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Re: Life under social isolation or mandatory "stay home orde

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:11 am

More news 17 July

National
Healthcare providers concerned for telehealth's future with the service set to change next week
Key points:
From July 20, patients will need an existing relationship with their GP to access telehealth
People living under stage three COVID-19 restrictions, infants under 12 months and the homeless are exempt
Telehealth is set to end in September, but doctors are calling for it to remain

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... e/12466496

PM says post-JobKeeper coronavirus support to help Victorian businesses, tourism and others in need
Key points:
Further income support targeted to help businesses are set to be announced next week
PM says a "targeted, national program" will be of particular benefit to businesses in Victoria
PM says underemployment will likely be an issue for some time

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... n/12465488

Australian researchers invent 20-minute coronavirus blood test
Researchers in Australia have devised a test that can determine novel coronavirus infection in about 20 minutes using blood samples in what they say is a world-first breakthrough.

The researchers at Monash University said their test can determine if someone is currently infected and if they have been infected in the past.

"Short-term applications include rapid case identification and contact tracing to limit viral spread, while population screening to determine the extent of viral infection across communities is a longer-term need," the researchers said in a paper published in the journal ACS Sensors on Friday.

The research team was led by BioPRIA and Monash University’s Chemical Engineering Department, including researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent BioNano Science and Technology (CBNS).

Their test, using 25 microlitres of plasma from blood samples, looks for agglutination, or a clustering of red blood cells, that the coronavirus causes.While the current swab test is used to identify people who are infected with the coronavirus, the agglutination assay - or analysis to detect the presence and amount of a substance in blood - can also determine if someone had been recently infected, after the infection is resolved, they said.

Hundreds of samples can be tested every hour, the researchers said, and they hope it can also be used to detect antibodies raised in response to vaccination to aid clinical trials.

A patent for the innovation has been filed and the researchers are seeking commercial and government support to scale up production.

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 13.8 million people around the world and killed nearly 600,000 since it emerged in China late last year. Australia has reported more than 11,000 cases and 116 deaths.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/au ... d=msedgntp
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Re: Life under social isolation or mandatory "stay home orde

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:12 am

More news 17 July in NT

NT sees 11 arrivals from coronavirus hotspots as hundreds of travellers cross newly opened borders
Key points:
The Northern Territory's borders reopened on Friday
Arrivals coming from coronavirus hotspots must quarantine for 14 days at Howard Springs ( was a FIFO Camp used in the H2 Plant and harbor facilities in Darwin )
The facility was used to quarantine Australia's first international coronavirus evacuees

Hundreds of people have entered the Northern Territory after its borders officially reopened on Friday, with 11 arrivals from Victoria and Sydney entering mandatory supervised quarantine, police say.
Northern Territory Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said 915 people crossed the Territory's borders between midnight and 9:00am.

The Northern Territory reopened its borders on Friday for the first time in over four months, however, all arrivals from declared coronavirus hotspots must enter two weeks of mandatory supervised quarantine at the Howard Springs quarantine facility.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has declared Victoria and Greater Sydney coronavirus hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory.

The NT Government has strongly dissuaded prospective arrivals from Victoria and Sydney — who will be burdened with a $2,500 bill for their 14-day quarantine — from entering the Territory.

Mr Chalker said the 11 people who entered the NT Government's mandatory quarantine protocols "are currently making their way by road into those facilities".

"We have plans in place to be able to facilitate that and ensure that they travel safe within their existing bubble to limit any exposure to any Territorians," Mr Chalker said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... r/12465444

In NSW
42 coronavirus cases linked to Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

NSW coronavirus restrictions: What you can and can't do from next Friday
Restaurants, cafes be restricted
This means:

Group bookings are now reduced from 20 to 10 people.
Venues must have COVID-Safe registration with the NSW Government, which includes a safety plan covering hygiene, physical distancing, the recording of contact details of staff and customers and staff wellbeing.
Paper sign-in is allowed but a digital record of patrons' attendance must be created within 24 hours.
The rules for pubs in force from today include a mandatory hygiene marshall for venues.

Venues in breach of the rules can be fined $55,000 plus $27,500 for each day offences continue.

Weddings and funerals
There are also further restrictions on other public gatherings.

Weddings and events are limited to a maximum of 150 people, subject to the 4 square metre rule,
"High-risk activities" such as choirs and dancing are banned
Funerals and places of worship are permitted a maximum of 100 people, subject to the 4 square metre rule.
All of the above events must be registered as a COVID-Safe business.
Gatherings are limited to 20 people in the home and public places, however it is recommended that home visitors are capped at 10 people "as a general principle".
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted that wedding guests should always be seated and there should be "no dancing, no singing, no mingling".

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... w/12467130
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EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Life under social isolation or mandatory "stay home orde

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:14 am

More news 17 July In WA

WA implements tough new restrictions on Victorian & NSW travellers
Key points:
Arrivals from Victoria will be forced into hotel quarantine at their expense
NSW travellers will be tested for coronavirus when they land in Perth
Exemptions for NSW travellers will now mirror those for Victoria
A 45-year-old West Australian man who recently returned from Melbourne has tested positive for COVID-19.he infected man had been undergoing self-isolation at home and only left his residence to attend a COVID Clinic for testing, WA Health Minister Roger Cook said.

The man will now be transferred to a Perth hotel to isolate.

The Health Minister said there was only one other person on his flight who may be classified as a close contact.
Crackdown on New South Wales arrivals
From 11:59pm Sunday July 19 the restrictions for people entering WA from NSW will mirror those introduced for Victorians last week.According to WA Police, the only people who would be exempt are:

Certain senior government officials
Certain active military personnel
Commonwealth members of Parliament and their staff
A person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth
A person coming to WA at the request of the Chief Health Officer
A person responsible for freight or logistics
Some exemptions may be granted on compassionate grounds but the State Government said simply being from WA originally would not be an excuse.
Anyone from WA who is in NSW with a current exemption to come home is being urged to leave that state now and return before the rules change.

Mr Cook also warned WA residents planning to leave for the eastern states to reconsider.

"For those Western Australians thinking about going east, don't go," he said."We cannot guarantee you will be cleared to return immediately."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... s/12466364

Remote regional WA shortage of doctors
GPs concerned coronavirus migration stoppage will shrink pool of doctors across Australia
For decades, hundreds of general practices across Australia have relied on recruiting qualified overseas doctors to fill workforce shortages, but there are concerns a drop in migration due to coronavirus is about to cause problems.
Key points:
Many regional and remote locations rely on internationally-trained GPs
There are concerns border closures will reduce the pool of doctors
The WA Government says the sector won't be affected by fewer migrants

Australian Medical Association (AMA) WA president Andrew Miller said GP shortages had been an issue across the country for a long time but were exacerbated by COVID-19.

"International medical graduates have for the longest time been an incredibly important and valued part of our health system and they will continue to be," he said.

"The reduced access to them at this time means communities are missing out not only on general practitioners but on specialist support that they need, and this particularly hits outer-lying suburban areas as well as rural, regional and remote areas."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... s/12464764

Going to be an expensive "streak"
Perth Stadium streaker charged with breaching coronavirus quarantine zone in Collingwood's AFL win over Geelong
Key points:
A 28-year-old man who ran onto the field during last night's AFL match at Perth Stadium faces a $50,000 fine for breaching a COVID-19 quarantine zone.
He faces a far heftier penalty than would normally apply for streaking
He is due to appear in court next week and could also be forced to isolate

The shirtless man got about 30 metres onto the field late into the match between Geelong and Collingwood before he was tackled by security guards wearing protective clothing, including masks and gloves.

The game was played under State Emergency Act conditions, with the arena declared a quarantine zone, meaning the Mandurah man faces a far heftier penalty than would normally apply for a streaking offence.

