Australian doctors have issued an urgent plea to governments to immediately change course in their response to COVID-19.
The doctors warn of an Italy-style disaster in Australia unless stricter measures are enforced
The pleas are made in an open-letter circulating online among doctors
The letter has almost 4,000 signatories, the author says
They argue that under current preparations, Australia will be "in a worse position than Italy is currently in".
The Prime Minister spoke to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.
The two leaders updated each other on their countries’ respective responses to the virus and agreed on the need to take a science based approach to mitigate its impact.
Murphy said there were “very few reports of symptomatic infection in children” and authorities don’t know “whether children are getting infected but just don’t get symptoms [and] they can still spread it or they’re not getting infected”. “The former is probably more likely.”
Murphy also suggested children getting infected may contribute to herd immunity.
Coronavirus Australia live updates: Indoor gatherings over 100 banned, all overseas travel discouraged
Scott Morrison has declared a biosecurity emergency, banning all indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and announcing blanket "do not travel" advice for the first time in Australia’s history.
The West Australian AMA president, Andrew Miller, spoke to the ABC a few moments ago.
He believes Australia is headed to a “reduced school model”:
We have a reduced school model. Kids that need to be there for educational reasons or for family reasons, the children of critical workers or people who need to stay in the workplace have no one else to help, that’s the sort of thing that would still keep going to school.
We need to avoid getting to the stage of Italy or Wuhan, where they had to have complete lockdown, which causes chaos at the other end.
That’s why you’re seeing people panicking and provisioning a bit because they’re worried, they’re intelligent and watching what’s going on overseas and they so the numbers here are now starting to kick up on exactly the same gradient as the curve did in other countries.
We’ve had some effect but we need to get on with it because of the nature of the maths here.
blindjustice wrote: »
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a travel ban on all non-residents coming to Australia, to go into effect tomorrow night.
Anyone who is not a citizen, resident, or close family member of a citizen or resident will be denied entry into the country.
It comes after the Reserve Bank drastically slashed Australia’s official interest rate to a new historic low in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Australia now has 637 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 307 in New South Wales, 150 in Victoria, 94 in Queensland, 37 in South Australia, 35 in Western Australia, 10 in Tasmania, three in the Australian Capital Territory and one in the Northern Territory.https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-australia-live-updates/live-coverage/e4c1494a3a61b3e55faf27804d3f6ca4
Limits on asthma puffers and children’s Panadol as panic buying hits pharmacies
blindjustice wrote: »
Anyone else feel like they are living a nightmare?
Peregrinus wrote: »
The nightmare is that you're out and about and you wouldn't know anything was wrong. All kinds of social distancing measures that should be taken aren't being taken.
Thirty five people linked to a wedding south of Sydney have tested positive for coronavirus, as wedding industry vendors become increasingly anxious about being exposed to the illness.
NSW Health confirmed 31 people who attended a wedding at Tumbling Waters Retreat in Stanwell Tops on March 6 have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, including five people who live interstate.
Another four NSW residents who were close contacts of the guests have also been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Tasmanian government has declared a state of emergency and placed tough new restrictions on mainland Australians seeking entry.
Introducing the toughest border control measures in the country, Premier Peter Gutwein announced on Thursday that anyone seeking entry to Tasmania from anywhere else in Australia from midnight Friday would now be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
“Only essential travellers will be allowed into Tasmania without going into quarantine,” he said.
Burke Shire Council has announced tough travel restrictions in the isolated shire on the Gulf of Carpentaria near the NT border and banned meetings of more than 10 people.
With limited facilities at the local hospital to deal with an outbreak, and with Mount Isa 500km away by bitumen roads, the Shire's Disaster Management Committee has taken drastic measures to keep COVID-19 out of the community.
They said Rex Airline would stop flying to Burketown from March 21 and the Burke Shire would enter lockdown for non-essential travel.
For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population born in 2015–2017, life expectancy was estimated to be 8.6 years lower than that of the non-Indigenous population for males (71.6 years compared with 80.2) and 7.8 years for females (75.6 compared with 83.4).Jul 17, 2019
In 2016, nearly three in four (71 per cent) Indigenous deaths were from chronic diseases (including circulatory disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease). These diseases accounted for 79 per cent of the gap in mortality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Smoking prevalence for Indigenous Australians (aged 15 years and over) has declined significantly (a reduction of 9 percentage points) between 2002 and 2014-15, from 51 to 42 per cent
Teacher unions want governments to facilitate work-from-home arrangements for vulnerable teachers
There have been reports of teachers being abused by parents because schools are staying open
Governments say they are following medical advice in refusing to close schools
Australia now has 710 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 307 in New South Wales, 150 in Victoria, 144 in Queensland, 42 in South Australia, 52 in Western Australia, 10 in Tasmania, four in the Australian Capital Territory and one in the Northern Territory.
klopparama wrote: »
things could be a lot worse.
rossie1977 wrote: »
It's usually the counties with strongly conservative governments that are slowest to react. Australia being another prime example.
I can imagine the talking heads on nightly TV calling whole thing a overhyped hoax a few weeks ago. Some of the Aussie right wing commentary would give Fox News and far right youtube stuff a run for its money
klopparama wrote: »
Australia having a fairly rough time of it.
The droughts. The fires. The floods. And now this.