The Nordic authorities announced on Saturday that this month they had detected slightly increased levels of radioactivity in northern Europe, with the Netherlands having advanced power due to the malfunctioning of a Russian nuclear power plant.
The possibility was, however, rejected by a spokesman for Russian nuclear energy operator Rosenergoatom, who assured, in statements to the Tass news agency, that no problems were reported.
The Leningrad plant, near St. Petersburg, and Kola, near the northern city of Murmansk, “are operating normally, with radiation levels within the norms,” he added.
Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish nuclear security watchers said this week they had detected small amounts of radioactive isotopes that are harmless to humans and the environment in parts of Finland, southern Scandinavia and the Arctic.
The Swedish Radiological Safety Authority said on Tuesday that it was not possible for now to “confirm the source of the increased levels” or the origin of a cloud containing radioactive isotopes that would be over the skies in northern Europe.
Finnish and Norwegian authorities have also not speculated about the possible source of the altered levels of radioactivity, but the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment said on Friday that the data show that “radionuclides (radioactive isotopes) come from towards the west of Russia “.
“Radionuclides are artificial, that is, they were created by humans. The composition of the nuclides may indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant,” said the Dutch organism, adding that “the specific origin cannot be identified due to the limited number of measurements “.
The executive secretary of the Total Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, Lassina Zerbo, said in a message posted on Friday through Twitter that the organization’s radiation monitoring sensors in Sweden detected a slight increase in several harmless isotopes in the northwest European airspace.
A spokesman for Russian operator Rosenergoatom, who was not identified in the news released today by Tass, said the radiation levels at the Leningrad and Kola power stations and adjacent areas “remained unchanged in June” and that “no changes have been seen so far. “.
“The two centers are working in a normal regime. There were no complaints about the performance of the equipment,” said the same source, adding that “no incidents of radionuclide release were reported out of the containment structures”.
In Parts of Sweden, Finland and Norway have been measured in the past few days, a slightly increased radioactivity. The organization of the Treaty on the comprehensive prohibition of Nuclear attempts (CTBTO) said on Twitter, this is dangerous for people. They published a map of the suspected area of origin of the elevated radioactivity is highlighted. It covers the southern third of Sweden, the southern half of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and the North-West of Russia, including St. Petersburg.
The Swedish measurement station of the organization registered Isotope (cesium 137, cesium 134 and Ruthenium-103) were “very likely of civilian origin,” said Lassina Zerbo, Secretary-General of the Vienna-based organization CTBTO. His organization was able to identify the probable origin, is not responsible.
The Russian nuclear company Rosenergoatom said in its nuclear power plants, Leningrad and Kola and no errors were detected. The emissions would not have exceeded “in the designated period, the control values,” said a spokesman, according to Russian news agencies.
According to the Dutch Institute for public health and the environment “come to the Radionuclides from the direction of West Russia”. A more accurate determination of the measurements is not allowed, however. It was artificial Nuclides. Your composition “may indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant,” said the Dutch authority.
Except for Russia, Finland and Sweden operate in the Region of nuclear power plants. Also there is no event was reported. In the Baltic countries, no reactors are in operation, Lithuania shut down its only Nuclear power plant of Russian design in its entry into the EU.
SBeautiful literature plays no role among foresters, says Peter Wohlleben. Not even classic poacher stories, Western Northern Europe, where the sheriffs are foresters, are spoken of; if foresters came together, it would always be about trees, soils and the forest.
However, Peter Wohlleben has always read a lot and showed an unmistakable penchant for adventure. Seafaring and survival stories have shaped him, and in his biography there is only room for novels in books.
The author of the bestseller “The Secret Life of the Trees” mostly reads non-fiction books, especially studies that are indispensable for his own books and later rummage in their annotation devices.
But the conversation also includes a name like Rachel Carson, who wrote something like the original text of the global environmental movement with her book “The Silent Spring”, or that of the natural philosopher Emanuele Coccia, who understands plants as the real creators of our world.
But when it comes to formative readings, Wohlleben, born in 1964, thinks back to his childhood again and again when he hatched a chick on an electric blanket and received the novels of his life as a gift.
Karl May: Winnetou I
From my early youth I remember a book called “The Egg of Columbus”. Our copy at home was very old and had a beautiful art nouveau cover. There were many experiments on how to build a small steamship for the bathtub, for example. That fascinated me. Karl May soon came into play – an uncle gave me “Winnetou I” and my parents also had a few volumes.
I ask myself today: How could I read that? The language seems very hard to get used to today! Back then, I thought above all: When I grow up, I also want to ride a horse through the prairie! I was actually afraid of horses.
Alois Theodor Sonnleitner: The cave children in secret
In the meantime, time has passed a little over this youth book, but when I was a child, “The Cave Children in Secret” was a very well-known book. It tells the story of some children who are displaced at the time of the Thirty Years’ War and have to make their own way in the wild.