The same conditions will apply for the western derby between the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers on Sunday afternoon.
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<< not much social distancing here , and those handrails will be coasted with germs too >>
<< that little boy must have been freezing with shorts on >>


Around 22,000 AFL supporters watched the Magpies defeat the Cats by 22 points last night, the largest crowd to attend a match so far during the coronavirus-disrupted season. << Crazy crowd size knowing how far aerosolized viral particles can be propelled by people welling at the top of their lungs , and how crowded the stadium was and how hard it was to self social distance - I was told ( by phone ) by a AFL crazy perth based relative who was silly enough to attend , the food and drink stands were packed , and there were long queues to use the toilets and handsantiser bottles were either empty or missing >>

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... h/12465352

Expensive BD party
WA woman charged after allegedly attending birthday less than 14 days after travelling from Victoria
The 29-year-old woman from Eaton, two hours south of Perth, arrived in Western Australia on a flight from Victoria on June 30.

Upon arrive she was issued with a self-quarantine direction to isolate in her own home for the next 14 days.

Police allege on July 11 the woman attended a birthday party, that was also attended by a large number of elderly people.

Police were alerted and charged the woman with one count of failing to comply with a direction.

She is due to appear in court at a later date.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp
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EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Life under social isolation or mandatory "stay home orde

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:22 am

More news 17 July state border runners and issues

QLD-NSW & NSW-Vic Border grumbles
Tensions boil at Queensland-NSW border & more ADF personnel to fly to Victoria to assist with coronavirus response
Key points:
200 Queensland ADF personnel will fly to Victoria today to assist the coronavirus response
Barricades have been erected near the border to stop people entering the state unlawfully

QLD-NSW Border
Queensland police say 600,000 border passes have been issued in the past week and more than 1,100 cars turned around as another checkpoint is erected in a suburban street, frustrating locals.It comes as police urge motorists crossing the Queensland-New South Wales border to be patient with delays expected to continue for months.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said up to 1,200 police were monitoring borders each day and about 43,000 vehicles had been intercepted.

"It's not normal times, it is COVID, and this will continue to be the case for many more months to come," Commissioner Carroll said.

Commissioner Carroll said police had received a considerable amount of help from the Australian Defence Force, SES, Rural Fire Service and Department of Transport.

Barricades erected to stop illegal entry
Meanwhile, police have erected a barricade on a suburban main road near the border crossing at Coolangatta to stop motorists from mounting the kerb and crossing lanes.
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Police said the barricades formed a new checkpoint for emergency services personnel.Chief Superintendent Wheeler said the decision to set up barricades follows complaints made by locals that people were unlawfully crossing the border.

Coolangatta resident Darcy Swain said he was surprised it wasn't erected sooner to make the area safer.

"Living on the border, we've seen some crazy things over the last few months," Mr Swain said.

"About a month ago, we were walking the dog on the median strip over the grass and a car hit it, probably doing about 50kph and pretty much jumped the whole median strip."

ADF reinforcements to Victoria to assist
About 200 of Queensland's ADF personnel will fly to Victoria this afternoon to assist in the state's unfolding coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... f/12465288

Selfishly stupid residents ignoring Queensland state lines
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Authorities fear a second wave of COVID-19 in Queensland as people ignore border barriers and get past authorities.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

SA-Vic Border runners
Police arrest wanted Victorian man who breached SA coronavirus border restrictions
Key points:
There was a warrant out for the man's arrest in Victoria and SA
He was fined $1,000 for failing to use a mandated checkpoint
Another man was arrested for allegedly coughing on police

A Victorian man who crossed the border into South Australia without passing through a coronavirus checkpoint has been fined and arrested, after checks revealed he was already wanted by police.

The man was stopped on a backroad near Bordertown, in South Australia's south-east, on Wednesday night after being detected by a mobile police patrol.
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Police arrested the man after discovering there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in South Australia and Victoria.

Limestone Coast police superintendent Phil Hoff said the man was given a $1,000 fine for failing to cross the border on one of the mandated roads.

"He definitely didn't have an essential traveller requirement, he wasn't close border community," he said."The message should well and truly be out there — that there's only certain roads you're allowed to come in on, make sure you do that," Superintendent Hoff said.

"You'll get hit with a $1,000 fine if you use any of those other roads.

"Most of the roads now have some signage that indicate you can't come through, and if people want to throw down the gauntlet and drive around those things, it's a fairly hefty hit in the hip pocket."

The man appeared in court in Mount Gambier yesterday and was remanded in custody.

He is the second Victorian man to be caught flouting coronavirus directions in South Australia since a hard border closure came into effect.

Last week, a man was charged with failing to follow directions to self-isolate for two weeks upon his arrival in South Australia.

Gleneg
SA Police attended a property in Glenelg after receiving information the man was not quarantining at the place nominated by him following his entry into the state from Victoria.

He was then spotted allegedly leaving the address and driving away in a Holden SUV.

Patrols followed him and discovered he had only booked himself accommodation for a single night, as opposed to the 13 nights he was required to self-isolate.

The 35-year-old from Keysborough, in Melbourne's south-east, was charged with failing to comply with a direction, and was refused bail.

Stowaways escorted back to Victoria
Yesterday, four men who hid in a freight train and travelled into South Australia in breach of COVID–19 laws were returned to Victoria.
As they were escorted by police at Adelaide Airport, one of the men was questioned by media.

When asked what they would do once they arrived back in Melbourne he said: "Can't do much, can we?"

"We obviously didn't want to waste anyone's time," he said.

The case prompted a political stoush, with Labor calling for changes to the Emergency Management Act to increase penalties for breaching border restrictions.

Premier Steven Marshall said it was "disappointing" tougher penalties were not imposed.

Man deliberately coughs on police officer
Meanwhile, a man has lost his licence after allegedly coughing in the face of a police officer in Adelaide's south this morning.

Police patrols stopped a black Nissan that was spotted travelling at speed on Dyson Road at Christies Beach about 1:00am on Friday.

The driver, Clearview man Shane McGlynn, was submitted to a roadside breath test and taken to a police station for breath analysis but allegedly failed to comply with the test.

"He then allegedly coughed in the face of an officer and said he might have coronavirus," police said.

Mr McGlynn was arrested and charged with assault and refusing to comply with a breath test, and his vehicle was impounded for 28 days and he received an immediate loss of licence for 12 months.

He appeared in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court where he had an application for bail refused, after his lawyer argued he had no relevant prior convictions, and that he takes care of his three-year-old niece.

The judge told the court those reasons were insufficient "given the current climate".
olice allege Mr McGlynn refused a second breath test at the station, after there was a fault with the first one.

The court was told he turned to an officer and coughed four times in his face, before saying: "I could have corona too".

But Mr McGlynn denied saying that, with his lawyer saying he just felt a tickle in his throat, and he could not control the cough.

He will be kept in remand and will appear again next in four weeks.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... t/12465690


Mount Gambier's Boandik aged care centres restrict resident movements as Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak worsens
The largest aged care provider on South Australia's Limestone Coast will restrict the movements of its residents amid the heightening coronavirus threat from neighbouring communities in western Victoria.

Boandik, which has multiple aged care sites in Mount Gambier, has announced immediate new measures following fresh COVID-19 cases emerging in Portland.

Located just 100 kilometres from Mount Gambier, the route to Portland is a busy carriageway for SA residents travelling for work and other purposes.

While hard border closures have reduced the threat, Boandik chief executive Gillian McGinty said vehicles continued to flow across the SA-Victoria partition.

She said the organisation was focused on safeguarding hundreds of its residents from the pandemic.

"As Boandik is so close to the Victorian border we need to ensure that everyone is safe," Ms McGinty said.

"This is an uncontrolled environment. There are so many people from Mount Gambier who go across to Portland for work daily.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp
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EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Life under social isolation or mandatory "stay home orde

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:23 am

More news 17 July in ACT

In ACT
ACT Health condemn conspiracy theory coronavirus flyer delivered to residents near Garran testing site
People living near the Canberra Hospital have received a flyer filled with fake coronavirus warning messages and conspiracy theories.

The flyer, delivered to the letterboxes of Garran residents yesterday, looks like it contains an important COVID-19 health warning, but instead CLAIMS that coronavirus is being spread by the government through the water supply, and that a possible vaccination against the virus could include a tracking device.

The flyer also CLAIMS residents against getting tested for COVID-19, and that the testing centre — newly located on Garran Oval near the Canberra Hospital — will "spread COVID-19 … and enable total government control over all aspects of life under UN Agenda 21".

The flyer outlines FAKE "facts about COVID-19 testing centres", including that 30 per cent of people who attended a testing centre were given COVID-19 in the testing process.

