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Blunt message from inside hotel quarantine

<p><span>A woman has bitten back at those criticising people stuck in hotel quarantine for 14 days, and has told everyone commenting hurtful things online to “get off their high horse.”</span><br /><br /><span>Fiona Renton told abc news she is currently stuck in solitary confinement with just a little over a week to go after travelling to the UK on March 1.</span><br /><br /><span>Originally from Brisbane, Ms Renton travelled overseas before travel bans and strict isolation measures were put in place.</span><br /><br /><span>She explained she went to visit a friend dealing with stage-four cancer who was due to start chemo.</span><br /><br /><span>"I spent a month in quarantine in Wales with my friend, cheering her up, laughing, joking and trying to help her through an impossible situation," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Due to COVID-19, Ms Renton said her friend was advised by doctors not to have chemo.</span><br /><br /><span>"Will I see her again? No-one can say. Do I regret going? No way."</span><br /><br /><span>She told abcnews a passenger sitting directly behind her was the first to be taken off the flight when it landed back in Sydney.</span><br /><br /><span>"That's my greatest fear," she explained.</span><br /><br /><span>"I am concerned for my own health, but not only that, for my family back home [in Brisbane].</span><br /><br /><span>"I mean, in the two weeks here we should know whether I have the virus or not, and then going home I will be staying with my family."</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Renton says the situation is “terrifying” but went on to admit she found it unfair the criticism she and money others who are quarantining in hotels are getting.</span><br /><br /><span>"... Having people call us horrible names and accusing us of infecting the population is unfair and incorrect," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I am in a room totally by myself with no face-to-face contact with anyone, I haven't had fresh air since I left the UK except getting on and off a bus to bring me to this hotel, I am in solitary confinement because I dared to visit my sick friend.</span><br /><br /><span>"All I ask is for people to get off their high horse. Try to understand that some of us are just trying to get through the day, alone."</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Renton says food is placed onto a table in the corridor and a piece of paper is slipped under the door to notify them - the only reminder she has that there is life surrounding her.</span><br /><br /><span>She also went on to admit the food used to be grim, but having the option to use food services has significantly made the experience better.</span><br /><br /><span>"I have been given a beautiful room and I am prepared to stay here for as long as it takes to ensure I don't spread this horrible virus, but please don't attack me for wanting more than dry rice for dinner," she said.</span></p>

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On your bike: Kate Langbroek’s husband wants a divorce after being sued for breaking lockdown laws

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Kate Langbroek explained that her husband, Peter Allen Lewis, is being sued by the city of Bologna for breaking lockdown laws during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>She clarified to Triple M’s Moonman in the Morning that Peter, 44, had been caught riding his bicycle and was unaware that the rules for self-isolation in Bologna had changed overnight.</p> <p>She also reflected on the family’s stressful weeks in self-isolation, joking that her and husband might be “getting a divorce” to celebrate their anniversary this weekend.</p> <p>“Initially you were allowed to go out and exercise - which you know I would never do,” Kate said with a laugh. </p> <p>“Peter, my husband, actually got stopped by police on his bicycle three weeks ago at 7 am on a Sunday. They had changed the rules the night before. It was pretty intense. He's being sued by the city of Bologna.</p> <p>“And they [the police] said to him, "Have you got a lawyer?’”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-IGRkgWS1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-IGRkgWS1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Friday night dinner. At my Favourite* restaurant in bologna, with my Favourite** people. *only **only #anotherweekinlockdown #sixtakeitaly 💚🇮🇹❤️#coronavirus #covid #vivaitalia 🙏.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/katelangbroek/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Kate Langbroek</a> (@katelangbroek) on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Kate then revealed that the lockdowns have gotten more intense.</p> <p>“You cannot leave the house. I've probably left the house five times probably. It's just very difficult,” she added.</p> <p>She spoke about her upcoming anniversary, saying that things have been a bit hectic.</p> <p>“I said [to Peter], "How should we celebrate?’ And he said, ‘By getting a divorce!’”</p> <p>She spoke to Hughesy &amp; Ed that COVID-19 restrictions had brought her closer to her husband of 17 years, saying that they lie in bed like “little gumnut babies”.</p> <p>"We lie in bed like little gumnut babies just clutching each other's hands until we fall asleep ready to start it all again the next day," she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Grossly irresponsible": If you travelled after the ban, here’s what we need you to do

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>New statistics revealed in data provided by the Department of Home Affairs showed that about 16,000 Australians defied government advice and travelled overseas after March 18th.</p> <p>The Federal Government raised the advice for all overseas travel to the highest level, which is four, on March 18th, meaning that everyone should not travel overseas, regardless of destination, age or health.</p> <p>However, 16,000 Aussies chose to fly overseas between the 19th and the 30th of March, despite the restrictions.</p> <p>A further 3,800 flew out after the official ban on overseas travel was enforced on the 24th of March. However, they did require a government exemption, which can be granted for people who live overseas or on compassionate grounds as well as having essential work abroad.</p> <p>Many are calling for those who were irresponsible enough to fly overseas to pay for their own quarantine accommodation, as the bill is currently being funded by state governments who is placing overseas travellers in quarantine in hotel rooms.</p> <p>The West Australian government is considering whether or not to charge returning Australians who travelled overseas.</p> <p>“It was grossly irresponsible of people to go to Bali or Thailand or Britain or wherever it was,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thousands-of-australians-travelled-overseas-despite-pm-s-strict-travel-advice" target="_blank">SBS</a></em>.</p> <p>Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Wednesday that the Federal Government "will not be able to ensure the return of every Australian who wants to head home during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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No fresh air: Today show hosts clash with young mum in hotel quarantine