Completely isolated, they grow up in a valley basin in the Alps and in doing so they practically relive the entire stages of humanity because they have to reinvent everything, from hand ax to self-made hut to alpine pasture – something like that.
Today the book is in my bedroom again, I got it again because my original copy was lost. When I reread it, however, the roles were somewhat different, the man is always the strong one, in the end the world view of the early 20th century is shown here.
Back then I was fascinated by something completely different: self-sufficiency and dealing with nature. By the way, my wife and I are still interested in self-sufficiency: we grow our own potatoes and our own corn. This book may have sparked the desire for it.
Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
I received the “Robinson Crusoe” for communion in an issue for the youth. For me it was the continuation of the “cave children”. Here, too, I was fascinated by how Robinson copes with nature alone.
C. S. Forester: Horatio Hornblower
My parents read, but not as much as I did. Fortunately, they were members of the Bertelsmann Book Club, which was not unusual at the time. And that’s how I came across C. S. Forester.
As a teenager, I particularly liked the detailed descriptions of Forester’s seafaring novels by Horatio Hornblower. You felt like you were traveling around the world with your hero Hornblower. But of course you also suffered with him. The military austerity on board, the spartan life at sea, adventure, distant lands – all of these cast their spell on me.
Incidentally, I also got the book club edition a few years ago because I was somehow emotionally attached to it. Now the volumes are on my shelf again.
Grimmelshausen: Simplicius Simplicissimus
I remember especially Grimmelshausen’s “Simplicius Simplicissimus” from my school days. I was supposed to give a lecture on him and read the original baroque text, which of course was extremely difficult. So I got a shortened and modernized text version. That’s why I didn’t get one, but only two – which I complained about.
In the end I ended up in front of the director and got a reference. But the novel has also left a lasting impression on me. To this day, I find it terrifying that human behavior patterns have not changed during the war.
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
I first read Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” as a student, I must have been around 14. I had the three-volume paperback edition translated by Margaret Carroux and was amazed by the complexity of the world devised by Tolkien. The trilogy is just the essence of Tolkien’s dreams. With other fantasy authors, it is often the case that their book also ends up exhausting the fantastic world they designed.
How well Tolkien hit the essence of the trees with the Ents, however, only became clear to me later: the slowness of the Ents, their sense of community, is remarkable.
And don’t laugh now: I have never forgotten how good these three paperback books smelled! Afterwards I found that some books smell particularly good again and again.
I have even asked publishers whether they actually employ something like an olfactory designer, there is something like that in the automotive industry, I think, but publishers do not seem to pay professional attention to fragrance. Many people tell me that they smell books. I’m not alone with that.
Clark Darlton, Karl-Herbert Scheer and others: Perry Rhodan
I read “Perry Rhodan” even as a child. I cannot say that this space opera left a deep mark on me, but of course I still remember Pucky, the mouse beaver, and the silver ripple pictures on the covers of the anthologies.
What is really unforgettable is the spirit of optimism that “Perry Rhodan” has conveyed. I miss that today. Our society has a tendency to sink into self-pity. Despots are at work everywhere, we are destroying the Amazon rainforest and are in a climate crisis: Yes, everything is right, but then we will do something about it!
And I don’t think that, as is always the case, we “have to take everyone with us”. We don’t have to! If the train leaves at twelve and you don’t get to the train station until five to twelve, then just stay behind on the platform!
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg says on social media that she believes she has recovered from mild COVID-19 symptoms experienced during a quarantine period following a trip to Europe.
The teenager said it appeared to have been infected with his father, actor Svante Thunberg.
They both started having symptoms and have been isolated in the past few weeks, he said.
They traveled to Europe before the imposition of blocks.
Greta said in a video for New scientist that his symptoms are mild.
“In the past two weeks I have been isolated and then I have had the virus. I came home from Central Europe and then I cut myself off from the start, because I thought I could, besides being on the trains, and therefore I don’t want to put anyone else at risk. But then I started feeling some symptoms after a few days. But the important thing is that basically I didn’t feel ill, he said. “At the same time, my father was experiencing much more intense symptoms.”
Greta says her mild symptoms are “what makes it much more dangerous” because of the risk of passing the virus without knowing it.
“If I wouldn’t have been for my dad to get it at the same time and much more intense than me, maybe I wouldn’t have even noticed that I was sick,” he said. “It’s something I want to communicate, that many people don’t experience very mild symptoms or symptoms at all, but they can still be contagious. So you really have to practice social distancing if you feel bad or not.”
Sweden tests patients for coronavirus only if they need hospital treatment. Others are invited to isolate themselves and rest.
“So obviously I’m not 100% sure I got it. But it would have been very strange if it had been something else, because it suited a lot … especially with my father’s reaction, it suited exactly the symptoms,” he said.
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The multi-billion dollar Coronavirus economic response package received the final tick of approval in the House of Representatives around 11pm Monday evening.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that the economic measures, described as the most significant since wartime, were designed to build a bridge to recovery from the other side of the virus.