Ms Stephen-Smith said it was unclear who distributed the flyer, but confirmed the matter would be dealt with by ACT Policing rather than the Government.

She also implored recipients to disregard the potentially dangerous messages in the flyer. "It is dangerous misinformation," she said.

"What we really need to do is get the message out that this is really full of far-fetched lies, it is absolutely conspiracy theory stuff, and doesn't bear any resemblance to the truth.

Man charged for failing to comply with COVID-19 directions
A 41-year-old man from Parkes has become the first person in the ACT to be charged for failing to comply with COVID-19 health directions.

ACT Policing said the man travelled to Canberra from Victoria on Wednesday without an exemption from the ACT Chief Health Officer.

He has been arrested and charged with failing to comply with a Public Health Direction under the Public Health Act 1997, the first-ever offence recorded under the Act.

Detective Superintendent Jason Kennedy said the man was cooperative when taken into custody by the ACT Policing COVID-19 Taskforce about 11:30am on Thursday.

"We take the safety of the Canberra community seriously, especially those who may be at higher risk of health complications," Detective Superintendent Kennedy said.

"ACT Policing had serious concerns about the significant health risks this particular individual posed to our community by not complying with the health directions."


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... s/12465162

A silver lining on the Covid19 storm clouds
Due to coronavirus ( social distancing restrictions and flu vax campaign in Feb and Mar , there have been just four confirmed cases of the flu this season in the ACT
Key points:
The flu season normally begins in late March and peaks in August
This time last year there were over 2,000 confirmed influenza cases in Canberra
Social distancing, school closures, vulnerable people social isolating , improved vaccination rates and good hygiene are likely to thank for the low number of flu cases

The flu season normally begins in late March and peaks in August — at this time last year, there had been just over 2,000 confirmed influenza cases in Canberra.

By the end of last year's flu season there were about 4,000 confirmed cases.

So far in 2020, there have been 189 confirmed cases of flu in Canberra, but nearly all of those were recorded in the first two months of the year.

"Influenza activity in the ACT is currently at an historic low, with only four cases notified in the last 12 weeks (to 12 July)," a spokeswoman for Canberra Health Services said.

"This likely in part reflects physical distancing and good hygiene associated with the COVID-19 response, in addition to vaccination rates."

Take up of flu vaccine through public program almost doubled.Within four weeks of the flu vaccine being made available in Canberra, 105,000 doses had been delivered through the National Immunisation Program — 45,000 more than in previous years.

Canberra Health Services said demand for the vaccine also appeared to be greater in the private market.

The Australian Medical Association president for the ACT, Antonio di Dio, said the Federal Government's expanded vaccine program had saved lives.

"One of the big positives is going to be there will be far fewer deaths from the flu ... every year in Australia we have 3,000 flu deaths," Mr di Dio said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/ ... n/12460854

No bail for man arrested at (Aboriginals') Tent Embassy after Victoria-NSW then NSW-Act border crossings
A man has been denied bail after allegedly failing to comply with COVID-19 health directions in the ACT.

Simeon Cassar, 41, is accused of entering the territory from Victoria without the required exemption.

Originally from Brisbane, court documents allege Mr Cassar attempted to drive across the New South Wales border from Victoria in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but was denied entry.

Just a few hours later, police were told the accused had later entered the ACT and was staying at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy near Old Parliament House.

From there, he was arrested and became the first person in the territory to be charged with failing to comply with a public health direction.

Detective Superintendent Jason Kennedy said the man was taken into police custody without incident.

"We take the safety of the Canberra community seriously, especially those who may be at higher risk of health conditions," Supt Kennedy said.

"ACT Policing had serious concerns about the significant health risks this particular individual posed to our community by not complying with the health directions.

"ACT Policing will continue to take all necessary action to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

Mr Cassar's lawyer applied for release on his behalf, saying his client was unaware of the permit rules and could self-isolate at the Tent Embassy or at a hotel.

Magistrate James Lawton refused bail and said he had to take into consider the "welfare of the community" and take into account Mr Cassar's chances of "endangering the safety and wellbeing of everyone".

Although Mr Cassar has returned a negative COVID-19 test result, he will be required to undergo further tests and is in quarantine in the remand centre.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:40 am

17 July in SA

South Australia could re-enter lockdown, premier warns
South Australia Premier Steven Marshall has warned South Australia could go back into lockdown as interstate cases continue to rise.

The state's transition committee met today, as the crisis deepened further in Victoria.

South Australia's hard border with Victoria is set to remain in place indefinitely, while the road to NSW won't open either.Mr Marshall said he wanted to see data showing NSW had got on top of its cases before considering opening the border.

Meanwhile, there are concerns over the spike in people getting caught by police in the middle of COVID-19 breaches.

The state opposition said since Sunday, about 2100 people in self-quarantine have received a visit from SA Police, with more than 280 caught breaching quarantine laws.Mr Marshall isn't ruling out increasing on-the-spot fines.
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/south-australia-could-re-enter-lockdown-premier-warns/ar-BB16QWxu?ocid=msedgntp
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Life under social isolation or mandatory "stay home orde

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:54 pm

18-Jul
New cases o/night in Vic = 217
New cases o/night in NSW = 15
Total new cases o/night for NSW & Vic = 232
Cumulated new cases for NSW & Vic since 10Jun = 4206

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Yesterday's smaller number is NO INDICATION that we have peaked.

The identified sources in NSW and Vic are "interesting" , especially the dates these occur at.
Victoria
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NSW
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The majority of "unknown" cases in the period 1 June to 21 June will be the Covidiot mass rallies that took place in Melbourne (30 May) and in Brisbane & Sydney (31 May) that were illegal and in breach of Lev 3 restrictions in place in Victoria , NSW and Queensland at the time, where no one bothered even try to socially distance and there wasn't a face mask to be seen on anyone.
Locally there are right wing politicans and ultra right wing pundits ( talking heads on radio and TV and online ) who have "conveniently forgotten the mass covidiot rallies of 30 May and 31 May and are trying to put the blame on the BLM mass rallies that took place all over the place ( in all capitals and many regional and even smaller cities , but where the participants tried to socially distance and the vast majority wore face masks , hand sanitizer was available ) and off cause the Victorian government is also laying the blame on non-compliant quarantine hotel guards and staff ( who were very incompetent and lax , they've been scapegoated but no one prosecuted ) and on social distancing non-compliance in the larger community due to social distancing fatigue or indifference or outright disobedience by some (mostly millennials).
If the BLM rallies were the course since the participants came from all over their respective states , it would be reasonable to expect lots of covid clusters showing up in very widely dispersed under privileged aboriginal communities , this has not yet been seen , and is strong evidence IMO the BLM rallies have not contributed to the second wave in NSW and Victoria.
Not that I'm impressed that these BLM rallies occurred and at the time they occurred I was very miffed about their stupidity and selfishness ( endangering everyone ). I was ropable about the Covidiot rallies !!

Hospital situation is worrying , lots of ICU patients are now requiring ventilation now ( global experience is most on ventilation end up dead )
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Running total for 2020 of Australian deaths by Covid19 cluster
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EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:59 pm

Not impressed when I saw this
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NOT SETTING A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE ScoMo !
If you don't take social distancing seriously, it's little wonder others don't either.
ScoMo , you MUST lead , you MUST be seen to be setting a good example , this is a case where your actions have VERY serious flow down consequences .

This is how to set an GOOD EXAMPLE
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Keep everyone at least an arm and sword length apart .
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EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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18 JULY In NSW
Urgent warning issued to anyone who dined at Sydney Thai restaurant
Diners and workers who attended the premises between July 9 - 14 have been told to get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days.

Authorities told anyone who developed COVID-19 symptoms to get re-tested for the virus even if they previously tested negative.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/sydney/u ... d=msedgdhp

Two venues added to growing list of NSW coronavirus danger zones, as 15 new cases reported
NSW deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty has urged people who attended the venues to isolate immediately for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

The venues are:

The bistro at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, on the NSW South Coast, where one case visited on July 13 between 7:00pm and 9:30pm.
Another confirmed case visited the Albion Park McDonald's in the Shellharbour area on July 15 between 2:00pm and 2:30pm.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

Coronavirus: Victoria’s second wave hits NSW
Cases in Victoria have doubled in less than 2 weeks .
NSW is reintroducing tougher restrictions from July 24.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp


18 July NATIONAL / ACT
Federal Parliament suspended for two weeks at it is considered too dangerous for the ACT , NSW & Victoria to convene a large number of parliamentarians and staff in Canberra by health authorities
advice for DCMO
'The entry of a high-risk group of individuals would jeopardise the health situation in the ACT and place residents at unnecessary risk of infection.'

