Oz/NZ related Covid histrionics thread

Maybe, just maybe, a bit of better news.

'An analysis by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) found the trajectory of the first 1000 cases in Australia was “somewhat different” to Italy, the US and UK where deaths have been higher.

'Australia passed 1000 cases last Saturday, March 21. Up to that point, only seven people had died and less than 20 had needed intensive care treatment. That compared to more than 20 deaths in Britain, around 30 in Italy and 35 in the US at 1000 infections.

'That doesn’t mean COVID-19 is under control in Australia. The number of cases is still growing exponentially and doubling every few days. On Tuesday, Australia had recorded more than 2000 cases with almost 3000 by Friday morning. Yet the death toll is still relatively low at 13. However, despite the lower level of casualties the organisation said that an influx of infected cruise passengers as well as a number of “super spreader events” meant more needed to be done to keep a hold of coronavirus.

'Part of the Department of Health, the AHPPC is the key body that advises on measures to take during health emergencies. In a briefing from earlier this week, it said the difference in the death rate, as well as a number of other factors, could suggest there are fewer cases spreading unchecked under the radar in Australia than might have been expected. “Without diminishing the significance of the rise in case numbers, it is worth noting that the situation with our first 1000 is somewhat different to that of other countries. More than half our cases are still imported from overseas or their direct contacts”.

'Australia’s testing rate, at 480 per 100,000 people, could be another of the reasons. It’s less than South Korea but five times higher than the UK and a country mile ahead of the US.'


 
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And to all our moozy friends up north. You just keep believing that Allan will save you whilst cuddled up on your prayer mat with your neighbours.
They have friends, you know.

'Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church in Florida mocked people concerned about the disease as “pansies” and insisted he would only shutter the doors to his packed church “when the rapture is taking place.” In a sermon that was live-streamed on Facebook, Tony Spell, a pastor in Louisiana, said, “We’re also going to pass out anointed handkerchiefs to people who may have a fear, who may have a sickness and we believe that when those anointed handkerchiefs go, that healing virtue is going to go on them as well.”

 
How sad, too bad. Maybe you should have stopped supporting the ABs and become an Oz citizen if you want the benefits provided by the Oz government?

'New Zealanders in Australia have been shut out of the COVID-19 welfare package, despite many of them working and paying taxes here for years.

'Alax Robinson, a Kiwi based in Brisbane, is worried he’s going to end up homeless without help from the Australian Government after losing his casual job last week. “I have no money. I don’t know how I’m going to survive,” he told news.com.au. “So many Kiwis are going to end up on the street because they’ve got nowhere to go. We’re absolutely desperate.” Mr Robinson, 35, has worked in Australia since September 2017, contributing to the economy and paying his taxes. But now he feels permanent New Zealand residents have been abandoned by the Australian Government, and he’s started a petition last weekend that has received massive support.'


 
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More six-fingered, pointy-headed sprogs on the way.

 
Finally someone is calling out the idiots who decided to travel overseas and on cruise ships while this virus was rampaging across the world, and are now complaining that the Australian government isn't doing enough to get them a chartered flight instantly out of whatever country they are in

 

Bad Smell

Swinger
And the latest figures from this morning (29 March); there have been 3,809 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, including 14 deaths with 431 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

Globally there is a total of 588,651 including 28,521 deaths.

As of 27 March they have extended the current ban on international cruise ship entry into Australia until 15 June 2020.
 
Finally someone is calling out the idiots who decided to travel overseas and on cruise ships while this virus was rampaging across the world, and are now complaining that the Australian government isn't doing enough to get them a chartered flight instantly out of whatever country they are in

Wow, that article makes too much common sense. There are still reports in the UK media about people stuck in foreign climes demanding tearfully that the UK government should fly them home.

Seriously? I thought travel broadened the mind, these people seem to be complete window lickers. Were they totally unaware of what has been brewing for the past three months or so? Did none of their friends say to them at any point either "maybe you shouldn't be travelling half way around the world at the moment" or "hey, you might want to make plans to come home soon, things are getting rough"? Now they sit there in Lima or in a big steel floating petri dish off Mauritius and suddenly it's government's fault.
 
