Senckenberg society, examines Chagas bugs spread


The Chagas bug was previously only in Latin America.
Image: Dorian D. Dörge

The Senckenberg society has found that Chagas could survive bug also in southern Europe. The insect serves as an intermediate host for a dangerous parasite.

Chagas-bugs, which can transmit a dangerous parasite disease, can now be found in southern Europe favorable living conditions. The have found out by researchers at the University of Frankfurt and the Senckenberg society. You determined with the help of temperature and precipitation data, where the actually, only in Latin America, occurring bugs could else of it. Thus, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy as a new life would be the rooms in question, besides, Central Africa and Southeast Asia.

The blood-sucking assassin bugs that sting people, serve the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi as an intermediate host. The protozoa is excreted with the feces of the insect. It causes Chagas disease, the life-threatening late can have consequences. Parasite researcher Sven Klimpel recommends to make the infection notifiable, and to observe whether the bed bugs spread in fact, on other continents.

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Football news coronavirus leagues, which are still underway, Belarusian Premier League, A-League

This is the latest European football outpost, where the country’s president believes that “tractor therapy” can cure a deadly virus.

Welcome to the Belarusian Premier League.

Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Alexander Hleb admits that “nobody cares” about the coronavirus in his homeland.

On Thursday, while UEFA was discussing how to save the season, a country was doing its business as usual.

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Football fans of FC Bate, one of whom wears a mask, watch the football game of the Belarusian championship between Energetik-BGU and Bate in Minsk, Belarus.
Football fans of FC Bate, one of whom wears a mask, watch the football game of the Belarusian championship between Energetik-BGU and Bate in Minsk, Belarus.Source: AP

At 14:00 local time in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, Energetyk-BGU kicked off the new top flight season against BATE Borisov.

After the Turkish Super Lig finally stopped games on Thursday, the Eastern European nation is the last on the continent to play again.

Minnows Energetyk-BGU scored a 3-1 shock victory over the country’s most successful club in front of 730 fans – meaning the stadium at the city’s state university was half full.

Last year Hleb hung boots in Isloch Minsk. On Saturday, when his old club kicked off their season, he stayed away. But there is little caution being exercised elsewhere in Belarus.

Hleb said: “The whole world is now watching the Belarusian league. Everyone should go to television and see us.

“When the NHL ended the season, many ice hockey players went to Russia to play. Maybe Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could come to the Belarusian championship to continue. You know?

Former Arsenal player Alexander Hleb.
Former Arsenal player Alexander Hleb.Source: AFP
A view of the stadium.
A view of the stadium.Source: AP

“It is the only place in Europe where you can play football. At least then the Belarusian people will be happy.”

Given the country’s largest response to the pandemic, it is perhaps not surprising that the authorities have yet to suspend the football championship.

While European governments took aggressive action last week, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko proposed “tractor therapy” to fight the virus.

He said: “People work in tractors, nobody talks about the virus. In villages, the tractor will heal everyone. The fields heal everyone.”

Lukashenko, in power in Belarus since 1994 and nicknamed the last European dictator, leads one of the continent’s most secret and authoritarian regimes. Freedom of the press and political opposition are severely limited.

In response to the outbreak of the virus, which recorded 51 confirmed cases in the country last Thursday, the President said that Belarusians “do not suffer from the same psychosis as those in Western Europe”.

But Hleb isn’t buying it. He added: “The coronavirus has closed the Champions League and the Europa League. This is fine, because you have to try to stop it. Uefa has done the right thing.

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“But in Belarus, it’s as if nobody cares. It’s incredible. Maybe in a week or two we will stop here. Maybe our President is just waiting to see what happens with the virus.

“Everyone here knows what happened in Italy and Spain. It doesn’t look good.

“But in our country, the people of the presidential administration believe that it is not as extreme as the news say.

“Many young people and students here think so. I keep home with my family. But when I go out, the streets and restaurants are still busy. “

The national team was due to face Georgia in a game sold out in Tbilisi next week in a Euro 2020 qualifying playoff, the largest game in the country’s history.