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

Large numbers of Australians dip into superannuation twice during pandemic
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/australians-dip-into-superannuation-twice-during-pandemic/vi-BB16SKgM?ocid=msedgntp

18 July in WA
WA records 3 new COVID-19 cases as infections from Dubai flight climb to 20
Key points:
WA recorded three new COVID-19 cases overnight
A 43-year-old man is an active case, while the others are historical
The man flew to Perth on a Dubai flight, which left 20 people infected

[b]New hospital ED unit to improve safety
The Health Minister also used the coronavirus briefing to announce a $19 million upgrade of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital's emergency department.

A new eight-bed unit will be built to ensure patients affected by drugs and alcohol can be assessed safely without entering the main department.

Emergency Department consultant Dr Tor Ercleve said it would also protect hospital staff from violent or abusive patients.

"It has been a major issue here, horrendous problems with morale," Dr Ercleve said.

"We've had a lot of nurses say 'we don't want to come to work anymore'.

"This (urgent care centre) will provide a safe environment, not just for the patients but also for our staff, and that's hugely important."

[/b]https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-18/wa-records-three-coronavirus-cases-dubai-flight-infections-rise/12469544

18 July In Vic
Victorian coronavirus death toll climbs to 34 as 217 new cases recorded

A man and a woman in their 80s have died from coronavirus in Victoria overnight, taking the state's death toll to 34.

The state has also recorded 217 new cases, 205 of which are under investigation.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said this was, "not an ordinary weekend" and urged people to stay at home.

"Whether you are in Broadmeadows or Brighton, 'stay-at-home' means 'stay-at-home'," he said.

The Premier said about a third of the residents in the last locked-down social housing tower in North Melbourne will need to continue self isolating after the hard lockdown ends at 11:59pm tonight."We will continue to provide groceries, perishable food, cooked meals — we will continue to provide all the basics that those residents need," he said.

Today's number was a relief and, "much better than a number above 400," Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said.

"But it is a number that would have shocked us all a month ago. We need to remember it is still a high number," he said.

There has been a slight decrease in the number of hospitalised patients since yesterday, with 110 patients in hospital compared to 122 yesterday.

There are 25 patients in intensive care, which Professor Sutton said was "fortunately" a decrease of six since yesterday.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

Three more Victorian aged care facilities record COVID-19 cases
Including nursing homes in regional Ballarat and Bendigo .
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp


18 July in QLD
Partygoers seen flouting social distancing rules in Queensland
Queenslanders have been spotted flouting social distancing rules, with hundreds lining up for clubs and bars in Brisbane city last night.

Numerous people were seen standing shoulder-to-shoulder outside clubs and bars in Brisbane's popular nightlife destination, The Valley.
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<< typical , no evidence of anyone giving a toss about even trying to social distance , it's as if everything is back to normal for them >>
These scenes follow warnings by Queensland police that failure to respect social distancing regulations could result in in the reintroduction of restrictions."It's really disappointing to see members of our community lining up in huge queues and not seeing the problem," Deputy Commissioner Steve Golleschewski said yesterday.

"If we continue to see poor behaviour by the patrons of these venues or the premises themselves, there will be conversations with the chief health officer about what needs to be done."

Three infringements notices have been issued to nightclubs in the last fortnight.


https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

60 more ADF personnel deployed to Qld-NSW border
An additional 60 ADF personnel will be deployed to Queensland border checkpoints as travellers complain of lengthy delays as they attempt to cross the Qld- New South Wales border.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk backed a proposal to move the state’s border south to Tweed Heads in an effort to ease congestion and delays, particularly for residents in border towns. This has been rejected by NSW.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

NEXT DOOR IN INDONESIA Indonesia struggles with rising coronavirus infections as tests become commercialised
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp
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Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Postby kingofnobbys » Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:08 am

This is what interstate travel will be like in Australia while there is no covid19 vaccine and while there are state border closures and restrictions on travel.
This is how you flatten the curve and avoid huge waves of covid19 infection and overwhelmed ICUs.

As the NT lifts its coronavirus border security measures, some travellers still need to quarantineImage
Sarah Riley-Smith is one of about 53 people currently hunkered down in a former worker's village in Darwin's rural area, quarantining for two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the NT.

Ms Riley-Smith flew to Darwin from Melbourne — a place the NT Government classifies as a COVID-19 hotspot — on Friday.

Travellers who fly from hotspots — Victoria or Greater Sydney — into the NT have to undertake 14 days of Government-managed quarantine and pay the $2,500 fee themselves.

Ms Riley-Smith said the journey to the Top End was a surreal experience.

"There was absolutely nobody at the airport in Melbourne, it was like the only flight for the house … there were only 70 people on the flight, so there were only 70 people at the airport, nothing was open, it was very eerie," she said.

Everyone on the plane had a mask on, Ms Riley-Smith recalled, and no-one was sitting in a middle seat to ensure there was enough space between passengers.

From Darwin Airport to quarantine
After landing in the NT, Ms Riley-Smith said passengers were instructed to fill out a physical arrival card and then escorted to a bus which took them to the worker's village in Howard Springs.

"It was pretty weird, but I was warned that was going to happen, that there would be police everywhere," she said.

"I think there was probably more staff at the airport than there were people on the plane, it felt pretty well-organised, everyone knew what to do."

When the bus pulled in to Howard Springs, Ms Riley-Smith said they waited on board for about an hour while other passengers were checked in.

"We were taken to the room by a medical professional … they're coming back to our room to take our temperatures later," she said.

Now, Ms Riley-Smith just needs to find a way to pass the fortnight.

"I think it will be OK, considering we can actually walk outside," she said.

"It's pretty good because we have our own little balconies and you can sit out there as long as you put your facemask on."

Ms Riley-Smith is moving to the NT to work as a teacher and will be starting after her two-weeks quarantine is up.

"Because I'm moving up here, I've got a lot of things to entertain me … I've got lots of books and my yoga mat and some Pilates stuff and I got some watercolour pencils and art books to start my creative quarantine journey," she said.

"Plus we can do Woolworths orders and also Kmart orders so I can get a puzzle."

Borders open to other travellers
NT Police said they had processed more than 2,500 people who had crossed the Territory's border yesterday to 5am this morning.

Of that number, 1,041 arrived by road from South Australia at Kulgera with almost 800 arriving from Queensland on the Barkly Highway and 277 on the Victoria Highway from Western Australia.

The Robinson River was the NT's busiest remote border checkpoint with 60 people entering the NT by the Savannah Way.

Of those arrivals, 65 have entered mandatory quarantine in Howards Springs and in Alice Springs.

Stephen Lees was one of the many excited travellers who arrived in the Territory yesterday and was excited to be reunited with his family after three months working in WA.

"I've been away working so I wasn't able to come back, not without doing the quarantine, so as soon as it opened up I jumped back on a plane and came home," Mr Lees said.

Victor Chen flew in from Perth to be with his partner, who moved to the Northern Territory just before the borders closed.

"It feels good, I haven't seen her for about four months," he said.

To celebrate their reunion, the couple has a trip booked to Kakadu National Park on Monday.

Former Territorian Jeff Toll flew up to Darwin for a holiday and also has big plans.

"Do a bit of barra fishing, Mindil Markets, enjoy the sunsets, have fun," he said.

Mr Toll said he waited until July 17 to fly up, so he could avoid self-isolating for 14 days before exploring the Northern Territory.

"WA has been alight but with the weather and with the dry season here, it’ll be good just to get back," he said.

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CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Postby kingofnobbys » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:24 pm

19-Jul
New cases o/night in Vic = 363
New cases o/night in NSW = 18
Total new cases o/night for NSW & Vic = 381
Cumulated new cases for NSW & Vic since 10 June = 4587
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To date, Australia has recorded 11,611 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 121 deaths.
0.046 % of the population has officially been "exposed" to the virus .

