know these rules will take some time for people to get used to, but I would ask people to move as quickly as they can.

“I know it means a lot of change for a lot of venues, whether they be cafe‘s or restaurants or clubs or any of these other places of public gathering, including at this building here, we will be working to ensure that people know how many people can be in the various meeting rooms at this place.”

He said Australians should continue to practise wherever possible the 1m or 1.5m of healthy distance to limit contact.

The Federal Budget will also now be delayed until October. It is traditionally handed down on the first Tuesday in May. States would be postponing as well.

“Putting budgets together at this time, with the great uncertainty that exists, is not something that any Commonwealth or state government should be doing,” Mr Morrison said on Friday.

“As a result, we have already decided that we will not be … handing down a Budget until the first Tuesday in October, on the 6th of October.

“All other states and territories will be working to similar timetables.

“The idea that you can actually put together any sort of forecast around the economy at this time is simply not sensible.”

The federal debt limit will also be raised by a whopping $250 billion to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

Mr Morrison said Australians should continue to practise wherever possible the 1m or 1.5m of healthy distance to limit contact. Picture: Sam Mooy/Getty
media_cameraMr Morrison said Australians should continue to practise wherever possible the 1m or 1.5m of healthy distance to limit contact. Picture: Sam Mooy/Getty

In a joint statement, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the ceiling would be lifted from $600 billion to $850 billion to ensure the government “has the capacity to deal with the ongoing economic impact of the coronavirus.”

And because of the decision announced earlier today to postpone the Budget until October 6, supply bills would be moved in parliament next week “to ensure the continuity of government in 2020-21.”

Mr Morrison said schools will remain open and anyone considering school holiday travel should reconsider the need for unnecessary travel.

He said the biosecurity act was being used to ban all non-essential travel into indigenous communities.

Mr Morrison said that next week, “advanced measures” would be considered to deal with future localised outbreaks and “what needs to be done wherever possible to shut that down”. He did not provide specifics.

“What we’ve asked for advice on is the density of those cases, how many cases in a particular area, that triggers actions over and above what these general rules that apply to those areas, and that would be staged up according to the level of that outbreak and what needs to be done wherever possible to shut that down,” he said.

“Now, the reason I say that is we need a consistent approach to how this would scale-up in the event of outbreaks in particular parts of particular areas.

“Because that means just because you might see, under those rules, something being done in Tuggeranong or somewhere else, that rules don’t necessarily apply … somewhere else.

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said people to stop gathering in their homes, without practising social distancing. Picture: Gary Ramage
media_cameraChief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said people to stop gathering in their homes, without practising social distancing. Picture: Gary Ramage

“There will be advanced measures that would need to be put in place and we need a clear set of rules across states and territories to make those rules and that advice will be coming forward on Tuesday evening.”

He also flagged moves to protect renters from being turfed out of their homes during the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Morrison said the NSW and Western Australian government would lead work to “identify how relief can be provided for tenants in both commercial tenancies and residential tenancies, to ensure that in hardship conditions, there will be relief that will be available, and ensuring that tenancy legislation is protecting those tenants over the next six months at least.”

And he announced additional funding $445 million of extra funding for aged care facilities. About half will be spent on a “retention bonus”.

Professor Brendan Murphy then told people to stop gathering in their homes, without practising social distancing.

“You should be distancing yourself from every fellow Australian where possible,” he said.

“That’s why we have guidelines for people in gatherings of less than 100. There’s no point having a gathering of 20 people if it’s in tiny room and you’re altogether.

“You’ve got to practise social distancing. Keep that metre-and-a-half away from each other, practise good hand hygiene all the time, and stay away from work or the community if you are unwell.”

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS TOLD TO STAY HOME

California’s 40 million residents should stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise, Governor Gavin Newsom said, warning that the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the state’s medical system.

California Governor Gavin Newsom. Picture: AFP
media_cameraCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom. Picture: AFP

The move, the most sweeping by any state so far, was an exclamation point at the end of a week of increasingly aggressive moves meant to keep the virus in check by forcing people to stay away from each other as often as possible.