“We know that the economic situation has deteriorated over the days,” he said at a late night press conference in Parliament.
“The Australian people can be sure that their parliament has reached political division tonight.
“We face an enemy who has no flag and has no face.
“We must deploy every weapon in our arsenal to defeat it.”
The treasurer said he expected around one million Australians to receive the coronavirus supplement.
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.
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.
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. ) “.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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. “
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Trump has an epic meltdown and goes on a screed about the media when he is asked what he would tell people who are scared. Trump called NBC’s Peter Alexander a terrible reporter and started yelling and ranting. pic.twitter.com/dko6pIHrUt
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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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Australian seniors on board a cruise ship that will moor in Italy fear that he will be refused treatment if they prove positive for coronavirus in the country devastated by the disease.
It is understood that there are many older Australians aboard the Costa Victoria, which the operator Costa Cruises has confirmed that he is ready to sail to the port of Venice on March 28, when passengers will be “advised” to leave the ship.
Relatives of Australian families aboard the Costa Victoria are becoming increasingly concerned as the ship sets sail for an emergency stop in the European nation where nearly 30,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded – and nearly 3000 dead.
Sydney woman Lauren Petrovic stated on Facebook that her mother-in-law Susan Morgan was among the 240 oldest Australians on board who were terrified of their well-being in one of the most disastrously invaded COVID-19 nations.
“At this moment Italy is zeroed for the corona virus and Susan and most of the other passengers are over 65 years old and will not be entitled to medical assistance in case of illness,” said Petrovic.
“This is obviously a death sentence if they are to be released here without assistance or any way back to Australia safely. They will potentially be left to die. “
Despite fears, Coasta Cruises has confirmed that it will advise passengers to leave the ship in Venice.
“The Costa Victoria itinerary has been modified due to the pandemic alert issued by the World Health Organization which has led local authorities to apply restrictions for the disembarkation of our guests compromising their cruise experience on board,” he said Costa Cruises in a note.
“Most likely, despite all the efforts made to readjust the program, currently the only viable itinerary for Costa Victoria is to make technical calls whenever it will be allowed and go directly to the designated port of landing Venice on March 28th.
“Given the current global transport limits due to governments that introduce restrictions in an attempt to contain the health emergency on their territory, Costa is warning his Ggest on board that landing in Venice on March 28 is the most suitable solution.”
Corina Maplesden from the central coast tweeted: “We are 250 Australians on the Costa Victoria with no information and nothing from the captain besides what will be sent to Venice on March 28. Most have not heard anything even from our travel agents. Everyone is calm but worried. “
Among the Australians on board are Sunshine Coast women Alana Hitch, 74, and Jean Gross, 78, who work frantically to try and organize flights home once the ship reaches Italy.
He currently sails through the Suez Canal in Egypt en route to the Mediterranean Sea.
Ms. Hitch’s daughter, Rachael, said it was a nervous wait for all Australians on board.
“I know that the Costa Victoria is an Italian ship, but the unloading of elderly Australian passengers in Venice seems like pure madness,” he said Courier-Mail.
Many people from all over the world turned to Twitter to express their concern about the ship’s decision to land in Venice.
@ Zhope10 250 of us Australians in Costa Victoria have no information and nothing from the captain besides what will be sent to Venice on March 28th. Most have not heard anything from our travel agents either. Everyone is calm but worried.
@costavictoria https://t.co/IQRd8nwkmV are preserving the health and well-being of their customers as a priority, however they are deciding to bring British citizens directly to Venice to disembark. ridiculous given the state of the corona virus in Italy and flights have ceased #no CEO response
The ship is one of 35 worldwide with Australians blocked by new hardline travel restrictions introduced in the wake of the coronavirus.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that assistance was offered to Australians involved in the crisis.
“DFAT offered consular support to those Australians if necessary,” said a spokesman.
Australians in need of urgent consular assistance can call the DFAT Consular Emergency Center at 1300 555 153 from Australia or +61 6261 3305 from abroad.
News Corporation Australia contacted the cruise operator for comment.
THERE’S HOPE: CHINA REPORTS NO NEW CASE COVID-19
Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed by thousands of new coronavirus cases every day, but in a dramatic development that underlines how much the epidemic has rotated towards Europe and the United States, Chinese authorities have claimed that the city and the surrounding province had no new cases to report.
The news offers a rare glimmer of hope for the rest of the world as it fights the virus and perhaps a lesson on the rigorous measures needed to stop its spread.
Wuhan was the place where the epidemic first caught on and thousands of people fell ill or died in rapidly built hospitals.
But Chinese authorities said Thursday that all 34 new cases registered the previous day had been imported from abroad.
“We saw the sunrise today after so many days of hard effort,” said Jiao Yahui, a senior inspector from the national health commission.
It comes when Scott Morrison announced that a travel ban will be placed on all non-Australian residents to prevent him from traveling here from 9pm on Friday.
The prime minister said that traffic from abroad has already reduced significantly, but that further blocking the country was essential.
