- 15 million Aussies could become infected with viruses within months
- The shock treatment of angry teachers in the fight against school viruses
Billions of dollars will flow to unemployed Australians and companies that are about to collapse as a result of the coronavirus crisis after Parliament passed the government’s stimulus package in a mammoth single
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that more than 1.7 million Australians have access to the government’s coronavirus supplement – a $ 550 surcharge on existing unemployment benefits.
Late Monday, Parliament approved amendments to extend the payment to students for youth allowance and graduation.
Mr Frydenberg said that economic measures were the most important “since the war”.
“We’re facing an enemy who doesn’t have a flag, who doesn’t have a face. It’s an enemy we can’t see, but we know we have to use every weapon in our arsenal to defeat them,” said he.
Mr. Frydenberg said the economic situation had deteriorated “throughout the day” and further measures are likely to be taken in the future.
The billion-dollar Coronavirus Economic Response Package was finally approved at around 11:00 p.m. on Monday evening in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Frydenberg said the economic measures that have been identified as the most significant since the war should build a bridge to recovery on the other side of the virus.
“We know that the economic situation has worsened during the day,” he said in a nightly press conference in the parliament building.
“The Australian people can be sure that their parliament has closed the political gap this evening.
NEW YORK NEW VIRUS EPICENTER
Anxiety rose on Monday (local time) in New York, the American coronavirus epicenter. The streets were incredibly quiet as the week began, and more US states were restricting movements and officials warned that the crisis would worsen.
When the number of deaths in the US from COVID-19 to more than 41,000 reported cases rose to over 550, the Big Apple is at ground zero in the battle against the fast-moving pandemic.
With millions of residents staying at home, all non-essential businesses closed and schools closed, the city that never sleeps lies in bed for a long and unsafe sleep.
For Christian Hofer, his wife and two small children, the hardest part is not knowing how long the unprecedented measures will take.
“It ranges from a range of emotions, from being very nervous about the situation to feeling how absurd it is,” said 42-year-old Wall Street.
New York City is now the focus of the American outbreak, with more than 12,000 confirmed cases and nearly 100 deaths after the outbreak first spread to Washington State.
Since only unnecessary workers like pharmacists, grocers, nurses and doctors went to work on Monday, the rush hour in the city was more like a traffic jam in the afternoon.
New York’s famous yellow taxis were outside, but passengers rarely appeared and the sidewalks were practically empty. Underground, normally packed subway cars rolled along almost empty.
TOKYO OLYMPICS postponed
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been reported to have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound confirmed that the games will take place at a later date, most likely in 2021.
The final details of when the games – scheduled to start on Friday, July 24th – are scheduled to be worked out over the next four weeks, The Sun reports.
Pound told USA Today: “Based on the information the IOC has, a move has been decided.
“The future parameters have not yet been set, but the games will not start on July 24th, as far as I know.
“It will come gradually. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the consequences that result from it that are immense. “
When asked about Pound’s comments, an IOC spokesman said, “Well, as we announced yesterday, we’re considering scenarios.”
The chairman of the Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said on Sunday that he had ruled out canceling the games altogether.
The decision to postpone the Olympic Games comes after strong pressure from competing countries. Australia and Canada are withdrawing from today’s announcement.
British Olympic Association chairman Hugh Robertson said a few hours before Pound’s comments that Team GB would not leave if COVID-19 continued to expand as expected.
He said, “We cannot see how this can happen when things are constituted. I expect we will come to Canada and Australia shortly.”
Coronavirus has completely decimated the entire sports calendar. Euro 2020 will be postponed for a year, the uncertainty about the future of the Premier League and almost every other sport that is affected in any way are completely unsettled.
It is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed.
From 1976 there were boycotts for three successive Olympic games – but the event always went as planned.
GERMAN CASES “SLOW”
Germany’s tough measures against the coronavirus virus have shown signs of slowing the deadly disease.
Europe’s largest economy has taken extreme measures against the virus, closed schools prematurely and banned gatherings of more than two people.
Germany also has a remarkably low death toll, with 118 deaths out of 28,865, or 0.4 percent.
Italy’s death toll has reached 6,077 out of 63,927, or 9.5 percent, due in part to the older population.
In Italy, there were another 601 deaths after the last few days, which was slightly down on the previous day.
New cases have also slowed slightly, but obituaries in Italian newspapers are now 10 full pages due to a cloud of mourning covering the nation.
Spain had 2,206 deaths this morning when it was preparing for a new goal, while the United States rose to third place in the coronavirus ranking with 41,511 cases, now only behind China and Italy.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was scheduled to speak to the nation on Tuesday morning in Australian time, with a hard lock on London inevitable.
