Coronavirus Melbourne: Victorians warned of life under the coronavirus blockade

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

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

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

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

“Cases keep growing,” he told Triple M.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Grant McArthur


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Victoria’s partial closure.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Read the full list here.

Do you have a question we haven’t asked ourselves? Email it to


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Tamsin Rose


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

AFL Fans Association President Gerry Eeman said supporters want clarity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Peter Rolfe


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

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

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

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




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Coronavirus has ended film festivals. And now?

McLean, who had kept an eye on updates on the outbreak and prepared for the worst, agreed. “When the news finally came,” he said, “it was a relief that there wasn’t going to be a security problem, but it was also extremely devastating.”

In the weeks following the cancellation of SXSW, a number of film festivals and industry events met the same fate. Hollywood has been hit hard by the coronavirus: film studios have postponed the release of franchise films, theaters have closed in major cities as part of the effort to ban group meetings and slow the spread of the virus and production has stopped on a number of projects around the world. The Hollywood Reporter estimates that nearly $ 20 billion in revenue could be lost as a result.

For independent filmmakers, the interrupted circuit of the festival also suffers a severe blow, even if the impact is not so visible. As much as the premiere of a long loving labor may seem “nonsense” to Furloni, the lack of festival experience is bad for the health of the largest film industry. “Regional and local film festivals are the veins and capillaries of our industry that continue to be able to emerge new artists and help them build an audience that will support their career,” Emily Best, founder and CEO of Seed & Spark, a crowdfunding platform for emerging film talent, he wrote to me via email. “So we can’t just bypass film festivals, we’ve cut the future blood supply.” As events continue to be wiped out, these filmmakers are learning to adapt to a new distribution model. The only problem? Nobody is sure what that model is like.

Free land, for example, remained adrift from the cancellation of SXSW. “For something that has really been done independently and needs to be shared with the world, the way we do it is to start with the best film festival that best fits your movie and we thought it was SXSW,” said McLean. “And then after SXSW [was canceled, we thought]”Geez, we’ll look at other fantastic festivals we’re excited about,” and then one by one, they’re all closed. Now it’s kind of like “All right, so without a film festival, what is the path? ‘ “

For many, streaming seemed like the obvious answer. Given the reputation of big platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon as content creators, rescuers of canceled shows and curators of special festival events, moving these displaced festival films onto the Internet seems like child’s play. And with people practicing social removal and self-quarantine, streaming has become a simple reason to stay.

The actor and director Mark Duplass was one of several people who require streamers to host virtual festivals, labeling a litany of major Twitter platforms and asking if they could buy short-term rights. But apparently, he told me by email, his idea wouldn’t work. “I’ve looked at it a bit and, as you can imagine, it’s quite complicated,” he wrote. “The major streamers have a set of delivery standards for these films that are too expensive, complex and grounded to change … and those standards make no sense for them to stream any movie in a short and limited window.”


Chris Hemsworth releases free workouts via the fitness app

Fitness junkies will understand that there is nothing more frustrating than being taken away from “home away from home”.

To date, life as we know it will become very different as gyms, along with pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and indoor sports venues across the country closed indefinitely under extensive restrictions designed to stop the spread of the cornonavirus.

RELATED: FOLLOW ALL CORONAVIRUS UPDATES But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active and achieve your fitness goals.

Some of your favorite fitness influencers, personal trainers and gym studios now offer multiple workouts at home and record a lot of training posts via social media platforms.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is one of many who try to help us stay active during these difficult times by giving free access to workouts on his health and fitness program,

From 23 to 31 March new customers who register through Centr.comwill get six weeks of free access to the program.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the delivery of support and positivity from the Centr community during this difficult period,” said Hemsworth.

“We hope that by making Centr available to everyone for this long period, we can help even more people stay strong, healthy and find a sense of calm at a time when we all need it most.”

In the world of gyms, F45 Australia has accelerated the release of its home program, which can be accessed through the app and the F45 Challenge website.

Jetts Fitness has also just launched its online home service, Jetts at Home, which offers members training tips, nutritional training ideas and general tips to support well-being.

Celebrity fitness trainers Tiffiny Hall and Sam Wood have made changes to their home programs by offering more workouts without equipment, while other fitness stars reveal their best tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in these difficult times.

“The fitness industry like many others at the moment has been decidedly shaken, but the important thing to focus on is that we continue to train,” said personal trainer and graduate Sam Wood.

As Rhian Allen, founder of The Healthy Mummy says – “The coronavirus epidemic is very disturbing even for the most dedicated gym junkies” and while there is no current ban on gyms, some people are looking for other stimulating ways to stay in on top of their fitness.

We have put together a list of home training programs currently offered to Australians.

F45 has now launched a home workout that can be accessed through the F45 Challenge app and website.

The launch pack is free for all existing F45 members and offers daily workouts without equipment, based on the “Gravity” studio class led by Face of F45, Cory George.

“F45 aims to make fitness accessible to communities around the world and has adapted to support its members in these unprecedented times,” an F45 spokesman told


TV personality and professional dancer Sonia Kruger has just left a free dance workout for everyone who is self-isolating.

