Coronavirus Melbourne: Victorians warned of life under the coronavirus blockade

This coronavirus article is unlocked and free to read in the interest of community health and safety. For full access to Herald Sun / Leader journalism, sign up here.

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

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

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

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

“Cases keep growing,” he told Triple M.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT IS THE NEXT STAGE AFTER THE FIRST STAGE OF LOCKDOWN?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STAY HOME FOR OUR HOSPITAL HEROES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Grant McArthur

REGUE STARTS SOON IN CENTRELINK

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

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

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

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

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

COURT CLOSED, PUBLISH EMPTY AS THE START OFF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Victoria’s partial closure.

BREAKING AUSSIE BRINGS HOPE FOR THE VACCINE

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

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

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

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

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

ANSWERS THE MAIN QUESTIONS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS VICTORIANS SHUTDOWN

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

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

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

Read the full list here.

Do you have a question we haven’t asked ourselves? Email it to news@heraldsun.com.au

OLYMPIC GAMES POSTPONED

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

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

THE CAMPSITE CAN AVOID “INCREDIBLE TRAGEDY”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GREEN LIGHT DATA STIMULES PACKAGES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Tamsin Rose

AFL PLAYERS OFFER A MASSIVE PAYMENT

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

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

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

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

US STOCKS FALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CONGRESSIVE FIGHT ON STIMULUS

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

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

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

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO AFL FAN MEMBERS?

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

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

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

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

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

AFL Fans Association President Gerry Eeman said supporters want clarity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Peter Rolfe

ITALIAN POLITICS “FORGIVE THEM S —“

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

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

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

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

OTHER NEWS CORONAVIRUS

HOW YOUR CLUB IS CONVENING WITH THE SUSPENDED SEASON

VIRUS SHUTDOWN: WHAT HAPPENS TO GYM CONTRACTS?

WHY YOU MUST NOT lie to your children about CORONAVIRUS

AUSSIE TROOPES THE RETURN HOME AMONG THE VIRUS CRISIS

.

Coronavirus: Richard Wilkins tests positive while the Australian death toll is now five years old

  • Buyers urged to avoid storing goods
  • Lifting the veil of secrecy over Hillsong

Australian television icon Richard Wilkins tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

The Weekend today the guest, who disappeared from the screens this weekend, contracted the virus after meeting Rita Wilson while he was in Sydney.

The singer-actress self-isolated with her husband, Tom Hanks, after being positive for the infection on Thursday.

He made a guest appearance Extra today and at the Sydney Opera House when he performed on March 7th.

Radio presenter Ben Fordham confirmed that Wilkins tested positive on Twitter last Sunday.

He published: “Breaking – Big love to @RichardWilkins, which tested positive for coronavirus.”

Confirmation of his infection comes when the virus states the death of two other people in Australia: two elderly women, aged between 90 and 77, who died in New South Wales.

NSW Health confirmed the deaths on Sunday, bringing the nation’s death toll to five.

“A 90-year-old woman residing in Dorothy Henderson Lodge – died (Saturday),” said a spokeswoman.

“Tests confirmed that he had COVID-19.”

It is understood that the other woman, from Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast, died on Friday in a Sydney hospital.

Health authorities believe he contracted coronavirus from his daughter who had returned from San Francisco two weeks earlier and was not known at the time that both women had COVID-19.

The woman had been on a flight to Sydney on March 13 when her condition deteriorated significantly.

She was taken to the hospital immediately after landing but was not revived.

“The woman had recently arrived in Sydney and tests confirmed that the woman had COVID-19,” said the spokesperson.

NSW Health is working with state health authorities to trace the close contacts of the deceased woman.

“Our condolences are with the family and friends of both women at the moment.”

NEW COLORS, WOOLIES LIMITS FOR BUYERS

The shortage between Coles and Woolworths nationwide is prompting supermarket giants to introduce new restrictions to ensure more customers have access to goods.

Coles has announced that Sunday shoppers will now be able to purchase only two packs of pasta, flour, rice, paper towels, handkerchiefs, hand sanitizer and mince – including beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey – for shop “to allow everyone the opportunity to buy basic items”.

Its new restrictions follow the limits imposed on purchases of toilet paper last week after panic shoppers left the shelves empty nationwide.

As the situation around Coronavirus continues to develop, we want to make sure you have the latest information on …

Posted by Coles Saturday 14 March 2020

“Toilet paper remains limited to 1 package per customer. There may also be additional limits for certain items in each store, for more information visit the local Coles, “said Coles on his website.

“We will also temporarily suspend our change of mindset policy to discourage excessive purchases.”

Woolworths has taken a more restrictive position, limiting purchases of rice, paper towels, napkins and wipes to one per shop per customer.

However, when it comes to dry pasta, flour, handkerchiefs and hand sanitizer, customers will be able to purchase two at a time.

media_cameraWoolworths has temporarily paused its Pick Up service. Picture Woolworths website

“We have temporarily suspended our” Pickup “and” Deliver Now “online services due to temporary shortages on a number of items and to allow our teams to focus on customer service in the store,” reads the Woolworths website.

“These new additions will help ensure that more of our customers have access to essential goods in the face of unprecedented demand for certain products.

“Woolworths encourages customers to continue purchasing only what they need.”

QANTAS, JETSTAR OFFERS RESERVATION CANCELLATIONS

Customers booked on Qantas and Jetstar flights will be able to cancel their bookings in exchange for travel credit following the coronavirus epidemic.

On Sunday, the Qantas group announced that customers with new and existing reservations on domestic and international flights would have the option to cancel and receive travel credit.

“Qantas and Jetstar have introduced greater flexibility for customers who wish to change their travel plans, following the increase in travel restrictions implemented by various governments around the world due to the changing coronavirus situation,” he said. stated the Qantas Group in a note.

The changes are available for Qantas, Jetstar and QantasLink flights and apply until March 31 for travel until May 31.

CHINA CLOSES CLOSED ROADS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Life in China is returning to normal as the coronavirus epidemic spreads globally, state media report.

According to Xinhua, 1117 out of 1119 nationally closed highway entrances and exits were reopened over the weekend, along with 549 blocked national, provincial, national and city roads.