“I can assure you home isolation is not my preferred choice, I know it’s not yours, but it’s a necessary one,” Gov. Newsom said at an evening news conference streamed on social media.

He assured residents that they “can still take your kids outside, practising common sense and social distancing. You can still walk your dog.”

Restaurant meals can still be delivered to homes.

The announcement came after the release of a letter to US President Donald Trump where Gov. Newsom warned the virus was spreading quickly and eventually could infect more than half the state’s population. A spokesman later clarified that the figure did not take into account the aggressive mitigation efforts that have been made.

A surfer walks on the beach in Huntington Beach, California. Picture: Getty
media_cameraA surfer walks on the beach in Huntington Beach, California. Picture: Getty

The governor said he doesn’t expect police will be needed to enforce his stay-at-home order, saying “social pressure” already has led to social distancing throughout the state.

“I don’t believe the people of California need to be told through law enforcement that it’s appropriate just to home isolate,” he said.

The Democrat who is barely a year into his first term also called up 500 National Guard troops to help distribute food.

There are at least 1030 confirmed cases in California and 18 people have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, New York’s total number of coronavirus cases reached 3954 — a significant jump (9.4 per cent) from the 3615 cases that were reported earlier on Thursday.

A total of 26 city residents have now died from the illness.

Brooklyn continues to be the borough with the most infected, at 1195 cases, according to the new tally. In Queens there are 1042 cases; 1038 in Manhattan; 496 in the Bronx; and 179 on Staten Island.

TRUMP CLOSES US-MEXICO BORDER

US President Donald Trump also announced an effective closure of the US border with Mexico, prohibiting most travel except for trade. This aligns it with the restriction on the Canadian border earlier this week.

It came as the president invoked the Defence Production Act to get needed medical supplies on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, mobilising the federal government to marshal the private sector to combat the pandemic.

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. Picture: AP
media_cameraPresident Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. Picture: AP

Mr Trump had said earlier in the week he would tap the act as needed.

He said he has put that “in gear.”

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he implored Mr Trump during a phone call to invoke the Korean War-era act immediately to order the manufacture of ventilators and other critically needed medical gear.

The president told Sen. Schumer he would, then could be heard on the telephone making the order.

Mr Trump also sparred with NBC News reporter Peter Alexander who asked whether Americans should feel scared.

“I would say that you’re a terrible reporter, that’s what I’d say,” MR Trump erupted. “I think it’s a very nasty question.”

“The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope. And you’re doing sensationalism,” Mr Trump said.

He wagged his finger for emphasis and said: “That’s really bad reporting.”

“Let’s see if it works. I happen to be fine. Who knows? I was very right. Let’s see what happens,” Mr Trump said.

YOUTUBE JOINS NETFLIX IN LIMITING VIDEO STREAM QUALITY

YouTube has joined Netflix in agreeing to limit video stream quality in an effort to ease pressure on internet providers during the coronavirus outbreak. Internet service providers are braced for increases in internet traffic as people in the UK resort to working from home and self-isolation, while other parts of Europe are subject to lockdowns.

The scheme to ease the strain on providers has come from the European commissioner for internal market and services, Thierry Breton, who urged platforms to help infrastructure handle any potential usage increase.

On Thursday, Netflix said it expects its limit – which will last for 30 days – to cut network traffic by around 25 per cent. Y

ouTube said its scheme will see video quality limited to standard definition, also for a period of 30 days.

The company said it had so far seen little change in the peaks for usage, instead mostly seeing changes in usage patterns with more people at home, with usage expanding across longer hours.

“People are coming to YouTube to find authoritative news, learning content and make connections during these uncertain times,” a spokeswoman for the video platform said. “While we have seen only a few usage peaks, we have measures in place to automatically adjust our system to use less network capacity.

