All publications of Peter Clarke . Melbourne , Australia
Two more closed facilities in Melbourne
Recently two other homes for elderly in the capital of Victoria have been closed after having found one infected person with coronavirus. Though he tested negative the second time, he is considered to be still ill. A nurse says they were disappointed by this, but forced to be closed. She adds that they have very strict hygienic precautions. The government of Victoria does not want to repeat the story of Newmarch House in Sydney. All the employees are self-isolated for two weeks.
Victoria's results in fight with coronavirus are not as good as other Australian states have. Today 7 new cases of infection have been found. They are mostly connected with trips abroad and Melbourne's hotspots. 11 people are staying in hospital with COVID-19.
Hazelwood Power Station is fined for 2 million dollars
Three years ago Hazelwood mine in Victoria caused large fire in the region of the town Morwell. It is known that fire happened because coal reserves burst into fire and set on fire everything around. The experts say that the mine did not estimate risks of inflamation adequately. They also neither removed plants form their territory nor watered them, so increased risks to maximum by it. The fire led to people's death and complete evacuation of the town, continuing for almost 45 days.
Recently the court of Melbourne has fined the company for such great pollution of the environment. The fine consisted of 2 million dollars. However, the residents of the valley considered it too small fine. So, 380 000 dollars were demanded.
Help for international students
Coronavirus pandemic in Victoria has heavily damaged economy of the state, as well as financial state of people. So, the government decided to support both in this difficult situation. The Prime Minister announced they had created vouchers for international students in Melbourne. They will be able to use them at Queen Victoria Market. By this they will stimulate trading sphere of Victorian economy.
The Premier said that international students are one of those who suffered the most, lots of them lost their jobs and receive too small help from the government, so by this little support they could help them somehow.
Melbourne is a city which has always been desirable for students from other countries, and it must remain such a hospitable place for them even now, according to the government.
More closed establishments in Melbourne
Coronavirus situation in Victoria is not still as stable as in other countries. One home for elderly in Melbourne has been closed due to one suspicion of infection with COVID-19. One member of it had some symptoms, and after their finding everyone was self-isolated and will be tested for coronavirus in a few days. Director of the establishment says they do not want to create similar to Sydney Newmarch house situation. However, it is still unknown, if that one suspected was actually infected
In general, eight new cases of infection have been found in the state today.
Meanwhile, more McDonald's restaurants in the North of Melbourne have been closed due to finding of one infected employee in the city. But experts say the restaurant were closed because of unnecessary caution.
Pandemic is far from the end in Victoria
21 new cases of infection with coronavirus in Victoria. Most of them are connected with Melbourne hotspots of virus spread. These are the McDonald's and Cedar Meat. Both establishments have been closed for cleaning, and all the workers are self-isolated for 2 weeks. Some more restaurants were closed after the infected employees had been found. Six new cases are connected with travellings abroad.
Though some experts say that risk of spread is very low, the end of pandemic is far from its end. However, some quarantine restrictions were eased down, and the government urges people to being responsible and not to allowing coronavirus spread. The Prime Minister said that situation and system is controlled.
Barbaro is found
A 33-year-old man who allegedly killed a woman in her own home in Melbourne has been found in Sydney. Ricardo Barbaro was announced as a criminal who hides and was being looked for even in neighboring states. Police of NSW say that the man hid in the penthouse in Sydney, they arrested him there. Now he has returned to Melbourne and is to face the court of the city.
Barbaro had been accused of killing his partner. The woman was found in her own home in the Western part of Melbourne. The experts say she had been dead for several days already before the discovery. Her car was found later outside the city.
Policemen are not looking for anyone else connected with the crime.
First day of eased restrictions
Seven new cases of infection with coronavirus have been noticed today in Victoria. Despite this, the first day of easing the quarantine restrictions down has started. From now on all the Victorians can visit each other and gather outside in bigger groups. They are also allowed to go fishing or to take up some sport activities. All the golf clubs were booked in one day.
Schools have also started their work completely, most students are expected to return into the classrooms till the end of the month.
However, there are still some restrictions, keeping to social distancing is desirable. Cafes are not satisfied with their fate, they may not serve the customers as usual, only ten people outside are allowed to be at the same time.
New medical discovery of Melbourne scientists
Recently Melbourne's medical researchers have announced about a new discovery which could help in a fight with coronavirus. Since 2018 they have been working at vaccine against malaria. Every year almost a half of million people become victims of this dangerous disease, most of them are children. The disease is widespread in Africa.
So, vaccine is being tested on mice now and the results are positive. Medical people say they found an ingredient which can increase immunity of a person, not only a mouse. It can help to defeat not only malaria, but to increase immunity of lungs against COVID-19.
However, some experts say it might not work when a study begins with humans.
Easing down the restrictions in Victoria
The Prime Minister of Victoria has finally announced the date of easing the quarantine restrictions down. He said it would be on Tuesday. Well, what does it mean for Victorian residents?
Firstly, gatherings of 10 people are allowed in the state. But if you want to invite someone to your home, only 5 people can come. That also means that you can visit elderly people as well, but the Premier does not advise to do so, or, at least, you should undertake some hygienic steps.
All the sport activities outdoors are as well allowed, but, again, not more than 10 people in one group. You can also go fishing or haunting, but all the hygienic rules must be fulfilled. However, camping is still forbidden, you must not stay for night. And all the golf clubs remain closed. The Premier reminded that people are responsible for coronavirus spread, so they should be very careful.
Not more than 10 guests may also attend any celebration, such as a wedding. But restaurants and cafes remain closed.
New evidence connected with great heist in Melbourne
Yesterday police of Melbourne published a video from CCTV in the jewelry which had been robbed. On April 27 someone heisted the jewelry in the centre of the city. It is considered to be the greatest robbery in the century, the robber stole things which cost more than 4 million dollars.
So, the published video shows an alleged car of the robber. It is a white Commodore. There was a man inside of it. He is described like a man of Eastern appearance in a red jacket of about 40 years old. The man was allegedly going to the South-West of Melbourne.
Since that time two people have been arrested as possible parts of the crime. These were a 48-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man.
Police is still asking anyone about related information.