Since winning independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, he has been the closest to qualifying for a major international tournament.

Hleb said: “Everyone trained normally, preparing for the new season. They don’t care.

“I worry about my health and my family. I am keeping minimal contact. I won’t go to Isloch.

“It is very difficult to explain our country. All the championships have closed but we don’t seem to think it’s a problem. Why? I don’t know.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun.

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Coronavirus: Australian hospitals running out of masks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DENIED FACE MASKS OF AUXILIARY HOSPITALS FROM STOCKPILE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GYMS CLOSED: CAN I RESET MY REGISTRATION RATES?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HUNTING FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The death toll rises in Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coronavirus: tourist dies of COVID-19 in the crowded Bali street

Bali authorities confirmed that a French tourist who was found slumped on a motorcycle in a busy street died of coronavirus and was not a “drunk tourist” as initially suspected.

Gerard Philippe Follet’s death was initially thought to have been alcohol poisoning or a heart attack after being found unresponsive in a busy Denpasar street eight days ago.

A day after the Frenchman’s death, Bali governor Wayan Koster denied the 72-year-old coronavirus after a photo emerged on social media of Mr Follet drinking alcohol in a bar.

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“It is not related to coronavirus, I have a photo, he was drinking tuak (alcohol), maybe he was dizzy while driving, he fell,” said Koster.

But a Saturday post mortem test confirmed Mr. Follet as the fourth case of coronavirus on the holiday island.

An almost empty beach in Kuta on Sunday. Image: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP
media_cameraAn almost empty beach in Kuta on Sunday. Image: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP

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“It was confirmed after a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that was coronavirus positive,” said Sanglah I Ketut Sudartana hospital official. The Jakarta Post.

A tourist who saw Mr. Follet collapse on the handlebars of his motorbike and raised the alarm with the police said that initially the agents thought they were a “drunk tourist”.

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“I thought it was a hit. I parked the bike and went over to him. I saw that he was breathing. Then I was thinking about the coronavirus, so I shouted at him but got no answer, “said the tourist, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

There have been suspicions of the low number of coronavirus cases in Bali. Image: AP Photo / Firdia Lisnawati
media_cameraThere have been suspicions of the low number of coronavirus cases in Bali. Image: AP Photo / Firdia Lisnawati

“So I went to a police station about 60 meters away and talked to them. At first they were reluctant to help, they thought he was just a drunk tourist.”

The man said the agents called an ambulance after evaluating Mr. Follet.

“I said this could be a coronavirus case. They agreed. They called a coronavirus response team,” said the tourist.

“He was breathing with shorter breaths, he was becoming increasingly pale, his lips were turning blue and then he stopped breathing. He had died before the coronavirus response team arrived. “

The death of the French tourist comes amid concerns about an underestimation of coronavirus cases in Bali, with experts calling his low number of “scientifically odd” cases, The Jakarta Post reported.

Bali has now confirmed four cases, none of the local broadcast. The rest are British and two Balinese citizens who recently returned from Italy and Jakarta.

Originally published as Tourist, he dies of viruses in Bali street

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Coronavirus, Italy: Over 1000 deaths in southern Europe – in just one day

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In just one day, 800 people die in Italy, 300 in Spain, 100 in France

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“The curve of the contagion continues upwards”

There are already too few ventilation machines for corona patients in Italian hospitals. The curfew has not yet had the desired effect. WELT reporter Bettina Gabbe reports from Rome.

The corona virus has killed over 1000 people in southern Europe in the past 24 hours. The situation in Italy, Spain and France is becoming increasingly dramatic. Spanish scientists make a drastic appeal to the government.

I.In Italy, almost 800 other people infected with the novel corona virus died within 24 hours. The death toll rose by 793 to 4825, as reported by Italian civil defense on Saturday. This means that 38.3 percent of the total corona deaths worldwide were reported from Italy.

No earthquake in Italy in the past 40 years has claimed as many human lives in one day. The hardest, in 2009 in L’Aquila, killed 309 people. Italy had already overtaken China in the number of victims on Thursday.