The mom behind the dance-based fitness and nutrition program, Strictly You, said it was “for all my ladies out there who might go crazy being forced home and losing their usual workout.”

He also added that the image he used to announce the free workout on Instagram was taken before the social distance day.

Her fitness model is based on choreographed movements and healthy food offerings.

Free training can be found here.


Tiffiny Hall, ex The biggest loser coach said that now more than ever is the time to stay healthy.

He said that exercise strengthens the immune system and helps lower anxiety by increasing endorphins and lowering cortisol.

“So, it’s critical that we now move to combat the high level of uncertainty in our lives and to help us feel good and have a legendary immune system. We are in survival mode. It’s not about how we look, not about having abs, losing weight or looking buff. It’s about survival: surviving stress, isolation and disease by healing our mental health. “

The founder of the online health and fitness program,, said that in times of high stress like this, mental health must be a priority.

“At a time when we can’t control what’s going on in the world, we can control the controllable; helping our mental state with deep breathing, mediation, exercise, obtaining the right nutrients, self-care and self-management “.

The mother said that the workout increases the intake of magnesium and said that you could reduce anxiety by eating green leafy vegetables, cereals and nuts.

“I’m here to help you in any way, so follow me on Instagram @tiffhall_xo regarding the health, fitness and awareness tips you can do today.”


Australian fitness models Steph Claire Smith and Lauren Henshaw are behind the Keep It Cleaner wellness app.

The girls have announced that during these trial periods, they will allow free KIC workouts at home.

Best friends will offer KIC’s workouts on Facebook and Instagram Live followed by a moment of meditation.

“With recent events taking place around the world, we understand that moving your body and calming your mind could be more challenging,” Laura told

“We want to offer ways we can continue to stay virtually connected, but we also want to encourage mental health and well-being during this difficult time.”

The girls’ free online workouts will be held every Wednesday and Friday morning at 7am via their social media platforms.

“We will also incorporate a moment of meditation at the end of the workout that will aim to charge us with positive energy to overcome these difficult days and weeks,” said Steph.

“Our physical and mental health has never been so important and we want everyone to have access to the KIC program.

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Personal trainer and ex Short degreeSam Wood recommends constant, moderate-intensity exercise, saying it is a great way to increase immunity.

“And now we need it more than ever,” he told

“It will also be a great way to increase your energy and mood in these difficult times. So if you’re stuck at home, be sure to try some home workouts or go for a walk, and if you’re going to the gym, be smart about hygiene practices.

Wood is the creator of 28 of Sam Wood which offers a variety of workouts including HIIT (5 different fitness levels), low impact, yoga, pilates – all less than 30 minutes away – all from home.

For those who expect, it also includes pregnancy and postnatal home programs.


Luke McLoud, founder of Soulalive, which offers live streaming online meditation lessons, said it is now the perfect opportunity to try meditation.

“It’s something you do on your own and has been shown to help with stress and anxiety,” he told

“Write three things every day that you are grateful for. This practice takes your mind away from any worries you may have and directs it to what you are grateful for right now.

“Take a few minutes to pause and take a few long, slow and deliberate breaths. Inhale through your nose for a count of eight. Then hold your breath for a count of eight and then release the breath through your mouth for another count of eight. Repeat three times. “

He therefore recommended taking five minutes to get some sunlight.

“This increases the levels of serotonin in the body, which is a hormone associated with helping you feel calmer and happier.”

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Australian entrepreneur Rachel Dillon, who is behind Rachel’s Bodies transformation brand, agrees that health and well-being are paramount, especially in difficult times like these.

“Between strict regulations and blockages, it may not be possible to stick to your usual fitness routine – however, there are always ways to stay active,” he tells

“I believe that every movement does not beat any movement. Training can be something positive that you have complete control over, shifting your focus from factors that unfortunately you cannot control. If you are in a complete block, exercise can also help you avoid boredom and contribute to a meaningful and satisfying routine.

“No equipment? No problem, “he adds, adding that you have to be a little creative with what you have available to create an improvised home gym.

“Fill bottles of water or use books for weights, use a sturdy sofa instead of a bench or simply perform body weight movements. Even if circumstances aren’t ideal, you can definitely make the most of them. “

While his program offers workouts both in the gym and at home, he said even under normal circumstances, many clients choose to train at home.

“Either because they don’t like gyms, they have very tight schedules or commitments like taking care of small children at home,” said Dillon. “Life-changing results can be achieved anywhere.”

“These are difficult times, but remember: we are all together.”


Emily Skye, who boasts 12.5 million followers on social media, said she is always asked if you can train at home.

The answer? Yup.

“Now people will see with minimal equipment or only body weight that you can seriously sweat,” he said.

The Gold Coast personal trainer, known for his successful online fitness program Emily Skye Fit, recommends that if you spend more time at home building a routine for yourself, you should set aside 30 minutes.

“If you’re not ready to add a workout to your routine, put some fitness around the existing routine,” he told

“Do 10 squats in the kitchen before breakfast, 10 midway squats and 10 squats before eating. Do 20 calf raises in the sink while brushing your teeth. Use lots of flour as a weight for squats or lunges. “

“You’d be surprised at how many things the average home has that can mimic gym equipment. It’s time to put those extra bags of rice you bought to work.”


