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Australia's Deadliest Day

Once a shining example of Covid-19 containment, Australia and Victoria (home to Melbourne) are out of control

Wednesday was Australia’s deadliest day of the pandemic so far. Victoria, the nation’s second-most-populous state, recorded more than 720 new infections and 13 deaths in the past 24 hours. These are new daily records.

“I am saddened to have to report that the total number of people who have died because of this global pandemic in Victoria is now 105,” said Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews.

The Victorian state capital, Melbourne, was placed into a six-week lockdown for a second time earlier this month. Five million people are subject to stay-at-home orders. They can leave only for essential tasks, and masks are mandatory when they do so.

Residents from Sydney, which has several COVID-19 clusters, will soon be banned from travelling to Queensland.

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by Anonymousreply 319 hours ago

13 deaths? Adorable!

by Anonymousreply 107/30/2020

Light a fire. That'll focus them.

by Anonymousreply 207/30/2020

Winter pandemic resurgence; imagine what the U.S. has coming in October - April ....

by Anonymousreply 307/30/2020

Clearly cooking their numbers. That death toll is much higher.

by Anonymousreply 407/30/2020

I hope this doesn’t affect koalas, wallabies or other cute animals.

by Anonymousreply 507/30/2020

[quote]or other cute animals.

I hope we qualify as cute

by Anonymousreply 607/30/2020

Don’t worry, we’re literally losing a person a minute over here.

by Anonymousreply 707/30/2020

R3 It is not a winter resurgence. Basically Australia had eliminated the virus until out sourced security guards who were supposed to be watching over returned travellers in hotels in Melbourne stared mixing with the guests, caught COVID and then spread it to other security guards and their families. It took off from there.

Basically the Victorian state Government botched it up by hiring a security firm to administer this until New South Wales which had the local police and army (which they requested from the Federal Government) to watch over the returnees in 14 forced quarantine.

All the cases in Sydney over the last three weeks of community transmission all relate to the Melbourne outbreak - the borders between Victoria and the rest of the country are closed.

New South Wales so far has a handle on the cases emerging through contact tracing and quarantine but it could easily spiral out of control.

Queensland is know at risk thanks to these three slags. There are photos of two of them and they look like drag queens:

It is without a doubt that the state of Victoria will go to level 4 lockdown within the next fews days. New South Wales will go to level 3 lockdown depending if the number of new infections rise (so far they have been stable average about 10 community transmissions per day).

Last week the Australian Federal Government announced its plan to go for eliminate though using the term 'zero community transmission'. The deadline for that is 31 December. It can be done but it will be hard - note that COVID has somehow found its way back in into Vietnam.

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by Anonymousreply 807/30/2020

In the Northern Territory they are Covid free

by Anonymousreply 907/31/2020

[quote]recorded more than 720 new infections and 13 deaths in the past 24 hours

Fucking armatures.

by Anonymousreply 1007/31/2020

And they were so careful. I’m sorry to hear that.

Honestly, I don’t think there will be anywhere that remains untouched. Everyone’s going to have their turn, so no one should be smug.

by Anonymousreply 1107/31/2020

[quote]Honestly, I don’t think there will be anywhere that remains untouched.

Wrong

by Anonymousreply 1207/31/2020

Even Iceland had a flare-up but it is so mild, guys.

by Anonymousreply 1307/31/2020

In VA. we have 550 deaths for 7,500,000 in population ages 0 through 69 years old?????

by Anonymousreply 1407/31/2020

It's winter in Australia.

by Anonymousreply 1508/02/2020

[quote] Everyone’s going to have their turn, so no one should be smug.

Oh fuck right the fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 1608/02/2020

[quote] In VA. we have 550 deaths for 7,500,000 in population ages 0 through 69 years old?????

Are you asking us?

by Anonymousreply 1708/02/2020

I honestly don't think that makes any difference, R15. What R8 said is right: if the Victorian government had used the police and the army to police returning traveller quarantine, there almost certainly would not have been a second flare-up. Because nobody realised there was a problem for some time, by the time they started addressing it seriously it had already spread to places like aged care homes which are tinderboxes for the virus.