On a similar point I have noticed articles about British and Irish doctors wanting to leave Australia to "help out" back in the home country but finding it hard to do so. Has the Oz media picked up those stories?

Are they doctors on holiday in Australia and now they want to go home or are they residents of Australia? I can't help but think it monumental ingratitude if it's the latter and they don't want to stay in Australia and help out their new-found friends where they live.
 

Bad Smell

Swinger
No idea if the media has picked up on those stories as I am deliberately avoiding the whinging whiny selfish c*nts. I'll just grab the headlines as the line between facts and idiocy is a little blurred at the moment.

The international airlines have dramatically wound down their operations with only three scheduled Air New Zealand flights next week between Brisbane and NZ. Sydney and Melbourne appear to be the main international hubs just now. All travel back to Europe will be via Singapore or Asian hubs and there is not much passing through there at the moment although they are still open for business.

As the country is slowly locking itself down, there will still be international air travel but mainly air freight. TigerAir a low cost domestic airline has recently folded but that was expected.

From what I have seen here, the better off the person the more arrogant they appear to be regarding the virus and how it does not affect them. Especially the ones returning from overseas. Poor man's disease? Wishful thinking, the d*ckheads.
 
We are trying to keep manufacturers open, as the power industry is critical we are still working but it seems some of our contractors are closing.

Not much point of being a critical infrastructure if those who supply us are not!

Got to call one Director in the morning, unilaterly decided to close his business which provides a critical service to us. Yes we can probably go somewhere else and get a lesser service, but I think I can convince him that a state with rolling blackouts is probably cause to keep his workers working and paid, the tight arse scaremongering ****.
 
We are trying to keep manufacturers open, as the power industry is critical we are still working but it seems some of our contractors are closing.

Not much point of being a critical infrastructure if those who supply us are not!

Got to call one Director in the morning, unilaterly decided to close his business which provides a critical service to us. Yes we can probably go somewhere else and get a lesser service, but I think I can convince him that a state with rolling blackouts is probably cause to keep his workers working and paid, the tight arse scaremongering ****.
Very good mate of mine works in power industry, absolute cluelessness & head in sand management, really hopeless in south australia. As long as the money goes back to China, all new projects being charged against Covid19 projects so the taxpayer will end up paying more. Oops have i incurred the wrath of the moderators.
 

A2_Matelot

LE
Book Reviewer
VB is truly horse piss, not as bad as that Furphy that CUB are pushing out now. I stick to Coopers Pale in in the warmer months & Coopers Stout in the colder weather
I disagree VB and Carltons although older are still neckable and compare well to US domestics. Furphys isn't bad and has become my go-to, although I am getting fond of Bentspokes beers and Great Northern.
 
Wow, that article makes too much common sense. There are still reports in the UK media about people stuck in foreign climes demanding tearfully that the UK government should fly them home.

Seriously? I thought travel broadened the mind, these people seem to be complete window lickers. Were they totally unaware of what has been brewing for the past three months or so? Did none of their friends say to them at any point either "maybe you shouldn't be travelling half way around the world at the moment" or "hey, you might want to make plans to come home soon, things are getting rough"? Now they sit there in Lima or in a big steel floating petri dish off Mauritius and suddenly it's government's fault.
Now the whinging cnuts are complaining about the five star hotels they are staying in


Maybe we should let this virus have its way with them
 

Dwarf

LE
Crikey, I got it all wrong.
I had increased mine to BAOR levels.

Minus the yellow handbags (yuck)

Only.thing I really miss is apfelkorn.


Just have to use Jura instead.
Ditto.

Oh yes apfelkorn. I could really do damage to a bottle or two of that right now.

Local shops have a reasonable Ben Bracken at under 10€.
Just right for medicine.
 
Five star hotels, three meals a day and still the entitled Cnuts are whining should have been left where they were to rot
What really grips my shit is that I've had to cancel my holiday plans to travel interstate to see my in-laws and their new bub, and get some badly needed R&R at the same time thanks to the restrictions caused by these fuckwits.

