Scott Morrison has announced further restrictions on companies and meetings, the count of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia has exceeded 2,000 and Donald Trump has launched himself against Democrats on Twitter.
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The key moments on Tuesday
The government extends restrictions, prohibits travel abroad
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced further restrictions on businesses, public meetings and travel abroad in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus following his meeting with the national cabinet tonight.
From midnight tomorrow evening these activities and activities will no longer be allowed to continue:
- Amusement parks and game rooms
- Indoor and outdoor play centers
- Community and leisure centers, spas, fitness centers, yoga, bars, spin facilities, saunas, spas
- Swimming pools
- Galleries, museums, national institutions, historical sites, libraries, community centers
- Auction houses
- Real estate auctions and inspections
- In-store beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, manicure and tattoo parlors, spas and massages (excluding health-related services, such as physiotherapy)
- Food courts within shopping centers will only be able to sell takeaway. The shopping malls themselves will remain open
Morrison also worked on specs covering a number of other activities:
- Hairdressers and barbershops can continue, but they must limit the time a customer is in the office to no more than 30 minutes
- Personal training and training camps are limited to a maximum of 10 people
- Weddings can continue, but only with the couple, the celebrant and the witnesses, for a total of up to five people
- Funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people
- Internal and external food markets will be addressed by individual states and territories
The Prime Minister also announced that Australians would be prohibited from traveling abroad, with some exceptions made for aid workers and compassionate, occupational and other travel.
He also said that the advice on schools has not changed and it was safe to send the children to school.
On a broader note, Morrison said that people should not go out and “participate more broadly in the community, unless you are shopping for bases or there are medical needs or you are providing assistance and support to a person. in another place”.
More than 200 Australians stranded on a cruise ship
More than 200 Australians are stranded on an Italian cruise ship that has just registered its first coronavirus case.
Costa Victoria passengers were ordered to stay in their rooms while the ship sails to Venice, where it was due to dock this weekend.
“We are terrified, we are absolutely terrified. It is obviously very stressful, we simply don’t know what is going on,” said passenger Simone Jacques of Victoria.
Ms. Jacques and her husband Brett joined the cruise in late February.
They said the captain had not been willing or unable to dock anywhere in the past two weeks due to the closure of European ports in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Obligations of jobseekers suspended
The federal government has temporarily suspended the obligations normally imposed on job seekers as Centrelink struggles to cope.
The government says there have been 3.2 million hits on the MyGov website in the past 20 hours amid job losses caused by the coronavirus.
Job seekers usually need to report activities such as their participation in job interviews, but Social Services Minister Anne Ruston says the requirement will be waived for at least a week.
NSW HSC to move forward, Adelaide student and positive test teacher
The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) has announced that this year’s HSC certification will continue.
A committee is making arrangements in the light of students who said they were staying home.
12th year students were given the following message by NESA commission president Peter Shergold:
- We know you are worried. While we recognize that we are facing an unprecedented situation, we want to assure you that this year you will be able to obtain an HSC certificate and that the certificate will facilitate access to university, higher education and employment, as it did for students compared to the last 50 years.
- Continue to study, make your assessments as recommended by your school, make progress on your main projects where you can and, more importantly, take care of yourself, whether you are at school or at home. Contact family, friends and your teachers if necessary.
- If you get sick, your school and NESA have provisions to make sure you’re not at a disadvantage.
The announcement came when eight staff members and 110 students from Adelaide’s Unley High School went into isolation after a student and teacher tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
This latest move tracks the contacts of both people.
Unley High School also announced that it will switch to online services tomorrow for the remainder of the term.
The federal government will use direct text messages for information about the coronavirus
Health Minister Greg Hunt says “direct text messaging” will be used as part of the next phase of the coronavirus information campaign in Australia.
These were some of his other announcements this morning:
- Australia is looking to have the entire population’s remote assistance capability by March 30, which will include mental health, allied health and general medicine
- Another 30 million masks will be in Australia within the next two weeks
- Another 160,000 tests are now available
Hunt said that around 147,000 coronavirus disease tests were conducted in Australia, equivalent to over 0.5 percent of the population.
“This is, on the advice I have, also superior to [South] Korea, which has done a wonderful job with its tests on a per capita basis, “he said.