546 of the deaths on Saturday were recorded in the Milan region in northern Italy’s Lombardy. In addition, half of the new infections were found there.

The exact cause of the high death rate is unclear. There could be several reasons: Italy has one of the oldest populations in the world – and most of the dead were older people with pre-existing conditions. However, the population in Germany is also not much younger. Many grandparents live in Italy with their children and grandchildren or are more involved in everyday life than in Germany. Therefore, infections are easier. Experts also assume that the number of unreported cases among infected people is significantly higher than stated, and many cases that are mild or asymptomatic are not recorded. This results in a higher death rate.

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Civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli emphasized in Rome that the cause of death for the deceased has not been finally clarified: whether the people died only from Covid-19 or whether the reason was another illness. The vast majority of victims are over 70 years old, many have suffered from one or more illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer or respiratory problems. However, experts also warn that the disease can be severe in younger people.

The Italian government closed all non-vital production activities as part of the corona virus pandemic on Saturday evening. Among other things, supermarkets, banks, post office and pharmacies are excluded, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. He spoke of the “greatest challenge after World War II”. “We have decided to close any productive activity that is not critical and essential to guarantee us essential goods and services.”

Spain threatens to collapse

In Spain, nearly 300 people died as a result of Covid-19 on Friday. Experts there warn of an imminent collapse of the healthcare system. A “total” isolation of people is therefore now “essential”, write 69 renowned epidemiologists, molecular biologists and scientists from other departments in an open letter published on Saturday.

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An even greater restriction of freedom of movement must be ordered, it said. Among other things, the experts specifically demand that the journey to the workplace is only permitted for employees in the primary care sectors. Otherwise, under the given conditions, the health system would collapse “around March 25”.

According to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, the country is facing the worst of the Corona crisis. “We have not yet felt the consequences of the strongest and most damaging wave that will test our material and moral skills to the limit, as well as our attitude as a society,” says Sanchez. Spain has not experienced such a dramatic situation since the civil war from 1936 to 1939, in which around half a million people died.

In France, the number of coronavirus deaths has risen by 112 to 562. Over 6000 people suffering from the virus are currently being treated there in hospitals. The regions most affected are Grand Est on the German border, Corsica and the capital region Paris.

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Coronavirus: Bondi Beach closed, UK pub ban, New York and California blocks

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

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

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

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

The quarantine will be enforceable by law.

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

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

Travelers may also request exemptions for compassionate reasons.

PRESSURE ON AUSTRALIA TO SAVE WORK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To date, WHO has distributed 1.5 million test kits.

NSW GOVERNMENT CLOSES THE BONDI BEACH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JAPAN’S INFECTIONS ABOVE 1000

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

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

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

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

THE QUARANTINE OF COLOMBIA, THE FIRST DEATH OF SINGAPORE

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

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

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

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

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

NEW YORK ORDERS NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS FOR STAY AT HOME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ITALY BECOMES ZERO LAND AS AUXILIARY DEATH

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

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

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

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

The global death toll has exceeded 10,000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRANTIC SCENES AS AUXILIARIES TENSE AT HOME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECORD NUMBER OF DEATH IN SPAIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Madrid region has 628 deaths and 7165 cases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALL FOR BOOKS VULNERABLE PRISONERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

POOL TRIPS UBER AXIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEST DI IVANKA NEGATIVI DOPO L’INCONTRO DEL DUTTON

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

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

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

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

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

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

GLI INSEGNANTI DICONO DI NON INDOSSARE LE MASCHERE A SCUOLA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW INDOOR GATHERING LIMITS AS FEDERAL BUDGET DELAYED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS TOLD TO STAY HOME

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

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

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

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

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

Restaurant meals can still be delivered to homes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRUMP CLOSES US-MEXICO BORDER

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

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

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

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

He said he has put that “in gear.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOUTUBE JOINS NETFLIX IN LIMITING VIDEO STREAM QUALITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TAIWAN SAYS WHO FAILED TO ACT ON CORONAVIRUS WARNING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANOTHER DOG HAS CORONAVIRUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PORNHUB OFFERS PREMIUM SERVICE TO SELF-ISOLATORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coronavirus: Prime Minister Scott Morrison bans travel for all non-Australian residents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Corporation Australia contacted the cruise operator for comment.

