Australia warns it can’t stop the spread of coronavirus from overseas

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_img“We have got concerns about Japan and South Korea. They are working hard to control their outbreaks but we are still concerned that people in those countries and other high risk countries may present with an infection.”Australia has reported 29 cases of coronavirus, including the weekend death, but there has been no community transmission.The 78-year-old man who died was a passenger on the Diamond Princess ship that was held off Japan’s coast for weeks. The man and his wife, who also has the virus, were transferred back to Australia for treatment.Australia barred entry from Feb. 1 to any foreigners who had travelled through China in the two weeks prior to arriving in Australia. It extended that ban to Iran on Sunday. Both bans are in force until at least March 7. Australian citizens and permanent residents are exempted. Australia’s chief medical officer said on Monday it was no longer possible to completely prevent people with the coronavirus from entering the country, citing concerns about outbreaks in Japan and South Korea.Australia, one of the first countries to put restrictions on its borders in a bid to limit the spread of the virus, confirmed its first death from the disease on Sunday.”It is no longer possible to absolutely prevent new cases coming in,” Brendan Murphy, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, told reporters in Canberra. China, the epicentre of the outbreak, retains the bulk of the infections with more than 86,500 cases. However, it has since spread to 53 countries, with more than 6,500 cases and more than 100 deaths.The majority of the deaths outside of China have come from outbreaks in recent days in South Korea, Italy and Iran.Murphy said travel bans were “a way of slowing things down” as he urged any Australians returning from Italy or South Korea who work in the healthcare sector to self-quarantine for two weeks.However, he said the outbreaks in Italy and South Korea, while large, were confined and localised, meaning that further travel bans to Australia were not necessary.Thousands of Chinese visitors and students have been barred from entering Australia, damaging the country’s important tourism and education sectors at a critical time for the country’s A$2 trillion ($1.31 trillion) economy.Some economists have warned that economic growth could reverse in the current quarter if the epidemic becomes a pandemic, threatening the country’s almost three-decade long period of recession-free expansion.Topics :last_img read more

Jackie Bell KO heats up with big double-header

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgThe Jamaica National Visa/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell knockout competition continues today with a double-header at Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew.In the first game, the nation’s number one ranked team, UWI FC, will tackle Super League contenders Barbican in the opener, starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, two premier league clubs – Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View square off at 8:30 p.m.The UWI are leaders in the Red Stripe Premier League and favoured to get the better of Barbican. However, the winners will come from the teams that wants it more.Coach of UWI, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, admits that his team will be the favourites.AIM IS TO WIN”Our aim is to win every competition, so the attitude will be the same. UWI will turn up to play good football and win. We are favourites but it will be two teams on the pitch tomorrow,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.The UWI team will rely on top players Patrick Brown, Girvon Brown, Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings and Andre Bernal.Barbican will look to goalkeeper Nicholas Campbell, Locksley Thompson, Akino Bailey and Ramone McGregor to upset the nation’s top team.In the other game, it will be a big clash between two Premier League outfits for a spot in the last four.Tivoli Gardens have a very good attacking unit, including the RSPL’s top goal scorer in former national and overseas attacker Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, Junior McGregor, Elton Thompson, Jermaine Parris and Rohan Reid.On the other hand, Harbour View key players will be Sean Fraser, Akeem Priestly, Kemar Bennett, Nicholas Beckett and Andre Messam.The winners will advance to last four of the competition named in honour of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell, who died during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico in [email protected]last_img read more