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ALL of Melbourne is placed on lockdown for SIX WEEKS as Daniel Andrews reimposes strict rules in desperate bid to stop 'thousands and thousands' of COVID-19 cases and deaths
The whole of Melbourne will be placed back into lock down for six weeks from 11.59pm on Wednesday after Victoria recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus - its worst figure yet. Residents are only allowed to leave their homes for work and study, giving care, shopping for essentials and daily exercise but only near where they live. Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton confirmed 37 new cases are linked to outbreaks and 154 are under investigation, bringing the state's total to 2,824 cases.
We've been living like that since Feb!
The whole of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire north of the city will be placed back into lock down for six weeks from 11.59pm on Wednesday after Victoria recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus - its worst figure yet.
Residents will be only allowed to leave their homes for work and study, giving or receiving care, shopping for essentials and daily exercise near where they live.
That will give anyone who can afford it, time to go and stay somewhere else in their holiday homes or a holiday rental as they did last time.
Already the panic buying has started again too.
International arrivals in Western Australia are being capped at 525 people per week to limit strain on the state’s COVID-19 hotel quarantining system.
Health Minister Roger Cook said on Tuesday the Federal Government had responded favourably to the request overnight, as two international flights from Singapore and Doha were set to bring in 245 arrivals.
The announcement comes as international arrivals in Sydney have been capped at 450 a day while all international flights are being diverted from virus-hit Victoria and as travellers appear to be diverting from Queensland, where the state government is charging for accommodation.
WA is moving in the same direction as Queensland, drafting urgent legislation that would force all returning travellers to pay for their mandatory 14-day stays.
Meanwhile, after a recommendation from the state government, ticket sales for the July 19 AFL derby between West Coast and Fremantle have been temporarily suspended.
WA is scheduled to move into phase five of eased restrictions the day prior, removing all remaining limits on gatherings and allowing 60,000 capacity crowds at Optus Stadium.
But the date could be pushed back, with authorities keeping a close watch on the outbreak in Victoria.
The state has not recorded a community-based infection since April 11.
No new cases were recorded overnight, leaving the tally of active cases at 12.
It is surprising they are even letting international flights in, hope they don't get any quaranitine breaches like Victoria, which is what has been the main cause of this latest spread (apparently by what Greg Hunt was saying).
Downright ridiculous allowing flights into anywhere at this time
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For older people and those with chronic health conditions, staying active at home is extra important – here’s howApril 7, 2020 3.10pm AESTAuthorsRachel Climie
Exercise Physiologist and Research Fellow, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Group Leader, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Rachel Climie receives funding from the Heart Foundation.
Erin Howden receives funding from the Heart Foundation.
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Fitbit recently released data showing a global decrease in physical activity levels among users of its activity trackers compared to the same time last year.
As we navigate the coronavirus pandemic, this is not altogether surprising. We’re getting less of the “incidental exercise” we normally get from going about our day-to-day activities, and many of our routine exercise options have been curtailed.
While we don’t know for sure how long our lifestyles will be affected in this way, we do know periods of reduced physical activity can affect our health.
Older people and those with chronic conditions are particularly at risk.
Read more: How to stay fit and active at home during the coronavirus self-isolation
To understand why the consequences of inactivity could be worse for some people, it’s first important to understand the concept of cardiorespiratory fitness.
Cardiorespiratory fitness provides an indication of our overall health. It tells us how effectively different systems in our body are working together, for example how the lungs and heart transport oxygen to the muscles during activity.
The amount of physical activity we do influences our cardiorespiratory fitness, along with our age. Cardiorespiratory fitness generally peaks in our 20s and then steadily declines as we get older. If we’re inactive, our cardiorespiratory fitness will decline more quickly.
One study looked at five young healthy men who were confined to bed rest for three weeks. On average, their cardiorespiratory fitness decreased 27% over this relatively short period.
These same men were tested 30 years later. Notably, three decades of normal ageing had less effect on cardiorespiratory fitness (11% reduction) than three weeks of bed rest.