The world has now looked for answers in Germany’s answer on how the virus was stopped in its tracks.
Lothar Wieler, head of the German health institute, said: “We see signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening slightly.
“But I won’t be able to finally confirm this trend until Wednesday.”
The world has finally started to wake up to the crisis in Iran, which spans nearly 24,000 cases, but the numbers could be much higher because of concerns over the state-controlled media that hide the full extent of the crisis.
The European Union has pledged $ 37 million to help Iran, but that will be a drop in the bucket – the country’s economy, fueled by US sanctions as a punishment for its nuclear policy was smashed.
“We haven’t been able to provide much humanitarian aid, but there are around € 20 million in the pipeline … which we are likely to deliver in the next few weeks,” said EU foreign policy officer Josep Borrell.
“We also agree to support Iran and Venezuela’s application to the International Monetary Fund for financial support.”
Imran Khan, the former cricketer and Pakistani Prime Minister, has asked US President Donald Trump to ease sanctions against Iran.
“I would like to appeal to President Trump for humanitarian reasons to lift sanctions against Iran until the COVID19 pandemic is over. Iranian people face countless suffering as sanctions paralyze Iran’s efforts to fight COVID19. Humanity must join forces to fight this pandemic, ”he said on Twitter.
However, it was unclear whether a change was imminent as the United States dealt with its own coronavirus crisis.
A further 186 people died in France, with the death toll rising to 860. The total number of cases rose to almost 20,000.
There are more than 2,000 people being treated in the intensive care unit, fearing that the death toll would increase.
US SURGEON GENERAL: “THIS WILL BE BAD”
In the meantime, the US general surgeon Dr. Jerome Adams repeats the frustration of health professionals around the world who are annoyed by images of people who continue to ignore warnings to keep distance from other people.
New York’s COVID-19 cases exploded overnight, and the state now has ten times more victims than anyone else in the United States.
The US is now third behind China and Italy, with most cases worldwide.
When New York increased the number of tests to 16,000 patients a day, Dr. Warned Adams said the state was on the right track to reflect Italy’s devastating experience with coronaviruses.
“I wasn’t expecting to start my week with such a bad message for America, but the numbers will deteriorate this week,” said Dr. Adams.
“Things get worse before they get better.
“Unfortunately we see New York approaching Italy. Why? Because the numbers you see of cases reflect what happened two weeks ago. Too many people wait too long to really take these 15 days to seriously stop the dissemination initiative. “
Governor Andrew Cuomo said there were nearly 21,000 positive cases in New York, an increase of 5,000 since Sunday when he urged US President Donald Trump to unleash full federal support to prevent private companies from receiving medical care Make discounts.
Mr. Cuomo described the breathtaking bidding process behind the scenes between US states to buy up medical resources.
“Deliveries are a constant challenge across the country. Masks, PPE and respirators are the number one precious commodity. We compete with other countries. We have made some progress, we have a full team working on it, we are very aggressive, we speak to other countries around the world, we speak to companies, we have New York manufacturers that are at the top. I compete with other countries, I bid against other countries for prices.
“They have manufacturers sitting there saying California offered $ 4, so I’m offering $ 5, another state is going in, and another state is offering $ 6 – that’s not the way to go . “
“In absolute terms, New York has by far the greatest need in the nation,” said Mr. Cuomo.
As the outbreak spreads across the state, more than half of the cases are concentrated in the five boroughs of New York City, and 157 New Yorkers have died.
Mr. Cuomo also issued an emergency order for hospitals to increase capacity by at least 50 percent to meet the upcoming wave of patients.
It came when former Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar announced that her husband John Bessler was isolated and under treatment for the disease.
“My husband has coronavirus,” she wrote on Twitter.
My husband has corona virus. I love him and one of the hardest things about this disease is not being able to be by his side. So many go through it and much worse. I pray for him and you and in the meantime I will do everything I can to help the American people. Http://t.co/fqQU6tA29r pic.twitter.com/SjyfdQxe1R
– Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 23, 2020
“I love him and one of the hardest things about this disease is not being able to be by his side. So many go through it and much worse. I pray for him and you and in the meantime I will do everything I can to help the American people. “
Dr. Adams said pictures of crowds flocking to see flowers in Washington DC showed that people still weren’t taking social distance advice seriously. He said social distancing is a preventive measure that would be meaningless after infection.
He said, “But unfortunately we find that many people think that this cannot happen to them. We don’t want Dallas, New Orleans or Chicago to become the next New York.
“And that means everyone has to take the right steps, and that means staying at home.”
