Oz/NZ related Covid histrionics thread

The real message seems to be 'don't go on floating petri dishes'!
Tell that to these idiots. Got on the boat on the 15th of March so there is no excuse of not knowing about this virus that had well and truely kicked off around the world. Now they're complaining they might be forgotten about.

 
I'll probably pop this on one of the other Corona threads, but this is from today's The Australian. I've highlighted a couple of aspects. It is already out of date, with two more men, aged 68 and 73, dying after returning from cruises.

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Bad Smell

Clanker
Some latest positive cases in WA are two Nurses in Broome and a Doctor in Halls Creek. There are also others nearby that have gone into self isolation and as the NT/WA border is shut it means only essential services or exemptions.
 
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Total up to 26 now. Seven deaths from the Ruby Princess,

Man, I am glad the government just allowed everyone off the cruise ship without so much as a "go straight home if your are feeling sick"
 

Tongnye

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.
Economy flights with Qatar airlines brisbane to munich 4900$ australian, normal price 1100$, german gov are flying out ourvisitors with Condor airlines on sunday arvo 1515 from brisbane 785$ australian,sadly got to wait another 2 weeks till our dog can travel to germany with dogtainers.
 
I hope the authorities aren't putting a positive slant on this too early.

'As governments around the world scramble to implement social distancing measures to control the spread of the virus, early results are showing how the response is working.

'The latest data recorded from Australia, by the Financial Times’ John Burn-Murdoch and taken from analysis of the European Centre for Disease and Prevention Control, showed early signs of the country achieving a “gentle trajectory” of virus growth, an achievement different from most other western countries. “Australia a rare example of an Anglophone country on a gentle trajectory,” Mr Burn-Murdoch tweeted.

'The graph below tracks coronavirus cases against the number of days since a country confirmed its 100th person testing positive to the virus. In a different worrying development, another of the graphs shows London’s death toll tracking faster than Wuhan’s did. New York is also expected to record more deaths than Italy’s Lombardy region, which has been the centre of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.'


Full article with graphs - Coronavirus numbers: Graph shows Australia becoming ‘rare’ virus example
 
Looking good, but don't crow too early!

'March 28, a Saturday, was Australia’s darkest day so far in the coronavirus pandemic. After three days of declining numbers, suddenly new infections jumped by 460 new cases – a hike of almost 100 on the day before. It was the point when Australia looked like it was losing control of the battle against COVID-19. When we could be on trajectory similar to Europe at the time.

'And yet, almost two weeks later, the number of daily new infections has been cut by more than 80 per cent.
Yesterday, 90 people in Australia received a positive diagnoses of coronavirus infection. The Prime Minister has said it’s still too high. And deaths – that lag behind new infections – have doubled in a little over a week. But increasingly people are looking to this corner of the world as a possible model to fend off COVID-19.

'Much of that focus has been on New Zealand where lockdown measures – far stricter than Australia – have been in place. The nation has been lauded as “winning the war” on COVID-19 and as the “wonder down under” for having only two deaths from the disease to date. The country has 1239 cases and has been celebrating that new infections have fallen for four days in a row.

'However, in Australia, we’ve done even better on that metric. On all but one of the past 10 days, new infections here have continually fallen. On March 31, 313 new cases were diagnosed in Australia; a week later on April 7 that was down to 119 new cases. Yesterday there were 20 fewer cases than the day before with 85 new infections.


New coronavirus cases in Australia have fallen for nine out of the last 10 days.

New coronavirus cases in Australia have fallen for nine out of the last 10 days.Source:Supplied

'The numbers of new infections can, and likely will, vary. They could bump back up. But the continued downward trend in Australia, while keeping infections at a relatively low level, is a remarkable statistic that is looked on with envy by the rest of the world. It has surprised even our own government, particularly given recent modelling suggested 89 per cent of Australian could be infected with COVID-19 with hundreds of thousands of deaths if no action had been taken.

“We have so far avoided the horror scenarios that we have seen overseas, whether it be initially in China, the United States. Italy, Spain or the United Kingdom,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week.
But he warned Australian needed to “lock in the gains”.