This study demonstrates even relatively short periods of inactivity can rapidly age the cardiorespiratory system.
Read more: 5 ways nutrition could help your immune system fight off the coronavirus
But the news isn’t all bad. Resuming physical activity after periods of inactivity can restore cardiorespiratory fitness, while being physically active can slow the decline in cardiorespiratory fitness associated with normal ageing.
Generally, we know older adults and people with chronic health conditions (such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes) have lower cardiorespiratory fitness compared to younger active adults.
This can heighten the risk of health issues like another heart disease event or stroke, and admission to hospital.
While many older people and those with chronic health conditions have been encouraged to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s still possible for this group to remain physically active. Here are some tips:
set a regular time to exercise each day, such as when you wake up or before having lunch, so it becomes routine
aim to accumulate 30 minutes of exercise on most if not all days. This doesn’t have to all be done at once but could be spread across the day (for example, in three ten-minute sessions)
use your phone to track your activity. See how many steps you do in a “typical” day during social distancing, then try to increase that number by 100 steps per day. You should aim for at least 5,000 steps a day
take any opportunity to get in some activity throughout the day. Take the stairs if you can, or walk around the house while talking on the phone
try to minimise prolonged periods of sedentary time by getting up and moving at least every 30 minutes, for example during the TV ad breaks
incorporate additional activity into your day through housework and gardening.
Read more: Why are older people more at risk of coronavirus?
First, put on appropriate footwear (runners) to minimise any potential knee, ankle or foot injuries. Also ensure you have a water bottle close by to stay hydrated.
It may be useful to have a chair or bench nearby in case you run into any balance issues during the exercises.
Start with five minutes of gentle warm up such as a leisurely walk around the back garden or walking up and down the hallway or stairs
then pick up the pace a little for another ten minutes of cardio – such as brisk walking, or skipping or marching on the spot if space is limited. You should work at an intensity that makes you huff and puff, but at which you could still hold a short conversation with someone next to you
next, complete a circuit program. This means doing one set of six to eight exercises (such as squats, push ups, step ups, bicep curls or calf raises) and then repeating the circuit three times
finish with five minutes of gentle cool down similar to your warm up.
I try and get out into the garden and trim and weed! Only takes me 30 minutes to fill up a couple of wheel barrows, then I try and give my body later in the day a couple of minutes twice a day on the exercise bike!
Not to mention vacuuming but not each day, but steaming the tiles is starting to get a bit heavy for me, so I think I will get someone to come in and help.
My elder son on the weekend did say that the garden is looking a bit thin! I guess I have been trimming back too much! LOL
My elder son on the weekend did say that the garden is looking a bit thin! I guess I have been trimming back too much! LOL
:) That's funny Celia.
RnR I wish you lived down the street you could come around and have lunch or a coffee with us!
Queensland is a bit far.
Talking of Queensland I didn't appreciate that our Premier over here in the West, our Premier is a legal eagle from Queensland!
:) And born in NSW.
Born in Newcastle, Mark McGowan was educated in country New South Wales before attending the University of Queensland. He subsequently worked as a legal officer for the Royal Australian Navy, serving at naval base HMAS Stirling, south of Perth. Remaining in Western Australia, McGowan served as a councillor at the City of Rockingham from 1994 until his election to the Legislative Assembly at the 1996 state election
Yes I do my exercise every day, never used to like it but now I don't feel right unless I do. I do a bit of yoga, and either a 30 minute walk or 20 minute bike ride each day, if it is raining will do HIT on the exercise bike inside for 5 minutes, and always do a little stretching before bed plus 20 squats. Not too mention up and down the stairs a lot and gardening if the weather is good, not much at the moment, sun is too low and my yard is too wet.
I also do not sit at the computer for long periods getting up and doing something in between, even if it is just to look out the window :)
Funny about Mr McGowan not even a true Western Australian, but he has been there for awhile.
Why is it “funny?” Are you a “true” Australian? These are the only “true” Australians…
Just reading this!