<p>An Australian mum in isolation with her young sons at a Brisbane hotel came head-to-head with the hosts of <em>Today </em>show in a tense interview.</p> <p>Sarah Greig and her two sons were placed in quarantine at the Novotel Hotel in Brisbane after arriving from Jakarta on Sunday. The family will remain in mandatory isolation for two weeks.</p> <p>Greig told hosts Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic she and other travellers stuck in the same situation are unable to access fresh air or go outside.</p> <p>“I think the best thing for us right now is for the Australian public to understand that nobody is complaining about conditions of the hotel,” Greig said.</p> <p>“We’ve got fresh, clean sheets, we’ve got running water, all of those things are fantastic but we don’t have access to fresh air.</p> <p>“We just want a solution to be able to get access to sunlight and fresh air. I don’t think that’s being unreasonable in any way, shape or form. I certainly don’t think that that makes us whingers.”</p> <p>Greig added that she would welcome safety measures such as wearing protective clothing while outside.</p> <p>“I would wear a garbage bag over my body to be allowed some fresh air and sunlight right now. I am very concerned about that, don’t get me wrong, but there has got to be a solution to us going outside.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">There is growing anger among the thousands of Aussies forced into isolation in hotels around the country, with some saying they're being treated like prisoners. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/ccPRPDBQb1">pic.twitter.com/ccPRPDBQb1</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1245450097007243271?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Langdon said self-isolation is a “price worth paying” for overseas travellers to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. This the price you and the boys unfortunately have to pay which is two weeks in self-isolation but in the grand scheme of things, if this means keeping everyone healthy, is it not a price worth paying?” Langdon said.</p> <p>Greig responded, “I was asked to come on air today to speak to you about finding solutions to get us some fresh air. That was what I was coming on air to speak to you about today, not to whinge about any of the things you just said to me.”</p> <p>More than 5,000 returning overseas travellers are under quarantine in hotels and accommodation around the country.</p> <p>The measure was started on Saturday by the National Cabinet.</p> <p>NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said he is working to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/coronavirus-thousands-australians-quarantined-hotel-rooms-travel/12111970">address the concerns raised by those under hotel isolation</a>. “I know there are people who are posting on social media their dissatisfaction … some complaints are reasonable and we will deal with those,” he said.</p> <p>“We shouldn’t frame everyone in these hotels as people who are ungrateful because it certainly is not the case.”</p>

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Roger Federer "devastated" at Wimbledon 2020 cancellation

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Tennis fans are reeling from the news that<span> </span><span>Wimbledon </span><span>has been cancelled for the first time since World War II.</span></p> <p>The All England Club announced the closure of the event. It’s the first time that the tournament, which began in 1877, will not be played during peacetime.</p> <p>The All England Club considered a number of alternatives, but decided that cancellation would be the best option, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/28981311/wimbledon-cancelled-due-coronavirus-pandemic" target="_blank">ESPN</a></em>.</p> <p>"It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic," Wimbledon said in a statement on its website.</p> <p>"Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen -- the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents -- as well as our broader responsibility to society's efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life."</p> <p>While moving Wimbledon into late July or August this year was discussed, it was vetoed due to not enough sunlight and too much dew on the courts.</p> <p>Playing the court behind closed doors with no spectators was also ruled out.</p> <p>"With the likelihood that the Government's measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk -- from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds -- and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement," the All England Club said in Wednesday's statement.</p> <p>Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer tweeted about the news, saying that he was “devastated”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Devastated <a href="https://t.co/Fg2c1EuTQY">https://t.co/Fg2c1EuTQY</a> <a href="https://t.co/cm1wE2VwIp">pic.twitter.com/cm1wE2VwIp</a></p> — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer/status/1245373248210178048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Fans comforted him saying that they too were devastated, but “public health” needed to be a priority. Federer agreed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Absolutely, health and family <a href="https://t.co/t31L86vsFk">https://t.co/t31L86vsFk</a></p> — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer/status/1245378268540395520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Last year’s women’s winner Simona Halep expressed her sadness on Twitter.</p> <p>"So sad to hear Wimbledon won’t take place this year. Last year’s final will forever be one of the happiest days of my life! But we are going through something bigger than tennis and Wimbledon will be back! And it means I have even longer to look forward to defending my title!," she wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So sad to hear <a href="https://twitter.com/Wimbledon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Wimbledon</a> won’t take place this year. Last year’s final will forever be one of the happiest days of my life! But we are going through something bigger than tennis and Wimbledon will be back! And it means I have even longer to look forward to defending my title 🤗 <a href="https://t.co/PmppwUuKtD">pic.twitter.com/PmppwUuKtD</a></p> — Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) <a href="https://twitter.com/Simona_Halep/status/1245367979707109376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Next year’s event will be held from June 28 to July 1.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Australia to get “miracle drug” against coronavirus soon

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Health minister Greg Hunt spoke on<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>about how he has struck a deal to bring hydroxychloroquine into Australia. The drug is being touted by US President Trump as a “wonder drug” against coronavirus.</p> <p>“We would rather put out there preventions, hydroxychloroquine, things such as that,” Hunt said.</p> <p>“I’m confident we will have a significant supply of hydroxychloroquine, which will be available, if doctors wish to use them with patients who are in hospital. Those are the terms.</p> <p>“That is breaking news.”</p> <p>Hydroxychloroquine is a drug used to treat patients with lupus or other immune deficiency diseases.</p> <p>Trump has said that the drug could be among “the biggest game changers in the history of medicine” for its potential effects against COVID-19.</p> <p>However, medical professionals are still uncertain over the effectiveness of the drug as a coronavirus treatment. National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Professor Chris Freeman said that the drug is strictly being used in ICU “under the context of a clinical trial”.</p> <p>According to Mr Freeman “there is an indication it might be effective,” but he doesn’t “want to give people false hope if the medicine is proved to be not effective”.</p> <p>Host Tracy Grimshaw asked if the health minister if the drug was deemed to be a “cure’, but Hunt was clear that experts were “cautiously hopeful” that the drug “can have an impact”.</p> <p>“It’s not a perfect cure, it’s not a perfect prevention, it’s not fully proven but there have been some promising trials around the world.</p> <p>“This will allow us the capacity to expand those trials in Australia.”</p> <p>The European Commission said that there was no evidence that the drug touted by President Trump is effective against COVID-19.</p> <p>“The efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 patients has to date not been proved,” a spokesman for the European Commission said on Tuesday, relaying an internal opinion from the European Medicine Agency.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“We are going to be OK”: Doctor pulled over for speeding amazed by policeman’s actions

