Confirmed cases of COVID-19:
Australia – 6654 with 75 deaths
Victoria – 1337 with 16 deaths
Tasmania – 205 with 8 deaths
The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other world leaders are calling for an investigation into China and their response to COVID 19 outbreak. They want this investigation to include China’s wildlife wet markets which include exotic animals, as well as the concern that China may have hidden or not shared important information with the World Health Organisation.
WHO’s chief Tedros Adhanom at the COVID 19 media briefing says the world has a long way to go to tackle this virus and there is a growing concern for countries like Africa, where there are approximately 14, 000 new cases of COVID 19 daily.
The Select Senate Committee inquiry is currently underway looking into Australia’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy advised the Australian Government felt prepared, with a pandemic plan in place which had been previously set up for the possibility of a flu pandemic. He said he felt they acted fast when information was received from 1st January.
The Ruby Princess is due to leave Australian waters today heading back to it’s home in Bermuda.
There is still great concern for remaining 800 crew onboard, some of whom will be removed from ship today and placed in quarantine in Sydney hotels. However, it has been reported that there are still 100 crew onboard with confirmed COVID19, and the question remains; what is the plan for them?
Yesterday evening, four Victorian police officers killed in a horrific crash on the Eastern freeway. Two officers pulled over a porsche for speeding, the officers decided to impound the porsche and called on two more officers for back up. As the four officers were out of their vehicles in the emergency lane a large refrigerated truck veered into the emergency lane and crashed into them, killing all four officers. An investigation is underway into what happened, as it is unclear why the truck veered into the emergency lane, it is believed the truck driver may have experienced a medical episode of some sort.
The driver of the porsche had fled the scene prior to the crash and avoided injury. He is said to be known by the police, and maky have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. Both the truck driver and the driver of the porsche are cooperating with police in this investigation.
Premier Daniel Andrews has asked all Victorians to pause and show respect for the Victorian police.
The NRL has announced they will begin games again on 28th May, with permission from Australian Government.
The AFL is working together with all states and territories to see if there is a possibility in restarting the 2020 season. There is current discussion of the possibly of creating a ‘quaratine hub’ in one city, for all 18 clubs.
Overnight there has been 4 new cases of COVID19 in the North West region. Restrictions in North West are planned to be relaxed this Sunday, however Premier Peter Gutwein has advised if cases continue to increase in the North West restrictions may be extended, schools may not reopen, and therefore parents will need to have a plan in place if this happens.
We will see Category 2 and 3 surgeries resume however with caution. In the Northern area surgeries will be done in private hospitals and in the Launceston General Hospital and the Government is purchasing space at private hospitals to ease pressure on the Launceston General Hospital.
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