If I try it to head out now, I'd get fined/turned around at the border. Even if I get through, all the hotels are shut to regular people, so I'd have to stay with the inlaws.

These stupid bastards deliberately ignored travel warnings, had their holiday, then came back to Aus raising the number of infected exponentially (2/3 of our infected are people who have caught it from overseas. 1/6 caught it from someone who's been overseas) which is forced everything to lockdown.

The worst of these bunch of cnuts are the ones here who complained about the Aussie Government not helping them enough even thought they had chartered flights out of most countries after negotiating flight plans with those various countries. To top it all off, now they're complaining about the hotels they are staying in.

Fcuk em all.
 
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Bad Smell

Swinger
I'm not in a position to release the current official figures of Australians overseas who have expressed an interest in returning back home but of that figure, 5-10% have active plans in place to return, as in booked flights, etc.

We are talking tens of thousands with an interest in returning home and that figure includes people on cruises.

From what I have seen recently most are just grateful to have made it back even though they are going into quarantine for 14 days. Qatar Airways appears to be the only ME airline being allowed to let pax transit through the area back to Oz.

Bonus points to Qatar if that is the case as previously when I have flown though the ME I have travelled Emirates or SQ through Singapore and will consider them in the future. As an old perv their girls are easy on the eye and that may sway my opinion.
 
I hope that a/ his information is accurate and b/ that he hasn't spoken too soon.

'Australia is on the “global forefront” in terms of testing for the coronavirus, with more than 230,000 tests already carried out across the country. There are now more than 4500 confirmed cases of the virus in Australia, with 19 people dying from the illness and 50 in intensive care.

'Health Minister Greg Hunt said these figures show the virus is having a very different impact here compared to other countries, with the death rate being less than 1 per cent of confirmed cases. “That is indicative that the testing regime is capturing the significant reflective data for the country,” he said at a press conference this afternoon. Of those within ICUs, and in particular with ventilators, in the low numbers that we see – and all of these numbers will climb – but they are reflective again of the numbers. And it presents a very different picture to some other countries, where the lives lost represent not 0.5 per cent but 10 per cent of the cases. At this stage our numbers indicate that we are at the global forefront, we have a good picture of where we’re at.”


 
Juxtaposed with the news above, mortality in Australian cases is currently in the same demographic as it was with early cases across Europe, before then moving into younger and younger age brackets. It will be interesting to see if the trend repeats itself, or whether the outbreak in Oz is truly something different. The real message seems to be 'don't go on floating petri dishes'!

'Nineteen people have died from coronavirus in Australia, as the total number of cases reaches more than 4561.

NEW SOUTH WALES - Four people died in a cluster of cases at Dorothy Henderson Lodge, an aged care home, in Sydney’s north. They include an 82-year-old man, a 95-year-old woman, a 90-year-old woman and a 91-year-old woman.

Also in New South Wales, an 86-year-old man from the Ruby Princess cruise ship died being treated at a Sydney hospital. A female passenger in her seventies who had been on the same ship also died, while an 81-year-old woman who had close contact with another case of COVID-19 at Ryde hospital. A 77-year-old Brisbane woman who developed symptoms of the disease on a flight to Sydney died the same day.

VICTORIA - Three men in their 70s with pre-existing medical conditions died in Victoria on 26 March. The death of a fourth man, in his eighties, was reported three days later.

QUEENSLAND - ... a 68-year-old man from Toowoomba is the youngest man in Australia to die so far after being infected on the cruise ship Voyager of the Seas. He is believed to have had an underlying medical condition ... a 75-year-old woman who was on the Ruby Princess died in Caboolture hospital.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA - ... 78, from Perth was the first person to die of the disease in Australia after travelling on the Diamond Princess, ..., 73, of Perth, was on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship when he contracted the disease.

TASMANIA - A man and a woman, both in their eighties have died in Tasmania after travelling on the Ruby Princess.

ACT - A woman in her eighties who was a passenger on the Ruby Princess has died.[/B]
 

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