Australian citizens will still be able to return home and will be subject to a 14-day isolation period upon arrival.
Morrison said Qantas is working with the federal government to ensure that flights are available to Australians who needed to get home “as soon as possible”.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also closed the borders of his country.
The travel ban in New Zealand will take effect Thursday at 11.59pm (local time).
The federal government is also developing a oversized and simplified cash payment to support tens of thousands of Australians who are expected to lose their jobs during the crisis.
The fortnightly payment of $ 574.50 will be significantly increased in an unprecedented cash to help families survive the next six months.
In other developments:
The Reserve Bank reduced interest rates to a minimum of 0.25 percent, freeing up $ 90 billion for banks to lend to small businesses;
Further measures have been considered to strengthen the blocking of non-essential meetings, probably forcing cafes and bars to reject customers in order to avoid them becoming too crowded; is
The federal government plans extraordinary rationing measures to stop the accumulation of food and supplies.
Morrison said Thursday that the government was planning to “build a bridge” to get workers and businesses through.
“The government is stepping up where it can try to cushion that impact as responsibly as possible,” he said.
News Corp understands that existing subsidy requirements, such as job application and relevant training, could be removed for laid-off workers.
Morrison said the Newstart payment – known as JobSeeker payment since Friday – has currently been calculated to encourage people to return to work.
“We understand that surely in the next six months, this will be a very different looking economy, and when facts change and circumstances change, packages need to be modified to reflect this,” he said.
“We are examining issues related to income support, we are examining issues related to people’s obligations.”
It arrives as the National Emergency Cabinet meets on Friday to strengthen the rules of social distance, taking into consideration medical advice to limit indoor spaces to one person per 4 sq m. A 60 sq m coffee shop would only allow 15 customers at a time.
RESTRICTIONS ON THE PANADOL OF CHILDREN
Paracetamol for children will be sold behind pharmacy counters and Ventolin asthma medications limited to one purchase per person to stop coronavirus buildup.
Deputy Medical Director Paul Kelly announced the new restrictions after people unnecessarily accumulated crucial drugs in a panic-stricken response to the pandemic.
“Please don’t buy more than you need for anything, be it food and medicine in particular,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.
It comes when health experts have called on people to get the flu shot to reduce the pressure on the hospital system during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some pharmacies have already run out.
A total of 17,038 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases have already been recorded in Australia this year.
The News Corp. health reporter tried to get a flu shot at a local pharmacy and was told that they had already run out.
They asked her to provide her details so they could book an appointment for when new titles arrived.
Professor Kelly said that the therapeutic restrictions were not put in place because there were real shortcomings, instead because people were needlessly stripping the shelves.
“Please don’t buy more than you need for anything, be it food and medicine in particular,” he said.
“We have an excellent system of knowledge of the shortage of medicines in Australia and, in fact, it is up to all the suppliers of medicines who have to tell us if there is a shortage now or soon in the future. We have not had it from any supplier.”
He moved to reassure all Australians that the country was well stocked and that stock levels were being monitored.
Meanwhile, the peak body representing companies that manufacture and distribute over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen says it is not aware of scientific evidence of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (OTC) (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen van. influence the health outcomes of COVID-19 patients.
France and the United Kingdom are urging patients to use acetaminophen to reduce fever rather than ibuprofen due to emerging evidence that ibuprofen and COVID-19 can increase a patient’s blood pressure.
“Based on all the information available, Consumer Healthcare Products (CHP) Australia is not aware of any scientific evidence to support claims made in recent days that suggest that the use of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, could influence the outcomes. COVID-19 patient health care, “he said.
People diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the advice given by their doctor, the body said.
WA VIRUS COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION CONFIRMED
Coronavirus cases in Western Australia have increased by 17 years and the source of infection for the most part is unknown, with the health minister saying that the community’s clear transmission is underway.
It is the largest one-day peak in WA and brings the total to 52.
Health Minister Roger Cook said he did not know where 12 of the new cases had been contracted.
“We are now starting to see the emergence of community-based transmission of the virus,” Cook told reporters Thursday.
“We have always known this would happen and we are prepared, but it is now obviously appropriate for us to respond by raising the plans of the Department of Health.”
Two of the new cases are healthcare professionals.
NT SET TO CLOSE BORDERS TO STOP THE VIRUS
The Northern Territory leader is observing the tightening of borders in an unprecedented move to keep the coronavirus at bay for as long as possible.
NT has been mostly free from the global COVID-19 pandemic with no known community broadcast and only one reported case involving a Sydney man who has contracted him elsewhere and is recovering.
However, the virus will inevitably hit the Territory and it has been “very optimistic” to think that no one has yet done so, said Minister Minister Michael Gunner on Thursday.
Gunner described the potential move as “securing” and not closing borders, with goods free to pass.
Such a move would be over a period of months.
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“I think the best way to describe it would be: I can’t build a wall, maybe I’ll put in a gate, which helps imagine what we can do on that state line,” he told reporters.