Rhian Allen, founder of The Healthy Mummy, a platform that offers a variety of home workouts, said for those who still want to have a good training session and feel uncomfortable attending the gym, they can still remain active.

“Working at home is a great solution and today more important than ever for mental health and physical benefits,” he tells

“If you’re stuck at home, fitness apps are a great way to stay on track and all you really need is a mat.”

Allen’s, the Healthy Mummy app, is dedicated exclusively to mothers and offers over 350 full-length workouts HIIT, yoga, tabata and boxing.


the bride is going to lose $ 100k for “non-essential meeting”

Planning a wedding can be stressful at best – minus a global pandemic.

With an ever smaller number of people admitted to non-essential meetings, future brides and grooms were left groping.

Amidst fears of spreading the coronavirus en masse, couples were forced to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone, cancel or soldier with what was to be the happiest day of their lives.

For a Western Sydney couple, that decision is still pending – and $ 100,000 hangs in the balance.

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Dina, 26, and her boyfriend Chafic, 28, were to get married on June 7th.

The couple planned the wedding for 15 months. All sellers are booked, her high fashion dress just needs some finishing touches and if the event continues as planned, the couple would pay $ 48,000 for their reception alone.

“If we go ahead with it, the cost of the combined wedding and honeymoon would reach $ 100,000,” says the bride.

This includes the European honeymoon of their dreams – which they have already paid in full.

“Flights, accommodation, everything. That’s about $ 20,000 in total, “said Dina.

Now trapped in an intricate network of travel bans, Emirates offers to credit its flights and the couple’s travel agent has said that some hotels may be willing to refund.

But at this stage, there are no guarantees.

“Most of my sellers have been fantastic. They said we can put it off for free, “explained Dina.

“But in terms of recovery of deposits, each supplier is different. I haven’t asked this question yet, because we don’t really want to cancel. It is literally a once in a lifetime thing to do. “

Family and friends have promised to support whatever decision they make, but Dina says it is “highly unlikely” that they end up canceling.

“We could lose deposits. And then if we decided to get married later, I would have to plan the whole wedding from scratch again. But then the question is: how long do we postpone? Because if we have to wait another year, I don’t know if we can to do it. “

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For this young and in love couple, their future is now uncertain.

“The thought of having to wait another full year to get married and start our life … Bring back our travel plans, put the children back, put everything back.”

Dina and Chafic had 470 guests to attend their June wedding.

With the Prime Minister applying stricter social removal measures, Dina says they would not be able to downsize even if they wanted to. “We can’t have only 100 people at our wedding because our venue is huge. We would be out of pocket $ 30,000. And they wouldn’t book your wedding if you didn’t have a minimum of 350 guests.”

Aside from all the logistics, the future bride says that the atmosphere at their wedding would surely be sad if they went on.

“It will be in the back of everyone’s mind. Everyone will be tired, nobody will embrace or dance. There would be none of this.

“I feel less and less optimistic every day.”

Over a dozen family members were planning to travel to Australia from abroad (mainly from America).

Now, it is impossible to do.

In an attempt to stop the spread and curb the global number of virus cases, the government closed Australia’s borders with foreigners last night.

The Sydney photographer Henryk – the brain behind Image Haus – was among those who hurried home. He flew back from New Zealand last night after filming a wedding for a couple who had moved the date forward.

“On the day New Zealand said it would close the borders within 24 hours, I got a call from the bride saying,” Hey, we’ll either cancel or fly everyone early. “

Henryk didn’t think twice.

He and the videographer jumped on a flight the next morning. “Both of us literally, at the last minute, when a hat fell, we changed everything and flew out. I didn’t have the luxury of disappointing a customer. “

The couple’s wedding went on – their original guest list of 60 has now shrunk to 35 – but on the same day she couldn’t escape the virus.

“On the wedding day, the driver of the rental car tested positive for the coronavirus,” said Henryk.

But he found the atmosphere rather optimistic, all things considered.

“Everyone was still hugging and kissing the bride,” he said.

“They actually had a game, where if someone mentioned the word coronavirus or COVID-19 or pandemic, they have to drink three fingers of their drink,” he laughed. “Everyone had fun, had a fantastic evening.”

His clients’ weddings usually outnumber over 100 guests on average. However, Henryk insists, “I have not seen anyone downsize it. Everyone has moved the date.

“All the weddings I have until June are changing their dates. Everyone is looking to book September, October, November. Some people even moved in 2021. And of course, I didn’t charge anything for the move, “he explained.

Henryk, who is now making all his meetings with FaceTime and WhatsApp, has blocked an influx of reservations while couples hurry to set a new date.

“Just in the last week I have had four reservations. Paid and confirmed. So now I’m starting to organize weddings on Friday.”

His advice to couples considering referral is simple: do it sooner rather than later.

“If you can’t get the desired date, consider a wedding on a Friday or Sunday. And when you return, start with your venue and then quickly go through the rest of your suppliers. Because the dates are booked so quickly.”

