Corona virus: The test kits are missing in Australia

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Less than two months after the coronavirus became a public health emergency in Australia, we are dangerously short of the reagent needed to test for the killer virus.

News Corp believes stocks of this reagent in Western Australia and Queensland are under pressure.

While other states like South Australia have around a month’s supply.

Passengers arriving and departing from Sydney International Airport take precautions by putting on various face masks. Picture: Matrix
Media cameraPassengers arriving and departing from Sydney International Airport take precautions by putting on various face masks. Picture: Matrix

The chemical is held by public pathology laboratories, private pathology laboratories, and major scientific organizations such as the CSIRO.

However, News Corp assumes that most of the delivery will come from a single pharmaceutical company – ROCHE.

The chemical is imported to Australia and supplies worldwide are dwindling as the corona virus spreads. It is required by several laboratories.

The countries that make the reagent keep the supplies they have for their own coronavirus tests.

This result has shown again that Australia is dangerous when it comes to the supply of medicines abroad.

Australian chief physician Professor Brendan Murphy said today that the government “has now worked very hard to ensure that we have enough test equipment for this case”.

Australia's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy. Picture: AAP
Media cameraAustralia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy. Picture: AAP

“We are working hard to procure and expand our test capacities,” he said.

“We focus our tests on returning travelers or contacts from people who are

symptomatic.

“We don’t want people with a normal cold to get tested in Australia. We have to keep the tests for those who need them,” said Professor Murphy.

Health officials appealed to people who are unlikely not to submit the coronavirus for testing to get the available tests for those who are most likely to get the virus.

The government only wants people who have recently traveled overseas or who have recently come into contact with a person infected with coronavirus to come up for testing if they have symptoms of a coronavirus, including a sore throat or dry cough.

The President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in South Australia and Chairman of the AMA National Ethics Committee, Dr. Chris Moy said that there were different levels of pandemic planning in the Australian state.

Chris Moy, President of the Australian Medical Association (SA). Picture: Delivered
Media cameraChris Moy, President of the Australian Medical Association (SA). Picture: Delivered

“We need to run tests on suitable people so that we don’t consume them faster,” he said.

Part of the problem was that testing criteria were constantly changing and general practitioners were confused, he said.

There was a rush of tests after Health Minister Greg Hunt said last weekend that everyone who was concerned about having the coronavirus should be tested.

He said it was better to do an over-test than a test, but later Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy changed the advice, saying that only those who had recently traveled or had been exposed to a coronavirus case had a test required.

Press conference with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Health Minister Greg Hunt and Australian Government Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy. Picture: Gary Ramage
Media cameraPress conference with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Health Minister Greg Hunt and Australian Government Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy. Picture: Gary Ramage

Dr. Moy said the test kit situation again underlines why Australia needs a single national disease control center to deal with the outbreak of infectious diseases such as coronavirus.

The need to test kits could subside once the coronavirus infection spreads across the community, he said.

Once this happened, we would no longer try to identify infected people and track their contacts, and focus on treating the sick.

If this happened, we would identify the sickest people by x-raying their lungs to see if they had pneumonia and needed to be hospitalized, he said.

STUDY SAYS GOVERNMENTS HAVE TO TAKE HARDER AND FASTER

A new analysis suggests that governments need to act faster and take even stronger measures to reduce social interaction to fight the coronavirus, far beyond major events closing on Monday.

Countries that act quickly to end social contact can reduce the number of deaths from COVID19 by a factor of 10, Stanford University graduate Tomas Pueyo calculated. And days and hours can make a huge difference.

Mr. Pueyo has studied the epidemiology of the coronavirus using case numbers in Italy, China and Europe.

People wear masks through an airport. Picture: Matrix
Media cameraPeople wear masks through an airport. Picture: Matrix

The actual number of cases of the virus is five times higher than official data suggest, he warns.

“Delaying the action means in two to four weeks when the whole world is at a standstill, when the few precious days of social distancing that have enabled you have saved lives and people no longer criticize you: they will thank you for it that you did the right decision, ”he warns the world‘s leaders.

Part of the problem is that the official number of cases is far below the actual number of cases in the community that he says.

When the Chinese government closed Wuhan, there were only 400 official cases, but in fact there were 2,500 new cases that day that he found.