T HERE’S HOPE: CHINA REPORTS NO NEW CASE COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other developments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESTRICTIONS ON THE PANADOL OF CHILDREN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WA VIRUS COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION CONFIRMED

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

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

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

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

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

Two of the new cases are healthcare professionals.

NT SET TO CLOSE BORDERS TO STOP THE VIRUS

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

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

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

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

Such a move would be over a period of months.

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

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

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

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

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

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

TASMANIAN FRONTIER CRACKDOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUSSIES IN LONDON DESPERATE AT DASH HOME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some airlines were rejecting people despite having valid tickets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRUMP INVITES WAR-TIME MEASUREMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“That’s why. I want to be precise.”

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

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

“It comes from China.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 cases in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, ACT, NT

Australian coronavirus cases are approaching 600 after NSW reported 59 new cases, Victoria another 26 and Queensland another 16 on Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed cases, based on a count of the numbers provided by the health authorities in each state and territory, is now 568. At least 43 have fully recovered.

There are 267 in New South Wales, 121 inches Victory, 94 inches Queensland, 37 inches south of Australia, 35 inches Western Australia, 10 inches Tasmania, three in Australian capital territory and one in Northern Territories

Six people died – one in Western Australia and five in New South Wales.

BUDGET OF THE VICTIMS

The first fatality in Australia for coronavirus was Sunday March 1st.

He was a 78 year old man from Perth who was among the 163 Australians evacuated since Diamond Princess cruise ship to Japan and quarantined in Howard Springs in the Northern Territory.

The second death occurred on Tuesday March 3rd. The 95-year-old woman was a resident of Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park in northern Sydney.

Two other residents in the same nursing home died later: an 82-year-old man on Sunday March 8, followed by a 90-year-old woman on Saturday March 14.

On Friday March 13, a 77-year-old woman died in a Sydney hospital after recently arriving from Brisbane. She had developed symptoms on the plane, was taken to the hospital and died on the same day.

An 86-year-old man died in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday March 17, making him the fifth and sixth death in the state.

CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTRALIA

People in their 50s account for most confirmed cases, followed by those in their 30s, 40s, 20s and 60s.

Far fewer people over the age of 70 or under 20 have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Where authorities have been able to determine the source of the infection, three times as many cases come from trips abroad compared to the local broadcast. The United States and Italy have now passed China as the most common country of origin.

The first case of COVID-19 was detected on January 25 in Victoria.

The patient was a man from Wuhan, Hubei province – where the Chinese virus emerged late last year – who flew to Melbourne from Guandong on January 19.

Three more cases were reported on the same day in New South Wales.

All three were men who had recently returned from China – two had been to Wuhan and one had had direct contact with a case confirmed by the epicenter of the virus.

Since then, the number of cases has increased exponentially.

New South Wales quickly became zero due to the Australian epidemic and now makes up almost half of all cases in the country.

Experts fear that if Australia follows the same trend as similar countries where infections have doubled every six days, there may be as many as 6000 in early April.

News.com.au covers the latest updates and the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Stay up to date on all government announcements, health warnings, quarantine zones and travel bans here.

frank.chung@news.com.au

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Coronavirus self-isolation, Australia: how to do it, how it is applied,

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Australia has cracked down on self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic, with stiff penalties for those who defy quarantine orders.

People who have recently returned to Australia will now have to isolate themselves for 14 days. It is also necessary if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case or if you have COVID-19.

It comes as millions of Australians have searched for information on the subject, with Google trends revealing the research’s interest in social isolation is currently the highest ever recorded in Australia.

The main trend question is: “How is self-insulation applied?”

One of the main trending questions on Google is: “What is coronavirus self-isolation in Australia?”

As the virus continues to spread, those who have violated self-isolation requirements face fines of tens of thousands of dollars and even prison time.

If you are interested, here is everything you need to know about how to properly self-insulate yourself.