<p>A US doctor received a meaningful present after she was pulled over by a police officer for speeding.</p> <p>Dr Sarosh Ashraf Janjua, a cardiologist at a coronavirus quarantine unit in Duluth, was pulled over by State Trooper Brian Schwartz for speeding on her way to work on March 21.</p> <p>But instead of a fine, the strooper gave her a firm warning along with five N95 filtering face masks that were allocated for him by the state of Minnesota.</p> <p>“He … firmly told me it was very irresponsible of me to be speeding, especially since I would not only take up resources if I got into an accident, but would also not be in a position to help patients,” Janjua wrote on a Facebook post.</p> <p>“I waited for him to write me a ticket. Instead, he told me he was going to let me off with a warning.</p> <p>“He reached in to hand me what I assumed was my license back … Five N95 masks, from the supply the state had given him for his protection.”</p> <p>Janjua said she has been having fears that supplies of adequate protective equipment would dwindle, putting emergency responders and healthcare workers like her at greater risk.</p> <p>“This complete stranger, who owed me nothing and is more on the front lines than I am, shared his precious masks with me, without my even asking,” Janjua wrote.</p> <p>“We are going to be OK.”</p> <p>Schwartz gave Janjua his masks after noticing “what appeared to be two used N95 masks in Ashraf’s purse that he assumed she was reusing”, the Minnesota State Patrol told <em><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/30/us/minnesota-trooper-n95-masks-doctor-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2pmshjw-aJEXrUvO_HehR7fnP3pejsu3L3rB9tOSX4Q8NCzvO3wFliWZU">CNN</a></em>.</p> <p>In early March, officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services said the country had only about <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/3m-scrambles-to-meet-coronavirus-demand-for-face-masks.html">35 million of the 3.5 billion N95 masks needed in the event of a full-blown pandemic.</a></p> <p>The White House is forecasting that <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/coronavirus-update-spain-uk-death-tolls-putin-doc/12108700">between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the US will die</a> from the coronavirus.</p> <p>“As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it,” said Anthony Fauci<span>, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.</span></p>

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April Fools pranks amid COVID crisis could face hefty penalties

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>America is in serious trouble as coronavirus continues to ravage the country. The death toll for the country has skyrocketed past China’s official count with 3,500 deaths and counting.</p> <p>US President Donald Trump has urged people to continue to follow social-distancing measures through April to prevent the virus from spreading.</p> <p>"Every one of us has a role to play in winning this war. Every citizen, family and business can make the difference in stopping the virus," the president said, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/death-toll-york-state-passes-1000-live-updates-200329234257896.html" target="_blank">Al Jazeera</a></em>.</p> <p>"This is our shared patriotic duty. Challenging times are ahead for the next 30 days and this is a very vital 30 days," Trump told reporters at the White House.</p> <p>The US currently has over 159,000 confirmed infections, which is more than any country in the world.</p> <p>Around the world, Italy has reported that the infection rate appears to have levelled off and new cases could start to decline, as 11,591 people have died from the virus already. The total number of infections has surged past 100,000 with a shocking 4,050 new cases reported.</p> <p>Spain is also on lockdown after surpassing China in the number of cases and quickly approaching Italy when it comes to the number of deaths. A record number of 849 people died on Tuesday, which brings the death toll to 8,189 while 85,000 people haves tested positive for the virus.</p> <p>"We say to our community not to keep looking at the figures and what's going on," said Australian expat Mandy Keillor to the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/spains-coronavirus-reality-is-grim-how-did-it-start-there/12103590" target="_blank">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>"But you can't help it, because you have to be aware of what's happening."</p> <p>Spain have introduced tough new lockdown rules in the country as all non-essential workers are banned from travelling to work. People are only allowed to go outside to get food, visit a chemist or walk a pet as well as carry documentation explaining the outing.</p> <p>Worldwide, the total number of infections since the beginning of the outbreak have reached more than 775,000. Roughly, 160,000 people have recovered globally while nearly 37,000 have died.</p> <p>Worldwide from Thailand to India, countries have told people not to make April Fools’ Day pranks related to coronavirus, with some countries threatening jail time for spreading misinformation.<br />Tech giant Google, which is famous for its annual spoofs, has cancelled the tradition because of the pandemic which has killed about 40,000 people worldwide.<br />Thailand said on Tuesday that April Fools’ Day jokes about the virus could be punished under a law carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison.<br />“It’s against the law to fake having COVID-19 this April Fools’ Day,” the government said on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">People around the world are suffering from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Covid19</a> outbreak, and that's reason enough why people should be more considerate and not use this as a prank or a joke. <a href="https://t.co/DvF5A1WOv6">pic.twitter.com/DvF5A1WOv6</a></p> — PR Thai Government (@prdthailand) <a href="https://twitter.com/prdthailand/status/1244917499361034240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen took to Facebook to tell people not to prank about the virus. </p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/tsaiingwen/photos/a.390960786064/10156580820386065/?type=3&amp;theater" data-width="auto"> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>大家都說4/1是愚人節,我想提前介紹 #愚人節好運貓貓,歡迎一起分享喔!    更重要的是,愚人節這天,忍不住的人可以發揮幽默,但切記...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tsaiingwen/">蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tsaiingwen/photos/a.390960786064/10156580820386065/?type=3">Tuesday, March 31, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p>She introduced her followers to Good Luck Cat, but quickly explained that article 63 of the prevention of infectious diseases act, saying that spreading rumours or false information about epidemics could result in up to three years in jail and/or a fine of up to NT$3 million ($A162,800).</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Infection camp: Red Bull advisor suggest F1 drivers be deliberately dosed with coronavirus