Clothes are also a problem for some.

Brides promptly pay out thousands for a high fashion dress signed by the Petersham-based designer Leah Da Gloria, who has spent the last few days reassuring some very anxious brides.

“We had three months of customers who had to reprogram,” he said.

“For us, it’s more about redistributing our production schedule, but everyone is still getting married. Some people are downsizing – instead of having 300 people now they have 90-80 people. But I think the couples themselves are probably in a worse position. our.

“I have already contacted all my customers to make sure they are well and this is my main goal.”

Not unrelated to a large ethnic marriage, Leah Da Gloria predicts that the new restrictions on social distancing could be a problem.

“Weddings are like people’s biggest day and my clients in particular tend to have really big weddings. It’s a very familiar event and they have huge families – by the hundreds – so the thought of scaling down from 500 to 80 people is unthinkable. it’s not even a wedding for them. It’s a Sunday barbecue. “

Does your advice to couples face a touch decision? “Postpone, don’t cancel. And resize if you can.”

With growing virus cases in Australia and elsewhere, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly warned Australians to observe social exclusion measures wherever possible.

On Friday, the PM announced new space restrictions, stating that there will be a maximum limit of “four square meters provided per person in an enclosed space”.

The new measures could see weddings, birthday parties and other mass-canceled personal events.

And in the world of marriage, most sellers already feel the tension.

A number of major wedding halls in Australia have detailed COVID-19 policies on their websites. Navarra, the industry’s leading venue in Sydney, which organizes weddings with over 500 guests, has already decided to postpone book events until April 13, 2020.

“The safety and well-being of our guests and employees have always been and will remain our top priority,” said Navarra Venues in a statement.

“We will contact all of our customers individually and will do our best to satisfy our customers who have pre-existing reservations during this one-month phase.”

Earlier this year, the iconic venue hosted this season’s wedding Married at first sight Elizabeth and Sebastian couple.

Despite the growing number of restrictions that force people to put it off, most suppliers remain optimistic.

“I hope it will be nothing more than a technical problem; a bump, not a stop sign,” said Leah Da Gloria.

Others are preparing for the worst.

“I think the whole world will have bleeding for at least six months after this,” said Henryk.

“Everyone will participate together and we will all bleed together. But customers, suppliers … I think it will affect everyone.”


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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To date, WHO has distributed 1.5 million test kits.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The global death toll has exceeded 10,000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Madrid region has 628 deaths and 7165 cases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Restaurant meals can still be delivered to homes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

He said he has put that “in gear.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Vanderbilt University students test coronavirus positive: “If you go out now, you will be ashamed”

While some young adults have not taken a guide to seriously stop the spread of the coronavirus, a group of students from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee has learned deeply that they can spread the virus and to get sick themselves.

An elder from Vanderbilt University, who asked not to use his name, is now one of several students who have tested positive for coronavirus in school.

“They are all starting to take positive tests,” he said. “Because of the rapid spreading type, everyone is really worried.”

The student said he has multiple friends in the hospital. “I think the narrative is completely reversed,” he said. “If you go out now, you will be ashamed of many people.”

Officials are trying to reach young people by all means possible to convey the severity of the disease. The general surgeon asked influencers like Kylie Jenner to spread the message.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo brought 22-year-old daughter Michaela to a press conference to demonstrate that she remained firm. “There is no point in exposing yourself to these conditions and exposing other people,” said Cuomo.

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 74-year-old Errol Eisinger told CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez that his message to young people is “be aware of what’s going on and take it seriously”.

Earlier this week, people were enjoying the spring break on the beaches of Florida. The governor was criticized for not ordering all closed beaches.

“When people published these photos that they were, you know, at the beginning of the weekend, when the CDC guide said 250 people are doing well, the weather changed radically in 72 hours and so we responded. Many local communities have replied, “said Governor Ron DeSantis.

But Miami-Dade County didn’t close all the beaches until Thursday. Clearwater Beach will close on Friday.

Furthermore, young people are not the only ones resistant to changing their routine.

“My dad is on sale and he’s a baby boomer, a go-getter and the last time I spoke to him, he was still out and about,” said Amanda Lezcano.


These shows and movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar will take you directly to New York | Condé Nast Traveler India

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A relationship columnist, a stand-up comic, a bookstore owner, a bunch of drag queens: if you lack the color and characters of New York City, there are plenty of movies and shows that will take you there. From Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar, we choose the best of movies, series and documentaries to watch, while this coronavirus situation explodes:

Movies on Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video for your New York dose

New Year’s Eve (Netflix)

A story of interwoven textures that promise love, hope, forgiveness and second chances: a rock star (Jon Bon Jovi) and her ex lover (Katherine Heigl) meet at an exclusive party; a singer (Lea Michele) is stuck in an elevator with a Killjoy (Ashton Kutcher) on the way to a New Year’s concert; a nurse (Halle Berry) stands by the side of a dying patient (Robert De Niro) as she tries to hold out long enough to see the ball fall in Times Square for the last time. Each story has something to which viewers can refer. Probably situations in which many of us have already been.

