How are we faring here in Australia with COVID-19?
As summer draws closer and Christmas nears, Australia is cautiously but collectively breathing a sigh of relief as Coronavirus seems relatively under control here (touch wood).
As mentioned in my last Corona Chronicles post – Corona Chronicles #4 -The Second Wave – Victoria, Melbourne specifically, has had the worst situation in our country to deal with, with a second wave bringing numbers of new infections as high as in the 700’s each day, lots of community transmission – some traceable and some mysteries, and far too many daily deaths.
Finally, after a 3rd and very long and harsh lockdown, Melbourne (and regional Victoria) is reaping the reward and must be congratulated. At the time of typing this, it is the 12th consecutive day of 0 new infections and 0 deaths – hence the term DOUBLE DONUTS – and that is something to be very proud of.
In Australia, donuts have symbolised Covid hope since 20 April, when Anthony Macali, data and reporting analyst and founder of Covid Live, tweeted a donut emoji in commendation of South Australia’s third day of zero new cases.
Donuts are a fun way to celebrate achievements and a bit of fun is certainly much needed during these times!
As a consequence of the ‘Double Donut’ symbol of Covid hope, donuts have been selling out across Australia! Social media has been filled with photos of donuts and the hashtag #donutday has been very popular as people celebrated another ‘double donut day’.
The restrictions in Victoria continue to lighten and Victorians are rejoicing in their much deserved freedoms. Borders within Australia are slowly starting to reopen, and there is some talk the country MAY be fully open by Christmas. There is of course, ongoing arguments between politicians on this topic but I won’t get into that. I don’t like to discuss politics on the blog, preferring to keep my opinions to myself (thin skin and all that jazz).
We’ve had 907 deaths from Coronavirus here in Australia, with 819 of those being Victorian, 53 NSW, 13 Tasmania, 9 Western Australia, 6 Queensland, 4 South Australia, and 3 in the ACT. At the time of typing this there has been no deaths from Covid-19 in Australia for 12 straight days. I hope this continues!
Currently (at the time of typing this) there are 85 active cases in Australia, 20 of these people are hospitalised (0 in ICU). 38 of the 85 are in NSW, 18 in SA, 10 in WA, 7 in NT, 8 in Qld, and 4 in VIC. Of the 85, 42 are in quarantine having returned from overseas.
You can see all the current stats for Covid in Australia here at CovidLive.com.au and here at the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert.
Australia/New Zealand Travel Bubble
A one-way travel bubble between New Zealand and parts of Australia kicked off on October 16, with NSW, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria having now all opened their borders to allow New Zealanders to travel without the need to quarantine on arrival.
The problem with the arrangements though is the reciprocation, whereby any travellers flying across to New Zealand will still need to fork out for two weeks of quarantine. New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Ms Ardern, has said that while her country will consider implementing a travel bubble with parts of Australia, she has previously pointed to a 28-day threshold before making any decisions. To be honest, I can completely understand her caution!
It’s all good though. We’re getting there bit by bit.
There is hope on the horizon!
The following paragraph includes an extract from a November 10 article in The Australian (by foreign correspondent – Jacquelin Magnay).
From what I’ve read there are at least half a dozen frontrunner vaccines being tested that are looking good. This morning (10 Nov) there was very promising news that global medical experts have hailed a dramatic coronavirus breakthrough, predicting normal life may return by Easter as Pfizer announced its vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective, wildly exceeding initial expectations. That is a much higher percentage of effectiveness than they usually get with flu vaccines so it is very promising news!
You can read more information about this promising vaccine at the link to the full article above.
We’re very lucky here in Australia that we are approaching a summer with Coronavirus numbers low (please can they stay that way) as we are very much aware that it is a different scenario in the US, UK and across Europe. As the northern hemisphere moves into winter, the number of Coronavirus cases seem to be peaking again. This is why the news about this vaccine should be a great source of hope for us all!
Until a safe vaccine is available, my hope is that with the passage of time already passed and to come that scientists, doctors, and health professionals have learned, and continue to learn, new ways to successfully manage and treat this disease to reduce its spread, its severity should you contract it, and increase survival rates, so that there is much more hope and less fear and suffering in this very battle weary world. 2020 – what a year huh!
Everything that is done in the world is done by hope ~ Martin Luther
How are you feeling about the COVID situation where you are? Are you feeling more hopeful now? I hope so!
Ciao for now,