<p>Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has considered deliberately infecting his Formula One drivers with the new coronavirus in a camp so that they would be protected from the sickness once racing is resumed.</p> <p>As F1’s season has been indefinitely suspended by the pandemic, Marko said the company’s drivers should use this inactive period to contract the virus to ensure they would not fall ill later in the year.</p> <p>“We have four Formula One drivers and eight or 10 juniors,” the 76-year-old told Austrian TV station ORF.</p> <p>“The idea was that we would organise a camp to mentally and physically bridge the dead time and that would be the ideal time for the infection to come.</p> <p>“They are all strong young men in good health. That way they would be prepared whenever the action starts.”</p> <p>The former grand prix racer said his idea had “not been well received” by Red Bull management.</p> <p>Marko’s comments came following his earlier suggestion that driver Max Verstappen should catch the coronavirus so that he would later be able to “<a href="https://au.sports.yahoo.com/coronavirus-red-bull-boss-slammed-verstappen-joke-003502230.html">hunt down the world title completely immune</a>”.</p> <p>On March 13, the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne was <a href="https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.formula-1-fia-and-agpc-announce-cancellation-of-the-2020-australian-grand.KKpXZDcd77WbO6T0MGoO7.html">cancelled</a> after one of the McLaren Racing Team members tested positive for COVID-19.</p> <p>Seven of the first eight F1 races this year have been postponed, while the Monaco Grand Prix scheduled for May 24 was cancelled.</p> <p>F1 CEO Chase Carey said he expected the season to resume “at some point this summer”.</p> <p>“It is not possible to provide a more specific calendar now due to the fluidity of the current situation but we expect to gain clearer insights to the situation in each of our host countries, as well as the issues related to travel to these countries, in the coming month,” he said.</p> <p>“We will continue to take advice from health officials and experts, as our first priority continues to be the safety and health of our fans, the communities we visit and those within the Formula 1 family.”</p>

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New COVID-19 restrictions in effect from TODAY

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A series of new restrictions have come into effect Australia-wide overnight, with indoor and outdoor meetings being limited to a maximum of two people.</p> <p>However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, including people who live in the same household going out, if you’re attending a funeral (which has a maximum of 10 people) or attending a wedding (which has a maximum of five people).</p> <p>The Australian government has also urged people to stay indoors, but you are able to leave your house if:</p> <ul> <li>You are shopping for essentials, such as food and sanitary items</li> <li>Require medical or healthcare</li> <li>Have compassionate caring duties</li> <li>Are exercising outdoors (while keeping a safe distance from others and only with one other person or people of the same household)</li> <li>Are working or studying and unable to do so from home</li> </ul> <p>Other public spaces, such as outdoor gyms, skate parks and playgrounds will be closed. Police have new powers to issue on-the-spot fines, which vary between states and territories.</p> <p>There are two sets of fines. The first set of fines applies to people who disobey social distancing measures and covers issues like gathering in groups of more than two people.</p> <p>The second set of fines is for people who are meant to be in self-quarantine but are caught breaching quarantine.</p> <p>The state and territory fines are as follows:</p> <p><strong>NSW</strong></p> <p>Fines of up to $11,000 and up to six months jail for leaving home without a valid reason and fines of $11,000 and up to six months’ jail for breaching quarantine.</p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong></p> <p>On the spot fines are being issued of $1,652 for individuals and $9,913 for businesses ignoring social distancing rules. There are also fines of almost $19,826 for individuals and $100,000 for companies breaching quarantine.</p> <p><strong>Queensland</strong></p> <p>On the spot fines are being issued of $1,334 for individuals and $6,672 for businesses ignoring social distancing rules, and fines of up to $13,345 for individuals breaching quarantine.</p> <p><strong>Western Australia</strong></p> <p>On the spot fines are being issues of $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for businesses ignoring social distancing rules. Fines of up to $50,000 or one year’s jail time are being issued for breaching quarantine.</p> <p><strong>Northern Territory</strong></p> <p>Fines of up to $62,000 are being issued for breaching quarantine.</p> <p><strong>South Australia</strong></p> <p>On the spot fines of $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for businesses ignoring social distancing rules. There are also fines of up to $25,000 being issued for breaching quarantine.</p> <p><strong>Tasmania</strong></p> <p>On the spot fines of up to $2,000 and possible arrest are being issued for flouting social distancing rules. Fines of $16,800 and up to six months’ jail are issued for breaching quarantine.</p> <p><strong>Australian Capital Territory</strong></p> <p>On the spot fines are being issued for individuals who ignore social distancing rules and fines of $8,000 are being issued for individuals breaching quarantine. Fines of $40,500 for corporations are being issued if they breach quarantine.</p> <p>With 4,245 confirmed cases around the country, a total of 18 Australians died from COVID-19. Tasmania and ACT announcing their first deaths today.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Stop your bloody whinging”: Pauline Hanson gets tough on returning Australians