About 1.2 percent of the tests were positive.
Trump goes wild while the death toll in the United States exceeds 550
U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out against Democrats on Twitter as COVID-19’s death toll in America has risen by over 100 Monday (local time).
The coronavirus has now killed more than 550 people in the United States and sick of over 43,800.
Governors of at least 18 states, which represent nearly half the population, have issued directives that require residents to stay mostly indoors, with the exception of necessary travel to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and studios doctors.
“Non-essential” activities have also been closed.
Politicians tried to reach an agreement on a far-reaching economic stimulus package that had stalled in the Senate.
Leading negotiators on $ US2 trillion ($ AU 3.4 trillion) bipartisan stimulus measures said they were confident of reaching an agreement soon.
Democrats claimed that the stimulus plan originally proposed by the Republicans contained too little money for states and hospitals and not enough restrictions on a fund to help large businesses.
President Trump went wild on Twitter, accusing President of the Democratic House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi of taking an “extended vacation” and therefore making requests that he would never have accepted.
“Do Democrats want the virus to win?” Trump said in the Twitter post.
“They are asking for things that have nothing to do with our big workers or companies.”
Democrats insisted that any deal should include additional provisions for a $ 500 billion fund for large corporations to avoid giving a blank check to corporate leaders.
When asked about this, Trump told reporters: “I will be supervising.”
Problems for mobile and landline services
Some mobile and landline telephony services from Telstra and Optus are experiencing problems due to rising demand following coronavirus crashes.
Telstra says mobile call volumes have increased by more than 50%, driven in part by a surge in people calling public services.
Optus says congestion on the Telstra network is causing intermittent errors for its customers trying to connect with users of the Telstra network.
Both Telcos are working to speed up system updates so they can fix problems.
Prisoners from New South Wales could be released in an attempt to stop the virus from spreading
Some of the 14,000 prisoners in New South Wales could be released as the state government intensifies its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Correctional Services Commissioner Peter Severin would be authorized to grant convictions to certain inmates because of the threat of COVID-19 under the proposed laws that Parliament will consider.
Extraordinary powers would apply to low-risk and vulnerable prisoners subject to strict conditions of parole, including:
- Home detention
- Electronic monitoring
- Preset movement schedule
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the move was designed to protect the health of detainees and staff.
“The bill tries to provide us with powers that we hope we will never have to use, but the evolution of the pandemic may require it,” he said.
Doctors ask for military aid as travel bans, bite of border closures
The government must mobilize the military to transport medical personnel and patients as the new restrictions challenge already extended remote health services, doctors from rural areas said.
The president of the Association of Rural Physicians of Australia, John Hall, said that country areas already rely heavily on fly-in fly-out health workers and are “seriously concerned” about the impact of travel restrictions and cuts to regional commercial flights.
“We know there are exemptions [from travel restrictions] for medical workers traveling, but we have seen Qantas and Rex cut flights, “Dr. Hall told ABC.
“So there will be a need for charter or military flights when the wave of COVID-19 cases arrives.”
He said extra flights would be needed to transport backup health workers and transport patients who needed treatment elsewhere.
Thailand issues an emergency decree
Thailand has issued an emergency decree that will take effect for a month, starting on Thursday.
The move gives Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha executive power to declare further measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
This includes authorizing officials to set up checkpoints to reduce the movement of people.
Thailand reported three deaths and 106 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the country’s number of cases to 827, with four deaths.
Ruby Princess passenger dies in hospital, 133 coronavirus cases on board the cruise ship
Health authorities in New South Wales have confirmed the eighth death in Australia of the coronavirus, a 70-year-old woman who had been on the cruise ship Ruby Princess and died in the hospital this morning.
133 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed aboard the Ruby Princess, docked in Sydney last week.
The woman is the seventh person in New South Wales to die from COVID-19, with the other death in Western Australia.
Earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state was in a “critical phase”.
“I can’t stress it enough,” he said.
State health authorities confirmed 149 new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours at 20:00 of AEDT on Monday, bringing the state total to 818.
