Category: Coronavirus

Coronavirus Victoria: Poll shows Daniel Andrews’ support still strong but Liberal leader Michael O’Brien floundering

Virginia Fricker is so appalled by Daniel Andrews performance she is considering voting Green for first time.

Support for Premier Daniel Andrews remains solid, with just over half of Victorians backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic despite months of tough lockdown restrictions and criticism over the failed hotel quarantine program.

Coronavirus Victoria: Poll shows Daniel Andrews’ support still strong but Liberal leader Michael O’Brien floundering

Dan Andrews stares down the lynch mob – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Andrews leads while Morrison seethes

Perhaps though, what has annoyed the lynch mob most is that Andrews’ strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria has worked. The number of cases has been falling steadily. This past weekend, record low figures were achieved. As a result, restrictions have been eased, as promised, with more to come next weekend. Whatever he does though, it will never be right, never enough for his detractors. The painful reality for the lynch mob though is that Andrews has stared them down, and they don’t like it. This daily inquisition is demeaning, unnecessary, unbecoming, and a pox on our politics. It must now stop.

Dan Andrews stares down the lynch mob – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Coronavirus Australia: COVID-19 can last almost a month on smartphones, ATMs, CSIRO finds

How long does Covid last on surfaces

Paul Sakkal By Paul Sakkal October 12, 2020 — 8.30am View all comments The virus that causes COVID-19 can last up to 28 days on surfaces like mobile phone and ATM screens, much longer than previously thought, but lasts for much less time on softer surfaces, new CSIRO research shows.

Coronavirus Australia: COVID-19 can last almost a month on smartphones, ATMs, CSIRO finds

Coughing Trump struggles to speak as he dodges Sean Hannity’s questions about his COVID-19 tests | Salon.com

President Donald Trump, who continues to recover from symptoms of COVID-19 in the wake of his recent hospitalization, repeatedly dodged questions about whether he had recently tested positive for the disease during a lengthy Thursday phone interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. At one point, the president stopped speaking as he attempted to stifle his cough mid-rant about his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Trump publicly mocked Clinton for contracting pneumonia on the 2016 campaign trail.

Coughing Trump struggles to speak as he dodges Sean Hannity’s questions about his COVID-19 tests | Salon.com

Donald Trump has COVID-19. How might this affect his chances of re-election?

With just a month left until the November 3 US presidential election, contracting the virus could have politically positive or negative consequences for President Donald Trump. These will, of course, be contingent on how severe the president’s illness becomes. But we should not count him out and Biden in just yet.

Donald Trump has COVID-19. How might this affect his chances of re-election?

Trump Could Only Ignore the Reality of Coronavirus for So Long

The lesson of Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis is not that he deserved it or that anyone should celebrate — it’s that you can’t pretend that the basic laws governing the universe don’t apply to you forever.

Trump Could Only Ignore the Reality of Coronavirus for So Long

Coronavirus: Only 12 countries are free of COVID-19. Most of them in the Pacific

A man arrives at the Honiara Central Markets in the Solomon Islands. The Pacific nation is COVID-19 free.
Who is laughing now Peter Dutton

The first to seal its frontier was the Marshall Islands. Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Palau, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Nauru, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, followed suit. Six months on, most of the world is ravaged by the coronavirus but these island nations remain virus free.

Coronavirus: Only 12 countries are free of COVID-19. Most of them in the Pacific

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says UK ‘now seeing second COVID-19 wave coming in'”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was "inevitable" that the UK would experience a second wave of COVID-19.

Britain was reported to be considering whether to impose a new lockdown across the country, after new COVID-19 cases almost doubled to 6000 per day, hospital admissions rose and infection rates soared across parts of northern England and London.

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says UK ‘now seeing second COVID-19 wave coming in'”

Workers at Melbourne’s Toll Warehouse Unite Against COVID-19

Most recently, on Friday, August 7, close to 300 workers in Truganina, in Melbourne’s west, followed suit. Their warehouse, run by the Toll Group, is a major distribution center for Kmart. In an industry with low pay and widespread casualization, Toll is one of the most ruthless employers, often employing staff via labor-hire agencies in order to sidestep their legal responsibilities. After trying and failing to intimidate the casual workers, who make up nearly half the workforce, Toll held out for just one day before giving in to the workers’ demands.

Workers at Melbourne’s Toll Warehouse Unite Against COVID-19

Coronavirus: US COVID-19 deaths projected to more than double to 410,000 by end of year

Healthcare workers administer COVID-19 tests at a drive-through site in San Antonio, Texas.
MAGA

US deaths from the coronavirus will reach 410,000 by the end of the year, more than double the current death toll, and deaths could soar to 3000 per day in December, the University of Washington’s health institute has forecast.