<p>One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has slammed returning Australians who criticised the “unacceptable” conditions of the quarantine hotels.</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 1,600 returning overseas travellers have been <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australians-in-hotel-quarantine-thanked-for-their-co-operation">placed in mandatory 14-day isolation</a> in hotels and other facilities around the country.</p> <p>Those in compulsory quarantine have reported “prison-like” conditions inside the quarantine buildings.</p> <p>A couple who was taken to the Swissotel in Sydney after leaving the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship said the handling of the policy has been intolerable.</p> <p>“We were totally unaware we would be held here against our will and forced to stay in a hotel, rather than go home to our home,” Cathy Poole, 72, told <em><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australians-in-quarantine-at-sydney-hotel-describe-prison-like-conditions">SBS News</a></em>.</p> <p>“The food is not palatable, it is cold.</p> <p>“There are no fresh towels, no cleaning being done!”</p> <p>However, Queensland senator Hanson said those under quarantine should stop their “bloody whingeing”.</p> <p>Speaking on <em>Today</em>, Hanson said, “People out there are doing it tough now. If you are over 70 you are supposed to stay home. What I hear [is] they are in five-star accommodation. Stop your bloody whingeing.”</p> <p>She said her 36-year-old daughter Lee suffers respiratory problems in Tasmania but does not meet the criteria for a coronavirus test.</p> <p>“If it is pneumonia they can’t put her into the ICU because she might get infected with COVID-19,” Hanson said.</p> <p>“I can’t get to Tasmania - so I understand what people are going through. Those people who have lost loved ones, I understand.”</p>

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Outrage as millennials have shocking new term for coronavirus

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Millennials have created a new hashtag for coronavirus that has caused a lot of anger with the older generation.</p> <p>The younger generation has attached the hashtag “boomer remover” to coronavirus posts on Instagram, Tik Tok and Twitter during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>As the pandemic has killed more than 30,000 people worldwide so far, these posts have been met with outrage.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So young kids are hoping their parents and grandparents die? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoomerRemover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BoomerRemover</a> <br />Is that so they can finally move out of the basement and upstairs?</p> — That Girl (@whoulooknat) <a href="https://twitter.com/whoulooknat/status/1238433449364594694?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">God Answers Many with Coronavirus <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronapartys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#coronapartys</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoomerRemover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BoomerRemover</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronavirus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#coronavirus</a> <a href="https://t.co/g6D3zyGdNN">pic.twitter.com/g6D3zyGdNN</a></p> — cdnpolitoon (@cdnpolitoon) <a href="https://twitter.com/cdnpolitoon/status/1242455970241851393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Again, it really is the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoomerRemover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BoomerRemover</a> <a href="https://t.co/lZcDB4Dm8M">https://t.co/lZcDB4Dm8M</a></p> — Matt Maggio (@MaggioMatt) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaggioMatt/status/1241879743898750976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Many people have been prompted to say it was a joke after being met with anger.</p> <p>However, others have said it’s not the time for black humour.</p> <p>“Your sense of humour is considerably in question. The mother of a friend of mine (she is 79) died last week. Screw your joke,” <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://twitter.com/StewartCBryson2" target="_blank">Stewart C Bryson replied on Twitter</a>.</p> <p>“Genuine question ... would you still think it was funny though if it was actually your parents or grandparents who died in this way?”, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://twitter.com/rebecca_voices" target="_blank">Rebecca Courtney wrote on Twitter</a>.</p> <p>Experts have said that the popularity of the meme is only going to “further divide us”.</p> <p>“It’s only going to further divide us,” said Cort Rudolph, 35, who submitted a paper this week on how the virus could shape today’s young people as they come of age.</p> <p>“I think what you need to refocus the attention on is that this is not an older versus a younger thing, but this is an issue for everyone. We all have a certain responsibility to each other and not just to our generational group,” he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-21/covid-19-divides-u-s-society-by-race-class-and-age" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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What does Scott Morrison’s new two person rule mean for you?

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>As Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a tightening of the rules surrounding social gatherings at his Sunday night press conference, many Australians have been left confused as to what it actually means.</p> <p>The change has represented the most drastic measures that have been introduced by the Federal Government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has described the rule change as “radical”.</p> <p>Morrison has given four acceptable reasons to leave the house.</p> <p>Shopping for what you need, which includes something that is essential for a family that is going to “need to completely change the way they are going to live for the next six months at least”.)</p> <p>For medical care or compassionate needs</p> <p>To exercise, provided it is compliant with the new gathering rules which is no more than two people in a group</p> <p>For work and education if you cannot work or learn remotely</p> <p>However, if you live in a household of more than two people, Morrison has stressed that the rule does not apply to those who live within your household. If your family is split across two households, you are able to visit your parents or a sibling as long as social distancing rules are followed.</p> <p>If you don’t follow the new rules, fines apply depending on your state or territory.</p> <p>"Already from memory in South Australia, there's an on-the-spot fine of $1,000 if you violate [the 10-person rule], so they are not mucking around," Mr Morrison said.</p> <p>"States like New South Wales and Victoria will move further down onto those two-person rules, is my understanding, but states and territories will make their own announcements about those issues."</p> <p>The rules are also the same for older people, as there is “strong advice” that people aged 70 and over should stay home and self-isolate.</p> <p>"This does not mean they cannot go outside," Mr Morrison said.</p> <p>"They can go outside and be accompanied by a support person for the purposes of getting fresh air and recreation, but should limit contact with others as much as possible."</p> <p>The new rules will be in place from midnight on Monday night.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Some good news: More than 120,000 people have recovered from COVID-19