The opposition hands over $ 40 billion of coronaviruses to the Morron Government fund
The work gave the government a discretionary fund of $ 40 billion to spend as requested without legislation, as Parliament breaks down for almost five months.
The high costs typically require legislation that must pass both chambers of Parliament, which opposition, parliamentarians and members of the Cross discuss, amend or reject along the way.
However, traditions have been sidelined in the shadow of the coronavirus.
The government typically receives about $ 1 billion to deal with unexpected needs with an “advance” to the finance minister. This has been increased to $ 40 billion.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese said it was about “putting aside partisan differences to improve things for the people who send us to parliament.”
The $ 40 billion funding pool was agreed in Parliament on Monday evening, in addition to $ 84 billion in stimulus measures, as part of a series of radical moves designed to avoid bringing MPs back to Canberra during the health crisis.
The minister failed to anticipate Centrelink’s claim after “perhaps a million” lost their jobs
Government Services Minister Stuart Robert says he disliked the demand scale which would be placed on Centrelink’s website following the forced closure of yesterday’s pubs, clubs and indoor entertainment and sports activities.
“My bad, not realizing the vastness of the Sunday night decision by national leaders,” he said.
“This has literally seen hundreds and hundreds of thousands, perhaps a million people, out of work overnight.”
Long lines they are training again outside Centrelink offices across the country today, despite the federal government urging welfare applicants to return home.
Social Services Minister Anne Ruston invited people to contact Centrelink instead phone or online.
Abandoned elderly found dead in Spain
Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles says military personnel have visited nursing homes which have been under increasing pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The army, during some visits, found some elderly people completely abandoned, sometimes even dead in their beds,” he told Telecinco, according to the BBC.
He didn’t say what caused those deaths.
The coronavirus killed 462 other people overnight in Spain, the second most affected country in Europe after Italy, bringing the death toll to 2,182.
Health workers almost represent 12 percent of the country’s total 33,089 registered cases.
Penny Wong’s COVID-19 test turns negative
Labor Senator Penny Wong went to solitary confinement yesterday after waking up feeling sick.
He underwent a test for coronavirus, which he has today come back negative.
“As soon as I feel good enough to travel, I will return to Adelaide from Canberra,” he said in a note.
Four federal politicians tested positive for coronavirus:
- Center Alliance Senator Rex Patrick
- Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg
- Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton
- LNP Senator Susan McDonald
Economists say pandemic could see 20% drop in house prices
AMP Capital’s chief economist, Shane Oliver, has predicted that unemployment is likely to rise to around 10%, doubles its current level, following the coronavirus pandemic.
He said this could result in a 20% drop in Melbourne and Sydney house prices.
“A sharp rise in unemployment to say 10 percent or more of the risks resulting in an increase in debt service problems, forced sales and sharply falling prices,” said Oliver.
CoreLogic’s Tim Lawless said that the Australian real estate market will begin to “lose steam” by April and that the situation may be worse than expected due to high household debt.
The areas most affected by mortgage stress would be those exposed to tourism and where there is a higher portion of hospitality operators, such as in some areas of western Sydney.
The offices of SBS Sydney are forced to close, the newspaper Mildura stops the presses
SBS temporarily closed its editorial office in Sydney after a the staff tested positive for coronavirus.
The broadcaster said that the employee last worked on March 20, was in a “good mood” and that the people who had come in close contact with them had been informed.
Meanwhile, Mildura’s only newspaper, The Sunraysia Daily, says it will suspend the press and all staff will be blocked due to the impact of the pandemic.
The decision affects all mastheads in the Elliott newspaper group, including Sunraysia Life, The Guardian in Swan Hill and Gannawarra Times.
The newspaper told staff that the intention was to resume operations.
More than 300,000 cases now registered worldwide
The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating, with over 300,000 cases now registered worldwide and infections reported by almost all countries.
World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus outlined the numbers:
- It took 67 days go from one reported case to 100,000 cases
- So it only took 11 days to reach 200,000 cases
- Then it only took four days to reach 300,000 cases
But Dr. Tedros said “we are not defenseless bystanders”, urging countries to adopt both defensive measures (domestic isolation and social distancing) and attack measures (test every suspected case, track down and quarantine any close contact).
“We can change the trajectory of this pandemic,” he said.