You have received an email (HotStar)

This is on the list of almost all “Best Rom-Com” lists. Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), a struggling book dealer, hates Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), the arrogant owner of a corporate chain, Foxbooks, who has just opened stores across the street. They don’t know that they have been in an online romance for some time. Shortly after Joe learns that the enchanting woman he was a correspondent with is actually his business rival, he begins to realize his feelings for Kathleen in reality.

Sex and the City (Amazon Prime Video)

This is the film to bring out the diva in you. Set four years after the previous adventures of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her best female friends, she and her intermittent lover, Big (Chris Noth), are ready to marry the knot. Cancer survivor Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is with Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis); Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and her husband live on Park Avenue; and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), now in Brooklyn, feels the pressure to maintain a balance between work and private life. With Big having cold feet during D-Day, the film travels through the ups and downs of their friendship and individual lives and ends up with the four beasts sipping the cosmos, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Samantha and Carrie who toast to the next 50. And if you find yourself craving a little more SATC magic, you can also watch the whole series on Amazon Prime Video, all over again.

Confessions of a shopping freak (Netflix)

Self you like shopping, you will totally understand the struggles of Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher). The only difference: her purchases put her into debt with a credit card. Joining a support group also doesn’t help; cashmere shoes and sweaters always get the best of her. While looking for luck in a fashion magazine, he finds work in an investment magazine (of all places!) With the same brand and, ironically, he becomes a financial advisor with a pseudonym. As fate wants, she gets romantically involved with her boss, but her secret threatens to ruin both her love life and her career.

TV shows to watch for a New York City fix

Brooklyn Nine Nine (Netflix)

Set in the imaginary 99th district of the New York City police department in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nine Nine an overly serious but unusually hilarious team of investigators led by Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) follows. The show follows the crazy shenanigans of detectives Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), Michael Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Norm Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) and Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews).

Suits (Netflix)

Suits it’s perfect for anyone looking for a fantastic combination of drama and suspense set in New York. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) follow in an imaginary New York law firm as cases close, all keeping Mike’s secret: it’s a college dropout.

Modern Love (Amazon Prime Video)

Boasting a cast of all the stars, including Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and Dev Patel, Modern love is based on a weekly column in The New York Times. The show depicts the different love ideas of a wide range of characters, intertwined different love stories in the Big Apple.

Gossip Girl (Netflix)

If you dream of the Upper East Side lifestyle, Gossip Girl it is your virtual journey in that land. The show is based on Gossip Girl, a ruthless and mysterious blogger who reveals the secrets of famous and privileged teenagers in the Upper East Side, New York, with the special love for it girl Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and her best friend Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester). He is a roller coaster of dramas, teenage novels and tons of secrets.

The wonderful Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)

Set in the 1950s in Manhattan, The wonderful Mrs. Maisel is focused on Miriam “Midge” Maisel, an energetic Jewish girl who has had her whole life traced: going to college, finding a husband, having children and throwing the best Yom Kippur breakfasts in town. Soon, she finds herself exactly where she had hoped to be, happily living with her husband and two children on the Upper West Side. But her perfect life is turned upside down when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman. Completely unprepared, Midge has no choice but to reevaluate his life. When he accidentally runs into a disco on stage, he discovers his comic skills and decides to use this newfound talent to reinvent his life. The show follows Midge’s journey as she pursues a career in the world of male-dominated comedy and transforms herself from a matron of upscale society to a club performer in the East Village.

Documentaries to watch if you miss New York City

Paris is burning (Netflix)

This documentary focuses on the drag queens who live in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for flashy and often socially avoided artists. Groups of each house compete in elaborate dances that are inspired by the world of fashion. Even touching on issues of racism and poverty, the documentary features interviews with a number of renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.


Massachusetts has planned a pandemic for years. Here is what is expected. – NBC Boston

Flatten the curve.

You have probably heard public health officials repeat this phrase as they announce major cancellations and closures related to the new coronavirus pandemic.

So what exactly does that mean? And what can you do to help?

The “curve” refers to exponential growth in new cases that could occur if the virus can spread uncontrollably in the community.

A sharp spike in COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, could bring a stream of new patients, many of whom would need intensive care. Experts say the scenario would have overwhelmed the health system, making it more difficult to make life-saving treatments for all sick people.

The director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, dr. Anthony Fauci explains social distancing and how it can help slow the spread of coronavirus in elderly and immunocompromised patients.

That’s why it’s imperative to stop the transmission of the virus and slow it down in the coming weeks, said Dr. Davidson Hamer, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Boston School of Public Health.

Even if the same number of people contract the virus, doctors and nurses will have a greater chance of saving lives if the cases spread over a longer period of time.

“If there is a big wave all at once, then hospitals could run out of beds, run out of negative pressure rooms,” he said. “You know, if there are many patients on fans, potentially even running out of fans.”

State leaders have yet to indicate what could be a spike in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts. In a press conference last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said the state is now busy planning scenarios for “what could happen in Massachusetts.”

Governor Charlie Baker has announced that Massachusetts has established a command center for coronavirus response. Recognizing the empty shelves seen around Commonwealth food stores, he told people that there is no need to accumulate food.