1903 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground; New Zealand win 22-3
:) They've been giving us a pasting ever since.
1903 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia team photo ... very formal LOL, love the hats.
Football players have exceptions to travel to QLD from VIC. Seems football is more important than regular travellers.
Yes I find it unacceptable that what you say is so darn true Incognito -- dam football seems to be the most import thing -- what with them wanting to build more stadiums -- at the expense of other more important things and play football up and close when this virus is happening -- says a lot about a lot
Have to agree Plan B.
Australian Winter Olympics star Alex Pullin dies in spearfishing accidentAustralian snowboard cross Winter Olympic athlete Alex Pullin. Source: Getty
Winter Olympian and world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin has died after being pulled unconscious from the surf on the Gold Coast.
Australian dual world snowboard champion and Winter Olympian Alex "Chumpy" Pullin has died while spearfishing on the Gold Coast.
Pullin was the flag bearer for Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Police have confirmed a 32-year-old man was unconscious when dragged from the water at Palm Beach around 10.40am on Wednesday.
Lifeguards performed CPR and paramedics attended the incident at Nineteenth Ave, but the man was pronounced dead just before 11.15am.
"Paramedics were called to a post-immersion incident. One patient was treated at the scene," a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.
Olympic champion Steven Bradbury said Pullin will be sorely missed and was everyone's best mate.
"The world will miss such a talented human and a double world champion without ego and without selfishness who is everyone's best mate - which isn't always the case with elite athletes," Bradbury told news website InQueensland.
"He was bound to be a positive influence on winter sports into the future and will be sorely missed."
The Australian Olympic Committee will issue a statement later on Wednesday.
Thats sad. RiP
Sadly too is these things are often missed on the news lately because of corona.
Watched SBS late news and they did have a report on Mr Pullin's death, have not watched the other news.
RIP Alex "Chumpy" Pullin.
Plane FULL of Jetstar passengers from Melbourne were allowed to leave Sydney airport without screening because health teams were busy with another flight
A plane full of Jetstar travellers from Melbourne was allowed through screening at Sydney airport because staff were busy with other passengers.
Crazy isn't it, I posted it on the virus thread.
Sloppy comes to mind Incognito.
What gets me is how can they expect eveyone to abide by the rules if those who are in charge of airports, quarantine hotels etc are not doing what is expected? Not good leadership IMO
And I cannot help thinking why are large departments stores who don't sell food have been allowed to stay open? Shopping centres are still crowded apparently and no one is social distancing.
This is the perfect example of why WA is still closed off, until people in the East take this situaiton as serious I think people in WA will always feel the same. I bet non of the passengers or crew have been put into lockdown today.
New South Wales considers drawing up a NEW BORDER with Victoria and weighs up introducing fresh restrictions as part of radical steps to prevent a second coronavirus wave
Victoria recorded 134 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, its second-highest single-day total since the pandemic began after a record 191 infections on Tuesday.
Queensland will completely close its border to visitors from Victoria from midday tomorrow.
Launceston council received $10m drought grant for 'creative precinct'
By state political reporter Emily Baker
The Federal Government awarded Launceston, in Tasmania's north, a $10-million drought recovery grant to help build a "creative precinct" in the city's CBD, while knocking back a request for help from an east coast council that suffered one of its driest years on record.
The City of Launceston was one of the three local government areas in Australia to receive a full $10-million grant under the most recently announced Building Better Regions Fund infrastructure grants program.
According to the eligibility criteria, approved projects had to provide economic benefit to areas that were either drought declared, had suffered a significant decline in rainfall or could demonstrate economic or employment decline because of drought.
Grants ranged from $20,000 to the $10 million — grants for the full amount were awarded to Launceston's council as well as the Coffs Harbour City Council and Ballina Shire Council, both in New South Wales.
Launceston's funding was announced last month by Bass Liberal MHR Bridget Archer, Bass Liberal MHA Michael Ferguson and Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten.
The money will go towards a new creative precinct on a car park in the city's CBD.
Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie labelled the drought grant awarded to the City of Launceston a "rort".
He said the Hobart City Council, within his electorate, was told not to apply for the funding as only the Glamorgan Spring Bay and Break O'Day councils on Tasmania's east coast were eligible within the state.
"Launceston sits in the Bass electorate and clearly the Government thinks it's OK to unashamedly pork barrel to try and ensure the Liberal member's [Ms Archer] re-election," Mr Wilkie said.
"You'd think they would have been scared off from doing this, for a while at least, by the scandalous embarrassment caused by sports rorts."
Bass is one of Australia's most volatile electorates, and the seat has changed hands at eight of the last 10 federal elections.
But a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the creative precinct project demonstrated a "direct benefit" for a drought-affected region.
"This project was one of 163 funded through $207 million of available funding," the spokesman said.
"As individual applications are considered commercial-in-confidence, any specific enquiries about the application submitted by Launceston City Council should be directed to the council."
The City of Launceston chief executive Michael Stretton also defended the funding.
"The application for funding was made through a collaboration between the Coordinator General's Office and the City of Launceston in December 2019, and was required to meet a range of eligibility criteria," he said.
"At the time of the submission, Launceston and the wider northern region were identified as areas of severe rainfall deficiency, with waterway flows consistent with those seen during the millennial drought."
At a meeting in December, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council on Tasmania's east coast resolved to apply for funding to upgrade the Triabunna Wharf, develop a business case for a new mountain bike trail and write an economic development plan.
The requests came to a total of $295,000.
However, the cash-strapped council — which recently announced it could no longer afford to operate tourist information centres — was not listed as among recipients of the Building Better Regions grants.
That council's mayor Debbie Wisby could not be contacted for comment.
Lyons Labor MHR Brian Mitchell, whose electorate takes in Tasmania's east coast, said the drought funding given to Launceston was "absolutely scandalous and outrageous".
"There are plenty of areas in the state that could do with drought funding for worthy projects," Mr Mitchell said.
"This is just a feel-good project for a marginal Liberal seat."
Tasmania's east coast has been experiencing some of its driest conditions on record.
Mr Wilkie has written to Mr McCormack for clarification on why Launceston received drought funding, when the Hobart council was told not to apply.
"Not only did the Government misuse $10 million in one electorate, it also told the mayor in another electorate to not even apply for a grant, which had the effect of not only favouring one electorate but explicitly disadvantaging another," Mr Wilkie said.
The Break O'Day Council received $30,000 under the Building Better Region Fund's community investments program to help develop a recreational trails strategy.
Huge sinkhole swallows car in Bennett Springs as driver escapes uninjuredSarah StegerPerthNowJuly 10, 2020 7:15AMSarah StegerTOPICSDisaster and EmergencyWA NewsNews
A huge sinkhole has partly swallowed a passing car in Bennett Springs overnight, leaving onlookers in disbelief.
A burst water main caused havoc on Beechboro Road last night, flooding parts of the street outside a shopping centre and sending water gushing through the area.
A white Honda hatchback nose-dived into the gaping hole, leaving the young woman driving the car shaken but uninjured.
Images show the vehicle’s back wheels in the air, while its headlights are submerged by water.
A tow truck was called to the scene to pull the Honda out of the giant pit of water as police officers diverted traffic.
The precarious incident quickly made waves online, with Reddit users commenting on the bizarre sight late last night.
One person wrote: “I was there earlier. A few people pulled the lady driving the car out of the hole and cops are everywhere. All that over a burst pipe!”
Another turned the incident into a pun, referring to the Bennett Springs event as “Bennett Sinks”.
A third said they hope “everyone's safe”.
“Very interesting evening trying to fetch a vehicle out of a pit,” they wrote.
Just announced on the radio here in Perth Jewell Crossberg has been relieved from his position.
Great news, thanks Celia
The government here in WA are saying now that he will be placed in another area of that Department not managing it, not sure what that means yet. We had the radio on and that was all that was said at first. I guess more will come.