He said the U.S. attempt to block for 15 days was based on the fact that the U.S. was two weeks behind Italy in spreading the pathogen.
“We really hoped to convey a sense of urgency across America.
“However, these mitigation measures have a preventive effect. They work best the sooner you run them.
“And people are still responding, waiting for them to spread out before they decide to get serious.”
In the meantime, the man behind the daily virus reviews behind US President Donald Trump, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, admitted: “I’m kind of exhausted.”
In the United States, Dr. Fauci became famous for shaking his head when the president told his side about the “war against the China virus” and the two were openly divided about the effectiveness of existing drugs.
“I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push it down,” he told the diary science.
“OK, he said it. Let’s try to correct it next time, ”said Fauci.
“I’m kind of exhausted. But otherwise I’m good. I mean, I don’t know that I am infected with coronavirus. To my knowledge, I haven’t been released.
“He goes his own way. He has his own style. But he listens to what I say on essential questions. “
Great Britain starts the RATIONING Internet
When Australia finally locks into the rest of the world, the Aussies have to face a new normal: the Internet is not a pit without a bottom.
Check out Britain, where Britain’s internet capacity could be “rationed” to prioritize critical apps and websites, experts said The sun.
Networks and apps show how the corona virus crisis is putting new pressure on the UK’s mobile and broadband infrastructure.
Social distancing means that many Britons are now working from home.
And school closings mean some British families have more free time than ever before.
This is changing the way we use the Internet – said Vodafone The sun that web traffic had increased by 30 percent.
It is important that the main traffic rises outside at rush hours between 6 and 8 p.m. between 12 and 9 p.m., an insider announced.
AUSSIE HOSPITALS REFUSED FACE MASKS FROM STOCK
Eighty Catholic hospitals, which provide 10 percent of the country’s public hospital beds, are running out of face masks, gloves, robes and other protective equipment as COVID-19 extends the system.
Catholic Health Australia urges the Morrison government to urgently hand over personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to hospital staff, some of which are less than a week in stock, as inventory levels on their network reach critically low levels.
The Catholic network employs tens of thousands of nurses and clinical staff.
“Requests from Catholic hospitals for access to clothing, masks and gloves have been confused between states and the Commonwealth and even dictated that deliveries will only be made to publicly owned hospitals,” said Pat Garcia, CEO of Catholic Health Australia said.
Almost one in ten public hospital beds are in Catholic hospitals, but because they are not directly owned by the state, they are denied access to the stocks, he said.
In some cases, supplies of personal protective equipment in Catholic hospitals ran out in just a week, prompting Mr. Garcia to write to the state, territory, and federal health ministers to warn of the impending deficit.
“We cannot have a situation where thousands of doctors and nurses treat people unprotected. This is a shocking situation for patients, staff and the whole community.” We need every weapon in our arsenal to fight the corona virus, and masks, clothes, and gloves are the basics. It would be like sending in our firefighters to fight fire without trucks. “
Mr. Garcia said Catholic hospitals operate test clinics, treat COVID-19 patients, and increase capacity in their wards and emergency rooms to reduce pressure on public hospitals.
“We work with everyone in the broader health network to fight this virus. We only require the same access as the public network and a clear and efficient way for our employees to get PPE consumables (personal protective equipment) in good time. “
The managing director of the St. John of God group, Dr. Shane Kelly, who operates 17 hospitals in Western Australia, Victoria and NSW, said time is running out.
“As of today, some of my hospitals will be empty in a week if I can’t get more PSA supplies.” To protect nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers and reduce infections, we need sufficient gloves, clothes, and masks to continue working, and we simply don’t get the right information on how to access the hospital .
“We have made every effort to manage inventory, but we cannot and will not compromise the safety of our employees and ultimately our patients,” he said.
CLOSED GYMS: WILL I RECEIVE MY MEMBERSHIP FEES?
Two of Australia’s largest gyms will freeze member payments after the federal government has extended its ban.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday that non-essential services, including pubs, places of worship, cinemas and gyms, would be shut down to stop the spread of the deadly corona virus.
In a statement on Facebook, Goodlife Health Clubs said that their gyms were “temporarily closed” at the national level and that memberships were “automatically frozen”. It said it would provide “a whole range of online training content” to members.
An email, which was then sent to members, told members that $ 5 a week would be charged during the freeze.
“Our $ 5 standard time freeze fee per week is for the duration of the closure, unless specified in your membership type,” the email said.
“As soon as we can reopen our clubs, we will credit your member account with all the time freeze fees paid during that time. This credit will be applied automatically as soon as we reopen it and your membership is restored. “
The email sparked outrage among members online, and many publicized that they had lodged a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Fitness First members received an email saying they would be charged $ 8 per two weeks for freezing membership for three months.
