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Australia Victoria’s long slog, NSW shuts door, Biden to be crowned on Zoom

01:28  07 august  2020
01:28  07 august  2020 Source:   crikey.com.au

Bunnings won't back down over anti-maskers in Victoria stores

  Bunnings won't back down over anti-maskers in Victoria stores Bunnings says it will not tolerate anti-maskers in some of its Victorian stores and will refer belligerent customers to police. The hardware giant has found itself in the middle of a no face mask debate after a video of a woman who refused to wear one in the store went viral over the weekend.Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider today said any suggestion some stores in metropolitan Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire had backed down over face mask rules was patently false.

Communities straddling Victoria and New South Wales are bracing for “enormous heartache” and even more disruption to business, with the looming lockdown measures adding to the pain caused by last month’ s border closure, a federal MP says. The independent MP for the north-east Victorian seat

Communities on the NSW - Victoria boundary are concerned about the impact of the border closure announced today and some are lobbying for movement restrictions to be imposed further south instead. Key points: Community representatives say the border closure is causing "significant anxiety".

When will Victoria’s numbers fall?

Victoria recorded 471 cases overnight, and eight deaths — four of those deaths were related to clusters in aged care.

While that’s a decline from Wednesday’s record 725, the state’s numbers still aren’t falling as quickly as hoped.

About a third of Wednesday’s surge in new cases were from known outbreaks, particularly in aged care. That means the lockdowns won’t have had much effect.

The big question of when the numbers will fall depends on which modelling you look at. While the state’s deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng said he hoped numbers would come down in the next week or two, Victorian government modelling leaked to The Australian suggests new case numbers will be over 1000 for eight days in late August. However the ABC’s Raf Epstein, who is clearly well-sourced within the state government, says the modelling isn’t from the Victorian Health Department.

Victoria records 384 new COVID-19 cases and six new deaths overnight

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Sky News host Chris Kenny says there is an outrageous and “reckless ducking of accountability” in Victoria by Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister

New South Wales and Victoria are pushing ahead with a lockdown of all non-essential activities, which will While Prime Minister Scott Morrison has just called for all non-essential travel to be cancelled, the two states are taking more extreme measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

On the other hand, analysis by Deakin University epidemiology chair Catherine Bennett suggests the virus’s reproductive factor or R has been trending down through the lockdown.

The bad news is that more people will die in Victoria over the coming weeks, even as the number of new cases (hopefully) falls. That’s because deaths tend to lag two to eight weeks behind the onset of symptoms.

Meanwhile, Victoria Police and the state’s coroner are investigating the deaths of five residents at the St. Basil’s aged care home in Fawkner. So far, 159 cases have been linked to the facility.

Stay away from my state

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard had a blunt message for Victorians this morning: stay away. Yesterday, the NSW government confirmed it would put anyone returning from Victoria in a mandatory two week hotel quarantine.

Morrison Canberra bound to deal with escalating Victorian aged-care outbreak

  Morrison Canberra bound to deal with escalating Victorian aged-care outbreak Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be cutting his trip to Queensland short to address issues facing Victoria's aged-care sector amid the state's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. "The situation remains very concerning and particularly the aged-care situation," Mr Morrison said."The situation in Victorian aged-care is very complex," he said."Community transmission ... is finding its way into many facilities.

Australia’ s two largest states have been plunged into lockdown with all non-essential services to be banned within 48 hours. Victorian parents will face an

Communities along the NSW - VIC border are preparing for closures. In Melbourne, residents of housing commission towers in lockdown have received food parcels

NSW recorded 12 new cases overnight, and the government still believes it is keeping the virus at bay in Sydney. One untraced super-spreader crossing the border could change all that.

Meanwhile, Queensland, which shut its borders to NSW and the ACT yesterday, has again recorded no new cases.

The goodest boys

The next line in our defence against COVID-19 could be … dogs. Researchers around the world have been training dogs to sniff out coronavirus in human sweat.

It turns out dogs are pretty good at detecting COVID-19 — many have had a 100% success rate. They’ve been so successful that the United Arab Emirates has started using virus sniffer dogs in airports.

In Australia, researchers are working with trainers and health authorities towards getting dogs involved in our efforts to control the virus.

Democrats’ virtual convention

This month, the Democrats will crown Joe Biden their nominee to take on Donald Trump at their convention in Milwaukee. Except Biden won’t actually be there — he’ll accept the nomination remotely from his home state of Delaware, and the convention will be almost entirely virtual.

Minister stands by response to Victorian COVID-19 crisis

  Minister stands by response to Victorian COVID-19 crisis Questions have been raised over why it took so long for action to be taken in Victoria over the mounting coronavirus outbreak in aged care homes across the state. It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews took aim at the Federal Government over its handling of the crisis.Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck told Today the situation in a number of aged care facilities was concerning, but there was now enough being done about the problem.

Biden won 38% to 36% by about 23,000 votes. This result means the only state Sanders won last week was North Dakota, which still has caucuses. "State law says an action like that could last no longer than 30 days without an extension made by the Legislature," reports the Seattle Times.

Joe Biden . Daniel Anderson, Managing Editor • Cory Eucalitto, Managing Editor • Dave Beaudoin, News Editor • Josh Altic, Project Director • Mandy Gillip, Project Director • Christopher Nelson, Project Director • Jerrick Adams • Victoria Antram • Emily Aubert • Jaclyn Beran • Marielle Bricker • Ryan

Leading Democrat figures will all address the convention remotely. Part of this is of course about political optics — contrasting Biden’s seriousness about the pandemic with Trump’s irrational brain-wormed approach.

The pandemic will add layers of unpredictability to this election. Millions are expected to vote by mail, a process slammed as “corrupt” by Trump — except for in Florida, where he desperately needs old people to vote for him to hold the state. That could also mean we may not have a result until weeks after election night.

Europe watch

Months after being slammed by the virus, many parts of Europe are opening up and enjoying summer holidays. Budget airline carrier EasyJet is expanding its operations on the continent to cope with better than expected demand.

Another infamous budget operator Ryanair could be grounded in Italy over failure to comply with COVID-19 health regulations.

But plans for a normal summer might not work out so well.

Spain just recorded 1772 new cases, its biggest jump since the lockdown was lifted in June. France and Germany say they’re on the brink of a second wave. Even in technocratic, sensible Germany, unity is starting to fray.

Around 20,000 people took to the streets in Berlin on the weekend to protest lockdown — demonstrations which brought together a motley assortment of leftists, QAnon conspiracy theorists and the far right.

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