Most health and quarantine stations – 11.11198 of 12.028 – have also been removed.

A total of 28 provinces resumed inter-provincial road passenger transport on March 1 and 126 prefecture-level cities and 192 county-level cities resumed public ground transport operations.

According to Xinhua, of the 41 cities that have opened urban rail transport, 36 cities normally manage rail transport.

These cities include Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and Shenzen.

78 million migrant workers also returned to work.

THE NEW AUSTRALIAN MEASURES TO STOP THE CORONAVIRUS

China’s update comes when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison bans international cruise ships from arriving in the nation’s ports for 30 days and introduces a series of social removal measures.

Even travelers to Australia from abroad must now self-isolate for two weeks.

Morrison said the measures are part of the “targeted action phase”.

“To help keep up with this curve. We will impose a mandatory universal self-isolation obligation on all international arrivals in Australia starting at midnight tonight, “he said on Sunday.

“The Australian government will prohibit cruise ships from foreign ports from arriving at Australian ports after the first 30 days and which will continue on an ongoing basis.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly. Image: Joel Carrett
media_cameraPrime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly. Image: Joel Carrett

“The national cabinet also approved the HPCC board to introduce additional social removal measures.”

Mass meetings of over 500 people will be banned, while previously the government had only recommended that they would not take place.

This will happen on Monday, but does not apply to schools, workplaces, universities, supermarkets or public transport.

We also recommend rigorous social removal measures to all, such as being 1.5 m away from people, not shaking hands and limiting close interactions.

Schools and universities will remain open for the time being, as this is one of the key issues that the new national cabinet will consider when it meets Tuesday evening.

The cabinet will also consider changes to the aged care visit, the problems remote communities face to further limit meetings.

Morrison said the government is planning that coronavirus will impact the country for six months and that slowing down the transmission speed is a top priority.

MORE ON CORONAVIRUS

Because school closings may not block the virus

Should I still go on vacation in a coronavirus pandemic?

“Second wave” fears the virus which causes new delays in the import

“By slowing down the spread, the bed is freed,” Morrison said.

“This is what happens when you do it well.”

Morrison echoed a comment that Australian chief medical officer Brendan Murphy told the media last Sunday.

He said Australians who have not recently returned from abroad or have been in contact with a coronavirus case can still shake hands, go on public transportation or visit the cinema. However, the board is likely to change.

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy added that health officials do not suggest that people should stop using public transportation at the moment.

Sunday’s meeting came when the number of virus cases rose to over 300 in Australia, with the death toll remaining at three.

More than 150,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 worldwide, with over 5600 deaths.

POSITIVE CREW QANTAS MEMBER TEST FOR VIRUS

Health authorities are trying to contact passengers who were on a flight from the UK with a Qantas flight attendant who has tested positive for coronavirus.

A Qantas International crew member is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 after returning from abroad.

The crew member recently flew from the UK to Australia as a passenger and asked for medical attention after experiencing mild symptoms.

Qantas said in a statement that Sunday’s health authorities will contact those seats in the immediate vicinity of the flight, as was the standard procedure for all confirmed Coronavirus notifications.

Qantas stated that the team member was not symptomatic when operating as a crew on any Qantas flight.

The announcement comes when the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Queensland rises to 61, a public health emergency has been reported in South Australia and six campus locations on the University of Sydney are being cleaned intensively after a student is coronavirus has been diagnosed.

NSW Health and the university released a joint statement on Sunday confirming that he was in the hospital “recovering and doing well” after feeling bad and tested positively for COVID-19 at the weekend.

“NSW Health and the University of Sydney identified around 80 people who were in close contact with the student while on campus, who were asked to self-isolate for 14 days,” the note says.

“Staff and students are asked to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms which include fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath and telephone in front of their family doctor.”

In the past 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases in New South Wales has increased by 22, bringing the total number of infected people in the state to 134.

On Sunday, the SA total increased by one to 20 confirmed cases; Victoria rose from 8 to 58, with eight recovering, and Tasmania suspended all cruise ship visits to its ports after the island state registered its sixth coronavirus case.

In WA, there have been 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 5424 negative tests and one death from the virus.

Thousands of Australians to work from home

Thousands of Australians will be invited to work from home for the first time this week in what is likely to be the largest test on the national broadband network so far.

But telecommunications experts warn that some workers would be much better off than others and urged NBN Co and Government to “press the switch” at higher speeds for all users during the coronavirus crisis.

Several companies in Australia, including Telstra, Dropbox and Twitter, will not only offer the opportunity to work from home, but will give it to all employees who can work off-site this week.

On Sunday there was news that the online portal of Deakin University in Melbourne was down due to the influx of users.

Telstra spokesman Alex Badenoch said the move, which will affect more than 20,000 staff members, was taken as a precaution rather than a reaction to a COVID-19 infection.

A usually crowded Sydney harbor is now quiet and without tourists. Image: David Swift
media_cameraA usually crowded Sydney harbor is now quiet and without tourists. Image: David Swift

“This unprecedented situation requires decisive action and it is important that we are flexible and ready to adapt to this changing situation,” he said.

“Moving on with things now means that we will be ready if the problem escalates quickly.”

Dr Kathryn Snow, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne, praised initiatives to temporarily change the workforce, stating that “these types of social exclusion measures” have helped to contain infections in other countries.

But veteran telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has warned that he has so many people working from home, participating in video conferencing and watching life flows would put “further stress” on NBN in what could be his biggest test.

He predicted that users of NBN fiber optics would be fine, but those who use fixed HFC, copper, satellite and wireless NBN connections may suffer from lower speeds due to congestion and downtime.

“Some parts of the network will be better than others,” he said.

“People who have been connected to the NBN and have not encountered any problems will have the best chance of maintaining a good quality service.

Empty seats during Round 6 AFLW match between Western Bulldogs and Fremantle Dockers at Whitten Oval in Melbourne. Image: Natasha Morello
media_cameraEmpty seats during Round 6 AFLW match between Western Bulldogs and Fremantle Dockers at Whitten Oval in Melbourne. Image: Natasha Morello

“Those who fought on fiber optic networks could see things get worse if there are significant increases in traffic in their area.”