Netflix has limited streaming quality. Picture: Supplied
media_cameraNetflix has limited streaming quality. Picture: Supplied

“We are in ongoing conversations with the regulators (including Ofcom), governments and network operators all over Europe, and are making a commitment to temporarily default all traffic in the UK and the EU to standard definition.

Google said its chief executive Sundar Pichai and YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki discussed how the technology giant could help further during the coronavirus pandemic with Mr Breton.

YouTube also confirmed it was introducing a new area on its homepage dedicated to news about COVID-19 from trustworthy sources.

TAIWAN SAYS WHO FAILED TO ACT ON CORONAVIRUS WARNING

Taiwan has accused the World Health Organisation of failing to communicate an early warning about transmission of the coronavirus between humans, the Financial Times relationships.

Health officials in Taipei said they alerted the WHO at the end of December about the risk of human-to-human transmission of the new virus but said its concerns were not passed on to other countries.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (L). Picture: Getty
media_cameraWHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (L). Picture: Getty

“While the IHR’s internal website provides a platform for all countries to share information on the epidemic and their response, none of the information shared by our country’s (Centres for Disease Control) is being put up there,” said Chen Chien-jen, Taiwan’s vice-president. “The WHO could not obtain first-hand information to study and judge whether there was human-to-human transmission of COVID-19. This led it to announce human-to-human transmission with a delay, and an opportunity to raise the alert level both in China and the wider world was lost,” said Mr Chen, an epidemiologist by training who was health minister at the time of the SARS outbreak.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO speaks during a news conference on updates regarding COVID-19, at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Accompanying him are Michael Ryan, left, executive director and Maria van Kerkhove, technical lead. Picture: AP
media_cameraTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO speaks during a news conference on updates regarding COVID-19, at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Accompanying him are Michael Ryan, left, executive director and Maria van Kerkhove, technical lead. Picture: AP

China’s health ministry only confirmed human-to-human transmission on January 20, after the WHO said in mid-January there might be “limited” human-to-human transmission but stepped back from this view on the same day.

Taiwan is excluded from the WHO because China, which claims it as part of its territory, demands that third countries and international bodies do not treat it in any way that resembles how independent states are treated.

ANOTHER DOG HAS CORONAVIRUS

A second dog in Hong Kong has contracted the coronavirus in a likely case of human-to-animal transmission, according to a report on Thursday.

The two-year-old German Shepherd — owned by an COVID-19-infected 30-year-old woman in the Pok Fu Lam area — was quarantined at a government facility, according to the South China Morning Post.

Another pooch from the same home, a four-year-old mixed breed, was also placed on lockdown but tested negative, Hong Kong’s animal welfare authority said.

The sick puppy’s diagnosis came just three days after the first known dog to test positive for the coronavirus — a 17-year-old Pomeranian — died in Hong Kong after returning home from quarantine.

A German Shepherd, not pictured, has reportedly contracted coronavirus. Picture: Thinkstock
media_cameraA German Shepherd, not pictured, has reportedly contracted coronavirus. Picture: Thinkstock

“It is very likely that the two positive cases (in Hong Kong) are examples of human-to-dog transmission,” Professor Malik Peiris, a public health virologist at the University of Hong Kong told the outlet.

But there’s no evidence that pets can transmit the virus to humans, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said.

In the case of the German Shepherd, the pooch was given oral and nasal swabs and placed in a different kennel than its mixed-breed housemate. Neither dog showed any symptoms.

“The department will continue to closely monitor both dogs and conduct repeated tests on the animals,” the spokesman said.

Along with the canines, four cats are also under quarantine. Their health status wasn’t immediately known.

PORNHUB OFFERS PREMIUM SERVICE TO SELF-ISOLATORS

Second The sun, Pornhub saw a spike in viewers after it offered its premium service for free to people stuck at home due to the coronavirus.

The porn site has offered free premium membership to viewers in Italy and has now extended this to adult users in France and Spain.