The medical staff speaks to a patient infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in the central Chinese province of Hubei. Picture: AFP
Media cameraThe medical staff speaks to a patient infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in the central Chinese province of Hubei. Picture: AFP

Two days later, when China closed 15 other cities, the cases decreased in just two days, according to his analysis.

Officially, the number of cases in China continued to rise, but these people were infected in the week before the closure.

He warns Europeans to act too slowly.

“With the number of cases we see today in countries like the United States, Spain, France, Iran, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland, Wuhan has already been banned,” he said.

The difference between fast and slow action can be seen in the different mortality rates between the Chinese province of Hubei and the rest of China, Pueyo says.

“Hubei’s mortality rate is likely to converge to 4.8 percent. For the rest of China, it will likely converge to 0.9 percent. “

“The deaths / total cases in Iran and Italy are both approaching the three to four percent range. I suspect their numbers will be at that number as well,” he said.

Tourists wear face masks when walking near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Picture: EPA
Media cameraTourists wear face masks when walking near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Picture: EPA

Countries that are overwhelmed will have a death rate between three and five percent, he said.

The reason that faster and harder measures are needed to contain the virus was that the world‘s health system will not be able to deal with it.

The United States did not have nearly enough hospital beds or face masks to cope with a complete outbreak of the virus. Australia is already rationing access to the corona virus test and trying to keep it for those who are most likely to suffer from the virus because we do not have enough tests to meet demand. And states are trying to get additional ventilators to keep people with severe forms of the virus alive.

The public has also expressed concerns that Australia has not been tough enough at our borders.

Travelers returning to Australia this week said they had not been contacted by border control officers to provide them with information about the corona virus, nor had their temperatures tested.

ANOTHER CABINET MINISTER TESTED FOR CORONAVIRUS

A second cabinet minister was tested for the deadly coronavirus before being diagnosed with Peter Dutton’s Covid-19.

The Sunday telegraph has confirmed that Treasurer Josh Frydenberg fell ill late last week after attending the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Saudi Arabia in late February.

Mr Frydenberg said he was tested for the virus on Thursday but had received a negative result on Friday morning before his counterpart Peter Dutton returned a positive test. Both ministers attended a cabinet meeting in Sydney on Tuesday where senior ministers approved a stimulus package to avert a recession.

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg speaks to the media during a press conference in the Canberra Parliament building on Monday, March 9, 2020. (AAP Image / Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
Media cameraAustralian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg speaks to the media during a press conference in the Canberra Parliament building on Monday, March 9, 2020. (AAP Image / Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Mr. Frydenberg told the story late on Saturday evening The Sunday telegraph He took antibiotics and rested, but didn’t have to isolate himself.

Labor has questioned why the public was asked to isolate if they were “in close contact” with a coronavirus case as ministers continued to work. On Saturday, chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said “close contact” is defined as “personal contact for at least 15 minutes” or being in the same closed room as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for at least two hours as that person was contagious.

Despite his poor health, Mr. Frydenberg will introduce a new Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit on Sunday to support employment and the economy.

Peter Dutton with members of the Trump administration. Image: AP
Media cameraPeter Dutton with members of the Trump administration. Image: AP

The new unit will be staffed by officials from across the civil service, who will provide corporate groups with up-to-date information on the government’s response to the corona virus.

Mr. Frydenberg said this would enable critical information to be disseminated quickly and effectively throughout the business world. “

IVANKA TRUMP SELF-INSULATED

It came when Ivanka Trump isolated himself after meeting Mr. Dutton.

US President Donald Trump also said he would soon be tested for the deadly virus, but the White House tried to downplay the threat to its oldest members.

Ms. Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr worked from home yesterday and did not plan for 14 days of self-isolation.

Mr Trump said he would be “most likely” tested for coronavirus “fairly soon” after spending time with an adjutant to the Brazilian president last week, who was later confirmed to be concerned.

Mr. Trump ended a tumultuous week with a White House speech that supported Wall Street’s biggest one-day jump since 2008.

He declared the corona virus a national emergency and provided the fight with a potential $ 50 billion ($ 78 billion).

BAZ LUHRMANN GOES INTO SELF-INSULATION

Baz Luhrmann announced that he was isolated after Tom Hanks and his wife were diagnosed with coronavirus on his Queensland film set.

The Australian film director, whose film about Elvis had stalled during pre-production on the Gold Coast, said he was isolated for 10 days.

Hanks and Ms. Rita Wilson got the virus this week.