Coronavirus: US COVID-19 deaths projected to more than double to 410,000 by end of year

 

Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 outbreak is now the world’s fastest-growing

A health care worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India.

Does anyone for one moment think Donald Trump wont take full advantage of this? (ODT)

New Delhi: India now has the fastest-growing coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new infections per day.

Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 outbreak is now the world’s fastest-growing

No Body Bags: private aged care, private hospitals expose transport workers to Covid – Michael West

 

No Body Bags: private aged care, private hospitals expose transport workers to Covid – Michael West
Aged care crisis, private hospitals

Private aged care homes and private hospitals in Victoria are failing to use body bags, putting frontline workers and their families at risk. Aged care is regulated by the Federal Government and hospitals are regulated by the state. Luke Stacey reports.

No Body Bags: private aged care, private hospitals expose transport workers to Covid – Michael West

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck grilled over sector failings in coronavirus pandemic – ABC News

A body is wheeled out of Epping Gardens

When the minister responsible for an aged care system in crisis fronted a parliamentary inquiry, he was asked a simple and predictable question: how many residents had so far died of coronavirus?

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck grilled over sector failings in coronavirus pandemic – ABC News

Land Drone Under: Cops in Melbourne are using drones to spy on citizens to make sure they don’t break lockdown rules — RT Op-ed

Land Drone Under: Cops in Melbourne are using drones to spy on citizens to make sure they don’t break lockdown rules

Having already brought in some of the strictest Covid-19 restrictions in the world, Aussie police are well on their way to turning Victoria into an Orwellian surveillance state.

Land Drone Under: Cops in Melbourne are using drones to spy on citizens to make sure they don’t break lockdown rules — RT Op-ed

The need to make changes

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The collective and global responsibility for now and the future

Until then, landlords have a decision to make. Make it easy for the tenant and hope that eventually you will get some income, or evict the tenant who is not paying as soon as you can? Since we are all in this together, since the conversation today is not about politics or countries bombing others, we all have a collective responsibility to help each other out.

This does not mean only during this crisis, it means way beyond it, adjusting to a new reality and a new way of thinking, globally. This means that governments have a global responsibility to set things which were veering dangerously close to the precipice, right.

There is no doubt that a dramatic reduction in the evil consequences of human activity has seen the environment recover dramatically and this is a lesson that nature has taught us. Another lesson is the trade in wildlife and the destruction of habitats, which are natural reservoirs for viruses. Imagine something like MERS (a cousin of Covid’s), another Betacoronavirus also having bats as its vector, with a mortality rate of not 3.4% but rather 34%. Thank God Covid has not (yet) learnt how to behave like its cousin, but what if there are even worse horrors out there lurking in the forests?

Nature has also taught us that if we pull together and share knowledge, instead of glaring at each other down the barrel of a gun, we can make a difference for the better. Nice words? Maybe but let’s put nice words into practice. Time for action.

via The need to make changes

Essential poll: Victorians overwhelmingly support harsh restrictions to curb Covid second wave | Australia news | The Guardian

police patrol empty streets in melbourne

New research shows 72% of the sample backs the decision of the Andrews government to impose a curfew between 8pm and 5am, 71% supports curbs on leaving the house, while 70% endorse restrictions on business and the requirement that people travel no further than 5km from their house. Voters aged over 34 are more likely to support the current lockdown measures than younger people.

However, Morrison benefits from it too while denying and hiding everything and doing nothing (ODT)

via Essential poll: Victorians overwhelmingly support harsh restrictions to curb Covid second wave | Australia news | The Guardian

Many Countries See The Pandemic As A Crisis. Authoritarians Spot An Opportunity. | HuffPost Australia

Many Countries See The Pandemic As A Crisis. Authoritarians Spot An

Autocratic leaders have obscured coronavirus data, cracked down on doctors and reporters, and used the health crisis to further erode democracies worldwide.

via Many Countries See The Pandemic As A Crisis. Authoritarians Spot An Opportunity. | HuffPost Australia

Coronavirus Australia: More companies to get JobKeeper from September in $15 billion backflip

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will announce changes to the JobKeeper scheme to allow more companies to take it up.Image may contain: text that says 'WE ARE NOT ALL IN THE SAME BOAT BUT WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME STORM SUPPORT EACHOTHER #DONTJUDGE #BEKIND'