Identified sources ( unknown means tracers were unable to find the original source for a cluster )
Victoria
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NSW
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Hospital situation
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Some covidiots have been advocating doing NOTHING , including big mouths like those on SKYE.
A quick calculation based on Ro = 5.7 ==> Ho = (Ro -1)/Ro = 82% follows.
Had Australia decided to let covid19 run it's course and not tried to restrict it's spread by putting the economy into hibernation and imposing harsh / strict social distancing measures , to reach natural herd immunity ( assuming this is even possible with this virus , no guarantee of that , and based on the death rate experienced - which is not a good indicator as many would never have got a bed , yet alone a ventilator as the hospitals would be totally overrun ) , the likely death rate for Australia would be much higher than = 121 x 82/0.046 = 220k.
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:29 am

19 July In Victoria

363 new coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria
Victoria has recorded 363 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, and three more people have died bringing the state total to 38.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

Workplace coronavirus transmission driving Victorian case numbers, including in aged care
Key points:
Police and the workplace watchdog will target high-risk workplaces like call centres and meat processing facilities
The State and Federal Governments have announced a funding package aimed at preventing aged care workers moving across different facilities
The Healthcare Workers Union says it's worried aged care workers will be forced onto the poverty line
The state recorded 368 new confirmed coronavirus cases overnight, while 217 were announced on Saturday and a record-high 428 on Friday.

The latest wave of infections has been much more deadly than the last peak in March and April.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said "about 80 per cent" of the state's new infections since mid-May "are being driven by transmission in workplaces, including private-sector aged care".

The Government has announced Victoria Police, WorkSafe and Department of Health and Human Services officers will be focussing on high-risk workplaces.

This will include distribution centres, call centres and meat processing facilities.

An outbreak at a JBS abattoir in Brooklyn is linked to 35 infections, while a cluster linked to Somerville Retail Services has risen to 53 cases.

But the Premier said a law firm which did not allow staff to work from home was also linked to a number of recent cases.
Businesses found to breach physical-distancing guidelines or other coronavirus restrictions already face an on-the-spot fine of nearly $10,000 and the possibility of further legal or financial penalties.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the state's new mandatory masks rule would help reduce the risk in workplaces. "Workplace settings, sometimes with very large workforces who have to be in very close proximity, they can amplify the transmission," he said.

Visitation limits for aged care, plan to limit staff to single facilities
Hospitals, medical facilities and aged care homes have been linked to a number of Victoria's recent cases.

Three new aged care facilities —
Bluecross Ruckers Hill in Northcote,
Villa Maria Catholic Homes in Alphington
and Japara Highbury in Glen Waverley — have detected a single case each.

All up, the virus has infected 112 staff or student staff, 93 residents and 11 household contacts across 40 aged care facilities.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said there had been incidences in recent days of staff linked to outbreaks who had worked across multiple facilities.

Aged care workers are some of the lowest-paid in Australia, making about $23 an hour, and workers last week told the ABC they would suffer financial hardship if they could not work across multiple jobs.

The Victorian and Federal Governments today announced an aged care funding package aimed at keeping aged care staff working in single facilities.

The package will include additional entitlement funding, infection control training and five mobile testing sites targeted at aged care.

It will also provide an additional 1 million masks for regional Victorian aged care facilities and 1 million more masks for disability workers across the state.

The State Government already provides a $1,500 one-off hardship payment to Victorians forced to miss work due to coronavirus quarantine.

From July 22, visitation will be restricted to those defined as carers only, with a limit of one hour per day.
Mr Hunt said the "challenging" restrictions were something people would never want, but "we recognise they are necessary".

Union concerned aged care workers will be 'forced onto the poverty line'. The secretary of the Health Workers Union, Diana Asmar, said the single-site policy had been announced with "no consultation" with the union. "Over half of the aged care members we represent are casual or part-time, which is reflective of the broader industry," Ms Asmar said. " "Working across multiple worksites for multiple employers is widespread, particularly amongst kitchen and food staff, cleaners and leisure and lifestyle workers."
She said it was "highly unlikely" any government could cover the cost of lost wages, but it was more likely workers "will be forced onto the poverty line".

Ms Asmar said until the detail of the announcement was made clear, the news "has created uncertainty for the industry and anxiety for thousands of low-paid aged care workers".

She called on governments to provide more personal protective equipment for workers in health and aged care settings.
<< In NSW , visiting carers are now required to live-in for 2 weeks , then quarantine for 2 weeks , or to move in as permanent carers while the client / patient / person in need of care needs their assistance or until there is a vaccine , all needs for the patient and carer are delivered in a contact free manner >>

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-19/ ... e/12470704

Funding package announced for aged care sector in Victoria
Victorian Health Minister, Jenny Mikakos, has announced aged care workers will be able to access funding if they need to isolate for 14 days.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp


COVID-19 cases at Melbourne distribution centre
Workers at two Woolworths distribution centres in Melbourne were offered overtime shifts before being told about multiple coronavirus infections onsite.
Dozens of employees cancelled their shifts after two employees at the centres tested positive to COVID-19.
Staff said they were offered extra shifts to fill weekend staff shortages without being told about the infections.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/melbourn ... d=msedgdhp

Final Melbourne public housing block leaves 'hard lockdown' but 100 still under quarantine
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The last Melbourne public housing tower has been released from "hard lockdown", but not all residents are permitted to leave the building.

Around 370 residents of the North Melbourne housing block on Alfred Street are now free to leave their homes for essential reasons in line with restrictions put in place across the rest of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

It brings to an end a fortnight of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions Australia has yet seen.
But 100 others are still trapped inside their small units, either because they have tested positive to COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone who has.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

Police guard 'hot' hotels as quarantine inquiry set to begin
Police have been deployed to 2 "hot" hotels in Melbourne to help guard 82 people isolating with coronavirus, as the Andrews government steps up efforts to prevent a repeat of the hotel quarantine fiasco that has been attributed to leading to Victoria's second surge of COVID-19 outbreaks. << IMO contributed but did not cause the 2nd wave , but it's not politically safe for the Vic State Premier to blame the Covidiot rally on 30 May >>

Ministers, senior public servants and security will face an inquiry into the debacle that starts at 10am on Monday with opening statements from Justice Jennifer Coate and senior counsel assisting the inquiry Tony Neal, QC.

Since the inquiry was announced on July 2, Corrections Victoria has taken over guarding hotel quarantine after private security personnel were found to have breached restrictions and subsequently spread coronavirus through the community.

A "small number" of police and protective service officers will now help Corrections Victoria staff in guarding two hotels that house nine returned travellers who tested positive for coronavirus and 73 public housing residents who accepted the government's offer of isolating in hotels instead of their homes.
Premier Daniel Andrews said police and PSOs would be used as a measure of "extra security".

"Where you've got a setting where everyone in the hotel has got the COVID virus, then it just makes sense - as we always have - to take those extra steps to try and make sure you protect what is a particularly volatile environment from a virus point of view," Mr Andrews said."It's the best team to look after what is a very challenging environment - this is just about bolstering that one step further."They're there, if you like, in a leadership role ??? I'm confident the arrangements there are above and beyond what they've been in the past."

Victoria Police did not reveal how many officers would be deployed to the hotels, other than to say the force would provide the "appropriate" number of staff, to be scaled up and down depending on the number of guests in hotel quarantine.
"The resources are in addition to existing Corrections Victoria supervision arrangements at the hotels and have been deployed following a request from a government department," a police spokeswoman said.

"Police and PSOs will provide 24/7 coverage at the hotels to assist with the safety and security of all those in quarantine and ensure there are no breaches of [Chief Health Officer] directions."

Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt said the union was notified on Friday that officers would be deployed to hotel quarantine sites."We have been in consultation with Victoria Police to make sure the processes in place are ones that support the safety of our members as much as possible and ensure infection control measures are as tight as they possibly can be," he said. "We have always said our members have a job to do in supporting the community, they are proud to be undertaking that work and in respect to hotels and their work in quarantine, they stand ready to right this ship to make sure the situation improves and to make it work as professionally and functionally as it can."

Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien questioned why the government chose to "take police off the beat" to guard hotels instead of accepting the Commonwealth's offer of deploying Australian Defence Force troops.

"This makes no sense," Mr O'Brien said. "At least we don't have those untrained security guards guarding hotel quarantine, so that's an improvement, but why say no to the Australian Defence Force?"

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

People who are out of the house and not wearing a mask can be fined $200 by police
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says face masks will become mandatory in public for everyone living in the coronavirus hotspots of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

Mr Andrews announced the new restrictions on Sunday morning, as the state recorded 363 new coronavirus infections as well as three further deaths.

Victoria has also extended its state of emergency until midnight on 16 August.

It will become mandatory from 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July, Mr Andrews said.
People who are out of the house and not wearing a mask can be fined $200 by police, he added, while urging residents to adopt a "commonsense" approach.

There are some reasons for not wearing a masks such as medical reasons, children aged under 12, a professional reason or if not practical - like running - but individuals need to carry a mask with them.

Teachers won't need to wear a face covering while teaching but students there for VCE, VCAL or for onsite supervision will. Everyone is expected to wear one on the way to and from school.

"Now, commonsense will guide this," Mr Andrews said.

More :
Who needs to wear a mask?

In metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, everyone over the age of 12 needs to wear a mask or face covering when they leave their house for one of the four allowed reasons.
Study or work — if you cannot work from home
Medical care and caregiving
Shopping for essentials
Daily exercise

This applies to everyone in these areas, including people who live outside these areas but are visiting for one of the permitted reasons.

What's happening in regional Victoria?

Face coverings in regional Victoria continue to be recommended in situations where maintaining 1.5 metres distance is not possible.

Who doesn't need to wear a mask?

Not everyone needs to wear a face covering. Reasons to not be covered include:
People with a medical reason
Children under 12 years of age, or 12-year-olds if they're attending primary school
For professional reasons because it stops you doing your job, for example working in a call centre
A practical reason like when you go for a run

The Victorian Government says people must carry their face covering at all times to wear when they can.

It will not be a requirement for people working in childcare.

The Premier also says "common sense should guide us". He says therefore you should take off your mask when entering a bank.
<< mmm , maybe the banks should supply face shields that can be used in place of masks by customers >>

What should I wear? Will a scarf do?

Mr Andrews, who wore a black mask before today's press conference, says a mask or scarf will do.

"It need not be a hospital-grade mask. It need not be one of the handmade masks … It can be a scarf, it can be a homemade mask," Mr Andrews said.

He admits "nothing is perfect" and a "face covering is just as good".


What's the penalty for not covering your face?

It's a $200 fine.

Where can I get a mask?

There are store-bought cloth and surgical masks on the market.

The Premier mentioned the state has 2.5 million to 3 million masks on order, with the first batch to arrive this week.

Who will be eligible to receive these masks will be announced later this week.

Can I make one? Yes, you can.
Professor Sutton says don't get stressed if you can't buy a mask because he is talking about a face covering to cover the face and mouth. "People just need to find a face covering."

The Victorian Government has release information about how to make and what to use to make a face mask. recommended three pieces of fabric: https://youtu.be/R1GZilOKpgQ

They recommend making a mask with three pieces of fabric: water resistant for the outer layer, blended for the middle layer, and a water absorbing cotton fabric for the inner layer.

What if I'm exercising?

Yes, this is one of the exceptions to the rule.

Mr Andrews used the example of a jogger.

He said while running they don't need to wear a mask but must have one to wear before and after their exercise.

What about teachers and students?

Teachers are being told to wear a face cover wherever practical at school but not while teaching.

Mr Andrews said it was important for teachers to be able to communicate with their students.

At school, children above 12 are expected to wear masks.

Mr Andrews said students wearing masks would be "less of a barrier to their education".

Should I wear a mask while driving?

Mr Andrews says err on the side of caution and wear a mask whenever possible.

Yes, that means even if you are driving a car.
<< presumyeably if you in alone in the car , 'no mask needed til you get out of the car or wind down a window at a drivethro or to talk to someone at windowside >>

"It's not like police will be pulling over every single vehicle or every single person to check you are wearing a mask but err on the side of caution," he says.

"Err on the side of doing more than less."

How effective are cloth masks?

A mask is just one tool in fighting the spread of the virus.

Staying inside and physically distancing is ideal, but if you can't do that, wearing a mask provides a physical barrier to the virus.

Face masks help contain droplets when people cough or sneeze, reducing the likelihood of spreading the virus.

Professor Sutton says even cloth masks do act as a filter.

"Masks don't do very well in your pocket, they don't do very well sitting on your chin," Professor Sutton says.

"They do need to cover your nose and mouth to work properly."

How do I wear it properly?

You need to ensure your mask covers your nose and mouth.

According to DHHS and Choice, your homemade mask should:
Fit securely around the face, specifically covering the nose and mouth areas
Be secured with ties at the back of the head or ear loops
Make sure it doesn't have holes or a valve
Allows for breathing without restriction

Can be laundered and machine-dried without damage or changes to its shape (cloth masks should be routinely washed in a washing machine)


How often should I change my mask?

Fabric face masks should be removed as soon as they become damp and not used again until they have been washed.

Dr Holly Seale, a senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, says it must be cleaned with detergent in a hot wash cycle in a washing machine.

It also needs to be air-dried, and completely dry before it's used again.


<< will make it very easy to identify covidiots LOL >>
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/masks-to-be ... -emergency
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-19/ ... m/12470640

Federal Government backs Melbourne mask mandate
The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, says the Federal Government fully supports the introduction of mandatory mask wearing in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

Melbourne man fined $1652 for driving 30km to buy butter chicken
A Victorian man has been fined for driving more than 30 kilometres to buy a specific type of butter chicken.

The man was caught travelling from Werribbee to Melbourne's CBD to pick up Indian food.

At least 74 people have been fined for breaching public health orders in the past 24-hour period.

Other infringements have been issued for people gathering in large numbers to catch up with friends and to consume alcohol.

<< Expensive meal , hope it was worth it LOL , some people just don't seem to get it do they >>
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp
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Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:48 am

19 July in NSW

Authorities concerned by rise of untraceable cases in NSW
There's growing concern about a number of new COVID-19 infections not connected to the known clusters in NSW.
Of the state's 16 new cases recorded yesterday, the source of five is unknown.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

Sydney commuters urged to retime their days
The New South Wales Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, has urged commuters to rethink their daily routines , to stagger start and knockoff times , and avoid travelling during peak periods.

<< this is something I suggested to the local member months ago when I saw the overcrowding in trains, trams and buses, it's not hard for most businesses to offer this kind of flexibility to their employees , very few workers are on defined rotating shifts ( 8 hr or 12 hr ) >>
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

New border zone introduced between NSW and Victoria with tighter restrictions for crossing

Key points:
Tighter restrictions will be placed on border permits for residents of NSW border towns
If border residents travel beyond the border zone in Victoria, they will have to isolate for 14 days
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the changes will protect NSW residents' health and jobs
From midnight on Tuesday, the border zone will restrict entry of Victorians to NSW to "extremely limited purposes", NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

"Essentially, unless you're travelling across the border in the border zone for education, health or employment, you shouldn't be going."

Mr Hazzard said the border zone would be "much narrower" but those most affected would be the community of Albury-Wodonga.

"The daily matters where people were able to cross back and forth will no longer be.

NSW will introduce a strict border zone with Victoria in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases south of the border.

From midnight on Tuesday, the border zone will restrict entry of Victorians to NSW to "extremely limited purposes", NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
"Essentially, unless you're travelling across the border in the border zone for education, health or employment, you shouldn't be going."

Mr Hazzard said the border zone would be "much narrower" but those most affected would be the community of Albury-Wodonga.
"The daily matters where people were able to cross back and forth will no longer be possible — you can't just pop across to do your shopping, it has to be now for the three designated reasons."

Mr Hazzard said the growing rates of community transmission in Victoria were behind the need for stricter border restrictions, "making it harder to get a permit and easier to cancel them".

The changes mean that NSW border residents will be restricted in their reasons for travelling into the Victoria side of the border zone.

And if they travel beyond the border zone into Victoria, they will be required to self-isolate upon return for 14 days.