Luhrmann used social media to thank Queensland Health for their “tremendous support”.

He said he and his family were “healthy and healthy”.

CLOSE APPLE FOR TWO WEEKS

It is because of the Corona virus outbreak that Apple stores around the world will close their doors for two weeks.

The technology giant announced that all retail stores outside of Greater China will be closed by March 27 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he wanted to first recognize Apple’s family in Greater China.

“Although the infection rate has dropped dramatically, we know that the effects of COVID-19 are still felt,” he said.

“To date, all of our stores in Greater China have reopened.”

Mr. Cook went on to say that the best way to minimize the risk of the virus spreading further was to “reduce density and maximize social distance”.

Apple gives office workers worldwide flexible work arrangements with thorough cleaning, health checkups, and temperature testing at office locations.

Retail workers continue to receive payments in line with business and normal procedures by expanding vacation policies and accommodating families affected by COVID-19.

Apple will also donate $ 15 million to treat those affected by the pandemic at local and economic levels.

Apple stores close as the corona virus spreads.
Media cameraApple stores close as the corona virus spreads.

ARDERN’S TOUGHEST LIMITS TO STOP VIRUS

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is taking the toughest border security measures in the world to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after declaring that all international arrivals – including the return of kiwis – will have to isolate themselves for a fortnight while the country seals itself off, to ward off the spread of coronavirus.

Ms. Ardern announced the measure on Saturday after an emergency cabinet meeting.

“We don’t make these decisions lightly,” she said.

“New Zealand will have the most far-reaching and toughest border restrictions of all people in the world.” Ms. Ardern said the measure applies to people, not goods, but is an exception for people who come from the Pacific, a region where the virus is largely free.

Decisions take effect on Sunday from midnight NZDT. New Zealand has only six cases of the disease and none that have been transmitted by the community.

Ms. Ardern also announced that cruise ships will not be able to moor in New Zealand until June.

The decision will be reviewed in 16 days.

To illustrate her point of view, she used a graphic that has gone viral worldwide and explains how we can reduce the spread of the virus.

The graphic titled “Flatten the Curve” explains the need for social distance measures as the confusion about the severity of the virus increases.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shows a graphic during a press conference in Auckland, New Zealand.
Media cameraNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shows a graphic during a press conference in Auckland, New Zealand.

The government had announced the abolition of a national memorial service in honor of the attacks on the Christchurch mosque that occurred on March 15 last year.

The immediate status of the NRL season is associated with new fears after the New Zealand government decided to force all international arrivals to self-quarantine for two weeks from midnight on Sunday (NZT).

The development has caused the Warriors currently competing against Newcastle in NSW to conduct emergency calls with NRL officers on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. (AEDT).

“Cameron George (CEO) says the club is waiting for more details on travel restrictions the government announced just after the coronavirus pandemic,” the Warriors said in a statement on Saturday.

Australia’s one-day international series against New Zealand was also canceled after the New Zealanders had to rush home due to coronavirus precautions.

The New Zealand government announced on Saturday that all arriving passengers would be subject to a 14-day quarantine from midnight Sunday.

“One consequence of this is that we have to bring our team back to New Zealand before the restriction is imposed, which means that they can’t take part in the two remaining Chappell-Hadlee games,” said a New Zealand cricket spokesman.

Australia won the first game on Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground with 71 runs without spectators in the stadium. The second game was scheduled for Sunday, also at SCG, and the third was scheduled for Friday in Hobart.

The teams were scheduled to play three Twenty20s against each other in New Zealand from March 24, but these were also canceled. “NZC believes that both series can be fully reproduced at a later and more appropriate time,” said the spokesman. “NZC understands and supports the government’s position. This is a time of unprecedented risks and dangers, and the personal health and well-being of our players are paramount. “

WE WERE TESTED WHY NOT SCOMO?

A well-known Queensland lawyer, Deb Kilroy, announced that she and her friend were on the same plane as Peter Dutton and had coronavirus testing. She went to Twitter and asked why, unlike others, including the Prime Minister, who aren’t being tested at all, she also needed to be quarantined.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES SUSPENDS OPERATIONS

The country’s largest cruise company has announced it will stop operating Australian-based vessels for at least a month in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carnival Cruise Line announced on Saturday that it would stop operating Australian-based ships by April 13 or earlier.

Two ships currently at sea will continue their voyage before returning to Sydney on schedule.

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