Until those duplicitous, idiot girls landed in Queensland, NSW and Victoria were the only parts of Australia with any new cases for a long time (?since May), so it's quite untrue to say Australia is out of control. Even with the influx of infections from Victoria, NSW is only in double-digit new cases per day: fingers crossed it stays that way.

In Victoria and NSW not that much has reopened. Certainly there are cafes and restaurants, who are meant to obey strict rules (and mostly don't, so it's not surprising a lot of the clusters are occurring round them). Kids are back at school, but despite winter there has been little or no transmission inside schools. At least 90% of office workers are still on Zoom, and public transport is still pretty sparsely populated, so the main sources of flu transmission still aren't available.

Big congrats to Taiwan, though. Similar population to Australia, and it's had 465 cases and 7 deaths altogether. They shut the borders very early, and before anyone had heard of Covid 19 they had a plan in place that included quarantining, contact tracing and a healthy supply of PPE. (Their response to having deaths from SARS.)

by Anonymousreply 1808/02/2020

This same thing happened in Israel, Netanyahu was continually boasting about how they had the virus under control until it came right back at them.

by Anonymousreply 1908/02/2020

With Victoria surging ahead with 410 new cases, and NSW on a knife-edge - COVID free Northern Territory has raised the possibility of keeping its borders closed to some states for the next 18 months.

With one recent new case of community transmission in Tasmania, and two in South Australia, Queensland looks like may have dodged a bullet in Brisbane with no new community transmissions, and it's also seeking to strengthen its border until Christmas.

Western Australia which has had no community transmission since mid-April has stated that its borders may stay closed "for months, and months, and months".

Meanwhile, that absolute balloon of a billionaire Clive Palmer is taking the WA government to court to force them to open up its borders so as not to jeopardise his $30m stake in mining royalties.

The legal action was launched before the current outbreak in the eastern states, and PM Scott Morrison who initially backed Palmer is now backing the state borders staying closed indefinitely.

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by Anonymousreply 20Last Tuesday at 11:54 PM

At least you can't just blame Americans for this.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 11:57 PM

Clive Palmer modeled his own campaign to become the Prime Minister of Australia a few years ago on Donald Trump. Thank God he never got in. He is pushing Hydroxychloroquine as a cure and suing the WA state government for 30 billion to open up the borders.

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by Anonymousreply 22Yesterday at 12:19 AM

Fuck that fat cunt Clive Palmer.

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by Anonymousreply 23Yesterday at 12:30 AM

[quote] suing the WA state government for 30 billion to open up the borders.

Please forgive my ignorance about Australia, but what is the WA state government?

by Anonymousreply 24a day ago

WA Western Australia

SA South Australia

NT Northern Territory

QLD Queensland

ACT Australian Capital Territory

VIC Victoria

NSW New South Wales

by Anonymousreply 25a day ago

13 deaths how quaint

by Anonymousreply 26a day ago

R24 The heads of Australian state governments, the "Premiers" are the executive leaders of the six states and two self-governing territories of Australia. They perform the same function at the state and territory level as the Prime Minister of Australia performs at the national level.

by Anonymousreply 27a day ago

It was 19 deaths today 12.08.2020.

by Anonymousreply 28a day ago

Then no one should go outside until we find the cure for death.

by Anonymousreply 2918 hours ago

[quote]Please forgive my ignorance about Australia, but what is the WA state government?

It goes back to colonial times, and the Westminster system. Each state has an elected legislature headed by a Premier. Following a General Election, the State Governor appoints as Premier the Member of the lower house of the State legislature who can command a simple majority of votes on the floor of the house. The Governor is the head of Government, but in practice acts only on the advice of the Premier.

The Governors are the Queens' representaives and the nominal chief executives of the states, performing the same constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level as does the Governor-General of Australia. The state governors are not subject to the constitutional authority of the governor-general, but are directly responsible to the monarch.

by Anonymousreply 3010 hours ago

How one Hollywood actress found herself trapped behind Australia's hard border lockdown - and decided to stay.

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