Melbourne Business Network President Wendi Dawson says the comments she has acquired has prompt the most recent lockdowns and limits imposed from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews have long gone a step also considerably.
All school students in Victoria will be pressured to understand from household as Victorian Leading Daniel Andrews rolls out difficult new restrictions to control the alarming unfold of COVID-19 across the state.
A staggering 900-as well as women and ladies are missing and feared lifeless in Peru since COVID-19 confinement started, authorities mentioned Monday.
The Andean nation house to 33 million individuals extensive has experienced a horrific domestic violence dilemma.
But COVID-19, which has compounded household confinement combined with position losses and a health and fitness disaster, has found an by now scary condition improve worse in just 3-1/2 months, in accordance to Eliana Revollar, who leads the women’s rights business of the Nationwide Ombudsman’s office environment.
Seventy % of that figure are minors, she extra.
“All through the quarantine, from 16 March to 30 June, 915 ladies in Peru were claimed missing,” and feared dead, said Ms Revollar.
Just before COVID-19, five gals have been described lacking in Peru every solitary day because the lockdown, the number has surged to eight for every working day.
Ms Revollar said Peru’s scenario was grim due to the fact the absence of a national lacking folks registry created it tricky for authorities to keep monitor of the crisis.
Walter Gutierrez, the ombudsman, advised RPS Radio: “We have to have to know what has happened to them.”
Ms Revollar said she would press for the creation of a lacking folks registry.
Women’s rights teams and NGOs having said that say that really frequently law enforcement refuse to investigate domestic violence, make entertaining of victims, or declare that the missing have left their households willingly.
But that does not handle the reality that Peru has a trouble with domestic violence and other violence towards gals, as very well as human trafficking and compelled prostitution.
In January, the situation of a college scholar and activist for women’s legal rights and safety, Solsiret Rodriguez, was in the headlines here – but only when her system was observed a few decades just after she went missing.
Past year there were being 166 killings of women of all ages in Peru just a tenth of those were conditions of a man or woman initially currently being described lacking. And there were being just less than 30,000 calls to report domestic violence, in accordance to the Women’s Ministry.
And coronavirus hasn’t spared Peru: it has experienced more than 384,000 coronavirus circumstances and 18,229 deaths. It is the third-hardest strike state in Latin The us behind Brazil and Mexico.
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While most people celebrated this summer’s easing of lockdown restrictions by getting together, many couples welcomed freedom by separating—for good.
COVID to the rescue? That’s what happened in China. When that country lifted the novel coronavirus pandemic’s self-isolation rules in March, divorce rates increased exponentially. In one city, divorce rates went from one or two a day to eight or nine after lockdown. Anecdotal reports from Europe suggest a similar rush on separations. It mirrors a 21 percent increase in divorces in Hong Kong, after the 2003 SARS epidemic forced a lockdown there.
Some of those might be a backlog after months of not being able to get divorced. More likely, it’s a symptom of the intensity of constant companionship. You promised to stay together in sickness and in health, not 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For four months. With no breaks. Oh, and the kids are home too.
But more than just too much time together, the pandemic has magnified the different ways in which men and women deal with stressful situations.
“From the very moment that you’re born, biochemically the brains of men and women are a little bit different,” says Dr. Lisa Mosconi, a neuroscientist, director of the Weill Cornell Women’s Brain Initiative and the author of The XX Brain, a new book on the female brain. “It’s not just about reproduction. So many things happen in the brain are supported by hormones.”
That includes dealing with stress. Mosconi says medical research is only just moving beyond, what she calls, “bikini medicine,” the belief that the only things separating the sexes hid behind the three triangles of a bikini. Instead, Mosconi’s research shows men and women’s brains react differently to almost everything, including medicines, nutrition and risks—like deadly viruses and food shortages.
Early COVID-19 research bares this out. An online survey of nearly 7,000 people from 10 different wealthy countries found that men had a significantly lower perception of risk associated with the coronavirus than women.