“When your freeze ends, you’ll automatically return to your regular 14-day rate and we look forward to bringing you back to the club and enjoying our premium facilities,” the email said.
Fitness First also used social media to advise customers that they would provide training materials to members at home.
Fitness Australia is working to clarify the timeframe of closings that will remain in effect until midnight on April 13, but may be extended.
HUNTING CRUISE PASSENGERS
The hunt for potentially infected passengers aboard the Ruby Princess has been turned over to the military, with defense personnel deployed to COVID-19 civilian coordination centers across the country.
The cruise ship Ruby Princess received permission to moor and disembark in Sydney last Thursday, although test results from those with coronavirus symptoms are pending.
The passengers were allowed to disperse nationally, and since then it has been confirmed that among the 2,700 passengers, there were infected people on board. It is one of five cruise ships that docked in Australia and had cases on board that were allowed to disembark.
Defense has confirmed that reconnaissance and planning support team members were embedded in COVID-19 civilian coordination centers in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
They track passengers on these ships in every state, with additional staff on standby.
The effort is added to dozens of employees who provide clinical and epidemiological support for national health operations and even for the manufacture of face masks and hand disinfectants.
Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds said the teams are contributing to “the overall strength and resilience of the Australian health system in this challenging time.”
“These ADF teams will provide logistics, transportation, health and general planning support as the workload of civilian medical teams continues to increase as more Australians are diagnosed with or affected by COVID-19,” said Senator Reynolds.
“The defense continues to follow the advice of the Australian health authorities when prioritizing their support agreements.
Nine defense officers were diagnosed with COVID-19, six of them in NSW.
The death fee is increasing in Europe
Spain has extended its suspension until after Easter as the death toll in the country increases. Healthcare professionals account for 12 percent of all coronavirus cases.
The Spanish government has warned that the worst is “ahead” as nurses and doctors are at the brunt of the outbreak, which has reported nearly 30,000 infections.
With additional testing, this number should increase again, and Spain became the new epicenter as it follows Italy’s deadly path.
A conference center in Madrid has been set up as a makeshift military hospital. The images show facilities similar to some of the hospitals used during the 1918 Spanish flu.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “Unfortunately, the number of diagnosed cases will increase in the coming days.
“The worst is yet to come and will push our capacities to their limits.”
Italy’s death toll rose to 5,476 yesterday, with an additional 651 fatalities as the country desperately tries to extend its lockout to prevent further outbreaks.
The number of deaths announced on Monday in Australia (local time on Sunday) was less than the nearly 1,000 that died on Saturday in local time, but it was too early to say whether the virus was at its peak would have.
Italian chief of civil protection, Angelo Borrelli, who heads the country’s response, was cautious that the blockade that had been in place since March 8 would start to work.
“The numbers announced today are lower than yesterday,” he said.
“I hope and we all hope that these numbers can be confirmed in the coming days. But don’t let your guard down. “
The UK will ask the army to deliver food parcels to up to 1.5 million people as it asks the sick, weak and the elderly to stay at home for 12 weeks.
Britain sent letters to people over 70 and others who were classified as at risk and asked them to stay at home.
They are also offered help with food and medicine coordinated by the Army if they don’t have a support network to keep them going.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK needed to step up its measures, but had stopped shortly before a full ban because the police were patrolling the streets.
In France, the first doctor died when the toll reached 674, with almost 16,018 cases when the terrible toll rose by 112 in one day.
The country has ordered 250 million face masks to slow the outbreak.
There were 1,746 coronavirus patients treated in the intensive care unit, with 35 percent of those under 65 destroying the theories that it was a disease that only affected the elderly.
Germany has banned gatherings of more than two people, with the exception of families, since Chancellor Angela Merkel went into quarantine after being treated by a doctor with coronavirus.
Ms. Merkel was informed of her doctor’s positive test after a media conference and raised concerns that if she were also infected, she might have spread the virus. The hairdressers in Germany are now also closed, with the new sanctions applying for at least two weeks. Germany has almost 24,000 cases, but a death rate of only 0.3 percent.
India has 396 cases, but there are fears that up to 300 million people will contract the disease if it can get to grips with the second most populous country in the world.
In Pakistan, telephone companies exchanged ringtones when people call each other to warn about COVID-19, while doctors and nurses posted pictures of bruises on their faces from high-visibility equipment while treating patients.
Pakistan has 730 cases so far, but there have been concerns about a higher death toll due to the country’s already difficult health system compared to western hospitals.