<p>New figures released by Johns Hopkins University on Friday morning have revealed more than 120,000 people have seemingly recovered from the deadly COVID-19 disease.</p> <p>COVID-19 had its first detection in the Chinese province of Wuhan and has spread all throughout the globe to more than 520,000 people across 175 countries.</p> <p>At least 23,900 lives have been claimed so far and it is the United States who has now overtaken China as the country with the highest confirmed cases of the disease.</p> <p>Thankfully, nations have begun reporting an upward trend in health as thousands of patients who were overcome with COVID-19 are now recovered.</p> <p>Italy is reported to have 9,300 recovered patients and 7,500 deaths.</p> <p>Despite the death toll continuing to climb, the World Health Organisation is optimistic after receiving “encouraging signs in the country as they are beginning to report lower infection rates every day.</p> <p>“While the situation remains very serious, we are starting to see some encouraging signs,” WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, explained during a press conference on Thursday.</p> <p>He went on to say: “Italy, which has the highest number of cases in the region, has just seen a slightly lower rate of increase, though it is still too early to say that the pandemic is peaking in that country.”</p> <p>China lifted their outbound travel restrictions in Hubei while Wuhan is expected to lift their own ban in April. The city has been under strict lockdown restrictions since late January.</p> <p>Iran currently has the highest number of recovered patients outside of China, with almost 10,457 people who have recovered.</p> <p>The virus took 2,230 lives in the country and has plagued over 24,900 people as of Thursday afternoon.</p> <p>Between 4,000 and 7,000 people have reportedly recovered from the infection throughout Spain, France, Germany and South Korea.</p> <p>These countries are also among the top 10 countries with the highest amount of confirmed cases outside China.</p> <p>In a press conference outside Parliament House in Canberra today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the media alongside Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy after a National Cabinet meeting.</p> <p>Despite worries about travellers transmitting the virus after returning from overseas, Professor Murphy says the government is “confident” with their testing procedures.</p> <p>“We think that we are pretty confident with our testing regime, which is one of the highest rates of testing per population in the world, with one of the lowest positivity rates.”</p> <p>While Australia continues to deal with the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the PM has announced businesses must go into “hibernation” in a bid to ensure they come back out better on the other side of coronavirus.</p> <p>“We want these businesses to effectively go into a hibernation, which means on the other side, the employees come back, the opportunities come back, the economy comes back,” he said.</p> <p>“This will underpin our strategy as we go to the third tranche of our economic plan, and that will include support by states and territories on managing the very difficult issue of commercial tenancies and also dealing ultimately with residential tenancies as well.”</p> <p> </p>

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Kate Langbroek delivers eerie message amid coronavirus lockdown in Italy

<p>The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to escalate around the globe, and Italy remains as a country who has been hit the hardest.</p> <p>However despite the horrifying circumstances currently plaguing<span> </span>Bel Paese, Australian former radio star Kate Langbroek has spoken up and says the situation in Australia is “more terrifying”.</p> <p>Appearing via video link from her home Bologna, Langbroek said watching Australia where “you can see the wave coming,” while she is in lockdown with her husband and four kids is still more scary.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-IGRkgWS1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-IGRkgWS1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kate Langbroek (@katelangbroek)</a> on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The eerie observation came after she was asked what advice she could give to Australians who are may face stricter lockdown measures as the government’s stage 3 lockdown plan continues to loom.</p> <p>“It's more terrifying to be where you are, where you can see the wave coming,” she said.</p> <p>“We were just thrust into it. We didn't have time to even register much.</p> <p>“It's eminently doable. It's not ideal. It really makes you appreciate the freedoms and the beauty of a normal life.”</p> <p>Italy’s tough shutdown has some very strict limitations regarding what the public can do.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9RzokJA3lx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9RzokJA3lx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Since I moved to bologna last January, I have never seen the main piazza so empty. On a Tuesday at 1.30... there is no panic here; the shelves are stocked, but the restaurants are empty and the streets are quiet...(this is actually a perfect time to see Florence...) #sixtakeitaly ❤️🇮🇹💚 #coronavirus #piazzamaggiore #bologna #beautiful</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/katelangbroek/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Kate Langbroek</a> (@katelangbroek) on Mar 3, 2020 at 8:29am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“The lockdown is interesting because it keeps coming in stages and it feels like every few days there's another decree from the Government which removes another freedom,” Langbroek explained.</p> <p>“So already you have to have a form on your phone from the police that basically only authorises four reasons to be out of the house. Medical, food, emergency – I can't remember the other one, probably going to the tobacconist in Italy.</p> <p>“Now, dog walkers can't walk dogs outside their houses. This happened Sunday night. You could go out to exercise, but now you can't do that either.</p> <p>Langbroek explained there are “police everywhere” who stop the public to make them explain their presence on the street.</p> <p>“Literally, the only way I can leave the house is if I'm going to get groceries. Even that's a bit of a nerve-wracking proposition,” she said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9vxIQKgWhn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9vxIQKgWhn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">On patrol. ❤️🇮🇹💚 #sixtakeitaly #bologna #sundaymorning #covid #coronavorus #lockdown</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/katelangbroek/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Kate Langbroek</a> (@katelangbroek) on Mar 15, 2020 at 12:44am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As of Friday, Italy has reported 8,215 deaths as a result of COVID-19.</p> <p>Schools, universities, restaurants, cafes and churches have now been closed throughout the entire country.</p> <p>Skeleton staff continue to operate supermarkets, pharmacies, doctors’ surgeries, banks, factories making necessary goods and public transport as they are the only critical services allowed to remain open.</p> <p>Italians are being asked to wait it out in the confines of their home as they await a vaccine.</p>

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States prepare to defy Scott Morrison’s judgement and shut down this weekend

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Victoria and NSW could go into lockdown as early as this weekend if the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen and Scott Morrison’s restrictions do not flatten the curve.</p> <p>With the two states having the highest infection rates in the country, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said that she was looking “very closely” at the impact of the Federal Government’s closure of businesses.</p> <p>The NSW premier is prepared to declare a state-wide lockdown by the weekend if infections don’t tail off.</p> <p>“If we don't see things shifting in the numbers because of [the Federal Government's] actions, NSW will have to go ­further,” she said on Thursday. </p> <p>“I'm saying to the community that if we're not convinced we've had a sufficient amount of success, NSW will have to take further action and that's a position I've been clear on from day one.”</p> <p>The state-implemented restrictions could see people confined to their homes and only leaving to get basic necessities.</p> <p>“There's no need to panic,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Supermarkets and essential things will still be available.”</p> <p>Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos indicated that the state was looking to implement its own measures to stop the virus from spreading.</p> <p>“Everybody must understand that it is time to make some sacrifices if we are to save lives,” Ms ­Mikakos said. </p> <p>Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has refused to confirm or deny whether he’d advise Premier Daniel Andrews to put Victoria into lockdown.</p> <p>“The Premier will take that case to National Cabinet and they'll make a call. I think if any of us ­failed the elderly, youth in one suburb or another, in regional Victoria or metro Melbourne, then we all fail ourselves,” he said. </p> <p>As the coronavirus death toll has rose to 13, with three people dying in Victoria overnight, the state is desperate for something to be done. Australia now has more than 2,800 coronavirus cases, with 1,219 in NSW and 520 in Victoria.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Incredibly generous gesture from megastar Ed Sheeran