“My understanding is that I can’t stop freedom of movement, we can simply control movement.
“So the things that we ask someone at international borders upon landing who are asked to do certain things, we may be able to do things similar to our state borders, we are getting clarity.”
Alice Springs Aboriginal Combined Organizations requested Thursday that NT become a special control area for COVID-19, severely limiting entry to prevent deaths.
There are concerns that COVID-19 will have disastrous effects on remote indigenous communities, whose populations are more vulnerable due to worse health and disadvantage.
TASMANIAN FRONTIER CRACKDOWN
All non-essential travelers arriving in Tasmania will be forced to quarantine for two weeks under the frontier measures of the coronavirus nicknamed the most difficult in the country.
On Thursday Premier Peter Gutwein declared a state of emergency for the Isle of Apple.
“We will present the most difficult border measures in the country. Only essential travelers will be admitted to Tasmania without going to quarantine, “he told reporters.
The measures will take effect from midnight on Friday, but do not apply to healthcare professionals, emergency workers, defense personnel, air and naval crew, specialists and essential freight personnel.
“We know that some will create an outage, but our goal is to ensure that we protect the health, well-being and safety of the Tasmanians,” said Gutwein.
All passengers will be screened on arrival and must demonstrate that they meet the traveler’s essential criteria.
If they are considered non-essential, they will be sent to quarantine at the location indicated.
People who violate the quarantine could be fined up to $ 16,800.
Three new virus cases were confirmed Wednesday evening, bringing the state total to 10, although there was no evidence of local transmission.
AUSSIES IN LONDON DESPERATE AT DASH HOME
Frantic Australians are packing up and leaving London, with the Australian High Commission overrun with requests for advice.
More than 1,200 Australian stakeholders have phoned to find out how to get home while airlines cancel 90% of their international flights.
Many have lost their jobs in bars and restaurants due to the UK government’s request to stay home and stop contacting people.
The UK saw its biggest daily jump in cases early Thursday morning, with 2626 people now suffering from coronavirus – a jump of 676 cases. The death toll is 104.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made the drastic appeal to close all UK schools by the end of the week, which will spark the debate on politics in Australia.
“Looking at the disease curve, we now think that we need to apply further downward pressure on that upward curve by closing schools,” Johnson said.
“For many parents, this will be frustrating and make it more difficult for them to go to work.”
Private schools and kindergartens have also been asked to close, the Prime Minister said.
Despite the annoyance, Johnson reminded parents not to leave children with grandparents or older relatives
“I know it will be difficult … but I want to thank the whole country for the efforts people are making to comply,” he said.
The United Kingdom has not yet blocked the country, but London is likely to be the first with more extreme measures, including the possible closure of some underground lines.
France has police patrols on the streets to keep people in, Spain has closed all hotels since Tuesday of next week and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it has been the biggest crisis since World War II.
“The situation is serious. Take it seriously. Since German unification, no, since World War II, there has been no challenge for our nation that has required such a degree of common and united action, “he said.
The death toll in Italy had 475 more deaths in a day, affecting almost 3000.
George Brandis, Australian High Commissioner in the UK, has equipped telephones to help stranded Australians with travel advice.
“With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the world is experiencing an unprecedented public health challenge,” he said.
“We are all concerned about the implications of the coronavirus.
“As Australians abroad, we know that the distance from home is felt very acutely during times of uncertainty. During this emergency, Australia House will continue to help Australians here in the UK. You are not alone and together we will come through this. “
The Aussies in London Facebook page, which has over 50,000 members, has become a home bulletin board.
The rooms ran through London, while others posted advertisements for “moving” sales.
Flights from London to Melbourne one way next week on Qantas were filling up quickly, with the cheapest seats already sold out.
Some fares were now almost $ A2000 for the one-way ticket, however many parents offered to help with the cost of bringing their adult children home.
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It comes amid reports of further arrests expected across London, with people fearing to get stuck if they don’t get on a flight before the weekend.
Some airlines were rejecting people despite having valid tickets.
“With my head held high: I was just pushed back to Heathrow. They are no longer traveling to international destinations. It must be an incredibly recent decision, “published Lachlan Wells.
This week the Australian government urged Australians to return home as the world struggles to cope with the outbreak.
The Iranian epidemic remains a major concern with over 17,000 reported cases and 1135 deaths on Thursday.
South Korea recorded over 8400 infections, but only 84 deaths, which was lower than the death toll in the UK from only a quarter of the reported cases.
The Asian country epidemic peaked on February 29, when 909 cases were reported.
Switzerland has more than 3000 cases, but only 20 dead, with all shops closed except for supermarkets and pharmacies until April 19.
The Netherlands canceled Eurovision, which was due to be held in Rotterdam in May, as it is grappling with the outbreak that has so far caused 58 victims.
In the UK, the Glastonbury music festival was canceled despite the sale of over 200,000 tickets for its 50th anniversary concert, which was chaired by Kylie Minogue last year.