Mr Hazzard said under the changes, border residents with a permit will only be able to cross into the other side of the border zone "to go to work or attend an education institution if they can't work or learn from home, or to obtain medical care, supplies or health services".

Under the new border permit requirements:

Staff or students of boarding schools or universities are required to self-isolate for 14 days and obtain a negative swab before attending school
People entering NSW for child access or care arrangements, and freight workers, are required to have a COVID Safety Plan
Critical service workers are required to self-isolate when not providing those services
Entry for medical or hospital services will only be allowed where those services are not available in Victoria, or can't be accessed remotely
Seasonal workers from Victoria are banned from entering NSW
Mr Hazzard said the new rules would give authorities greater enforcement powers to stop people entering NSW and to direct people who are not NSW residents to leave if they presented an unacceptable health risk.
"I make no apologies for taking the steps required to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens," he said.

The changes mean that any existing permits will expire at midnight on Tuesday, meaning those with current permits will have to reapply.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-19/ ... a/12471204



Overseas arrivals OF AUSTRALIANS WHO HAVE DELAYED RETURNING ( despite 6 months of warning by the Federal Govt ) are NOW limited to 350 in Sydney
International arrivals in Sydney will be limited to 350 people a day under tighter COVID-19 restrictions to ensure returned travellers don't overwhelm the NSW health and hotel quarantine system.

Announcing the decision on Sunday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the step was necessary to make sure the state stays in a strong position to prevent the spread of coronavirus. "Our number one priority is the health and safety of the people of NSW, and this new cap will help us protect our state from COVID-19," Ms Berejiklian said in a statement. "NSW is the gateway to Australia and it is important that passengers returning home do not overrun the capacity of NSW Health and hotel quarantine."

The new airport cap will apply from 12.01am on Monday under an agreement with the federal government.

It further reduces the current cap of 450 people introduced on July 5.

Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres said Australians have been given plenty of time to return from overseas. "It is incredibly important the volume of returning travellers does not undo the great work of the people of NSW," Mr Ayres said in a statement on Sunday.

"The people, businesses and industries of NSW can only operate in this 'new normal' if we effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19, and further limiting the cap on returning travellers will help ensure this."

Meanwhile, the retail, fast-food and warehouse workers union is urging people to not visit the shops after being tested for coronavirus. "If you are getting tested it is out of a concern you might have COVID," the SDA's NSW/ACT secretary Bernie Smith said in a statement on Sunday.

"Don't go to the shops after you are tested. Wait for your test results. Don't go until you know. Don't put the health of the workers in the store and other shoppers at risk.

"Particularly in the wake of these new COVID-19 clusters in some parts of Sydney, the community needs to be extra vigilant and ensure we're doing everything we can to keep each other safe."

The union says it has written to Health Minister Brad Hazzard asking for additional signage around testing areas and shopping centre precincts to remind people to go straight home after being tested.

In the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday NSW recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases.

Of these, 5 are connected to patrons who attended Casula's Crossroads Hotel in southwest Sydney.

That cluster now numbers 45 people, 30 of which were not hotel patrons.

One case, reported on Friday afternoon, was linked to a developing cluster at the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park.

4 cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine, while another 5 remain under investigation by contact tracers.

2 of those cases include a pair from the same household who visited a bistro at Batemans Bay on Monday and a fast-food restaurant in the Shell Harbour area on Wednesday.

One additional case was also recorded after 8pm. It is linked to Planet Fitness at Casula, the sixth infected individual to attend the gym on July 8.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgdhp

Dozens face $1000 fines after boozy Sydney house party breaches COVID rules
<< $69,000 in fines issued , ABC 7pm News >>
Dozens of people are facing $1000 fines after police broke up a boozy late-night house party in Sydney's north-west on Saturday night.

More than 60 people were partying at the house at Nottingham Street in Schofields when police arrived just before midnight following a noise complaint. The maximum number of guests allowed at a home is 20 people under the Public Health Order.

A massive police presence attended the party with helicopters, the dog squad and officers from 6 local area commands called in. The party was hosted at a holiday rental property, NSW Police said.
<< I hope the landlord has now evicted these ratbags , I'm sure the next door neighbours will be glad to see the back them >>

A 15-person brawl broke out inside the house when police arrived, with many of the guests intoxicated. Police officers used pepper spray to disperse the drunken crowd.

The four-bedroom property is listed on booking platforms Airbnb and Stayz for up to $570 a night. The house has a strict "no parties" policy, bans loud music and asks for quiet after 9pm. "If a party is found, [we] will charge $2000 fine and $300 extra cleaning fee is payable," the Airbnb and Stayz listings state.

Police intend to issue more than 60 people with $1000 COVID penalty infringement notices for breaching the health order.

About half the crowd left when the police arrived, while 30 people were arrested for refusing a move-on direction. Police plan to issue them with separate $1000 fines for failing to comply with police directions.

3 men were taken to Blacktown Hospital, 2 for minor injuries from the brawl and the third for alcohol intoxication.
<< Outrageous behavior , total disregard for the neighbours and the larger community , they got off lightly IMO >>

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgdhp

Chippendale restaurant Holy Duck! among new venues hit by COVID-19 cases, as state ramps up warnings
Key points:
Of the new cases, three have no known link to clusters and one is still under investigation
Four are close contacts of previously reported cases

The NSW Government is advising against non-essential travel and social gatherings

NSW has recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases, including infections linked to an inner-Sydney restaurant and a gym in the western suburbs, as community transmission cases continue to rise.

Among the new infections are 13 cases that were locally acquired.

NSW Health deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty warned the community to remain vigilant.
"It wouldn't take much for us to be in Melbourne's situation and we need everyone's assistance," he said. "Everyone has got a role to play. Don't be complacent."

NSW Health said transmission in hotels and restaurants, gyms and social gatherings was of "particular concern", and urged people to avoid non-essential travel and social gatherings.
From midnight on Tuesday, NSW will tighten restrictions for entry from Victoria.

In a statement, NSW Health said it "totally discourages all non-essential travel to Victoria and the border region".

For those travelling within the Sydney region, NSW Health requested people "make practical and sensible decisions for themselves that will limit the transmission of COVID-19".

Under current restrictions, 20 people are allowed at a gathering at home, but NSW Health urged people to "take the extra precaution" of limiting that number to 10.

One new locally acquired case is someone who attended the Holy Duck! restaurant on Kensington Street in Chippendale on July 10 between 7:15pm and 9:30pm.

Anyone who was at the restaurant at the same time is being told to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

The restaurant is part of the busy Kensington Street dining precinct which is next to the Central Park complex on Broadway in central Sydney.

Another new case visited Anytime Fitness in Merrylands in Western Sydney on July 14, from 9:00pm to 10:30pm. Anyone who visited the gym then is being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

The new cases include four people who went to the Thai Rock restaurant at the Stockland Mall in Wetherill Park and a close contact of one of the cases.
There are eight cases now linked to Thai Rock.

Among the remaining new cases is one person linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster.

2 people are members of the same household of 2 confirmed cases who visited the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club and Albion Park McDonald's.

2 people in south Sydney and one in south-western Sydney have been diagnosed with no known links to clusters.
Another case is still under investigation.

The remaining 5 cases are returned travellers in quarantine.

A private health clinic in Sydney's west has confirmed a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Northside Group Wentworthville Clinic, a 70 bed private hospital, has undergone a deep clean. The staff member went to get tested after visiting a COVID hotspot venue. Three other staff members who are close contacts are now in self-isolation.

Some 25,917 tests were carried out in the period to 8:00pm Saturday.

NSW has now reported 3,379 cases with 2,799 recovered.


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-19/ ... s/12470654

Coronavirus likely to see Sydney house prices fall for 18 months, economist warns
Sydney's property prices will inevitably fall for 18 months — and "maybe even beyond that" — because of coronavirus, an economist has warned.

While it may not be a sharp drop in prices, BIS Oxford Economics chief economist Sarah Hunter believes a sustained decline in property prices looks inevitable as Australia's borders remain closed.

"The economic conditions are obviously very challenging right now and from a demand and affordability-to-pay perspective, that's a negative," she said. "You sort of put those things together and you do get falling prices and we think we are going to see falling prices for at least the next 12 months and even 18 months and maybe even beyond that."

