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  1. I see at the bottom of the article the dates that the four cruise ships arrived in Sydney was exactly two weeks ago. I expect we'll see a spike in cases in NSW (at least) from the passengers' departure from the ships and dispersal out into the community, infecting people as they travelled through Sydney to homes, or airports or wherever.
  2. No life-saving surgery is being put on hold, only elective surgery. And if we all do as we are asked, and stay at home and stop spreading the virus, our ICU and surgical capacity will still be there to deal with urgent medical matters which are not related to covid-19.
  3. Singapore exercised rigorous and thorough contact tracing from the very beginning which has made an enormous difference to the spread of the virus. Also, Singaporean people are well-used to complying with government directives whereas it's a point of pride with many Australians to refuse to do as the authorities ask them (that's a simplistic generalisation but the essence and spirit of it is true). Also, I believe that any country in which it is on the normal end of the spectrum to wear a mask has a head start on minimising transmission through droplet and aerosolised virus particles. The idea that warm weather could or can destroy the virus in a real- life population is just a furphy.
  4. I think our Consumer Laws would have some protection for you in that. Surely. Otherwise no-one would use a TA. Or maybe tell them you'll take it up with the Ombudsman.
  5. I think the news presenter depends on which State you're in. But Leigh Sales presents 7.30 (almost always, I think) - has red-ish hair.
  6. Conspiracy theories can also point in the other direction. T wanted more than anything to mess with that large Asian country's economy, I seem to recall... And this is one of those occasions where 'more numerous' is more appropriate than 'greater' but I would let your other adjective pass. 😉
  7. That doesn't sound right, does it? What's in the TA's T&Cs regarding fees payable by you in the event of the cruise line cancelling?
  8. I thought this was interesting enough to share. As I understand it, the reason some ships were changed to say, UK registration is because Bahamas does not allow same sex marriage in its jurisdiction which includes on ships registered to that country. 'The regulations that apply to ships are determined by the country where they are registered. Some countries have stricter regulations, such as the US, which supplies the cruise market with the majority of its customers. A ship registered in the US is governed by United States maritime law, which specifies the wages that must be paid to crew, the environmental safeguards that apply to waste disposal, the certifications for ships' officers and the right of passengers to take action against the cruise operator in a US court of law, to name just a few of the strictures. A cruise operator might decide that they would rather operate under a less strict regime, and most do. This means they register in another country and adopt a flag of convenience, and in the cruise industry the preferred flag is that of the Bahamas. Among other advantages, the Bahamas does not impose any tax on income. Any profit the cruise line makes is untaxed, neither is there any tax on capital gain if a vessel is sold at a profit.'
  9. It would make some sort of sense for ships to be returned to their country of registration. That is technically their home port regardless of the marketing stuff the cruise lines put out about such and such a ship having Melbourne or Sydney, for example, as their home bases.
  10. And apparently sat cheek-by-jowl, in their thousands, hugging for days on end.
  11. Just to be clear, my comments, above regarding from whence it came, were made in response to ruminations on the question of 'Why Princess ships in particular?'. There's blame, which is a futile exercise, and then there's looking for evidence and reasons which can be put to good use in tracing infection routes and possibly avoiding similar mistakes or oversights by authorities in the future.
  12. From the bags of infected passengers, I guess. And even if they wore gloves, if they touched the work-side of the gloves with their hands while taking them off and didn't immediately wash their hands they could become infected that way. Or if they touched clothes or anything else that they would later touch with their bare hands. An illustration of just how very contagious this virus is and that it can be easily picked up from surfaces. It is also well transmitted via the air and stays in the air for 2 or 3 hours.
  13. I know it is said that the first person to introduce the virus to Diamond Princess was an older man, I believe resident in Asia, who disembarked in HK but as for other Princess cruises, I wonder if they perhaps have more US-based passengers who were flying straight to their cruises and introducing the virus to the ships that way. One reason I decided not to travel on a local (Sydney to NZ) Cunard cruise in mid-Feb/early March was that I could see from Cruise Critic chat that there were passengers flying in from the US to join that particular cruise and I assessed that that was an unacceptable risk to me. The US has had this for longer than they are admitting. Anyway, it's one theory as to why Princess ships.
  14. Thank you for your response which cleverly avoids my political question! But I've read between the lines to glean more. They listen and involve, also here. I am familiar with rural Japan and the clean habits of the Japanese and not from films, and particularly not from Hollywood. (I'm more Seven Samurai than Bond). Your age group would have allowed you the confidence to go forth and be less anxious about contracting the virus. In my age group, and with health concerns, it would have been out of the question. The airports and travelling through them, as well as being on planes have been, and will continue to be, a huge area of risk. And yes, it is a huge global crisis - I am amazed there are still people who don't realise it. It will be felt for a decade or more. And unfortunately, I won't be able to travel, even to see my family overseas until there is an effective vaccine available which, as we know, will be 12-18 months from now for development and testing and then whatever length of time it takes to get supplies available around the world (when the whole world will want it at once; I would add up to six months for supply).
  15. Apparently a lot of our medicines are also made in India which has or will cease allowing as much to be exported due to their own local need for them at the moment. Our government should have done better over many years at protecting manufacturing industries as well as local ownership of our food sources.
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