Budde said that the flood of new remote workers would also highlight problems with the NBN’s pricing structure, where connections were artificially slowed down according to how much users were willing to pay, and called on the Morrison government and NBN Co to provide higher speeds for the duration of the health emergency.

“In a crisis like this, all services should be available at least 50 megabits per second,” he said.

“They can do it with the touch of a switch.

“They can make the network cheaper during a crisis situation that could last two or three months. This would also give us an even better test of the network.”

A woman arriving in Brisbane International Airport, wearing a mask. Picture: Attila Csaszar
media_cameraA woman arriving in Brisbane International Airport, wearing a mask. Picture: Attila Csaszar

Professor Reg Coutts, president of the telecommunications agency TelSoc, said that this week’s NBN test, as well as new requests for teleassistance during the coronavirus pandemic, should highlight the need to plan infrastructure updates.

“Eventually, the NBN’s obsolete technology will have to be replaced right through the network,” he said.

“Given the needs of the medical profession right now, it would make sense for the government to assign NBN Co to make doctors, health centers and hospitals its top priority for a technological upgrade.”

Budde also warned that having so many office workers and students working from home for the first time could also uncover unexpected problems for businesses and universities.

“There will be no time for proper evaluation, training and improvement,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see what the fallout of many misadventures will be once the virus retreats.”

EUROPEAN ACTION TO STOP CORONAVIRUS

Spain has been blocked, France has joined some parts of Germany in the closure of restaurants, cafes and cinemas and Norway has closed its airports.

Europe has taken unprecedented measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus after it has become the epicenter of the pandemic.

The United States extended the ban on travel to Europe to include the United Kingdom and Ireland, and France began wiping out business closings across the county on Sunday.

Northern Ireland was considering closing schools for 16 weeks, while Britain was slammed for herd immunity plan – effectively hoping that 60% of the population will get the virus to prevent it from returning to school. British winter.

An empty parking lot in a commercial area of ​​San Sebastian de los Reyes on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Picture: Bernat Armangue
media_cameraAn empty parking lot in a commercial area of ​​San Sebastian de los Reyes on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Picture: Bernat Armangue

But the Italians who were forced to be locked up for a week have become creative with ways to entertain themselves, with bursts of dance parties on the balcony and phone calls on the roof.

However, the country’s hospitals are in crisis, with only 20 ICU beds in the region of Lombardy, hit hard, according to the newspaper La Repubblica, and the death toll rose from 175 to 1441 on Sunday.

The 60 million people in Italy are actually forced home until at least April, while the country frantically tries to slow down its devastating spread of the coronavirus.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the closure of restaurants, cafés and non-essential activities on Sunday from 9 AEDT on Sunday, when the country’s death toll hit 91 out of 4500 cases.

A woman selling disinfectant gel as a preventive measure in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, in Guatemala City. Picture: Johan Ordonez / AFP
media_cameraA woman selling disinfectant gel as a preventive measure in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, in Guatemala City. Picture: Johan Ordonez / AFP

“I decided to close all the non-essential locations, in particular cafes, restaurants, cinemas, discos and shops. We must absolutely limit our movements, “he said.

Meanwhile, Syria, which has had no reported cases, has postponed elections in the war-torn country.

Spain will follow Italy’s example, blocking the whole country from 22:00 AEDT on Sunday for 15 days as the country’s confirmed cases exceed 10,000, with 193 people dead.

Some flights from the UK to Spain were shot in mid-air as non-essential travel was strongly discouraged.

Qatar and Dubai were planning to stop issuing visas, while Jordan canceled all international flights.

MORE ON CORONAVIRUS

How TAFE helps students spread the virus

Because school closings may not block the virus

“30-day germ-free” childcare as discussions about arrest emerge

Norway has announced that it will close its airports from 22:00 AEDT on Sunday, while Greece has closed schools and shops and has banned all flights from Italy until 23 March.

Berlin and Cologne have closed bars, shops and restaurants, with each regional area in Germany responsible for making decisions about its restrictions.

The Italians’ videos show the residents all standing on their balconies and celebrating together.

In a viral video of Naples in southern Italy, a man is seen walking through his neighborhood, showing dozens of people dancing on the roofs and balconies to a DJ who turns “I can’t take my eyes off” from his balcony.

Just above the DJ, an old man still in his dressing gown played along with his guitar.

Despite being blocked inside, the neighborhoods come alive while the Italians are forced to stay inside, choosing instead to use their balconies as places to socialize.

In another video from Rome, dozens of people are standing on the balcony and applauding for the work that resonates through the neighborhood.

“I have lived in this neighborhood for 1.5 years, this is the liveliest I have ever seen on this street,” said Yemi Adeyeye.

Doctors and nurses were also praised with Italians across the country who gave their standing ovations to everyone who walked around.

Italy introduced further repressions this week, including the closure of all stores except supermarkets and pharmacies.

There have been long lines for supermarkets, with customers allowed to enter only one at a time.

The UK has seen another huge jump in its coronavirus cases to 1,140 people. Ten more people died in 24 hours, bringing the UK death toll to 21.

The government’s chief medical adviser said the patients were all in “risk” groups across England.

The UK continues to be slammed for its response to the coronavirus while other countries in Europe are closing schools and universities in an attempt to slow down the spread.

In an open letter sent to the British government, a group of 198 academics in mathematics and science called for a greater response to the coronavirus.

“At this point, looking for” herd immunity “doesn’t seem like a viable option, as this will put the national health service at an even higher level of stress, risking many more lives than necessary,” reads the letter.

.

Iran’s death toll records its biggest single-day peak

Iran recorded its biggest one-day jump in the coronavirus death toll while disturbing images show officials at a cabinet meeting wearing masks.

Iranian Ministry of Health spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Wednesday that coronavirus killed 63 more people, bringing the total death toll to 354 among more than 9,000 cases in the Islamic Republic.

“Based on the new laboratory results, we identified 958 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 infection in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 9,000,” he said.

“Unfortunately in the past 24 hours, we have had reports of 63 deaths and a total of 354 have lost their lives” for the virus, he added.