<p>Singer Ed Sheeran is reportedly set to close his London-based restaurant amidst the coronavirus pandemic - but not without taking care of his employees.<br /><br />The star’s Notting Hill restaurant Bertie Blossoms has been forced to shut down temporarily due to the UK’s strict government measures that states no eateries are allowed to stay open as the country battles COVID-19.<br /><br />It’s claimed the pub, which was only open for four months before being forced to close, will still be paying its employees in full.<br /><br />The chart-topping British singer is worth an estimated $160 million and is said to have encouraged all of his staff to take on extra work elsewhere if they wanted extra cash on top of their salaries during the temporary shutdown.<br /><br />It is reported Sheeran also suggested some of his employees would be able to use their time to volunteer if they chose to do so before they're able to return to work at his restaurant.<br /><br />“Ed's told everyone not to worry and that he's picking up the tab and he'll see them all again for a massive p***-up once the world gets back to normal,” an insider told The Sun.<br /><br />“Ed even told staff they could go out and seek other employment if they wanted or go help the nation by doing voluntary work.”<br /><br />The UK government has not clarified how long restaurants, pubs and gyms will have to remain closed.<br /><br />Ed Sheeran has appeared to be happily settling into married life with his wife Cherry Seaborn, whom he married in 2018.<br /><br />The star is currently on a hiatus from releasing any new music as he said he wants to explore reading, writing and travelling.</p>

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COVID-19 blame game: Who’s really at fault for the Ruby Princess fiasco

<p>The Australian Border Force has laid blame on New South Wales Health for the mishandling of the Ruby Princess arrival in Sydney. </p> <p>Michael Outram, the ABF’s commissioner stated it was not the border control’s responsibility to extend health checks.</p> <p>The NSW government however has insisted it is the federal authorities who are to blame after they categorised the cruise ship carrying 2,700 people as “low risk”.</p> <p>The release of the passengers resulted in a major wave of 133 infections into Australian communities.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1UQ4wnhmxB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1UQ4wnhmxB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Cruisedaily (@cruisedaily)</a> on Aug 18, 2019 at 12:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The catastrophic mistake has resulted in politicians expressing outrage over the systematic failure to isolate the Ruby Princess passengers and its crew.</p> <p>The ship docked in Sydney on March 19 and it had three passengers and one crew member who displayed flu-like symptoms and had been swabbed.</p> <p>One passenger had been taken to hospital by via ambulance and passed away due to COVID-19.</p> <p>However, passengers were allowed to disembark and make their way home, which included overseas flights. Each passenger was urged to self-isolate for 14 days.</p> <p>At a press conference on Wednesday, Berejiklian said ABF officials and state colleagues had incorrectly advised NSW Health that the Ruby Princess was low risk.</p> <p>The politician went on to say stopping transmission was a joint responsibility.</p> <p>“Every single agency needs to take responsibility for our borders,” she said. “Whether it’s a ship at a port, whether it’s a planeload of people coming in from overseas. We’re still having thousands of people coming in on planes every single day.</p> <p>“All authorities have to step up, including NSW <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/health" target="_blank">Health</a>, including all the other authorities involved.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-GoIRTBLuQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-GoIRTBLuQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Gladys Berejiklian (@gladysb)</a> on Mar 23, 2020 at 9:50pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“What is really imperative at this time, we realised, is strong communication between authorities and everybody stepping up.”</p> <p>Dr Kerry Chant who is NSW’s chief health officer said in a statement that the ship had originally checked in at a Wellington dock in New Zealand and found no cases of COVID-19.</p> <p>She went on to say NSW authorities had checked in on all the passengers of the Ruby Princess once they recognised coronavirus had been on the vessel.</p> <p>Dr Chant assured reporters there was “no action that NSW Health could have taken to prevent those people acquiring the disease”, as they had acquired it on the ship. She said NSW Health were working hard to limit onward transmission, and that if there had been any “we would have deployed health teams.”</p> <p>“Of course, with hindsight, we would have acted differently, had we known we had a Covid-positive cruise ship.”</p> <p>Chant fiercely defended NSW Health letting passengers fly home overseas, as it was part of an agreed protocol to send them into self-isolation at home.</p> <p>She said authorities are tracing of people sitting in rows around infected passengers was being conducted.</p> <p>Kristina Keneally who is the Labor’s spokeswoman on immigration said the Ruby Princess would be able to be traced back to many COVID-19 cases in Australia.</p> <p>“We have now 133 passengers and counting from the Ruby Princess cruise ship that have tested positive for coronavirus,” she said.</p> <p>“The Ruby Princess cruise ship coronavirus cases account for 10% of the cases in NSW. And, quite tragically, there has already been one death.</p> <p>“They went into taxis and public transport, they interacted with friends and neighbours, they went to shops, they were allowed to travel across the country,” she said.</p> <p>“It is gobsmacking that we are in this circumstance today. We need to ask, we need to demand to know how this happened and we need to ensure it does not happen again. The Australian government needs to get on top of this situation very quickly.” Topics</p> <p>Outram’s timelines of interactions between the ship and NSW Health are as follows:</p> <p>He said that ABF’s responsibilities went as far to checking passports and ensuring that customs regulations were complied with.</p> <p>He said the federal Department of Agriculture was responsible for biosecurity checks.</p> <p>“On the 17 March, 2020, NSW Health requested the following information from the Ruby Princess’s senior doctor: estimates of arrival into Sydney, a log of details of passengers and crew presenting with fever or acute respiratory symptoms or both, travel histories, and whether tests were conducted and the results,” Outram said.</p> <p>“On March 18, at 9.39 am the senior doctor on the Ruby Princess notified the health department with the following: they had collected viral swabs for a few cases of febrile influenza, negative test, and that those people had been isolated. They also requested a transfer for other passengers who had unrelated illnesses.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-DY6Gehyz_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-DY6Gehyz_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Gladys Berejiklian (@gladysb)</a> on Mar 22, 2020 at 3:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“On March 18 2020, at 5.17pm, they stated: ‘The NSW Health panel assessed the Ruby Princess as not requiring onboard health assessment in Sydney.’”</p> <p>Outram said NSW Health had asked for Ruby Princess to send the 15 samples to a NSW Health lab for Covid-19 testing and to attach lab forms as required.</p> <p>“NSW Health stated to the Ruby Princess, ‘You are free to disembark tomorrow. However, in accordance with the Australian government guidance, all passengers must go into self-isolation for 14 days,’” Outram said.</p> <p>The ABF commissioner continued by saying that on the 18th of March, the Department of Agriculture was informed through Ruby Princess that a risk assessment had been conducted.</p> <p>He also went on to say that the ship had been considered “low risk” – an assessment that is consistent with NSW Health’s version of events.</p> <p> “NSW Health decided not to board the vessel and attend, and that they had also given clearance for all passengers to disembark the vessel,” Outram said.</p> <p>“That red light has just gone green. So, the vessel came into port on March 19.</p> <p>“They felt the vessel was low risk and there was no need to attend the vessel, but our six officers wore masks and gloves nonetheless.”</p>