Pornhub is offering its Premium service for free to those isolated on coronavirus lockdown in Italy, France, and Spain. Picture: Supplied
media_cameraPornhub is offering its Premium service for free to those isolated on coronavirus lockdown in Italy, France, and Spain. Picture: Supplied

The company said on its Twitter feed: “In light of expanding quarantines, we are extending Free Pornhub Premium for the month to our friends in France! Pornhub will also donate this month’s sales from Modelhub … Courage France!”

It had a similar message for its Twitter followers in Spain.

The premium package offers no ads, faster streaming, high-speed downloads and better video quality as well as “discreet billing” and anytime cancellation.

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NRL Live: Bulldogs v Cowboys, Score, Round 2 Team Blog, SuperCoach Score, Kickoff

The Bulldogs scored the first attempt at the ANZ stadium, but then turned over as Jason Taumalolo runs facing the crowd.

The North Queensland wrecking ball had 165 meters of run and four shots to face the first half, in addition to an attempt.

Thursday’s game between Bulldogs and Cowboys is the first game to be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis.

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RBA to trigger the emergency amid the coronavirus crisis

The Reserve Bank of Australia will “almost certainly” set the trigger on a reduced emergency rate this afternoon to ease the financial burden of the coronavirus pandemic.

The move will see interest rates plummet to 0.25 percent as the spread of the deadly virus continues to paralyze the economy and close supply chains.

IG market analyst Kyle Rodda said investors will be eager to analyze the explanations of RBA governor Philip Lowe and what other levers are being pulled to help stimulate the economy in crisis.

“We will see a rate cut today almost certainly and probably an announcement of the quantitative easing program,” he told news.com.au.

“The RBA has already reported it but the devil will be in the details, so how big this program will be, if they have other measures to try to support the financial system and stimulate economic growth.

“The impacts will affect the market once we become aware of it.”

The central bank was not expected to meet until the first Tuesday of April.

If it cuts rates later today, it will mean a new historical low for the country. This trigger was not supported during the critical phases of the global financial crisis or the upheaval of the 9/11 terrorist attack and would have signaled the seriousness of the current economic woes.

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The Australian stock market has lost hundreds of billions of dollars in the past two weeks and is preparing for further heavy falls as companies across the country stop.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced mandatory self-isolation for travelers arriving from overseas, non-essential meetings of over 500 people have been suspended and various sporting and cultural events have been canceled to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

The move by the RBA would mirror the Federal Reserve in the United States and its New Zealand counterpart and follow its decision to undertake the purchase of government bonds and a quantitative easing – effectively encouraging consumer spending by printing more money and pumping it into the economy.

On Monday, the NAB released a market research note detailing the urgency of the arrival of the RBA as the national and global economy continues to “deteriorate rapidly”.

“It seems useless to wait three weeks to provide further support to the Australian economy on the interest rate front,” says the economic note.

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AMP chief economist Shane Oliver said that the volatility that plagues global markets reflects the enormous uncertainty that the pandemic had created for investors.

“They are just trying to figure out how long the virus will continue to affect economic activity and how much,” he told news.com.au.

“And at the same time, they must also allow for political stimulus that might not compensate for the flow of the virus – it won’t prevent people from getting sick or staying home, but it could prevent companies from going bankrupt and defaulting families on their loans.

“That’s why central bank help is very important.”

Chris Richardson, partner of Deloitte Access Economics, said that given the actions taken by policy makers in other countries, the RBA “cannot be seen on the sidelines”.

“This is definitely a pedal of the metal moment,” he told news.com.au.

“The difference between Australia and other nations will not be represented by interest rates, it will be the ability to use government budgets to participate in this struggle.” And you’d rather be us. We started out on a healthier budget than most other wealthy nations in the world. “

The health-based lawsuit means that the current financial crisis and the impending recession are unique, Oliver said, and therefore by their nature they should be temporary.

“Once the outage has been removed and the virus has run its course, things will rebound much faster than we have seen from the GFC or past recessions,” said the leading economist.

“But if things can go too badly, companies could start to go bankrupt and families could start to default on their loans.”

Get in touch on Twitter @James_P_Hall or email to james.hall1@news.com.au

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