Around the country we have people lining up down the streets outside Centrelink offices, attempting social distancing, to ensure they don’t starve and lose their homes as they lose their jobs. One key government response should be to bring in the universal basic income.
Many aged care facilities have stopped residents leaving the premises. Many have reduced visits to one person per day, for one hour a day, and many have closed their doors entirely to outside visitors, including family, and this is causing distress for many aged folk.
One of the most controversial issues in the response to the COVID-19 crisis, is what to do about schools. Many believe there should be a total shut down and isolation measures implemented in all areas including schools.
The toilet paper, and a measure of our societal maturity, were the first Australian casualties in today’s COVID-19 pandemic. The madness in the shopping centres were an early indicator that the leaders of the nation would need to step up. But as with the bushfire crisis, they did not.
Suddenly it’s personal. I have been placed in home isolation.
Regardless of the crime, many of those in the country’s jails are allowed visits from loved ones – a situation which promotes mental health on both sides of the bars.
With the entire country being asked to isolate, many people are looking to find places they can still get out and exercise while adhering to the constraints of social distancing.
Government departments across the nation are battening down the hatches in preparation for large numbers of COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients to present themselves at health facilities.
The impact of COVID-19 is being felt around the world and in response most medical centres across the Northern Rivers are offering Telehealth consultations for eligible or at-risk patients.
Southern Cross University will be delivering all its study programs online from Monday.
A growing list of festivals, events, meetings and venues are closing in the hopes of stopping the spread of Covid-19. Echonetdaily will update this list as cancellations and closures come to hand.
There are things we can all do to help our elders during times of isolation – neighbours, family and friends can offer vital digital support to older people during coronavirus pandemic.
Norco Primex 2020 which was scheduled for May 21 to 23 has been rescheduled to August.
In an effort to reduce the potential spread of Coronavirus to vulnerable community members, Tweed Council has announced today that they will close all cultural facilities effective from tomorrow in response to the Coronavirus emergency.
With daily decrees from the government about the reduction in numbers of people who can be in the same place at the same time, it’s possible that schools, workplaces, churches and other meeting places may be told close in the not too distant future.
To the manifest relief of the coalition and its supporters, Scott Morrison’s approach to the coronavirus crisis has been cautiously endorsed by the voters.
The NSW Department of Education sent out a media release this afternoon outlining the introduction of measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our schools.
The impact of the coronavirus threat is clearly being felt across the Shire with Southern Cross University closing its Gold Coast and Lismore campuses yesterday (Wednesday, March 11) after a staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19.
The COVID 19 pandemic is no longer just a cloud on the horizon – it has developed into a full scale cyclone, and its effects on Australia, while still unquantifiable, will clearly be severe if not disastrous.