MORE: Follow the latest coronavirus news here

OTHER: What will life be like in the virus block

The jump is the highest toll in a day since the country began announcing deaths, and remains one of the hardest hit places outside of China.

Outside of Iran, only Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon have experienced deaths from the virus in the Middle East.

He also reached the top of the government including Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi who proved positive after appearing on national TV while minimizing the virus.

The capital Tehran had the newest infections with 256 cases. The central province of Isfahan followed with 170, and Semnan, east of Tehran, had 63.

Bushehr, Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad in the southwest have had no new cases.

Iran has yet to officially impose quarantine, but authorities have repeatedly urged people to refrain from traveling.

They closed schools and universities and resorted to closing hotels and other tourist accommodation to discourage travel.

77 POSITIVE FLIGHT TEST

In the Arab nation of the Gulf of Bahrain, authorities say their confirmed cases on Wednesday increased by nearly 70% to 189 confirmed cases.

The new cases were all about a return flight of Bahrain displaced people from Iran. Officials found that 77 on board tested positive for the new coronavirus, compared to 112 already reported in the country off the coast of Saudi Arabia. It pushed Bahrain’s grand total to 189 confirmed cases.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

Iran’s supreme leader said Tuesday that the Islamic Republic would recognize doctors and nurses who had died fighting the new coronavirus as “martyrs”.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s decision comes in a propaganda campaign that is already trying to link the fight against the virus to Iran’s long and bloody war with Iraq in the 1980s.

Saudi Arabia closed air and sea travel to 14 countries affected by the new virus on Monday, while Israel ordered two weeks of domestic quarantine for anyone arriving from abroad.

The outbreak in Israel has been largely contained, but has started to pick up pace in the past few days, with a total of 58 cases diagnosed as of Tuesday. There are 26 confirmed cases in the Palestinian territories.

.

Tourist destinations around the world safe from coronavirus

Holidays around the world have been postponed and canceled as the coronavirus continues to spread globally.

British Airways has canceled all flights to Italy and Qantas has cut 25% of its international flights. In the meantime, other new cases have been reported in Cyprus and Spain as the epidemic continues, The sun relationships.

But there are still a number of destinations that tourists can reach and infectious virus cases have not been reported at the moment.

This may still change on short notice, so it is recommended to be updated with local travel tips, Smartraveller, as countries remain alert. For example, this morning, Turkey listed its first confirmed virus case, which means they have been removed from the map below.

EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS

Most countries in Europe have reported some coronavirus cases, with Turkey having just confirmed its first case of disease.

RELATED: Follow Our Coronavirus Coverage Here

RELATED: How the Blockade of Italy Influenced Vatican City

While Greece has some cases, some of its islands such as Santorini and Mykonos have avoided the virus.

However, many cruise ships have canceled their travels, which could affect the Greek islands, as Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio said The Wall Street newspaper: “If places like Santorini, Mykonos, any of the other islands or Athens are hit, it will be a nightmare.

“The market for the Mediterranean will collapse substantially”.

Italy, Spain and Germany have the highest recorded number of coronaviruses in Europe, with Italy’s numbers now over 10,000.

However, even if a destination has not had coronavirus cases, it is worth taking out travel insurance and checking that they are covered in the event of an epidemic.

This could result in flight cancellations or hotel closures, as well as additional charges for booking new flights.

REST OF THE WORLD

RELATED: What to Do If You Have Booked a Trip to Italy

Holidays farther from Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa, can continue without travel updates, as coronavirus has not spread to these regions, while Bali remains virus-free, although numerous cases have been reported on the mainland of Indonesia.

Laos and Myanmar in Southeast Asia remain unaffected, although caution is advised due to their proximity to countries that report high virus cases such as China and South Korea.

While not facing coronavirus cases, countries are still struggling as tourism collapses.

Other destinations that have cases are also in trouble: Indonesia is planning to spend more than £ 500,000 ($ A990,000) on a tourist trip due to a drop in numbers, while New Zealand’s finance minister has stated that the country is facing “a serious impact” from the virus.

Italy has seen 90% of reservations canceled while the whole country is blocking, while hotel reservations in Thailand are down 10%.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission

.

Flights canceled, flying half empty on the fears of viruses

As a passenger seated on a budget, perhaps on a flight to Los Angeles or en route to London, the chances of landing a seat that turns into a full line lies somewhere between thin to none.

But the industry has entered an unexplored phase that is perhaps not seen since 9/11 when global air travel plummeted and it took years for airlines to fully recover.

As the coronavirus epidemic spreads around the world, passengers continue to wonder whether to travel abroad. It is a wind against the uncertainty that will probably cost the aviation industry tens of billions of dollars globally.

On Friday, Qantas became the last Australian airline to cut down on the once popular routes between the coronavirus epidemic, including flights to Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Earlier in the week, budget airline Jetstar announced that it would suspend flights to Seoul in South Korea at least until July, while Virgin Australia withdrew all routes from Hong Kong.

Being one of the largest industries in the world, the travel industry is more at risk of coronavirus than any other and the sad reality of the industry has never been more evident.

Thursday, images of an almost empty British Airways flight from Milan to London revealed how little the world is traveling. Industry experts say the industry could lose between $ 63 billion ($ A96 billion) and $ 113 billion ($ A171 billion) this year in global airline revenue alone.

The flight is not alone, with social media full of photos of planes sitting near empty moments before take-off.

“Don’t think you’ve ever been in such an empty one before,” tweeted a person from his empty row.

“I’ve been on light flights before but never so empty,” added another.

“There are an incredible number of empty seats on my return flight from Charlotte,” said another.

Coronavirus has shaken supply chains, caused shortages of toilet paper and thrown stocks into a dip. The sharp drop in airline passengers and the growing number of flight cancellations indicate that the travel sector’s contribution to the global economy will be hit hard.

“There are drastically fewer people flying this week than last week,” said Nicholas E. Calio, CEO of Airlines for America New York Times.

“Flights are shot down because people don’t get on airplanes.”

“HAS A FEEL OF 9/11”

According to experts, the fallout from the coronavirus epidemic could be the industry’s worst crisis since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

“At the end of last week, we started to experience very sharp drops,” said Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, on CNBC.