DO I NEED TO BE AWAY?

If you arrived in Australia at any time from midnight on March 15th, have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus or have contracted the virus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days.

Self-isolation is necessary even if you have returned from a high-risk country such as China, Italy, South Korea or Iran in the past two weeks.

When traveling to your home or hotel from the airport or after returning a positive test, the Federal Department of Health recommends that you use your personal vehicle if possible in order to minimize exposure to others.

If you need to use public transportation, including taxis and travel sharing services, wear a surgical mask if available.

Do your best to stay at least 1.5 meters away from others, including fellow commuters, drivers and other public transport staff.

You should also practice good hand hygiene and wash them regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The Department of Health also recommends covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing and disposing of tissues.

According to Health Direct: “Even if you have a negative result, you should complete all 14 days of self-isolation.”

HOW DO I INSULATE MYSELF ACTUALLY?

You should stay indoors unless you seek medical attention, in which case you should wear a surgical mask when you leave the house.

Cleaning is also important to minimize the spread of germs. The Department of Health recommends the use of detergents or disinfectants to clean surfaces that are often touched such as door handles and areas of the bathroom and kitchen.

Only people who habitually live with you should be at home, according to the Department of Health. You should not invite visitors and, if you are in a hotel, avoid contact with other guests or staff.

If you need food, groceries or medications, ask friends or relatives who do not isolate themselves to collect them for you.

Woolworths and Coles have suspended Click & Collect services. Coles has stopped deliveries, although Woolworths continues to continue this service.

Numerous food delivery services, including Deliveroo, Menulog, UberEats and DoorDash, now offer contactless deliveries to minimize exposure.

You must request that all orders are left within reach.

Others living with you are not required to self-isolate, unless they have recently returned to Australia from abroad or have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus.

If you develop symptoms and suspect you have coronavirus, anyone who lives with you will be treated as close contact and will have to isolate themselves.

Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott, University of Sydney University Health Security Expert, said that those who tested positive or awaiting test results should stay at home, preferably in the bedroom and avoid interacting beyond these four walls.

He added that they should not put children to bed and if they go to a common area they should wear face masks, avoid contact with others and wash their hands regularly.

They don’t need to wear masks while they are in their bedroom alone – but their partner should sleep in a different room during the quarantine period.

“If someone accidentally enters the room or opens the door to deliver a tray of food, there is no risk of being exposed to the virus,” he said.

However, when removing dishes and utensils, the person putting it in the dishwasher or washing it afterwards must be sure to immediately wash their hands with soap and water and clean the surfaces (such as the tray) with a disinfectant.

CAN I BE ALL OUTDOOR?

Those who live in a private house are sure to spend time in their garden or courtyard or on their balcony if they live in an apartment or in a terraced house.

You can also go to the garden if you’re staying in a hotel or living in an apartment, but you should move quickly through the common areas and wear a surgical mask to minimize the risk to others, according to the Department of Health.

“Yes, you can go to the garden, but if you have to cough or sneeze, do it in the elbow and wash your hands,” said associate professor Kamradt-Scott.

The virus isn’t airborne – so it’s unlikely that simply breathing in the garden, for example, will spread it in your neighbor’s garden, he said.

He added that people should also not walk their dog.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES APPLICABLE IF I STOLEN MY SELF-INSULATION?

Queensland Health said people who have traveled from high-risk areas or have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus will issue warnings asking them to voluntarily quarantine themselves.

He said he would initially work closely with anyone suspected of violating his obligations, for example by making sure he understood the importance of isolation within the pandemic.

However, further violations could include fines of up to $ 13,345.

NSW Health said the state’s Chief Health Officer could issue an order to forcefully request compliance with self-isolation if necessary. Any application requested would be in consultation with the NSW police.

People in the state who break the order face fines of up to $ 11,000 and even jail time.

Following Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews’ state of emergency statement on Monday, people in the state can be fined up to $ 19,826 for defying a public health order under the Public Health and Wellness Act.

And in Southern Australia, those who fail to comply with an order under public health law may be forced to pay up to $ 25,000.