The Massachusetts Hospital Association has forwarded NBC10 Boston’s questions to the Department of Public Health, which has not yet responded to requests for information on the state’s hospital capacity.

But previous state projections shed light on how serious a public health emergency in the Bay State can be.

In a 2006 flu pandemic preparedness plan, Massachusetts public health officials predicted that as many as 2 million people would fall ill following the emergence of a new respiratory disease.

Using the modeling developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state predicted that over 1 million people would have to be treated on an outpatient basis, based on the most likely scenario of how the pandemic would spread across the globe. state. The model predicted that over 80,000 people would have to be treated in a hospital and up to 20,000 could die, in part because the hospital system would be overwhelmed by a flood of cases.

As part of the preparation planning, public health officials in Massachusetts asked hospitals across the state to negotiate agreements to use other large facilities in their region, such as high schools and arsenals, such as so-called “alternative care sites”. The state plans to touch those facilities to treat patients with less severe cases of theoretical disease, allowing hospitals to focus only on the sickest patients.

Importantly, the new coronavirus that now plagues people around the world may not follow the same trajectory as that shown in the state’s projections. These numbers were based on the assumption that 30 percent of the population would contract the virus. This figure may be higher or lower as researchers collect more data on the virus causing COVID-19.

The president and vice president told the public that anyone who wants a test can get one, but dozens of people have contacted NBC10 Boston investigators to say it wasn’t their experience, including a chemotherapy patient.

Massachusetts’ population has also increased since the state made its forecasts, going from about 6.4 million in 2006 to about 6.9 million today.

Emergency measures put in place by Governor Charlie Baker and others could also mitigate the spike in the epidemic, Hamer said, drastically reducing the number of patients who need treatment simultaneously and potentially saving lives.

“If social distancing and personal hygiene and work at home and all these types of strategies don’t work and we have a very large number of cases in a short period of time, I think it could overwhelm the health care system,” he said.


Can’t you travel? 55 things people over the age of 55 can do when they practice social distancing

Listen, Boomers: study after study has shown that people aged 60 and over are more likely than younger people to have complications in taking COVID-19. With over 150,000 cases diagnosed worldwide, it is important that everyone does what they can to help stop the spread, which means that healthy people of all age groups should also limit social interaction to reduce the risk of become carriers and pass the virus on to someone else.

But the fact that probably they should staying at home does not simplify the management of boredom, especially for adults used to being active and social. But don’t worry: extra time at home can be a blessing in disguise if you have something to devote to your time. So, if you’re over 55, check out this list of 55 activities you can finally dive into while your travel plans are pending. And if you’re worried about older parents or family members who aren’t taking it easy, consider submitting this list to help them get used to a few more peaceful days at home. Of course, none of these activities require that you are of a certain age to perform them, so feel free to jump if you are 19 or 92 years old.

Practically volunteer in a museum: You can still help while you’re at home. If you have good typing skills, consider volunteering with the Smithsonian Institute, which always needs volunteers to help transcribe important documents.

Learn a tool: Do you have an instrument sitting around the house that you haven’t played for years? Dust it and watch free YouTube videos to learn the basics of everything from harmonica to bongo drums.

Play a video game: If your kids left an old game system at home, plug it in. Most gaming systems from the past decade connect to wifi, which means you can download games from your home. Not sure how to do it? Here are the instructions for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Nintendo Switch and Xbox (or just call your kids.)

Write letters to strangers: With limited visit to older communities, residents may find it helpful to feel strangers. Love for the Elderly and Write On are large organizations that connect friendly letter writers (you!) With the people who would like to receive them.

Learn a language: Learn the basics of a new language, perhaps for that vacation you’re postponing the fall. Duolingo has a fantastic free app for computers or tablets and Tandem allows you to chat with native speakers if you already know the basics.

Try a new recipe: Dig deep into the pantry and see what random ingredients you’ve forgotten. FridgeToTable will help you find a recipe using everything you find, and sites like Epicurious have step-by-step guides and videos to help you prepare even the most complicated of soufflés.

Plan a trip: Eventually, there will come a time when fears of COVID-19 will subside and the journey will return (mostly) to normal. So plan a dream trip, even if you never will. Be inspired by luxury travel sites like National Geographic Expeditions or Abercrombie & Kent.

Write letters to family members: If you are over 55, you probably remember a time when writing letters was much more common. And believe it or not, even young people like to receive mail; it is one of the reasons why monthly subscription boxes have flourished. So dig some paper or old postcards (or make your own!) And send a letter that could make someone’s day (especially if your recipient is bored at home too!) It’s especially fun if you can find old postcards from places that have clearly never been.

Make a puzzle: Do you have an old puzzle around the house? Download it. Not only are puzzles surprisingly addictive, but studies have shown that puzzles can help maintain precise cognitive functionality.

Learn a magic trick: You could also get a new party trick when it’s safe to socialize again. You don’t need the magic fantasy kit; just take a look at a website on how to run a tricks game with common household items.

