Is reaching zero COVID-19 possible?

Original article by Kingston Mills
The Conversation – Page: Online : 23-Oct-20

A number of countries have successfully suppressed the coronavirus. However, an elimination strategy is more difficult to achieve; New Zealand came close to doing so, but new cases emerged after the nation had been COVID-free for 100 days. Potential options for achieving ‘zero COVID-19’ include herd immunity; however, reaching the threshold for this through natural infection will result in many more deaths, while some people who survive COVID-19 will experience long-term health effects. A vaccine is the best chance of reaching zero COVID-19, but it is unrealistic to expect the first vaccines to be fully effective, and distributing a vaccine worldwide could take years.

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Virus can live for 28 days

Original article by Miles Kemp
Herald Sun – Page: 10 : 12-Oct-20

Research by the CSIRO has found that the COVID-19 virus can survive at room temperature on smooth, non-porous surfaces for at least 28 days. This includes polymer banknotes and the glass screens of mobile telephones. Previous research had suggested that the virus could survive on most surfaces for 3-7 days, and for up to 14 days at most. The CSIRO’s deputy director Debbie Eagles says the coronavirus can survive for up to 10 days longer than the flu virus, which underlines the need for good hygiene practices.

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Women twice as likely as men to be discouraged workers after Covid-19 job loss

Original article by Paul Karp
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 7-Jul-20

A report by the Australian National University has noted an increase in the number of people who are unemployed but not actively looking for work. The report was based on a survey by the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, and report co-author Nicholas Biddle says the increase fits in with the notion of the ‘discouraged’ worker, namely someone who would like to work but does not believe there are any suitable jobs available. The ANU found that women who have lost their job because of COVID-19 are much more likely to be ‘discouraged workers’ than men.

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Work visa sweetener for uni students

Original article by Tim Dodd, Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 7-Jul-20

Australian universities and state governments had been hoping to start bringing international students back into the country from the end of July. However, the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Victoria has put these plans on hold. In an attempt to help Australian universities to remain competitive with rivals in Canada and Britain, it is believed that the federal government will grant post-study visas to foreign students who are enrolled in Australian universities but have had to return to their home countries and study online. Currently, only overseas students who study in Australia are awarded graduate work rights.

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Australian beef exports at risk

Original article by Michael Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 22-Jun-20

China imposed bans on meat from four of Australia’s largest abattoirs in May, citing health certification and labelling issues. Xiamen Xiangyu Group executive Eric Huang says the commodities trader will have to switch to US beef suppliers if the bans on the four abattoirs are not lifted in the next six months; the state-owned Chinese company purchases 20,000 tonnes of Australian beef a month. The federal government contends that the ban was ‘punishment’ for its push to hold an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19.

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Second wave would be $25bn tsunami

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: 4 : 11-Jun-20

The OECD’s latest economic outlook report forecasts that the Australian economy will contract by five per cent in 2020, compared with an average decline of 7.5 per cent among member nations. The OECD also expects the domestic economy to rebound by 4.1 per cent in 2021, in the absence of a second wave of the coronavirus. A fresh outbreak would reduce GDP growth in 2021 to just one per cent, according to the OECD. The Paris-based organisation expects the global economy to contract by 6% in 2020, and 7.6% if there is a second wave.

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China refused to give WHO data, leaked recordings reveal

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The New Daily – Page: Online : 3-Jun-20

An investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that Chinese officials failed to provide the World Health Organization with vital information about the coronavirus in early 2020. Leaked records obtained by AP show that WHO’s chief of emergencies Michael Ryan had expressed concern about the difficulty of getting updates from China about the virus. This includes a genetic map of the coronavirus that had been created by Chinese scientists.

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World Health Assembly agrees to independent inquiry and global strategy to fight COVID-19

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The New Daily – Page: Online : 20-May-20

The World Health Assembly has formally adopted a resolution calling for an impartial and independent review into the global response to the coronavirus pandemic. There was unanimous support among the World Health Organization’s member nations for the push to hold an inquiry, which had been led by Australia and the European Union. Health Minister Greg Hunt and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne have welcomed the passing of the resolution.

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Xi backs down on virus inquiry, pledges $3bn to recovery

Original article by Will Glasgow, Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 19-May-20

Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed to support an independent inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus after it is brought under control. China was under growing pressure to back an inquiry after some 121 of the World Health Organization’s 194 member countries agreed to back a resolution calling for such an inquiry. Xi has also indicated that China will provide $US2bn ($3.1bn) to help with the global response to the pandemic and said that China will ensure that any vaccine it develops is made available globally.

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World coalition backs Australia

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 18-May-20

The UK, New Zealand and Japan are among 62 nations that have agreed to support a motion calling for an independent inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus when the World Health Assembly meets on 18 May. Australia has led the push for an inquiry into the pandemic, and Foreign Minister Marise Payne stresses that international collaboration is needed so the world can prevent or respond to future pandemics. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has indicated that the US may be prepared to restore its funding for the World Health Organization, although only the same amount of money that China contributes.

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