The queen had a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson instead of her weekly face-to-face meeting before leaving Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle.
Prince William published a video message to urge people to get together, while his cousin Princess Beatrice was thinking of postponing her wedding on May 29 with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
The wedding had already been under a cloud due to the friendship of his father, Prince Andrew, with the dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
TRUMP INVITES WAR-TIME MEASUREMENT
U.S. President Donald Trump has doubled his criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus while authorities have warned that the threat to young people is greater than many believe.
Given that the United States and Canada have closed their borders to all but essential travel, Trump has called for a “war” measure that empowers the federal government to organize the private sector for assistance.
The Defense Production Act would help increase medical supplies, Trump said, fearing that the nation faces a severe shortage of ICU beds, fans and protective equipment to cope with the expected peak of the disease in around 45 days.
It came when the infectious disease specialist leading the White House effort said that an increase in tests would see a “huge spike” in diagnosis in the next four or five days and that it could potentially include more youth than expected.
“There is news about France and Italy about some young people who get seriously and very seriously ill in intensive care,” said Dr. Deborah Birx in the White House.
Mr. Trump on Thursday dispatched two naval hospital ships to New York and a West Coast location to be determined, to offer more places to U.S. hotspots.
He again referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” with which America was fighting a war, insisting that it was not racist.
“Because it comes from China,” said Trump, when asked why he kept using the term.
“That’s why. I want to be precise.”
Trump also claimed that China has accused US soldiers of spreading the virus and that “they tried to say at some point, perhaps they stopped saying now, that it was caused by American soldiers.”
“It can’t happen. It won’t happen. Not as long as I’m president,” said Trump.
“It comes from China.
“He’s not a racist at all. No, not at all.”
Relations between China and the United States have deteriorated due to the fallout of the virus, with Beijing expelling all American journalists this week.
Dr Birx warned that early messages that young people probably would not get sick may have minimized the risk excessively, which could be “disastrous”.
“We believe that part of this could be that people listened to the first data that came from China and that came from South Korea regarding the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions were at particular risk,” said Dr. Birx.
“It could have been that the millennium generation, our biggest generation, our future generation, that will carry us forward for the next multiple decades – there could be a disproportionate number of infections among that group,” he said.
“And so, although it is a rare event, it can be seen more frequently in that group and be evident now.”
Dr Birx repeated her warning to young Americans, many of whom do not go to school and work, to stop treating the epidemic as a “snow day” due to a false sense of security.
The announcement of the test next summer is fast approaching as the nation’s smallest capitals look forward to hearing if they will participate.
India will return on tour in 2020-21, with the aim of defending the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in a series of four tests.
Sydney and Melbourne are guaranteed to host the tests, but there is an anxious wait for Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. We will miss one of the capitals of the state.
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As a result, we crumbled the numbers on all seven of Australia’s current test spots to assess who deserves to be a guest on the hit series.
Over the past five years we have calculated the average daily frequency, the duration of the test, the achievement of the results, the rain delays and the victory margin.
A “close result” is a win of less than 50 shots or three wickets or less, while attendance numbers have only been considered if more than one game session has been completed. Also, if the rain has interrupted the game for a certain period of time, it is considered as a day “affected by the rain” – a minimum duration is not required.
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7. BELLERIVE OVAL (two tests)
Average daily frequency: 5.138
Per capita ranking: second
Average duration: three days, three sessions
Rainy days: five
Innings results: two
Similar matches: none
It sounds like a tough note to start, but somewhere the last one has to come.
Bellerive Oval is a nice place for cricket, on the shore of Derwent and with Mount Wellington offering breathtaking scenery on a slightly smaller scale than what Table Mountain offers in Newlands in South Africa.
At the domestic level, Bellerive turned the favor to the bowls players, which can only be seen as positive for the show.
But when it comes to Test Cricket, Hobart – with a population of just under 250,000 – doesn’t have the ability to attract a crowd suitable for international success.
Bellerive has hosted two tests over the past five years, attracting an average daily crowd of just over 5,000.
In addition, both games were lopsided business, for a total of just seven days, five of which saw the rain stop.
6. MANUKA OVAL (one test)
Average daily frequency: 7,706
Per capita ranking: third
Average duration: four days, two sessions
Rainy days: none
Innings Results: None
Similar matches: none
Much of what has been said about Bellerive Oval can also be said about Manuka Oval. One cannot avoid the fact that Canberra cannot attract a large crowd for a large game.
As for cricket, Manuka gets the benefit of the doubt here since he hosted Cricket Test for the first time last year. That game saw Australia comfortably push Sri Lanka out of 366 runs.
Three centuries were marked by the Australians in the first innings, although this could say more about the opposition than the wicket that produced cricket even on the fourth day.
However, there is something to be said about how to get the nation’s team to play in the nation’s capital. It seems legit.
5. SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND (five tests)
Average daily frequency: 24.592
Per capita ranking: seventh
Average duration: five days, two sessions
Rainy days: 11
Innings results: one
Similar matches: none
There is no sugar to coat this; the Sydney Cricket Ground has had a tough run for the past five years.
Rain, slow wickets, rain, draws and more rain knocked the New Year’s test host down on this list.
No other test site in Australia has had rainier days than Sydney in the past five years or failed to produce a result more often.
When there was action, this also left a lot to be desired.
India’s visit to Harbor City in 2019 brought many to sleep while Virat Kohli’s team said 7-622 in depth on the second day. Australia produced a similar first strike against England in 2018, making 7-649.
There is little doubt that SCG has experienced a worrying decline in recent times.
More than 24,000 in for a day of Cricket Test are strong but are somewhat weakened by the fact that Sydney has the worst average participation per capita.
A saving grace is Women’s Day on the third day of the Pink Test, which is an extraordinarily special day on the Australian sports calendar.
4. PERTH STADIUM (two tests, one D / N)
Average daily frequency: 15.108
Per capita ranking: fifth
Average duration: five days, one session
Rainy days: none
Innings Results: None
Similar matches: none
Perth’s bright new stadium began testing cricket with a bang, sparking an exciting battle between Australia and India in 2018.
The batsmen were put to the test on a lively bridge that was as hard and fast as the old WACA, yet still had a healthy grass cover.
The second act of the camp had a lot to live and it is not surprising that last night between Australia and New Zealand it did not reach the same heights, as visitors crumbled.
Temperatures were torrid during that meeting which understandably had an impact on attendance.
But in building an extraordinary 60,000 seats, Perth protrudes the image of a city that is fatally serious about its sport. And while his AFL appearances marry that image, there is no denying that his cricket crowds are not that far away.
However, it is still the first few days for Perth stadium that he could still take a dip if the weather is kinder.
3. THE GABBA (five tests, two D / N)
Average daily frequency: 15,517
Per capita ranking: sixth
Average duration: four days, two sessions
Rainy days: four
Innings results: two
Similar matches: one
Gabba has been the scapegoat of Australian cricket in recent times as the perception that Brisbane cannot attract a crowd has grown.
A look at the numbers suggests that the treatment is tough, because Gabba is not drastically outperformed on that front at all.
The Australian fortress has attracted 15,517 fans a day on average in the past five years – a shadow above 15,108 that has walked on average at Perth stadium in the past two years to see stronger opposition.
It’s not yet a number to be proud of, but the venue makes up for it with the cricket standard it offers.
Outside of the Adelaide Oval, Gabba is the only Australian venue in the past five years to give a truly close result as the hosts beat Pakistan with only 39 races in a day / night of 2016.
Australia is still almost guaranteed a win every time Gabba hosts a Test, but there is usually a good match between bat and ball in swinging conditions.
Also in his favor is the fact that he played a longtime role as a guest of the season opener. A trial summer that starts elsewhere is not quite the same.
2. MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND (five tests)
Average daily frequency: 40.895
Per capita ranking: fourth
Average duration: five days, two sessions
Rainy days: eight
Innings results: one
Similar matches: none
If it had been a year ago, the MCG would have paid a higher price for years of boring cricket on a flat wicket. Fortunately for the powerful coliseum, its curators worked some magic last Boxing Day to produce a much more fun affair.
This may still prove to be a flash in the pan but there is hope that the ground has changed its page and will not disappoint in the years to come.
All in all, Boxing Day at MCG is something special and remains a pilgrimage for all Australian cricket fans – and indeed for many around the world. For this alone, the MCG has many brownie points in the bag.
Nonetheless, the terrain has a sneaky underhanded record in the rain – the same thing the SCG cops get stuck on. Furthermore, the constant interest in the Test was not a strong seed for the Melbourne crowd that drastically reduced after Boxing Day itself.
Having the largest overall crowds in Australia and the big show on Boxing Day still sees the MCG anticipating Gabba.
1. ADELAIDE OVAL (five tests, four D / N)
Average daily frequency: 31,676
Per capita ranking: first
Average duration: four days, two sessions
Rainy days: five
Innings results: one
Similar games: two
In the end it wasn’t even a competition, and the numbers prove it. No club in Australia constantly combines good competitive cricket with strong appearances such as the Adelaide Oval.
After a multi-million dollar development, Adelaide Oval made history in 2015 by hosting the world’s first daytime daytime test and has since largely acquired ownership of the pink ball games in Australia. There are few doubts that have helped crowd the numbers in Adelaide and facilitate the transition to drop-in wickets often associated with boring cricket.
However, India’s 2018 visit showed that Adelaide doesn’t need day games to prepare for an exciting race, as the hard-fought test was decided by just 31 races on the fifth day.
It must be said that last year’s Pakistan Test was a downside. The field offered little to the bowling players and the crowd dwindled due to bad weather and competition.
But that game is the exception of the past five years in which cricket in Adelaide – the city with the highest daily average frequency per capita – has rarely disappointed.