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HOW ARE THESE PENALTIES CARRIED OUT?

News Corp contacted Queensland Health, the Victorian Department for Health and Human Services, NSW Health and SA Health to ask how self-isolation would be applied.

At the time of publication, only two state departments had responded.

NSW Health indicated a press release that did not specifically outline how self-isolating ones would be monitored.

A Queensland Health spokesman said that all those who are required to self-isolate themselves so far had been cooperative, had the power to “apply insulation to a specific location, which, where possible, will be in the home or hotel room of that person”.

Queensland police are assisting Queensland health in ensuring that affected people understand their obligations under self-isolation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian admitted on Sunday that it would be difficult to monitor “any situation”. He added that the government will rely on the public to notify them of violations.

“If you are in a job and you know someone is coming to work and has recently been abroad, let us know,” said Berejiklian.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “If your partner has been to Bali and they come back and show up at work and sit next to you, they will commit a crime.”

HOW CAN I REDUCE Boredom?

The Department of Health recommends keeping in touch with family and friends via social media, phone or email.

Exercising is also important, with the Department advising you to dance, do floor exercises, yoga, and use home exercise equipment or DVDs.

Professor Mike Kyrios of the Irama Institute of Mental Health, Wellbeing and Neuroscience of Flinders University said: “Stay in touch with people through social media or a simple phone call. Share your experiences to facilitate support or use the best of Australian humor to ease the situation. Dinners or desserts and coffee on Skype are always a blast! “

Professor Kyrios said it was important to separate from each other when stuck in the house for long periods.

“It can be particularly useful to schedule timeout periods to minimize the constant stress of being in a confined space with others for long periods,” said Prof Kyrios.

He said it was important to relax through yoga awareness and strategies and also to stay active.

“Breathing and muscle-building exercises, awareness training, dance, yoga and musical instruments are some strategies available that are effective,” he said.

“Find opportunities at home to do some exercise. Alternatively, have fun updating some reading, streaming, digital or board games, hobbies or playing music. “

WHAT IF I AM SICK?

It is advisable to consult a doctor if flu-like symptoms develop within 14 days of returning to Australia or within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case, according to the Department of Health.

“You should call the clinic or hospital before arriving and tell them about your trip

history or that you’ve been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, ”says the Department.

“You must remain isolated at home, in a hotel or in a healthcare environment until public health authorities inform you that it is safe for you to return to your normal activities.”

HOW WILL THEY BE PAID IF I AM SICK AND CAN NOT WORK?

Full-time and part-time employees infected with the coronavirus can receive paid sick leave.

Employees in these categories can also take paid paid leave to care for a member of the coronavirus family.

Occasional employees and independent contractors are not eligible for paid leave. However, the federal government has waived the one-week waiting period for sickness allowance. New applications will not be accepted after March 20.

After this date, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the sickness allowance will be consolidated in the payment of job seekers.

“It’s a Newstart-level payment and people who are occasional employees who wouldn’t be able to go to work or because they have to self-isolate themselves or, in fact, have the virus, would be able to access that payment,” he said. He said.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE INSULATION PERIOD ENDS?

You can leave your home and hotel and go back to things like work, school and the gym if you have been self-blocking for 14 days and haven’t experienced any symptoms.

Your family doctor can provide you with a medical certificate if you need it.

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USA shuts down restaurants, bars, cafes, schools

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced he will close the country’s borders to all foreign nationals and called on Canadians abroad to “come home now”.

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

US citizens are exempt from the measures – which will come into effect on March 18 – because “the level of integration between the two economies … puts the US in a separate category to the rest of the world”.

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Mr Trudeau today delivered the address from the steps of his Ottawa home where he has been self-isolating since his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was diagnosed with the deadly disease last week.

He urged citizens abroad to “come home now” if they can, and that they must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Canada.

Globally, there are more than 175,000 coronavirus cases and more than 6,700 deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

“If we put in measures for mandatory isolation … there would need to be enforcement measures,” he added.

“The expectation is something that we’ve asked of Canadians around the country.”