I think the Premier said this situation is reflecting on us, I guess that would be true, but I don't know how he got the position in the first place.
Great to get some good news for a change.
Esperance DBCA wildlife manager Jewell Crossberg fired over dead animal picturesAAPJuly 10, 2020 8:32AMTOPICSWA News
A Western Australian government wildlife manager, photographed posing with dead animals at a South African game lodge, has been fired.
Jewell Crossberg was recently appointed acting district manager in Esperance at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction.
However, the DBCA’s Director Mark Webb announced today that Mr Crossberg was removed from his position.
“The images published in the media last week are not reflective of the department’s values or the outstanding wildlife conservation work that our partners, staff and volunteers deliver across Western Australia every day,” he said in a statement.
“Future recruitment undertakings, particularly for leadership positions within the department, will prioritise strong values alignment with the department and any potential successful applicant.”
Photos were posted on Mr Crossberg’s Facebook page in an album labelled “business and pleasure”, showing himself posing with dead giraffes, zebras and elephants in 2010.
The images have since been deleted.
Premier Mark McGowan said last week he wanted answers about Mr Crossberg’s employment.
“I don’t control that (Mr Crossberg being dismissed). That is outside my control,” he said.
“But I have asked that it be looked at again because I just don’t accept that sort of conduct – even if it was some years ago.”
Mr McGowan said he was appalled at the images.
“The images I saw and the things that he did were completely unacceptable – I hate those sorts of images.” Mr McGowan said.
“Endangered species need to be protected.
“We are just a generation, and there are numerous generations to come after us.
“And we cannot afford to lose any more of these magnificent, valued and endangered species.
“People who go out and shoot them, I have no time for.”
The further relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in Western Australia will be delayed due to the number of people in Perth quarantine hotels and the growing outbreak in Victoria, where another 288 cases have emerged.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said based on health advice, phase five of the state's road map out of coronavirus restrictions would be pushed back to a tentative date of August 1.
Phase five had been due to begin on July 18 and would have seen the removal of the two-square-metre rule limiting the capacity of venues.
It would have seen the 50 per cent capacity rule covering stadiums and arenas scrapped in time for the AFL western derby between the Eagles and Dockers at Perth Stadium on July 19.
While that would have allowed for a capacity crowd of 60,000 AFL fans to attend, the game now looks set to be played in front of 30,000 spectators instead.
Operators of large venues including nightclubs, restaurants and bars had also been eagerly awaiting the removal of the two-square-metre rule.
More WA cases linked to Dubai flight
Western Australia recorded three new cases of COVID-19 overnight, two returned travellers from Dubai and one returned from the Congo.
That flight from Dubai is now linked to 10 of the 19 active COVID-19 cases in WA.
Of those cases, 15 are West Australians and four are from interstate. All are in quarantine in Perth hotels.
Health Minister Roger Cook confirmed the Federal Government had now committed to capping the number of international arrivals in WA at 525 passengers per week.
Mr McGowan said over a 10-day period in June, WA received 2,700 interstate arrivals, while in the past 10 days that had risen to 4,995 people.
He said if those numbers did not drop, he would ensure WA's hard state border was even more tightly enforced.
From next Friday, returning Australians arriving into WA will be required to pay for their own time in hotel quarantine.
There will be some exceptions made for people experiencing significant hardship.
Melbourne passengers warned over WA entry
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said passengers due to arrive in Perth on a flight from Melbourne at 2:25pm today were advised they may not be permitted to enter the state under toughened restrictions.
"I am advised that up to half the passengers decided to get off the plane," he said.
"So, that's good news, perhaps not for them, but it is for Western Australia."
Asked what could be done if restrictions needed to be tightened even further for Victorians seeking to enter WA, Commissioner Dawson said stopping all flights was an option.
As the passengers who stayed on board the flight arrived in Perth, they were met and questioned by masked police officers.
They also had their temperature taken by hazmat-clad health officials in the terminal.
Waiting nervously to see if her daughter would make it into the state was WA mother Peta Schorer.