Boris Johnson announces new restrictions for the UK
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people in the UK will only be able to leave home for these reasons:
- Purchase essential goods, such as food or medicine
- One form of exercise per day
- Medical needs
- Travel for essential work
Meetings of more than two have been banned and all stores selling non-essential goods will close.
The restrictions, which will be in effect for at least three weeks, will be applied by the police.
Johnson said “no prime minister wants to take measures like this,” but said there are no easy options for fighting coronavirus “national emergency”.
“I know the damage this disruption is causing and will do to people’s lives, their businesses and their jobs,” he said.
‘Stay in your state and stay in your suburb’
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the decision to close state borders, announced yesterday, was not taken lightly.
Queensland has recorded another 78 coronavirus cases, bringing the state total to 397 since the beginning of the epidemic.
“I’m pretty sure that in 1918 they didn’t even make the decision to close the border,” he said, referring to the same measure taken a century ago to stop the spread of Spanish fatal flu from New South Wales to Queensland.
Ms Palaszczuk said that all non-essential travel should be canceled or postponed immediately.
“People should stay in their state … As far as possible, they should stay in their suburbs and, as far as possible, stay at home. It is very important that people understand this,” he said.
The closure of the border will take effect from midnight on Wednesday.
The Queensland state disaster coordinator says that information will be provided to people who regularly cross the border for work.
Experts say that loss of smell or taste could be a first sign of infection
Medical experts citing reports from several countries say that a loss of smell or taste may be an early sign of a COVID-19 infection.
There is “good test” from South Korea, China and Italy for loss or alteration of the sense of smell in infected people, says a joint statement by the presidents of the British Rhinological Society and ENT UK, a British group representing ear, nose doctors and throat.
They wrote that in South Korea, about 30% of people who have tested positive for the virus cited loss of smell as their main complaint in otherwise mild cases.
A similar proposal was published Sunday local time by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He noticed, “rapid accumulation” anecdotal evidence from around the world that the pandemic virus can cause not only loss of smell but also a reduced sense of taste.
Outbreak expert at the World Health Organization Maria Van Kerkhove said on Monday that the United Nations Health Agency was examining the question of whether loss of smell or taste were defining the characteristics of the disease.
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A-League suspends its 2019-20 season
The A-League followed the AFL and the NRL in closing the doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Australian Football Federation boss James Johnson made the announcement this morning, saying that the competition was still hoping to complete its 2019-20 season, which still has five rounds to play.
“This is a unanimous decision by the FFA board of directors, but it is also a unanimous decision by the League A clubs,” he said.
The decision will be reviewed on April 22.
Supermarkets were able to coordinate to obtain food for consumers
The Australian consumer and competition watchdog has subsidized rules for the main supermarket chains, allowing them to coordinate with each other when they work with manufacturers, suppliers and suppliers of transportation and logistics services.
The move is designed to ensure consumers have reliable and fair access to food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Australian supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in the past few weeks, both in stores and online, which has led to a shortage of products and an interruption of delivery services,” said ACCC president Rod Sims. .
“This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buyingand the logistical challenge that this poses, rather than an underlying supply problem. “
The change does not allow supermarkets to agree on retail prices for products.
Michael Hill jewelers will close indefinitely
Jewelry chain Michael Hill International says it will immediately suspend operations of its Australian store network indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement on the New Zealand stock exchange, the jeweler said that local workers would be discharged with access to leave rights.
He said that the federal government’s new rules of social distancing were inconsistent with the day-to-day running of its business.
The Olympic official plans to postpone Tokyo 2020
International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says he expects the organization postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is my conclusion from reading the IOC in communication,” he said.
He said that what has probably changed the situation in the past two days has been the curve on COVID-19 cases.
“It is now getting very, very steep, and this is clearly not something that will be under control from June or July, and probably not later this year,” he said.
United Nations chief calls for COVID-19 ceasefire
The UN secretary general has called for a global ceasefire to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
“It’s time to stop armed conflict and focus on the real struggle of our lives,” said Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
“The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks everyone incessantly. In the meantime, armed conflicts are raging all over the world.
“The most vulnerable – women and children, people with disabilities, marginalized and displaced people – pay the highest price.