AMERICA SHUTS DOWN ON A MASS SCALE

There are at least 3,813 confirmed cases in the US, where major cities today started shutting down restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos, theaters and schools to try to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed at least 72 people across the country . COVID-19 has reached 49 states including California and Washington, D.C.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio on Suday ordered all bars, restaurants and cafes to only offer delivery or pickup beginning Tuesday. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues will also be forced to close.

Millions of Americans began their work week holed up at home Monday against the coronavirus outside their doors, as the escalating outbreak shifted the nation’s daily routines in ways never before seen in US history. As wide swathes of the economy began shuddering to a halt, the financial markets opened with stocks dropping on Wall Street by nearly 10 per cent, triggering an automatic 15-minute halt to trading.

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That came despite emergency Federal Reserve action late Sunday that cut the key interest rate to near zero. The best-case scenario for many investors now is that the economic shock will be steep but short, with growth recovering later this year as stores and businesses open back up.

Pessimists, though, are preparing for a longer haul. The U.S. surgeon general, meanwhile, said the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that disease-battered Italy recorded two weeks ago – a signal that infections are expected to rise in America. “We are at a critical inflection point in this country, people,” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told Fox News. “When you look at the projections, there’s every chance that we could be Italy.” Two weeks ago, there were 1,700 cases of coronavirus in Italy and the country had reported 34 deaths. Now, Italy is reporting an estimated 25,000 cases and more than 1,800 people have died.

The US has recorded about 3,800 infections and at least 65 deaths, two-thirds of them in hard-hit Washington state.

The first participant in a clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against the virus was set to receive an experimental dose at a research institute in Washington state. Public officials cautioned, however, that it will still take from a year to 18 months to fully test and approve any potential vaccine The wheels of justice slowed too, as the U.S. Supreme Court put oral arguments on hold, including fights over subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records.

Over the weekend, governors and mayors closed restaurants, bars, and schools as the nation sank deeper into crisis. Travelers returning home from abroad were stuck in line for hours at major airports for screenings, crammed into just the kind of crowded spaces that public health officials have urged people to avoid. Around the country, people rushed to make arrangements to work from home or tried to figure out how to entertain themselves now that nearly all social gatherings have been banned, canceled or strongly discouraged. Some people planned to binge-watch TV, catch up on chores such as cleaning out the basement, exercise at home instead of the gym, do more cooking or read more. “We’re catching up on our reading. I just started ‘Love in the Time of Cholera.’ It seemed appropriate, “said Beverly Pfeiffer in Silver Spring, Maryland, of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez classic.

Trump sought to calm a jittery nation by declaring the government has “tremendous control” over the situation and urging people to stop the panic- buying of grocery staples that has depleted store shelves nationwide. Gun stores started seeing a similar run on weapons and ammunition as the fear intensified. As Americans struggled with changing their daily habits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a dramatic recommendation: Because large events can fuel the spread of the disease, it said gatherings of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed throughout the country for the next eight weeks. It added that, at any event, people should take proper precautions, including handwashing and keeping one’s distance.

But in a sign of the difficulty of striking the right balance, the CDC statement also said the recommendation does not apply to “the day-to-day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.” Even before the warning, parts of the country already look like ghost towns, and others are about to follow as theme parks closed, beaches shooed away spring breakers and states and large cities ordered bars and restaurants shuttered. “The time for persuasion and public appeals is over,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. “This is not a joke. No one is immune to this. ” New York City said eateries could only accept takeout and delivery orders. Mayor Bill de Blasio also ordered nightclubs, movie theaters and other entertainment venues closed.

“These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker, “he said in a statement Sunday night. “But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.” His decision came after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious-disease expert, said he would like to see a 14-day national shutdown imposed to prevent the virus’s spread.

“I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” said Fauci, a member of the White House task force on combating the spread of coronavirus. He heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

There was no indication Trump is considering such a move.

The worldwide outbreak has sickened nearly 170,000 people and left more than 6,500 dead, with thousands of new cases confirmed each day.

megan.palin@news.com.au | @Megan_Palin

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