Jacinta, who lost her job in Melbourne when it returned to lockdown, was allowed in to WA on the condition she self-isolate on the family farm for 14 days.
Mother and daughter both burst into tears upon being reunited but could not hug.
Too much complacency, Chief Health Officer says
WA's Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson said while the easing of restrictions has been great for businesses, it also created greater risks if there were to be an outbreak as larger public gatherings took place.
"There's a greater potential for local transmission between people if we were to have cases reintroduced into WA, and that could lead subsequently to substantial outbreaks," he said.
"If we got a substantial outbreak, something on the scale of Victoria, we would have to consider reimposing tighter restrictions on all or some parts of the state."
Dr Robertson said his advice to delay phase five had also been influenced by the degree of complacency with safety measures that had emerged in the community in WA.
"Handshaking, hugging, returns to general behaviours from prior to COVID are now evident within the community and within the media," he said.
"It's evident that people believe the risk to them is low. Unfortunately this disease has not gone away, and it is not the time for complacency.
"Practicing good hand hygiene, physical distancing, and staying at home when you are unwell must be part of our lives from now on to maintain the community safety and the gains currently achieved."
Dr Robertson said without these measures being practiced, the WA community would be at risk if restrictions were lifted.
He said that winter was also making it more difficult to lift restrictions, with increased indoor living making it more likely that people would be in close contact with one another.
Limits on hospital visitors remain
Another restriction which had been due to be relaxed in phase five was the limit on WA hospital visitors.
Mr Cook said unfortunately that limit would need to remain at two visitors per patient at a time.
But the rules around visiting aged care homes have changed, with the removal of a blanket ban on people under the age of 16 visiting such facilities.
People cannot visit an aged care facility if they have been overseas in the past 14 days or were a recent contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Staff at aged care facilities are also required to have received up-to-date vaccinations for influenza.
Credit: News Corp AustraliaVictoria records country’s biggest daily increase in COVID-19 casesAnthony PiovesanNCA NewsWireJuly 10, 2020 3:02PMTOPICSFitnessHealth & WellbeingNewsAustraliaVIC NewsTAS News
Victoria has recorded nearly 300 infections in 24 hours, the state’s biggest daily increase since the pandemic started.
The state’s total is at 3397, with active COVID-19 cases surging past 1000, Premier Daniel Andrews announced Friday afternoon.
The worst 24-hour period before this was when 212 new cases were recorded in New South Wales at the start of the pandemic.
Of Victoria’s 288 cases, 26 are linked to known outbreaks and 262 are under investigation.
A total of 47 Victorians are in hospital and 12 remain in intensive care.
No cases have been detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
This is how the Victorian numbers stack up:
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the situation in Victoria was “very concerning”.
“Victoria is continuing to ask for help and they will be getting help,” he said after Friday’s National Cabinet meeting.
International arrivals will be cut by half, capped at 4000 people a week, with all states moving to charge returning residents for hotel quarantine.
Mr Morrison also announced a nationwide review of hotel quarantine.
Mr Andrews has advised Victorians to wear masks where social distancing cannot be guaranteed.
“We are requesting all Victorians when out of your home for any of the four permitted reasons to leave and where social distancing cannot be maintained to wear face masks,” he said.
He maintained the instruction was not compulsory.
Residents in eight of Melbourne’s nine commission towers have been eased back to stage three restrictions.
But about 480 people inside 33 Alfred St North Melbourne, will remain in hard lockdown for another week after 53 cases were linked to the building.
State and Federal Greens MPs Ellen Sandell and Adam Bandt have called on the Premier to launch an independent inquiry into the management of the hard lockdown.
The State Government also today announced a $534 million business support package after Melbourne’s second lockdown.
Under the scheme, $30 million will go towards the city’s night-time and hospitality sector, while $36 million will be allocated to mental health support for small business owners and traders.
There will be independent cash grants up to $5000 available for small businesses and relief for the state’s affected tourism operators, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas announced on Friday morning.