Australian coronavirus cases are approaching 600 after NSW reported 59 new cases, Victoria another 26 and Queensland another 16 on Wednesday.
The total number of confirmed cases, based on a count of the numbers provided by the health authorities in each state and territory, is now 568. At least 43 have fully recovered.
There are 267 in New South Wales, 121 inches Victory, 94 inches Queensland, 37 inches south of Australia, 35 inches Western Australia, 10 inches Tasmania, three in Australian capital territory and one in Northern Territories
Six people died – one in Western Australia and five in New South Wales.
BUDGET OF THE VICTIMS
The first fatality in Australia for coronavirus was Sunday March 1st.
He was a 78 year old man from Perth who was among the 163 Australians evacuated since Diamond Princess cruise ship to Japan and quarantined in Howard Springs in the Northern Territory.
The second death occurred on Tuesday March 3rd. The 95-year-old woman was a resident of Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park in northern Sydney.
Two other residents in the same nursing home died later: an 82-year-old man on Sunday March 8, followed by a 90-year-old woman on Saturday March 14.
On Friday March 13, a 77-year-old woman died in a Sydney hospital after recently arriving from Brisbane. She had developed symptoms on the plane, was taken to the hospital and died on the same day.
An 86-year-old man died in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday March 17, making him the fifth and sixth death in the state.
CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTRALIA
People in their 50s account for most confirmed cases, followed by those in their 30s, 40s, 20s and 60s.
Far fewer people over the age of 70 or under 20 have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Where authorities have been able to determine the source of the infection, three times as many cases come from trips abroad compared to the local broadcast. The United States and Italy have now passed China as the most common country of origin.
The first case of COVID-19 was detected on January 25 in Victoria.
The patient was a man from Wuhan, Hubei province – where the Chinese virus emerged late last year – who flew to Melbourne from Guandong on January 19.
Three more cases were reported on the same day in New South Wales.
All three were men who had recently returned from China – two had been to Wuhan and one had had direct contact with a case confirmed by the epicenter of the virus.
Since then, the number of cases has increased exponentially.
New South Wales quickly became zero due to the Australian epidemic and now makes up almost half of all cases in the country.
Experts fear that if Australia follows the same trend as similar countries where infections have doubled every six days, there may be as many as 6000 in early April.
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About 500 million people across the European Union could go on temporary blockade due to a 30-day ban on people entering the 27-member block, proposed the President of the European Commissioner.
European Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Monday to propose a 30-day ban on anyone entering the EU unless their trip is essential.
“I propose to heads of state and government to introduce temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the European Union.”
“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,” he said in a video message.
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Those who are long-term residents or the family of EU citizens would be exempted from the ban and transport workers could also be allowed to move to maintain the flow of goods.
“We must take exceptional measures to protect the health of our citizens. But we ensure that essential goods and services continue to flow into our internal market. This is the only way to prevent shortages of medical equipment or food, “he said.
Europe has now become the global center of the COVID-19 epidemic with Spain overtaking South Korea to become the fourth most virus-infected country in the world after cases have increased by 1000 in 24 hours to reach 9,191. Monday.
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The army has been deployed to clean streets and stations, with 46 million people said to stay home and private hospitals have been taken over by the government. About half of the deaths occurred in the capital, Madrid, and the Portuguese border was closed.
France is expected to outline stricter measures on Monday evening (local time) to contain the virus. In the UK, “COVIDwalkout” was trending online while many enjoyed the government’s “flock immunity” tactic that saw schools, restaurants and bars open.
Italy on Sunday reported its largest daily increase in infections – 3,590 more cases – for a total of 24,747. With 1,809 virus-related deaths, the country is responsible for over a quarter of the global death toll.
The Netherlands recorded the largest daily jump in infections with 278 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. New cases reported on Monday brought the country’s total to 1,413. The Dutch Institute of Public Health said four other people died of COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to 24.
On Sunday, the government ordered the closure of all schools, bars, restaurants, sports clubs and sex clubs until April 6th. The closures also affected the country’s famous coffee shops selling marijuana, triggering panic buying before the bars closed on Sunday evening.
Germany has also moved to close shops, bars, museums and other unnecessary facilities.
COVID-19 disease causes mild or moderate symptoms, but most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or in people with existing health problems.
More than 77,000 people have recovered from this, especially in China.
USA WARNING: IT MAY BE ITALY
The U.S. surgeon general said Monday that the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago, a sign that infections are expected to increase in America as the government intensifies tests. and the financial markets continue to decline.
“We are at a critical point of inflection in this country, people,” Dr. Fox told Fox News. Jerome Adams, general surgeon.
“When you look at the projections, there is every chance that we could be Italy.”
Two weeks ago, Italy had 1,700 coronavirus cases and reported 34 deaths.
Now, Italy is reporting about 25,000 cases and over 1,800 deaths. About 3,800 cases have been reported in the United States and so far, over 65 people have died from coronavirus.