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Australian pub cluster adds to second-wave coronavirus fears

By Colin Packham

 

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FILE PHOTO: An essential worker sanitises surfaces after lockdown restrictions were implemented in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Melbourne, Australia, July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo

 

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's most populous state reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with a growing cluster at a pub used by freight drivers travelling the country adding to fears of a second national wave of the virus.

 

The new cases in New South Wales come after neighbouring Victoria state last week forced about 5 million people back into lockdown after a surge of new coronavirus cases.

 

Australia has avoided the high COVID-19 casualty numbers of other nations with swift and strict measures, recording fewer than 10,000 coronavirus cases in total, or about a sixth of the daily cases seen in the United States in recent days.

 

However, authorities are worried about rising cases of community transmission.

 

This accounted for 8 of the 14 new cases in New South Wales in the last 24 hours, while the rest were people who have returned from overseas and are already in hotel quarantine or have returned from Victoria.

 

The bulk of these community transmission cases were people who recently visited a pub in southwest Sydney, the Crossroads Hotel, taking the cluster to 13 in all.

 

"The concern is that this hotel is used by freight drivers who are transporting essential supplies across the country," Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

 

"They are not being tested."

 

In Victoria state, authorities on Monday reported 177 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the eighth consecutive day of triple digit rises in COVID-19 cases, but down from 273 cases the previous day.

 

"It may not be our peak yet," Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne. "I would like to see a week of decreasing numbers."

 

Scientists, meanwhile, have begun trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed at the University of Queensland.

 

Volunteers were due to receive the first vaccine dose on Monday morning. Preliminary results of the trial are expected to be released by the end of September, the university said.

 

(Reporting by Colin Packham; editing by Richard Pullin)

 

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Australia, and particularly Victoria appear to be struggling to get this under control. Although not surprising following pictures of young entering night clubs, on the disco floor, it was as though nothing had changed.

Now one can see why Thailand took such stringent measures to stop transmission.

Had the Australian public not been so complacent, they might have faired better with the numbers,  sadly it looks like they are paying the price now.   imo

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Wouldn't be surprised if Sydney is locked down in 2 weeks.

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1 hour ago, samran said:

Wouldn't be surprised if Sydney is locked down in 2 weeks.

the Australian public need to start taking this virus and social distancing more seriously ....

or pay a heavy price.   imo

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And people are wondering why Thailand isn’t letting foreigners in. Please, protect us from all those stupid westerners. Let Darwin do his job first. 

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15 minutes ago, simple1 said:

I live on the Sunshine Coast and every shop, restaurant and so on have social distancing, hand sanitisers, but very few wearing masks, I guess due to the lack of Covid transmissions. The transmissions interstate are largely due to a number of security lapses, some large family gatherings and from your photo stupidity by some venue owners.  Overall I would say Covid had been taken seriously in Oz, but the success has led to some complacency. Hopefully the current issues will be bought under control quickly. Politicisation of Covid by some has not helped, as is the case in some other countries.

agree what you say,  well i bet every night club in Mooloolaba, Brisbane, Gold Coast, The rocks Sydney and others would have been crowded and packed like sardines on friday, saturday nights. 

You may be correct on day time restaurants being seen with plastic and gloves and sanitizers and doing everything correct, however once 10.00pm comes along the younger drunks and drugs take over and social distance or responsibility goes out the window. 

The police need to get tougher on licensees and owners.  imo 

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7 minutes ago, steven100 said:

agree what you say,  well i bet every night club in Mooloolaba, Brisbane, Gold Coast, The rocks Sydney and others would have been crowded and packed like sardines on friday, saturday nights. 

You may be correct on day time restaurants being seen with plastic and gloves and sanitizers and doing everything correct, however once 10.00pm comes along the younger drunks and drugs take over and social distance or responsibility goes out the window. 

The police need to get tougher on licensees and owners.  imo 

Where i live, due to the lack of tourists, most places close by 9:30PM. The Thai restaurant where my wife works is closed by 9:00PM. These days, don't go out to clubs etc but you could be correct. I do know police are being active in the area.

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4 minutes ago, simple1 said:

Where i live, due to the lack of tourists, most places close by 9:30PM. These days, don't go out to clubs etc but you could be correct. I do know police are being active in the area.

right .....   let's hope i'm wrong and some responsible bar / pub owners are making patrons follow strict guidelines. Some maybe, some maybe aren't.  

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1 hour ago, DoctorG said:

Yesterday 6 young Victorians were caught trying to enter Queensland. Each fined $4000.

$4,000 is alot of cash in anyones language ....   so what would happen if you were unemployed or laid off and you had zero in the bank ?

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At the moment Perth is the envy of Australia. We had a few severe measures to start with and it has worked. Keeping the border almost closed has been a great help

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1 hour ago, steven100 said:

$4,000 is alot of cash in anyones language ....   so what would happen if you were unemployed or laid off and you had zero in the bank ?

No idea. Guess that might be the case at some time soon and we will find out.

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3 hours ago, steven100 said:

$4,000 is alot of cash in anyones language ....   so what would happen if you were unemployed or laid off and you had zero in the bank ?

Can always do some time to pay off the debt or do a deal to pay off over time. Whatever happens they  will have to pay the fine, otherwise they can't renew their licence.

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