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I almost thought the earlier slight easing of restrictions led to a surge in cases in Australia:


But it seems to be a problem with a meat facility that’s difficult to contain.

Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said Victoria had confirmed a further 11 cases of coronavirus overnight, including two cases linked to Cedar Meats Australia in Brooklyn.

Also among the state’s new cases is one case linked to the McDonald’s outlet at Fawkner in Melbourne’s north and four cases suspected to be the result of community transmission.

Victoria

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Australia)

A reminder: Some Australian states closed their borders to residents of other states. Those entering their states were quarantined at hotels.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed a glimmer of hope that domestic tourism will be “back on its feet” in the near future, following National Cabinet today.

“As the borders fall internally, Australians can hopefully return to domestic travel and travel around the country more widely, particularly with school holidays coming up in July,” Mr Morrison said.

https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-australia-prime-minister-scott-morrison-domestic-travel-to-return-national-cabinet/e7c99063-1778-4332-a540-c9863bc8f2ef

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Australia isn’t the only country that curbed the virus. Japan did it too. Even though Japanese government was VERY SLOW to react, and they were VERY RELUCTANT to shut down their borders, fearing that it may anger China and also impact the Olympics. The Japanese people, on the other hand, SAVED the country. Here’s why:

  1. Japanese people practiced EXTREME self-discipline.
    Unlike many other countries, Japanese law does NOT allow the government to put the cities on lockdown and they can only urge the people to practice social-distancing. The Japanese people, known for their rule-following culture and mutual consideration, strictly adhered to the government’s instructions.

  2. Japanese people have good hygiene practices.
    Even before the coronavirus, Japanese people tend to wear masks when they go outside during flu season, especially when entering confined spaces.

  3. Japanese cultural norms on talking also helped.
    Half of Japan’s population live around Tokyo and Osaka, the two largest cities in the country. Although most people in these two areas commute by train, talking on the train is FROWNED UPON as it’s seen as annoying.

  4. Pre-arranged testing to avoid healthcare collapse.
    After the pandemic happened, the Japanese government repeatedly instructed the people that if they feel sick, DO NOT go straight to the hospital. Instead, they should call the hotline after they experienced potential symptoms for a certain number of days. The operator will assess the patient’s situation and arrange for transportation & testing, avoiding a collapse of the healthcare system when everybody just floods into the hospital out of fear, and more people get infected, while the healthcare system is overrun.

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Still stable a week after “Phase 1” reopening (many differences between states).

Western Australia heading for Phase 2.

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Time will tell as incubation is 14 days.

What about China though. Effectively ending our barley trade with them.

I like the industry spokesmans idea though ie. Australians need to drink more beer. :grinning:

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The Federal Treasury has admitted a “significant error” in the Morrison government’s JobKeeper application form has greatly inflated the number of people using the scheme and its total cost.

In a statement released on its website, the department revealed the $130 billion program - the centrepiece of the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic - was likely to cost $70 billion and cover 3.5 million workers, rather than more than 6 million.

"Do you think I should listen to them? I’m not listening to them.

The two main agitators, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, have been squaring up across the country.

Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also entered the ring, holding the rope for her Transport Minister Mark Bailey, neither missing a chance to take a crack at the southerners.

I’m a bit torn on what Queensland should do. We’ve virtually eliminated the virus and it’s nerve wracking imagining a new wave with the border opened. But at the same time, we know that NSW and VIC only have higher rates of infection by virtue of them being the primary entry ports for tourism and trade. Not because of poor management. Every tourist entry point around the world has had to deal with each countries worst outbreak for that reason.

Personally I think in fairness, we should take the leap of faith in time for the next holiday season. (with fingers crossed)

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No new positive coronavirus cases have been recorded in South Australia since May 7, keeping the total at 439.

South Australia has 1 new case, the first since May 7, but the details here are important. An “imported” case is different from a case where the virus was contracted locally. This also emphasizes the importance of mandatory quarantine at a designated site along with testing capacity to meet the demand.

SA Health said the woman aged in her 50s had travelled from overseas to Victoria where she had been quarantined in a hotel for less than a week, before travelling to South Australia.

She was given an exemption to fly to South Australia for “compelling family reasons” and was tested on arrival at Adelaide Airport.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the woman is now isolated and there is “no further risk” to anybody in South Australia.