 
Thou shalt not go to the beach:

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Seems that it might be a 'well done' to both Australia and New Zealand for their response to COVID-19. Also illustrates the cultural difference between the two countries; Aussies go to the beach, Kiwis go to McDonalds.

'As Bondi Beach reopens and Australia slowly returns to a life resembling pre-COVID-19 social conditions, the envy is palpable.

'Australia’s handling of the pandemic has placed it in rare company among nations who can genuinely look ahead with some optimism. The death toll from the virus in Australia is 84 and new infections have slowed dramatically — NSW had just five new cases of coronavirus overnight. The story is much different in other developed nations including the United States and Britain where death tolls have soared past 50,000 and 20,000 respectively.

'Harvard Professor David Sinclair shared a side-by-side comparison on social media overnight that tells two remarkably different stories. Next to images of an empty Bondi Beach and an overcrowded Newport Beach in California, he wrote: “California & Australia have similar populations but only Australia crushed #COVID-19. New cases = 1000 vs 9 per day. While the pundits argue about the cause, see if you notice a difference between Newport & Bondi. It’s a clue.”



'New Zealanders eager for their first taste of McDonalds in more than a month have lined up before dawn in drive-through lanes as Kiwis celebrate the end of their brutal lockdown.

'On Tuesday, the New Zealand government lifted the most extreme measures of its response to COVID-19. For many Kiwis, that meant a return to work. For others, it meant getting stuck into takeaway.

'Jacinda Ardern's government banned all restaurants operating during the five-week, level-four lockdown, making New Zealanders reliant on supermarkets and local dairies for food. With the restrictions lifted, many went straight for the golden arches.'


 
Good news, or too soon?

'Australia has been invited to join an exclusive club of nations that have performed exceptionally well in containing the coronavirus.

'Led by Austria, the group known informally as the “first movers”, is comparing notes on the response to the pandemic. Other countries involved include Greece, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Israel, Norway and New Zealand. All of the countries acted quickly to control the spread of COVID-19 and have been very successful in containing the virus.

'Unlike nations like Italy, Spain and France, which have all seen more than 25,000 people die from the virus, Austria has kept its deaths to just over 600, Denmark to just over 500, Czech Republic to just over 250, Norway to just over 200 and Greece to less than 150. In Australia, less than 100 people have died, there have been less than 150 deaths in Israel, and there have only been about 20 deaths in Singapore and New Zealand.

'A spokesman for the Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed to news.com.au the group had its second meeting on Thursday night.'

 
It seems that the lucky country has been very lucky, considering what's occurred in the UK, USA and across Europe.

'There are only 16 new cases of coronavirus in Australia in the last 24 hours, but that's not the number that matters most.

'The country’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer addressed the media on Saturday afternoon delivering a new set of numbers. There are 6929 cases in Australia, 97 deaths and 16 new cases. There are also four cases freshly linked to an outbreak at a Melbourne abattoir.

'But the number that perhaps matters most is “1”. Just 1 per cent. “We are continuing doing a lot of testing, just under 8000 tests yesterday with a very low positivity rate, under 1 per cent now,” Dr Paul Kelly told reporters. “Those figures are way less than what we were having even a couple of weeks ago and this is all very good news,” Dr Kelly said.

'Australia has recorded 6929 cases of COVID-19, with 3051 in New South Wales, 1477 in Victoria, 1045 in Queensland, 439 in South Australia, 552 in Western Australia, 227 in Tasmania, 107 in the Australian Capital Territory and 30 in the Northern Territory. Australia’s death toll is at 97.'


 
It seems that the lucky country has been very lucky, considering what's occurred in the UK, USA and across Europe.

'There are only 16 new cases of coronavirus in Australia in the last 24 hours, but that's not the number that matters most.

'The country’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer addressed the media on Saturday afternoon delivering a new set of numbers. There are 6929 cases in Australia, 97 deaths and 16 new cases. There are also four cases freshly linked to an outbreak at a Melbourne abattoir.

'But the number that perhaps matters most is “1”. Just 1 per cent. “We are continuing doing a lot of testing, just under 8000 tests yesterday with a very low positivity rate, under 1 per cent now,” Dr Paul Kelly told reporters. “Those figures are way less than what we were having even a couple of weeks ago and this is all very good news,” Dr Kelly said.