Clean the closet: Go through the closets and find the clothes you no longer wear. You can donate them or, if they are in good condition, put them up for sale on sites like Poshmark, which allow users to safely sell second-hand clothing. It helps keep clothes out of landfills and helps you earn a few dollars more.

Teach your dog a trick: Fido may be fine sitting on the couch for days, but if you are not, take out a bag of dog treats and teach him a new trick. Spruce Pets offers many articles on easy tricks that your dog can learn, or you can do YouTube tutorials.

Plan a home renovation: Tired of staring at the white walls? So fix them. Get ideas for home decorating and renovating from sites like Dwell and Architectural Digest or create an inspirational bulletin board for an upcoming project on

Discover a new online skill: Online learning isn’t just for college students. Sites like Masterclasses allow you to learn skills ranging from scientific thinking with Neil Degrasse Tyson to interactive conservation lessons with Jane Goodall for around $ 15 a month. You can also find shorter free lessons on sites like SkillShare.

FaceTime with family and friends: You don’t have to leave the house to see your loved ones, just call them with video chat. Consider combining this with another activity and showing your elegant magic trick or new skill that Fido (finally) has acquired to family and friends.

Create a vase: Tear down a newspaper, find an old shirt for a lab coat, and try a new job: throwing pottery can be fun and stress relieving. You can order starter kits from various online retailers and finished products can remain unused for a week or two before being fired, so it’s okay if you don’t have access to an oven immediately.

Write a book: Don’t just read a book, write one. Whether you have an idea for a science fiction novel, a practical guide or just a book of poetry, now is the time to start writing. Sites like The Write Life can help you get started.

To draw: If you are creative, start drawing. Your medium can be anything from pencil to chalk to paint, and you don’t need any special documents or guides to get started. However, if you’re having trouble finding ideas, drawing activity books can be a fun way to get your creative juices flowing (and iPad apps are also available)

Sort from old photos: Many people take photos on vacation, upload them to their computer and never do anything with them. Then go through your old photos and sort them to make them shareable with others. You can also print the photos you like directly through sites like Google Photos and Shutterfly.

Plan a trip: Don’t you wanna fly for a while? No problem. Plan a trip with, which helps you find quirky destinations along the way sorted by categories like “abandoned places”, “swimming pools”, “vegetarian restaurants” and dozens more.

Watch tutorials on makeup and hair: Become a beauty icon with the help of free YouTube makeup and video updo. Learn how to perfect a smokey eye, how to get curly hair with a straightener or how to style it properly so you don’t look like a reality TV star.

Posing: Have you ever tried yoga? Now is the time. Download a free trial version of an app like Glo or Yoga AnyTime and you will get two weeks of unlimited lessons. Many apps have activities beyond yoga, such as stretching and breathing.

Learn to trade: Dominate the market when you’re stuck inside: that’s what Warren Buffet would do. Start an account with TD Ameritrade or Robin Hood and find out the details of the investment (and consider making some purchases while the markets are falling).

Take a virtual tour: Just because you can’t be physically somewhere doesn’t mean you can’t explore what it has to offer. Take a virtual tour of the Louvre, the Vatican Museums, the Smithsonian and many more.

Launch a Pinterest page: Sign up to and create collections of images and photos tailored to your interests. Start a table for lifehacks, create a collection of recipes to try once the shops have been replenished again or plan the garden that will be planted by the end of the year. Membership is free and the website is fairly intuitive.

Take a look at your e-library: Do you have a library card? So you can probably download books for an e-reader or switch on for free. Most neighborhood libraries have download programs, so just check the local website or call the library to find out how you can take advantage of this.

Choose your candidate: Instead of just reading the COVID-19 news, take some time to get to know your local politicians running for office and their position on issues that matter to you. Try reading the news from multiple sources and the candidates themselves to make sure you don’t get news from just distorted left or right sources.

Immerse yourself in a hol rabbitand: if there is something you have always wanted to learn, now is a good time. Is free will real? Is cryogenic freezing really that crazy? How could time travel work? Now is a good time to challenge your brain with some high level topics.

Learn to dance: Learning to dance in public might be a little awkward for people with two left feet, but there is no excuse for not learning when you are alone at home. Take a free online course and learn to dance, dance or even interpret.

Meditate: Both western and eastern medicine agree that meditation has serious benefits for almost everyone, including stress relief, which people stuck at home can almost certainly benefit from. Learn to meditate at home with apps like Headspace and Calm, which can help guide even the most eager user in regular practice.

Learn how to use the camera: Whether you have a DSLR with interchangeable lenses or a simple point and shoot, your camera probably has many functions that you are not using. Search online for specific guides for your camera or do an online tutorial before taking a walk around the house or backyard to practice new skills.

To consult: If you have a telescope, install it in your yard and take a look at the sky when the sun sets. If you don’t have a telescope, download an app like StarChart or NightSky to help you understand which constellations and planets are above you without the need for additional equipment.

Make your taxes: Tax day is still April 15th, so you may also start your deposit. You can make your taxes from home with sites like TurboTax and H&R Block. Don’t forget: if you earn less than $ 36,000, you are legally authorized to submit taxes for free.