The appeal comes after Syria has confirmed its first case of COVID-19: a 20-year-old woman.
Syria’s health system and infrastructure has been devastated by nearly a decade of civil war and humanitarian workers fear a catastrophe if a serious coronavirus outbreak occurs.
Germany announces a trillion dollar stimulus package
Germany has announced a stimulus package valid until € 750 billion ($ 1,339 trillion) mitigate the damage of the coronavirus epidemic on the largest European economy, with Berlin aiming to face new debts for the first time since 2013.
The new measures massively support a previous commitment of at least € 460 billion in loan guarantees to help manage the fallout from the reduction of public life to a minimum.
The measures amount to more than 30 percent of German GDP, according to Oliver Rakau, German chief economist at Oxford Economics.
This announcement comes as Ms. Merkel herself returned a negative result for a coronavirus test.
The chancellor went to quarantine at home Sunday evening after being informed that a doctor who had given her a pneumococcal vaccination on Friday had tested positive.
There are also signs that are emerging thanks to the exponential upward curve of new coronavirus infections in Germany rigorose misure di allontanamento sociale, ha detto il capo dell’istituto tedesco di sanità pubblica.
A partire da domenica, c’erano 22.672 casi di coronavirus in Germania, con 86 morti.
I criteri di test del coronavirus in Australia cambieranno
Il Dipartimento della Salute ha dichiarato all’ABC che i criteri di prova per COVID-19 si amplieranno nel prossimo futuro.
Finora, coloro che si qualificano per un test coronavirus devono soddisfare i seguenti requisiti:
- Sei tornato dall’estero negli ultimi 14 giorni e sviluppi una malattia respiratoria con o senza febbre
- Sei stato in stretto contatto con un caso confermato COVID-19 negli ultimi 14 giorni e sviluppa una malattia respiratoria con o senza febbre
- Hai una polmonite grave acquisita in comunità e non esiste una causa chiara
- Sei un operatore sanitario che lavora direttamente con i pazienti e hai una malattia respiratoria e la febbre
Ma nell’episodio di Q + A della scorsa notte, il vice capo ufficiale medico australiano Paul Kelly ha detto che i nuovi criteri di test sarebbero stati annunciati “nei prossimi giorni”.
“We will remove the traveler component, but we are currently working on it,” said Kelly.
Nei commenti trasmessi all’ABC dopo l’episodio, il Dipartimento della salute ha affermato che continua a “rivedere i criteri di prova”, come si sa di più sul virus.
“Alla luce delle nostre più forti restrizioni di viaggio, l’attenzione si sposta logicamente nella comunità con sintomi COVID-19, oltre ai viaggiatori di ritorno e ai contatti ravvicinati dei casi”, ha affermato.
“Professor Kelly has reported that the CDNA will change the testing guidelines for public health units in the near future.”
La Corea del Sud registra il numero più basso di nuovi casi
Si spera che il più grande focolaio di coronavirus asiatico fuori dalla Cina possa attenuarsi.
I Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) hanno segnalato 64 nuovi casi lunedì, portando il conteggio nazionale a 8.961. Il bilancio delle vittime è salito a 118, da 110.
Ma i nuovi numeri hanno segnato il 12 ° giorno consecutivo in cui il Paese ha registrato nuove infezioni di circa 100 o meno, rispetto al picco di 909 casi registrati il 29 febbraio.
Dei nuovi casi, 13 provenivano da viaggiatori stranieri che si sono dimostrati positivi dopo il governo controlli di frontiera più severi e imposizione di una quarantena obbligatoria di due settimane per tutti gli arrivi a lungo termine dall’Europa.
La Corea del Sud ha iniziato a prendere un’intensa politica di allontanamento sociale di 15 giorni domenica, comprese le restrizioni su eventi ad alto rischio come incontri religiosi, sportivi e di intrattenimento.
Ripartizione stato per stato dei casi confermati di coronavirus
Ci sono 2.052 casi confermati di COVID-19 in Australia:
- NSW: 818
- Victoria: 411
- Queensland: 397
- Australia Meridionale: 170
- Australia occidentale: 175
- ATTO: 39
- Tasmania: 36 anni
- Territorio del Nord: 6
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