'Australia has recorded 6929 cases of COVID-19, with 3051 in New South Wales, 1477 in Victoria, 1045 in Queensland, 439 in South Australia, 552 in Western Australia, 227 in Tasmania, 107 in the Australian Capital Territory and 30 in the Northern Territory. Australia’s death toll is at 97.'


Yes lucky indeed, but different States different rules. NT is now allowing pubs to reopen SA & WA are lifting a number of restrictions, restaurants open but no alcohol. Victoria still a police state, Both SA & WA no interstate travel especially none of the dirty bastards from Victoria who still haven't worked out how to wash their hands.
 
Yes lucky indeed, but different States different rules. NT is now allowing pubs to reopen SA & WA are lifting a number of restrictions, restaurants open but no alcohol. Victoria still a police state, Both SA & WA no interstate travel especially none of the dirty bastards from Victoria who still haven't worked out how to wash their hands.
Banning Victorians and their bloody caravans; no great loss.
 
How coincidental!

'Within hours of President Xi Jinping announcing he would back a probe into the coronavirus pandemic once it is “brought under control”, China moved swiftly to punish Australia.

'China’s Commerce Industry confirmed it will levy anti-dumping duties on barley imports from May 19. Barley exporters have warned the tariffs could cripple the industry which had already seen exports slashed from $1.5 billion to $600 million last year. China has accused Australia of dumping the barley exports. An anti-dumping duty rate of 73.6 per cent will be slapped on Australian barley imports. The tariffs begin today and will last five years.

'Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says Australia was not told in advance of what China planned to do. “We learnt through the official notification that the Chinese Government made. It’s a deeply disappointing decision particularly for Australian barley farmers,” he told Today on Tuesday morning. “This is a decision that reflects on the Chinese Government. We’ll look at the details of it carefully and closely. It is a deeply disappointing decision. We’ll analyse all the details of it thoroughly and reserve all our rights in terms of how we appeal, how we respond.”


 
Bloody Victorians letting the side down: I blame their caravans.

'Victoria is the only state to record new cases of coronavirus this weekend, bringing closer the day when Australia records zero additional cases.

'The 11 new cases reported in Victoria on Saturday took the national total to 7185. Just 22 of the 475 active cases nationwide are being treated in hospital. It’s been announced that from tomorrow, Queenslanders can enjoy unlimited travel, including overnight stays throughout the state. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs can host 20 people.'


 
One of the more novel ideas to come out of the COVID-19 experience. A plan worthy of an Arrser on a late Friday night.

'British residents have come up with an unusual strategy to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Jacinda Ardern- by waging war on New Zealand.

'Ardern has been widely praised for her response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 'go hard, go early' approach which has led to no new cases in three weeks, and no active cases remaining. Johnson, however, has been slammed for letting the situation in the UK "become like a nightmare".

'Now a petition has been set up on change.org to 'Declare war on New Zealand and immediately surrender'. This would utilise an international law that states any country that defeats another in war becomes the de facto government.'


 
Nothing like an opportunist!

'New Zealand enjoyed being the envy of the world when it announced it was coronavirus-free.

'But after 24 days, the star pupil found itself in detention. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered the military to oversee border controls, and compassionate exemptions from managed isolation and quarantine have been put on ice. The Ministry of Health admitted this week two British women left isolation early to see a dying relative, travelling hundreds of kilometres before one tested positive to COVID-19 and two members of a Melbourne family fled after a funeral instead of returning to their hotel.

'Now, a homeless man sneaking into a five-star hotel being used as a quarantine facility, reaping the benefits for weeks, is the latest claim to leave Ms Ardern’s government red-faced.'


 
At least it will help to keep the bloody Vic caravans from clogging roads this year as they can't follow the sun north.

'The border between NSW and Victoria will close from Tuesday night after crisis talks between the state premiers and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

'A request to the Department of Defence has been made for military assistance from 11.59pm on Tuesday to help secure the 55 points of entry between the two states, with New South Wales taking responsibility for enforcing the closures. Drones and aerial surveillance will be used to help monitor bush tracks and rivers, while most resources will be used to patrol the four main roads between the states.'


 

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