A number of clusters account for 73.6% (4844/6580) of Australia’s cases.
Here’s a list of the clusters and hot spots in Australia’s pandemic:

Location State Cases Details
Bondi (Waverley Council) NSW 180 Linked to the high concentration of travellers, 34 linked to the ‘Boogie Wonderland Party’, 14 linked to a restaurant, 27 with unknown source(s)
Sydney City NSW 155 31 with unknown source(s)
Northern Beaches NSW 150 Particularly Dee Why, 15 with an unknown source of infection
Burnie Tasmania 127 Linked to 2 hospitals, probably originating from 2 patients from a cruise ship.
Penrith NSW 121 71 Cases (34 Staff, 37 Residents) linked to the seniors’ home, 19 residents have died.
Central Coast NSW 115 8 with an unknown source of infection
Brooklyn Victoria 111 Linked to meat factory.
Blacktown NSW 106 Linked to daycare, 14 with an unknown source of infection
Woollahra NSW 92 Sydney suburb
Canterbury-Bankstown NSW 88 6 linked to aged care home, 9 with unknown infection source
Stonnington Victoria 88 City
Ryde NSW 66 21 linked to the Dorothy Henderson Lodge since 24 Feb, 19 linked to a church meeting since 8 Mar.
Barossa Valley SA 39 Linked to a winery since 14 Mar.
Wollongong NSW 38 Linked to a wedding since 9 Mar.
Adelaide Airport SA 33 Linked to the baggage handling area since 17 Mar.
Mandurah WA 27 Local district with high proportion of seniors
Noosa Heads Queensland 17 Linked to a restaurant
Fawkner Victoria 12 Linked to a restaurant
Perth WA 12 Linked to live animal export ship

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With NSW having 50% more cases than any other state, it is a stark statistic & defiantly highlights a poor early response by the NSW State Government. Sure the tourism industry has a lot to do with it, however this is MISMANAGEMENT of those industries.

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As of Monday, Japan has imposed entry bans on 111 countries and regions including the United States, most of Asia and all of Europe. The country’s current border control measures are in effect until the end of June.

But will Australia reciprocate? Same with New Zealand. With NZ, how do you maintain a strategy of eradication and at the same time planning to open your borders to countries that haven’t? Australia only did suppression and has been successful. Japan never had a lockdown at all and managed to flatten its curve fast. Both still have new cases though much less than most places in the world around 10 each day for the whole of Australia and a bit more for Japan. The only places NZ can open its borders to are a few Pacific Islands that didn’t get any cases.

I found this out the hard way. ;;

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A significant decline in new infections, earlier-than-expected easing of restrictions and signs that hours worked stabilised in early May auger well for a recovery.

“There has also been a pick-up in some forms of consumer spending,” Lowe added.

States and territories across Australia have been easing social distancing regulations at differing paces in recent weeks, slowly ending a partial lockdown ordered in March, having largely contained the COVID-19 pandemic.

Country :australia: Australia :us: US :uk: UK :eu: Eurozone :canada: Canada
Q1 GDP -0.3% -1.3% -2.0% -3.8% -8.2%

Australia’s economy contracted 0.3 per cent in the March quarter, according to new economic figures that make it certain the country will officially be declared in a recession in September.

Growth in gross domestic product grew just 1.4 per cent in the 12 months to March 31 as the economy took a hit from the bushfires and the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday.

Australia’s 0.3 per cent economic downturn in March was much smaller than the 1.3 per cent drop the US experienced, or the 2.0 per cent contraction in the UK and 3.8 per cent in the eurozone areas, Ms Deda said.

“I hope that anyone who has attended that [protest], and indeed across Victoria, who develop symptoms that are compatible with coronavirus really need to isolate themselves, get tested, get that result back and become well before they get out and about again,” Professor Sutton said.

It is estimated 10,000 people attended the anti-racism protest in Melbourne on Saturday, which was organised in solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter movement and called for an end to Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions still only allow gatherings of up to 20 people outside, and authorities had urged people to not attend the protest.

Professor Sutton said the woman wore personal protective equipment (PPE) at the protest and was unlikely to have transmitted the virus to other attendees because she had been “minimally symptomatic” at the time.

The Northern Territory has seen no new cases for weeks. The last one was May 2.

I’ve heard Victoria state has reimposed restrictions after a surge (double digits) in cases this week. I’ll post a link once they have an article typed up.

Fourteen of the 25 new cases reported in Victoria overnight are linked to pre-identified outbreaks.

Seven new cases today link to a family in Keilor Downs, in which cases were reported yesterday, including a primary school teacher. Those cases are across multiple households, bringing the total number of households to 10.

Two of the cases are in aged care homes, three more cases are among the Stamford Plaza hotel outbreak, which is where overseas travellers were quarantined.

One more was linked to the outbreak at H&M Northland, one to an outbreak in a family in Coburg and one to a GP who did not work while infectious.

Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton , was asked if this situation could be linked to the 30,000 people who attended a Black Lives Matter protest two weeks ago. He said it was not.

I don’t think it does. Clearly we have had some individuals who have attended [the march] … but most of the detail we are getting in the last few days of cases are these large family outbreaks without any connection to Black Lives Matter.

Some of them are very large, they have reached more than a dozen individuals and they cross multiple households and there are a number of other close contacts. That is why the actions we are announcing today are really necessary, because some of these households we have another 50 close contacts who are being followed up, and they are all potentially going to be cases in the next couple of weeks.

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