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


Red hot Javier Hernandez scores double in Real Madrid win

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgJavier Hernandez gave another boost to his chances of making his loan move to Real Madrid permanent when he followed up his match-winning Champions League performance midweek with a La Liga double on Sunday.The Mexico striker known as ‘Chicharito’ (little pea) struck a late winner to earn a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday before helping Real to a 4-2 success at Celta Vigo that kept them hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona with five matches left.Hernandez has spent most of the season on the bench after arriving from parent club Manchester United in September but coach Carlo Ancelotti was forced to draft him into the side following injuries to France striker Karim Benzema and Wales winger Gareth Bale.While Benzema and Bale are likely to come straight back into the side once fit, Hernandez, who has made a habit of scoring off the bench during his club career, has shown he is a useful weapon to have in reserve.Real have an option to make the 26-year-old’s season-long loan permanent for a fee of 10 million euros ($10.86 million), according to Spanish media.He is the son of namesake Javier Hernandez, a Mexico striker who featured at the 1986 World Cup and was nicknamed ‘Chicharo’ (pea) because of his green eyes. “He’s enjoying the run that he’s on, it’s a really good one,” Ancelotti told a news conference.”If Chicharito is in this form he’s non-negotiable,” added the Italian.”I have a team of non-negotiables but only eleven can play and the rest stay on the bench.”Sunday’s win at Celta kept the gap to Barca, who won 2-0 at neighbours Espanyol on Saturday, to two points.Barca, who along with Real are through to the Champions League last four, are in with a chance of a treble of titles and play Athletic Bilbao in the King’s Cup final next month. “Our objective is to force Barca to win every game,” Ancelotti said.”At this moment in time we’re not thinking about other teams, but about what we have to do.”We’re doing well and we’ll try to fight for La Liga until the final day, which is our objective.”Real’s next outing in La Liga is a home game against Almeria on Wednesday after Barca host Getafe on Tuesday.–last_img read more