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Drawings For Oldies: Why you need to do this with your grandchildren

<p>In a bid to protect our most vulnerable Australians from the deadly COVID-19, many aged care homes across Australia have restricted their visiting hours and completely cut off elderly people from seeing their loved ones.</p> <p>While this new move in the wake of the coronavirus may protect older Australians from contracting the virus, it does not help them feel connected and joyful during these difficult times.</p> <p><img style="width: 332.10332103321036px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835300/oldies01.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/11645cefae6144a19a4785d4255917c7" /></p> <p>Thankfully, the Facebook group Drawings For Oldies has gone out of their way to ensure those being impacted by the aged care shutdowns can find happiness and feel connected to the outside world.</p> <p>The founder of the helpful organisation, Claire Rigden, says she created Drawings For Oldies to help connect “old folks with little people” in an interactive way.</p> <p><img style="width: 320.5699020480855px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835299/oldies02.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c25c2927cfa24cbca6f41272fe6d019f" /></p> <p>Care homes can receive drawings created by children along with a few kind words to pass on to seniors living in elderly homes in a bid to connect the old with the young and brighten up their day.</p> <p>“In these times of social isolation and aged care home lockdowns, I think it’s a great way to make older people feel as though they’ve not been forgotten about, and that they are still loved – albeit from afar,” Ms Rigden told OverSixty.</p> <p><img style="width: 320.6106870229007px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835298/oldies03.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4799edf6e444402c86e44a83f9aa5712" /></p> <p>Already, the response has been “wonderful” not only for the parents, but the “oldies” who appreciate what they have been sent by children.</p> <p>"We’ve already had feedback from Homes saying how much the ‘oldies’ are enjoying the drawings,” Ms Rigden said.</p> <p><img style="width: 353.1633616619452px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835297/oldies04.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9dc82bb6f6dc49c78c1185708bd10a74" /></p> <p>“I emailed out a bunch of drawings to a Secure Dementia ward in Rockingham, WA, and Catherine, from the home, took a photo of the drawings she’d put up in the ward, and said how much they were being appreciated by the residents – and the staff as well! It was so lovely to see</p> <p>"We’re trying to raise a smile – one crayon drawing at a time."</p> <p>Follow <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/2837117106357599/about/" target="_blank">Drawings For Oldies</a> on Facebook.</p>

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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus and may be a super spreader

<p>Prince Charles is believed to have met the Queen just a day before he became infectious with coronavirus.</p> <p>Medical experts believe the earliest Charles would have been contagious was March 13, however, new research has found symptoms can take up to 11 days to appear, meaning he could have been infectious when he met the Queen “briefly” a day earlier.</p> <p>But that is the worst case scenario given the average incubation period is 5.1 days.</p> <p>The 71-year-old is said to have met with other members of the royal family on March 9, before he became infectious.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Clarence House revealed Prince Charles had tested positive for the coronavirus.</p> <p>They said the heir to the throne was displaying mild symptoms but is otherwise in “good health”.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.</p> <p>"In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland,” a statement said, referring to the royal family’s Balmoral estate.</p> <p>"The tests were carried out by the NHS (National Health Service) in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing.</p> <p>"It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."</p> <p>The Prince’s last public engagement was on March 12, when he attended a dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief efforts at Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor of London and the High Commissioner for Australia, George Brandis.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace said the Queen last saw Charles two weeks ago.</p> <p>“Her Majesty the Queen remains in good health,” it said.</p> <p>“The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly on 12 March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare. We will not be commenting further.”</p> <p>An insider said the Duke and Duchess were in good spirits and Charles was active rather than bedridden.</p> <p>Sky News contributor Caleb Bond said if there’s “anyone who can get good treatment” it’s the Prince, which is why it’s unlikely he’ll “drop off the perch because of coronavirus”.</p> <p>Speaking to Sky News host Peter Gleeson, Bond said people like Prince Charles, Tom Hanks and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton – who have all contracted the virus – are “by necessity going to be far more likely to contract coronavirus” because their job requires them to constantly meet people.</p> <p>“They can become super spreaders,” he said.</p>

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