Demand for rental properties is dropping on the market due to the lack of international students, tourists and overseas workers living in Sydney.

Ms Hunter said that may result in property owners withdrawing homes from the rental market and selling them instead. "We might see some landlords look to sell their properties if they can't see a quick resolution to the situation, which does seem likely in the next 12 months. It does look very challenging."

The most recent figures from property research company SQM Research show Sydney has the highest rental vacancy rate in the country at 3.8 per cent in June, a 0.2 per cent decline from the previous month.

In Sydney's CBD there were more than 1,200 empty homes in June, compared with 764 at the same time last year. "I think the odds of us seeing a sharp fall back to vacancy rates, to what they were before, are very limited until we get a return to much more normal conditions, particularly around migration," Ms Hunter said.

Ray White's Con Magias said a rise in vacancy rates and the number of days a home is on market was visible. "Things are taking about double the amount of time to lease."

One of the homes he is managing includes a newly renovated three-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace in the inner-west suburb of Camperdown. It has been on the rental market for three weeks now, which he said was unusual. "Traditionally in this area … it's leased in around 14 days. "Generally a house like this would go very quickly because of its condition, its close proximity to the university and we are also within 4 kilometres of the Sydney CBD, so it's great for professional sharers and students."

For the first time in years, tenants have the confidence to upsize or look for more affordable options in the rental market.

Sydney has recorded declines in asking rents of 7.3 per cent for houses and 6.2 per cent for units of the past year, according to SQM Research.

Chris Buckingham and his three housemates took advantage of the opportunity to negotiate a rent reduction on their Petersham house. "With the sudden change in everyone's working conditions — three of us on JobKeeper, one of us was on a visa — there was a lot of uncertainty and the best thing we could do was reach out to the landlord and ask if there was anything they could do to help."

He admitted the four of them did explore cheaper options but eventually decided to remain in the same house after their landlord agreed to a $100-a-week discount on their rent. "If we didn't get a rent reduction, we were for sure going to leave the house."

He said it was the first time ever he'd had a rent decrease. "I've been renting for many, many years and it's the first time that the status quo has been shuffled," he said. "It's always been one way [but] coronavirus has given us renters a bit more say."

<< Unlike the superheated / overpriced housing and rental market in Sydney , the housing / rental market in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens is more stable and not as hyped.
You are hard pressed to buy a 4 bd home in Sydney for under $1.2M , unless you travel out to the West and South West , even there prices are near $900k.
In my area the same home can be bought for $600k.>>

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp
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Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:50 am

19 July in QLD

[quote]Longreach gymkhana held amid strict COVID-19 restrictions in Australian outback[/quote]
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Longreach teenager Sophie Salisbury has been at the stables every day before and after school preparing for a long-awaited local gymkhana that marks a return to some normalcy in the outback town, amid strict COVID-19 regulations.

The two-day event, billed as the "COVID Comeback", represented life returning to some sense of normalcy in the town, and was the biggest event 'the capital of the outback' had seen since the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world.

Families from across the region converged on the Longreach Rodeo Grounds for a weekend of motorbike and equine events, team penning, and a healthy serve of BBQ.

The noise and dust whipped up by the motorbikes were drowned out by the style and grace of the horses.

And, unlike the motorbikes, keeping the horses 'tuned' took constant attention.

Keeping horses ready for anything

Sophie, 14, has been keeping five-year-old gelding Vegas in prime condition throughout the pandemic, despite having had no opportunity for competition.
"I've still been riding twice a day and going out. It hasn't been too bad," Sophie said.
That sort of commitment meant Vegas and Sophie were ready to go, even if the competition was unfamiliar.
"It gets a bit scary sometimes because they [her horses] don't always pay attention or listen but it's pretty good," she said.
"He hasn't really done a gymkhana [before] he's only barrel raced."

When competition is secondary

John Hawkes has been around animals his entire life.
He owns the stables where Sophie keeps her horses, and he has horses of his own, a couple of collie dogs and a bullock called Ollie.
Mr Hawkes says competing with his animals is a secondary consideration, as just being around them is enough for him.
"[I'm] learning all the time, you learn from them," he said.
"It's not about imparting knowledge, it's how much you pick up from the animals.
"That's what I get out of it, that's what I love about it."

He was an eager spectator for most of the event but entered the arena for the team penning competition.
"It's fantastic, particularly for the young ones who put in that effort before and after school, working their horses," he said
"It's so nice for them to be able to present them [their horses] and do what they've been practising for months and months."

Rodeo set to return next

The gymkhana was run under strict COVID-19 regulations, but that didn't stop a record number of people nominating for all events across the weekend.

The event was held as a test case for other big events, such as rodeos, to return to the region.

Longreach Rodeo Association secretary Laura Axsentieff said it had been a lot of hard work making it happen, but the big numbers had made the effort worthwhile.
"We've been hanging out for this all year, we're all diehard horse and motorbike riders," she said.
"These events that we go to every year we pencil them in our calendar.
"It's been a good test run for the rodeo, I don't know how we are going to control the stockmen ( cowboys) but we'll give it a go."

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp

Protestors hold 7 minutes silence outside Kangaroo Point “alternative place of detention” in Brisbane
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As some refugees and asylum seekers approach one year of being detained in Australian hotels, questions are being raised about what plans are in place to find a permanent solution for the men.

<< this is not the first rally in this cause that has been endulged in under covid19 social distancing restriction in Australia , while I support their cause, I DO NOT SUPPORT mass rallies AT THIS TIME , I think this is selfish and very dangerous to the community and likely to loose community support for their cause and back fire on them with desasterous consequences for the refugees they claim they are trying to help ( get released to live in the wider community ). >>
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/almost-200- ... uture-hold
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EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:02 am

19 july in SA

New coronavirus restrictions come in for Victorians crossing into SA, as trio arrested
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<< tight squeeze for 3 adults for a long road journey in a ute ( not a dual cab ) >>
Police have arrested two men and a woman who they say breached COVID–19 rules when crossing from Victoria into South Australia's Riverland region.

The 2 men, aged 34 and 35, were caught in a taxi near the Mawson Lakes Hotel, in Adelaide's northern suburbs, about 12:15pm, while the woman was arrested in a nearby lane, police said.

Police say the Victorian-registered blue Holden Rodeo ute with the number plate 1IB 4CT crossed the Yamba checkpoint at about 5:00pm yesterday.

A person in the ute allegedly told police they required urgent medical attention for a broken ankle, but failed to show at the nominated medical centre in South Australia.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens told the media at midday it appeared the trio were not telling the truth about the injury.

The two men were taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital — one for an ankle injury and the other for a check-up — while the woman was taken to the City Watch House.

All three will have to do a coronavirus test.

Masks and food could be seen inside the car.

Stronger restrictions come in today
From today, people entering South Australia from Victoria must be tested for coronavirus and if they refuse they could be fined $1,000.

People must get a test within 24 hours of arrival and then again on day 12 of their quarantine.

The rules are retrospective and include everyone arriving from Victoria, NSW or the ACT since July 8, except essential travellers and children under 16.

Moving to South Australia is no longer a reason to be allowed into the state.

New South Australian Government rules, announced on Thursday and enforced from midnight, mean anyone who does not comply with the tests could be given a $1,000 fine.

The change follows the state recording one new case of coronavirus last week, which brought the state's total number of cases to 444.

In a further effort to strengthen the state's borders, police dogs have joined police officers and the Australian Defence Force at checkpoints into the state.

It is hoped the dogs will further bolster the state's border protection after police discovered people are hiding in a freight train to get across the border.

Mr Stevens said the deployment came after police received intelligence that people are hiding in freight carriers to get across the border.
"This sends a strong message to anyone thinking about sneaking across the border that they will be caught," he said.
"Police can and will be issuing expiation notices up to $1,000 for anyone found to be breaching border restrictions.
"They will then be placed in quarantine, and removed from South Australia as quickly as possible."

A total of 6,774 people have crossed from Victoria into SA since July 8, when only essential travellers and returning South Australians were allowed to cross the border, according to new figures from SA Police.

About 3,000 visitors came in from NSW and ACT in the same period, despite still having to do a 14-day quarantine when entering SA if not an essential traveller.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgntp
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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