Improve your handwriting: Once you are done writing letters, learn how to deal with envelopes with one click. All you need is a thick pointed pin to start learning the basics of calligraphy and you can even create your own characters once you find a style you really like.

Solve a murder: If you watch reruns of Law & Order you want to test your detective skills, sign up for a problem solving crime game like Hunt a Killer. The mail order service sends you boxes in a specific order to help you solve a (fake) crime, complete with clues, witness statements, evidence and more.

Start a virtual book club: Contact some friends who are also looking to stay deeper and start a virtual book club. You can wait for everyone to finish the book or meet you via Google Hangout or FaceTime after everyone has read some chapters (and yes, you can still drink wine during a virtual meeting!)

Start scrapbooking: If you have an old photo album, photos, scissors and some mixed media (like ribbons, magazine clippings and stickers) you have everything you need to get started. You can also order scrapbooking kits online, which usually come with matching paper and accessories.

Discover the women that matter: March is the month of women’s history, so take the time to read the women who made the difference. Consider reading Emma Gatewood (the first woman to hike the Appalachian trail alone) or Mexican self-taught painter Frida Kahlo.

Do some graphics: Basic graphic design is easy to learn and can be useful for anything from running a virtual business to designing an annual greeting card. Although you can find tutorials on sites like YouTube, you can also purchase affordable multi-lesson lessons from sites like Udemy.

Take notes in a favorite book: Do you have a favorite paperback book you love? Read it again and mark it as you highlight the passages that speak to you and the underlying quotes that you like. You might consider marking it and sending it to someone else you think you might also like to read.

Start eating healthy: Given the fears on COVID-19, there is no better time to work to stay fit. In addition to home workouts, healthy eating is a huge part of this. Learn the basics of healthy eating, consult healthy recipes, or consider some easy substitutions to lead to healthier habits.

Tune in to a webcam: Whether you love the aquarium, or go on a safari or Las Vegas weddings hosted by Elvis imitators, you’re in luck: there’s probably a real-time webcam to tune in to. Just search for “webcam + whatever you want to see” (tip: most national parks have different cameras for wildlife and nature.)

Work on your family tree: If your family is close and often in contact, you may already have all the information you need to start creating a family tree and trace your story. If not, join a site like and start immersing yourself in the history of the family you know (and most likely, some you don’t know too!)

Clean your car: Bring your car into the garage and give it a detail service at home. Brush the dog hair from the seats, vacuum the crumbs from the cup holder and shake and clean the mats with a brush. If you have a clean house, you may also have a clean car.

Cut coupons: Whether you cut coupons from magazines or collect them virtually, there are a lot of savings on the products you purchase often. Sites like offer printable offers, although there are many apps to simplify you; The scale has a short list of useful downloads.

Make gifts: Do you usually make homemade gifts during the holidays? So you could also start with them. Create scarves, create a birdhouse or create personalized bath bombs and decorative soaps to give away throughout the year.

Become a chess master: It takes decades to become a chess master, but you can at least memorize a few moves to start winning games with a little strategy in place. Play online or get a chess kit that comes with a board and tutorial for how to always end the game with “checkmate”.

Start a blog: Starting a blog is exceptionally simple (and can be free) thanks to companies like Wix and SquareSpace. So try blogs! Share your personal reviews of famous films, use it as a diary or create travel itineraries in the wish list to share with friends.

Whittle: Get in touch with your inner cowboy (and cowgirl) and learn to chop up. All you need is a small knife and something to carve (the branches of a small tree can work.) It is surprisingly easy to make everything from wooden sharks to dinosaurs to chess pieces.

Look at something totally new: If you usually love criminal drama, start watching a silly comedy. And if you normally stick to sitcoms, try streaming a thought that offers an international show (Netflix’s Dark gets rave reviews from fans and critics.)

Stay in shape during advertisements: Adopt a commercial break workout program. During breaks on your favorite shows, do a series of 90-second floor workouts to help keep your muscles tense if you’re sitting at home more than usual. You will find many plans online, but some coupons are found here and here. (Make sure you are healthy and safe enough before starting any training regimen)

Plan a wedding or renewal of vows: Whether you have a child or friend who gets engaged or just enjoyed planning your years ago, planning a virtual wedding can be a fun escape from stressful days. Join TheKnot, start a Pinterest page for weddings or browse wedding websites to (re) plan your big day or perhaps plan an imminent vow renewal.

Make the first 10 lists: For a fun thought experiment, try creating the top 10 lists of everything that comes to your mind: your 10 favorite movies, favorite places you would like to go to, favorite memories or a list of secret skills you would like learn. Compare them with your spouse or family for a fun “get to know you” discussion.

Reconnect with your parter: If you are stuck at home with a spouse or partner, consider arranging an appointment at home with a glass of wine and a series of personal questions. Find ideas here, here and here, with questions ranging from “What’s the biggest accomplishment of your life?” to “If you bought a boat, what would you call it?”

Garden: If it’s spring where you live, go out into the courtyard. Remove the old flower beds, mow the lawn and rebuild paths and edges around the courtyard. Lawn is also a great way to stay in shape if you’re taking a break from the gym for a while, but be sure to wash your hands as soon as you get home.