“9/11 was not an economic problem for travel. It was more scary, frankly, and I think that’s really what came out this time … It has a 9/11 feeling. Hopefully we have this behind of us very quickly. “

In an interview with CNN, Global Business Travel Association executive director Scott Solombrino said that confidence began to improve over time after the 9/11 attacks. But coronavirus posed a different problem in that concern about where and when to travel grew every day in line with new outbreak news around the world. In essence, the number of people who simply want to stay out of planes represents an unexplored threat to the industry.

“It is fundamentally influencing the way many companies are doing business,” said Solombrino.

“If this turns into a global pandemic, the industry could lose billions of dollars, an impact that will have negative consequences for the entire global economy.”

The troubled British airline Flybe collapsed on Thursday due to the sinking demand.

German Lufthansa and its affiliates Austrian Airlines and Swiss said they would cancel all flights to and from Israel for three weeks starting on Sunday after Israeli authorities announced severe restrictions on travelers from different countries due to the new virus. .

Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based airline, said travel concerns had become so widespread that they were taking about 120 planes out of the sky at any one time. In further cost-cutting measures, Cathay said 75% of staff, or 25,000 group employees, would take unpaid leave due to the lack of booked flights.

In the United States, Southwest Airlines reduced its quarterly revenue expectations by $ 200 million ($ 300 million) to $ 300 million ($ 454 million).

The national carrier Finnair is laying off all staff based in Finland from two weeks to a month due to the economic impact of the epidemic.

But airlines across Europe face a bigger problem, which could force more “ghost” flights than we’ve ever seen before.

EUROPEAN AIRLINES FORCED TO RUN “GHOST FLIGHTS”

Some British airlines claim to have been forced to operate empty ghost flights regardless of the outbreak of the coronavirus or risk losing the airport’s landing areas, The Times relationships.

Carriers fly on some passenger-free jets due to the controversial “use or lose” rules governing space at European airports.

Earlier this week, Airlines UK, which represents the carriers, called for British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to speak. The body wants the rule to be pushed aside until at least after the summer season, when it is hoped that the collapse in the number of passengers driven by the coronavirus will be overcome.

Operating empty flights unnecessarily burns thousands of tons of jet fuel, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and damaging airline finances at a time when they are already under heavy pressure.

Under European Union law, airlines must operate 80% of their assigned airport areas under normal circumstances or risk losing them to a competitor, the so-called 80/20 rule. It still applies to the UK under the Brexit transition agreement.

On the same day, Turkish Airlines flight TK55 flew from Singapore to Istanbul completely without passengers.

However, it was not due to the absence of ticket holders. Rather, it was because a passenger on the flight from Istanbul tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, the decision was taken not to operate the flight as scheduled and to make the route only with the pilots and 11 crew members on board.

.

The Chinese student spent $ 20,000 to avoid the travel ban

A Chinese student says she spent nearly $ 20,000 to get around the ban on traveling to Australia for coronaviruses and get to her classes on time.

Karen Ji, who is studying law and commerce at the University of Sydney, was one of thousands of Chinese students forced to decide between losing the start of the semester or traveling to a third country when the government’s travel ban was announced last month.

RELATED: Follow Coronavirus Updates

In an interview with the BBC, Ji said he spent 16 days in quarantine in Thailand with his mother before entering Australia, booking “five cheap and even first class tickets to fly to Sydney”.

“I couldn’t believe it and I was panicking,” he said.

“International students, we are very angry about this. We believe it is a betrayal for our international students. “

Ms. Ji said she purchased “such an expensive return ticket”.

“But the flight was canceled, so I felt very angry and panicked,” he said.

“So we decided to fly to a third country to return to Australia. I still feel very tired because it took me so many days and it cost me so much to come back. “

There are approximately 260,000 Chinese students enrolled in Australia, the vast majority of whom attend universities, accounting for approximately $ 12 billion a year in revenue.

If students stuck in China are unable to return to Australia by the university census date, they will lose around $ 1.2 billion.

Some including the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide and Western Sydney University have offered scholarships of up to $ 7,500 to interested students to circumvent the travel ban.

“Chinese international students make up the largest international (Australian) education group – we contribute so much money to Australia every year,” Ji told the BBC.

“I know that some Australian citizens will probably appreciate this travel ban, it is good for them for their safety. So I think it’s very difficult to judge the travel ban right now. “

He added: “I am so happy that I can enter Australia to continue my education.”

It comes after the vacation shots showed international students that they should “self-quarantine” themselves in a third country while waiting for the travel ban to party and dine in exotic locations.

Social media posts viewed by The Australian showed a student tied up in Sydney on a beach in Thailand with four friends, another young woman shopping in a Bangkok mall and Chinese students mingling with the locals in Dubai.

He highlighted the loophole in the government’s travel ban after a Chinese student from the University of Queensland tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after spending 14 days in Dubai, where health officials suspect he interacted with other students. .

More than 11,000 Chinese university and high school students have already returned to Australia after serving the quarantine, but many others remain in limbo.

Australia now has over 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus, most recently the son of a woman who first came because of the disease after returning to southern Australia from Iran.

Two people died in Australia: a 95-year-old woman in a New South Wales nursing home and a 78-year-old West Australian who had been evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison today extended the travel ban to Australia to people arriving from China and Iran to include those from South Korea when the coronavirus epidemic is out of control.

Globally there have been more than 95,000 confirmed cases and 3200 reported deaths, mainly in the Chinese province of Hubei where the epidemic began.

frank.chung@news.com.au

.

Italy closes schools after confirming 148 deaths

The global march of the new virus has sparked a strong appeal from the World Health Organization for governments to pull out “all the stops” to slow the epidemic, while it has dried up the color of India’s spring holidays, has closed the Church of the Nativity of Bethlehem and prevented Italians from visiting elderly relatives in nursing homes.

While China, after many difficult weeks, seemed to be winning its epic and costly battle against the new virus, the struggle was spreading to the newly affected areas of the world, sparking disruptions that profoundly affected billions of people.