Note what Ch9 doesn’t say a broken Australian economy once saved by Victoria before Covid-19 now need to lend a hand and fix itself. Dan Andrews has saved Australia by locking his borders and taking on the pain for Morrison’s lack of attention to aged -care. Besides, there is no guarantee that the 2nd wave isn’t coming to the other states. So why isn’t this simply an Australian problem? After all if it’s the LNP’s China virus then it follows it’s the Dutton/Ruby Princess or LNP virus? Come on Australia don’t let the media and politics divide us the engine room is on fire. (ODT)

via Coronavirus Australia: More companies to get JobKeeper from September in $15 billion backflip

View from The Hill: Aged care crisis reflects poor preparation and a broken system

 

The real issue, however, is that the aged care system is simply not fit for purpose in normal times and so was inevitably destined to fail when under this sort of extreme pressure.

Hunt on Tuesday praised the care his late father received in a home. “I cannot imagine better care that my family and my father could have got.”

But Andrews said “I wouldn’t want my mum in some of these places”, an observation many distraught families will relate to.

The interim report of the royal commission into aged care, released late last year, was scathing, declaring older people and their families were left “isolated and powerless in this hidden-from-view system”.

COVID has provided a tragic real time vindication of the commission’s observation.

View from The Hill: Aged care crisis reflects poor preparation and a broken system

Australian of the Year takes on Big Food, says our diet is ‘killing us’ – Michael West

Type 2 diabetes is a diet-related condition that results in uncontrolled blood sugar levels. The foods that have the most impact on fluctuating blood sugar are cereal, pizza, bread and sugary drinks, which contain refined carbohydrates, starches and simple sugar.

It’s a no-brainer for people with Type 2 diabetes – if you restrict your carb intake, you also limit the need for the medications to control the sugar highs. And it may also help mitigate the complications that arise from COVID-19.

via Australian of the Year takes on Big Food, says our diet is ‘killing us’ – Michael West

As Covid-19 persists around the world, death is not the only outcome to fear | Coronavirus outbreak | The Guardian

Covid testing

Unfortunately, the damage that Covid-19 causes is almost certainly not confined entirely to the death rate. We may not know for some time exactly what else it causes, but even now we have enough evidence to know that there are other problems out there. Letting everyone get infected is a strategy that, even ignoring the enormous death toll, could leave us much worse off as a society.

via As Covid-19 persists around the world, death is not the only outcome to fear | Coronavirus outbreak | The Guardian

Public housing tenants caught out by Victoria’s sudden COVID-19 lockdown of tower blocks – ABC News

Dima Abdu in light brown headscarf, sitting in a car with a seat belt across her shoulder

via Public housing tenants caught out by Victoria’s sudden COVID-19 lockdown of tower blocks – ABC News

COVID-19: Where was it born: China, the United States or Ukania? (A diabolical struggle: part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

COVID-19: Where was it born: China, the United States or Ukania? (A diabolical struggle: part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

COVID-19: Where was it born: China, the United States or Ukania? (A diabolical struggle: part 2)

 

The Fear Is Real, Not Orchestrated, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

A woman carrying a mermaid tail navigates through a crowded beach

Reopening doesn’t mean that the threat has passed. It could worsen. We don’t know how the virus will mutate or whether reopening will give its spread a second wind. Studies, for what they are worth, report that there are already a number of mutations of the virus. Given the lack of information and understanding and the many agendas operating, caution is the only responsible course.

via The Fear Is Real, Not Orchestrated, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

The Coronavirus Wouldn’t Be Decimating Meatpacking Plants If Company Bosses Hadn’t Busted the Unions

COVID-19 is ravaging the country’s meatpacking plants, turning packinghouse workers into sacrificial lambs. But none of this was inevitable — it’s the result of companies’ decades-long assault on meatpacking unions, which destroyed workers’ ability to have a say over their working conditions.

via The Coronavirus Wouldn’t Be Decimating Meatpacking Plants If Company Bosses Hadn’t Busted the Unions

Dump Trump Says Respected Medical Journal The Lancet – Stephen Lendman

The Lancet

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The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. It is among the world’s oldest and best-known general medical journals, although it has been at the center of recent controversies. Wikipedia

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via Dump Trump Says Respected Medical Journal The Lancet – Stephen Lendman

Economists back social distancing 34-9 in new Economic Society-Conversation survey

Australian economists overwhelmingly back social distancing measures that slow the spread of coronavirus over the alternative of easing restrictions and allowing the spread of the disease to pick up.

But a significant minority, 9 of the 47 leading economists polled in the first of a series of monthly surveys, say they would support an easing of restrictions even if it did allow the spread to accelerate.

via Economists back social distancing 34-9 in new Economic Society-Conversation survey