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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Ala Eddine Slim: “In Tunisia, the army remains this hidden monster”

Born in Sousse thirty-seven years ago, a consumer mainly of ninja or Jean-Claude Van Damme films on VHS when he was a teenager, Ala Eddine Slim came to the cinema discovering, being electrified, The Sunchaser of Michael Cimino on TV, “One Thursday evening after Correspondent“. For ten years, he has formed with a nucleus of friends a kind of collective around his company Exit Productions, which allows him “To learn to do by doing” and of “Tinkering, accompanying, more than producing, in the sense that most producers are managers, more imaginative in marketing than in creation. The main thing for me is to have my freedom to change and adapt in each production. ” A few years ago, he reviewed Cimino’s film. “It didn’t have the same effect on me, but I don’t care.”

“Lots of joints”

“I work on my fantasies, in total freedom, so that all sorts of things mix outside of any logic of writing, at least that which presides over most of the films that we see today. I wanted to work in a territory rich in possibilities that I could follow all of them, whether they lead me to contemporary facts or to mythological elements. This film therefore comes from islets of ideas and desires that I try to collect.

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“Besides, I smoke a lot of joints when I write and when I shoot … Some things connect the film to my previous one [et premier] feature film, The Last of Us. I went back to the same place: I like the idea that any story can be seen from several angles. There is also this soldier figure which comes from one of my first courts. At the end, the character left the city in a bus where there was a clown, a police officer and a soldier, that is to say the three pillars of Tunisia: the clown who presides, the police force which is the hand of the President, and the soldier which is the body that carries it all. I wanted to return to the latter to discuss the place of the soldier in society. I travel the country a lot by car and I often take soldiers on hitchhiking, with whom I speak on the road. In the Tunisian imagination, the army holds a place of protective figure, very close to the people, because it has never intervened in any political scheme. But it seemed to me that the soldiers were the first to be sacrificed, because they are the ones who confront terrorism, and at the same time they find it difficult to return home. ”

“Neither religious nor mystical”

“In Tunisia, there are two very sensitive subjects, not taboo but risky, likely to provoke very violent reactions: the army and religion. It’s not like Algeria or Egypt, where the army is in command. In Tunisia, after independence, the first presidents made the country more of a police than a military state, and under Ben Ali the army was weakened to the benefit of the police. But it remains this hidden monster that can come from afar and pull the whole country down. For example, I have some reservations about the famous war on terror. I do not deny that there is a threat, but I think that it is inflated, disproportionate, so that in the name of this war we sweep all human rights: we kill people, we card them, there are sudden deaths during interrogation… It is like the disproportionate reaction of the police against the demonstrators and the yellow vests in France.

“But the film, like its protagonist, starts from this to move away from it, sweep everything away from the military postulate and lead the other character into an absolute desertion. And the film, which confronts religious elements in the second part (Adam, Eve, the serpent …), is not an attack on these two monsters that are the army and religion. It is a reading, a vision. Me, I am neither religious nor mystical, and I did not specially think of that consciously, even if I knew the range of the signs: for me, it was very natural presences in territories such as that crossed by the characters in the second part of the film. A territory which one can say is supernatural, but for me this forest is a natural place, complementary to the sceneries of the first part, a place which brings its own laws of functioning of relationships and existence. “

“Society full of unnecessary noise”

“With each film, I try to find a non-verbal means of communication. I had written dialogues but I knew they would not be spoken by the actors. Right before the shooting, I had this idea of ​​field-backlit exchanges with the eyes. As a filmmaker, I try to blur the vision and I said to myself: why not go to the physical source of the gaze? Since information had to be conveyed all the same, I tried to write directly on the image. Until then, I preferred not to work with dialogues, I had a little by chance difficulties on my first short film and since I said to myself: why not try to advance without that?

“Besides, I’m not someone who talks a lot, I don’t love that. I try in each film to experiment with methods, processes, cinema, that’s it, DIY, research like in a lab. And that suits the trajectory of my characters, who are fleeing from codes, a society which speaks to them, full of unnecessary noise. They go elsewhere and meet by look, the first foundation of any contact between two people. It joins the movement of the film which is that of a return to the primary elements, to the primitive. We are going back to the beginning of everything, but it is not about making the same trip. It’s not at all nostalgic. It’s more like shaving everything down and trying to go somewhere else. ”


Julien Gester

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