READ MORE: Follow the latest coronavirus updates

RELATED: “Containment is Unlikely,” says NSW Health Minister

The United Nations health agency has urged all countries to “repel this virus”, a call for action reinforced by figures showing that there are now about 17 times more new infections outside of China than in it. To date, the virus has infected about 97,000 people and killed over 3,300.

“This is not a drill. This is not the time to give up. This is not an apology. This is the time to pull out all the stops,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a daily briefing. in Geneva.

“Countries have been planning scenarios like this for decades. Now is the time to act on those plans. “As Chinese manufacturers gradually reopened their factories, anti-virus barriers rose elsewhere.

In Italy, the epicenter of the European epidemic, workers in latex gloves have stuck “closed” notices on school gates, imposing a 10-day shutdown of the education system. Even fans crazy for sports in Italy are excluded from the stadiums until April 3.

A government decree that came into effect on Thursday urged the demonstrative citizens of the country to stay at least 1 meter apart, placed restrictions on visiting nursing homes and urged the elderly not to leave unless in case of absolute necessity.

This directive seemed to be largely ignored, as school closings at national level left many Italian children in the care of their grandparents. The parks of Rome overflowed with young and old, underestimating the government’s efforts to protect Italian elderly people from the virus that affects the elderly more severely than others. Italy has the oldest population in the world after Japan. The death toll in Italy rose to 148, and cases confirmed to 3858.

Lorenzo Romano, preparing lunch for his grandchildren, saw a positive side. “Overall, it makes me happy, because then I have them around me more,” he said.

Iran, which experienced 107 virus deaths, also closed schools and universities. Now it has introduced checkpoints to limit travel between major cities.

The Iranians have been urged to cut back on their use of paper money. In a series of bad news, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged state television to offer “happier” programs to entertain those stranded at home. “I urge all artists, scientists, psychologists and anyone who can make people smile, enter social media,” he said.

Brian Hook, United States Special Representative for Iran, said the United States offered humanitarian assistance to help Iran manage its outbreak, but “the regime has rejected the offer.” He said the offer would remain valid.

Fears of viruses have also influenced the joyful Indian celebration of Holi, where Hindu revelers celebrate the arrival of spring with explosions of color, including bright powders smeared on the faces. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders said they would not attend Holi events and the Holi Moo Festival in New Delhi was canceled.

In the United States, where 11 died of the virus, hundreds of people have been placed in auto-quarantine due to cases in a suburb of New York.

A school district north of Seattle with 22,000 students has announced that it will close for up to two weeks due to worries about the coronavirus.

Financial markets have remained volatile as investors continue to weigh the scale of the epidemic on the global economy.

The US stock market fell early on Thursday. Analysts say that more yo-yo shifts in global markets are likely as long as the number of new infections continues to accelerate.

The OPEC oil cartel has called for a deep cut in production to prevent crude oil prices from falling further as the global business disruption due to coronavirus reduces demand for air travel and industry.

Oil ministers from the 14 OPEC countries decided at a meeting Thursday to push for a cut of 1.5 million barrels per day, equivalent to about 1.5 percent of the total world supply.

Across the world, travelers have faced increasing disruptions as countries have tried to keep the virus out.

But South Africa confirmed its first case on Thursday, becoming the seventh African nation to report infections.

Great Britain and Switzerland reported their first coronavirus deaths.

“The virus does not care about race, beliefs or color. It is attacking us all equally,” said Ian MacKay, who studies viruses at the University of Queensland in Australia.

The outlook for the travel industry was increasingly gloomy. The International Air Transport Association said the outbreak could cost airlines $ 113 billion in lost revenue. Troubled British airline Flybe collapsed Thursday due to sinking demand.

Australia has banned travelers from South Korea who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, following similar bans on China and Iran. Indonesia has announced restrictions on travelers from parts of Iran, Italy and South Korea after previously banning the entry of people from China.

The United Arab Emirates have warned its people not to travel abroad.

Germany’s Lufthansa and its affiliates Austrian Airlines and Swiss have said they will cancel all flights to and from Israel for three weeks starting Sunday after the Israeli authorities announced severe restrictions on travelers from different countries due to the new virus.

Palestinian officials closed the Church of the Nativity indefinitely in the biblical city of Bethlehem weeks before the upcoming Easter holiday. Japan said that visitors from China and South Korea will face a two-week quarantine in a government facility and be excluded from public transportation. Sri Lankans arriving from Italy, South Korea and Iran will be quarantined in a hospital once used for leprosy patients.

In South Korea, with the highest number of infections outside of China, mask exports will be banned starting on Friday and people will be limited to purchasing two masks per week.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to express his condolences for the health crisis.

In China, where hospitals were releasing hundreds of recovered patients, officials reported 139 new cases of infection and 31 more deaths. Overall, China reported 80,409 cases and 3,012 deaths, and authorities say around 6,000 people were hospitalized in serious conditions.

A state visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping has been postponed. It would have been the first for a Chinese leader since 2008.

.

EPL, Manchester United, Paul Pogba, injury, return date, Bruno Fernandes, transfers, table, results, calendar

Paul Pogba will make his long-awaited return to Manchester United in training this week, according to reports.

The 26-year-old World Cup winner has been knocked out by Boxing Day with an ankle injury and has only played eight times so far this season.

But now ESPN says that Pogba – who was seen again in Carrington with teammates Odion Ighalo and Eric Bailly – will be put back in his place with the rest of the team after receiving the OK from the doctors.

Pogba is said to have a 50-50 chance of returning in time for Sunday’s match against Pep Guardiola’s team at Old Trafford.

Round 29

Watch LIVE coverage of La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and EFL Championship with beIN SPORTS on KAYO. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial and start streaming right away>

Everton denied the shocked victory

Everton denied the shocked victory

half past one

He worked hard behind the scenes to get back in shape before the end of the season, suffering solo punishment in Dubai.

And while he hopes to be available for the derby, the trip to Tottenham is believed to be the most likely target the following week.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not expected to risk Pogba in the midweek Europa League clash against LASK on March 12th.

And with the emergence of the new Bruno Fernandes signature, it seems that Solskjaer has the luxury of letting Pogba heal completely rather than rushing him back.

However, ESPN adds that the Frenchman is looking forward to “developing a partnership” with a £ 55 million summer purchase.

Fernandes has been a breath of fresh air for United since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon.

He scored three goals – including a 1-1 draw against Everton on Sunday – and three assists.

READ MORE:

LIVERPOOL COULD HAVE HAD THE BIGGEST SEASON EVER. IT WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH NOW

THREE CLUB PL TO REMOVE AUSTRALIA GAMES BETWEEN CHAOS CORONAVIRUS

EX-LIVERPOOL STAR LEFT “WASTED” AFTER THE WORLD SOCCER BAN

SPENDING LARGE EUROS GIANTS WHICH MUSCLE ON THE MOVEMENT OF THE MANIFEST MANIA: RUMOR MILL

Bruno Fernandes changed the mood around Manchester United.
Bruno Fernandes changed the mood around Manchester United.Source: Getty Images

One who may doubt their ability to work together is Paul Scholes.

The legend of Old Trafford wondered if Pog’s return would even benefit the team.

He said: “The fact that no one has mentioned Pogba’s return to the team in the past few weeks speaks of the volumes of what Fernandes has brought to the team.

“He probably brought to the table what Pogba hasn’t done in the past two years. Fernandes was given freedom and it worked.

“Pogba is a great player but he doesn’t seem to be here next season. I just think United should continue as they are.

“I think it would be difficult for Pogba to join this team at the moment.”

This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.

.

When did the epidemic start?

The deadly coronavirus epidemic that infected people in over 60 countries and killed 3,000 was identified in Chinese labs weeks before the rest of the world discovered it.

An investigation by Caixin He found that results from tests conducted by several labs in December suggested that a new virus outbreak occurred, but weeks have passed before a response was made to save lives.

It shows that a genomics company had sequenced most of the virus on December 27 from fluid samples from the lung of a 65-year-old delivery man who worked in the fish market where many of the first cases had emerged – and had a worrying resemblance to the deadly SARS virus.

The highly contagious SARS virus killed nearly 800 people between 2002 and 2003.

However, it took two weeks for China to share the virus genome sequence with the world. Chinese authorities took more than three weeks to publicly confirm that the virus was spreading among people.

Just two days later, on January 22, Wuhan, an 11 million city, was put into a state of blockade.

Today, almost six weeks after the surgery, the city remains in quarantine.

Overnight, Chinese authorities reported 202 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection on Sunday, the country’s National Health Commission said, sharply down from 573 the day before.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 80,026.

The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China reached 2912 at the end of Sunday, an increase of 42 over the previous day.

The central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the epidemic, represented all 42 new deaths, while 32 people died in the capital Wuhan.

However, the virus is spreading faster worldwide. Thirty-three nations have reported cases in the past nine days.

New fronts of the crisis opened quickly over the weekend, deepening the sense of crisis that has already plunged the financial markets, emptied the streets in many cities of tourists and workers and rewritten the daily routines of millions of people.

RELATED: The First Australian Dies of Virus

RELATED: Follow the Latest Coronavirus Update

More than 87,000 worldwide have been infected, with the virus appearing on all continents except Antarctica.

Australia and Thailand reported their first deaths on Sunday, while the Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic recorded their first infections.

Italian authorities have announced that the number of infected people in the country has risen by 50% to 1694 in 24 hours and five other people have died, bringing the death toll to 34.

Iran, Iraq and South Korea have also seen an increase in the number of infections. Cases in the United States rose to at least 72, with the first death recorded in the United States on Saturday – a man in his fifties in Washington state who had underlying health problems but had not traveled to any affected area.

Panic buying of daily needs emerged in Japan, where professional baseball teams played spring training games in deserted stadiums. Tourist sites in Asia, Europe and the Middle East were deserted.

The holiest sites in Islam have been closed to foreign pilgrims. And governments have closed schools and banned large rallies.

In France, the archbishop of Paris told parish priests to put the communion bread in the hands of the faithful, not in the mouth. French officials advised people to give up the usual kisses on the cheek after greeting others.

And the Louvre closed after the workers supervising the Mona Lisa and the rest of his priceless works of art expressed fear of being contaminated by the flow of visitors from all over the world.

Last year the Louvre, the most famous museum in the world, attracted 9.6 million visitors, of which almost three quarters from abroad.

The staff of the Louvre was also worried about the Italian museum operators who came to the museum to collect works by Leonardo da Vinci that had been loaned for an important exhibition.

“We are very concerned because we have visitors from all over,” said Andre Sacristin, an employee of the Louvre and union representative. “The risk is very, very, very big.” While there are no known infections among the museum’s 2,300 workers, “it’s just a matter of time,” he said.

The arrest followed the government’s decision to ban indoor public meetings of over 5000 people.

Frustrated visitors included Charles Lim from Singapore. He and his wife Jeanette chose Paris to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and purchased tickets in advance for the Louvre.

“We waited about three hours before giving up,” he said. “It was incredibly disappointing.”

.

Countries where the virus has been confirmed

Coronavirus is crossing borders, with at least 45 countries that have now confirmed at least one case of infection.

Equity markets around the world have been rescued and countries are scrambling to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, implementing contingency plans and travel restrictions on the hardest hit places.

“The sudden increases in cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea are deeply worrying,” said director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday.

The viral epidemic that started in China two months ago has infected over 80,000 people worldwide and killed over 2,700.

RELATED: Follow the latest coronavirus updates

Bruce Aylward, the leader of a joint WHO-China expert mission, warned countries that they needed to do more to prepare for coronavirus cases.

“He thinks the virus will show up tomorrow. If you don’t think so, you won’t be ready,” he said.

“This is a rapidly expanding epidemic in several places that we need to tackle super fast to prevent a pandemic.”

CHINA

Confirmed cases: 80025

dead: 2912

The outbreak is believed to have peaked in China between 23 January and 2 February.

Most cases in other countries around the world have involved people who have traveled from China, where the epidemic originated in the city of Wuhan.

While more than 2,500 people died from the disease in China, WHO concluded on February 24 that measures imposed by the Chinese government – sealing cities, closing businesses and schools and ordering people to stay indoors – may have saved hundreds of thousands of people with infection.

“There is no doubt that China’s courageous approach to the rapid spread of this new respiratory pathogen has changed the course of what was a rapid escalation and continues to be a deadly epidemic,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, who led the WHO delegation.

However, there are doubts that when people start returning to work in China, the virus may reappear.

SOUTH KOREA

Confirmed cases: 4212

dead: 18

South Korea is struggling to cope with the growing coronavirus crisis as the number of confirmed cases continues to increase.

Within a week, confirmed cases went from a few dozen to more than 900, with the marginal Christian group Shincheonji Church identified by the authorities as the heart of the country’s epidemic.

Jung Eun-kyeong, director of the South Korean Center for Disease Control, suggested that “there is a possibility that the characteristics of many people sitting nearby in a very limited space and holding the service for more than an hour” would lead to “some who have been exposed infecting other infected”.

ITALY

Confirmed cases: 1694

dead: 34

In Europe, Italy is the most affected country, with the number of reported cases increasing by 45% in one day on February 26th.

Schools, museums and theaters in the two regions where the clusters were formed have been closed and troops are imposing quarantines in about 10 cities in Lombardy and the epicenter of the Venetian cluster, Vo’Euganeo.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte acknowledged that the increase in cases was “worrying”, but he confided that “with the measures we have put in place there will be a containing effect in the coming days”.

I CAME ACROSS

Confirmed cases: 978

dead: 54

Despite officially announcing the total number of coronavirus-infected and dead, the count of confirmed cases in Iran is believed by some to be much higher.

The country’s deputy health minister proved positive for the virus earlier this week, just hours after he appeared pale and sweaty at a TV press conference minimizing the crisis.

A parliamentarian from the Tehran capital, Mahmoud Sadeghi, also said he tested positive for the virus and, according to Reuters, tweeted that he “had little hope of continuing life in this world”.

Officials urged people to stay indoors, although there is no mandatory quarantine.

JAPAN

Confirmed cases: 961

dead: 12

It is speculated whether the 2020 Olympic Games, which will begin on July 24 in Tokyo, will be canceled due to the coronavirus.

While the organizers, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have all insisted that cancellation is not taken into account, one of the older members of the IOC said that the future of the Tokyo Games is largely out of the hands of the IOC and depends on the course of the virus it takes.

Dick Pound, the longest serving member of the committee, estimates there is a window of three, perhaps even two, months to decide the fate of the games, which means that a decision could be postponed until the end of May.

FRANCE

Confirmed cases: 130

dead: 2

GERMANY

Confirmed cases: 130

SINGAPORE

Confirmed cases: 106

HONG KONG

Confirmed cases: 98

dead: 2

SPAIN

Confirmed cases: 84

UNITED STATES

Confirmed cases: 74

dead: 2

A man in Washington became the first American to die of coronavirus.

Although President Donald Trump claims that the coronavirus situation was “very well controlled in our country”, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned the American public to prepare for an outbreak of the disease.

“We expect that we will see the spread of the community in this country,” said Nancy Messonnier of the CDC.

“It’s not so much about knowing if this will happen anymore, but the most correct question to ask is:” When will it happen and how many people in this country will have a serious illness? “”

BAHRAIN

Confirmed cases: 47

KUWAIT

Confirmed cases: 45

THAILAND

Confirmed cases: 42

dead: 1

TAIWAN

Confirmed cases: 40

dead: 1

UK

Confirmed cases: 36

MALAYSIA

Confirmed cases: 29

AUSTRALIA

Confirmed cases: 29

dead: 1

Australia had its first coronavirus death. James Kwan, a 78-year-old retired travel agent from Perth, was diagnosed with the virus after boarding the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Premier WA Mc Mcowow said that Mr. Kwan spent his last moments alone because he was in quarantine.

“It would have been terrible, they couldn’t come in and touch him or hold him by the hand, it would have been so tragically sad,” said McGowan about Mr. Kwan’s family.

“You don’t want to leave this world without someone holding your hand.”

Kwan’s death comes after the Australian government activated his emergency response plan for global pandemics, entitled “The COVID-19 plan.”

“The new coronavirus outbreak poses a significant risk to Australia,” says the document. “It has the potential to cause high levels of morbidity and mortality and to upset our community socially and economically.”

SWITZERLAND

Confirmed cases: 27

CANADA

Confirmed cases: 23

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Confirmed cases: 21

IRAQ

Confirmed cases: 19

NORWAY

Confirmed cases: 19

VIETNAM

Confirmed cases: 16

SWEDEN

Confirmed cases: 14

AUSTRIA

Confirmed cases: 14

MACAU

Confirmed cases: 10

HOLLAND

Confirmed cases: 10

LEBANON

Confirmed cases: 10

ISRAEL

Confirmed cases: 10

SAN MARINO

Confirmed cases: 8

GREECE

Confirmed cases: 7

CROATIA

Confirmed cases: 7

FINLAND

Confirmed cases: 6

OMAN

Confirmed cases: 6

ECUADOR

Confirmed cases: 6

MEXICO

Confirmed cases: 5

PAKISTAN

Confirmed cases: 4

DENMARK

Confirmed cases: 4

PHILIPPINES

Confirmed cases: 3

dead: 1

ALGERIA

Confirmed cases: 3

INDIA

Confirmed cases: 3

GEORGIA

Confirmed cases: 3

ROMANIA

Confirmed cases: 3

AZERBAIJAN

Confirmed cases: 3

CZECH REPUBLIC

Confirmed cases: 3

ICELAND

Confirmed cases: 3

QATAR

Confirmed cases: 3

BRAZIL

Confirmed cases: 2

BELGIUM

Confirmed cases: 2

RUSSIA

Confirmed cases: 2

EGYPT

Confirmed cases: 2

NEPAL

Confirmed cases: 1

NEW ZELAND

Confirmed cases: 1

AFGHANISTAN

Confirmed cases: 1

NORTH MACEDONIA

Confirmed cases: 1

ESTONIA

Confirmed cases: 1

NIGERIA

Confirmed cases: 1

BELARUS

Confirmed cases: 1

LITHUANIA

Confirmed cases: 1

MONK

Confirmed cases: 1

IRELAND

Confirmed cases: 1

.