This gap is the main cause of marital strife, especially during times of high stress, says John Gray, the author of the Men are from Mars, Women and from Venus series of books.
“It’s a crazy time for people,” he says. “Right now relationships are compromised. They’re in a wheelchair.”
He explains it like this: Women deal with stress by talking about it. Feeling supported and listened to raises estrogen levels, a feel-good, stress-reducing hormone. Men deal with stress by solving or fixing the problem, which raises testosterone levels and lowers stress. When they can’t fix a problem—say, a deadly virus—testosterone dips and men detach, ignore or retreat. So, when the pandemic came along, women want to talk about it and men minimize it: “It’s no big deal.” Both feel like the other isn’t hearing them out, and the conflict intensifies—the classic couple’s argument, says Gray. Add a lost job and it spirals even further.
And then there’s food shortages. Because women are the nourishers, they’re more aware of the need for food. Plus, blood sugar levels drop more dramatically in women’s bodies than in men’s, Gray says.
“When my wife says to find a restaurant, it’s a code blue,” he says. “Women need to eat more regularly then men, so a potential food shortage concern them more.”
The best way to maintain a happy marriage, says Gray, is to proactively work against these forces. It starts with taking care of yourself. He recommends regular exercise, meditation and learning something new.
Keeping estrogen and testosterone hormone levels high will also help. For gals, that means feeling safe and supported. For guys, it’s feeling useful and successful. To accomplish both Gray prescribes a game he calls Genie in the Bottle.
For 20 minutes, the wife gets to ask her husband to do anything and the husband has to do it with enthusiasm. The asks have to be small and immediate: clean the dishes, never leave your dishes in the sink again. Obviously, women will love this, but, Gray says, within a few minutes the guy will feel good, too.
“When you make your wife feel happy, you feel successful and it bumps up your testosterone,” he explains. “You’ll feel like a king.”
Then the challenge presented by COVID-19 is not the virus, or the lockdown, but about how couples respond. Reports of domestic violence and calls to crisis lines have increased with the pandemic and lockdown. At the same time, Gray says, some may find working from home actually rekindles a relationship.
“Every crisis is an opportunity for growth,” he concludes. “For some it will be justification to end a relationship. For others it will lead to a more resilient marriage.”
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Aurora Bayle knew that something had to change when it got to two bottles of wine a day and the anxiety of coronavirus felt overwhelming.
- The Darwin Social Sober Club has more than 230 members
- Founder Aurora Bayle started the group after struggling with alcohol amid the coronavirus lockdown
- A study by the Australian National University found 20 per cent of people drank more during the lockdown than normal
The Darwin resident had been working a challenging full-time role in aviation but had lost her job earlier this year as the coronavirus restrictions began to bite.
“I was working very long hours and I went from working a lot to nothing. And then the drinking started,” she said.
“When I got up to two bottles, I was like: that is way too much.
“And I realised quickly enough that I could wake up and drink earlier and earlier or I could just stop, which is what I decided to do.”
Ms Bayle put herself voluntarily on the NT’s Banned Drinker Register, a list of people prohibited from buying takeaway alcohol in the NT.
But it was a lonely decision, the trained chef said.
“Darwin is pretty big for drinking. And it is hard not to have a social life here without having a drink, so something needed to change.”
That change was the establishment of a group on social media for fellow like-minded “socially sober” non-drinkers — the Darwin Sober Social Club.
To her surprise, the group quickly swelled from a few people to hundreds in a matter of days.
“The reaction was great, I wasn’t expecting that many reactions, I wasn’t trying to create a group, I was just trying to find a few people who would relate to my story as well.”
The club encourages members to organise non-alcoholic social activities.
In recent weeks, as lockdowns have eased, the group has organised mocktail classes and games nights.
Dan Thurling, who has lived in Darwin for 27 years, runs a fishing charter business.
When he joined the club, he invited the group for a day out on the water.
“It wasn’t easy to find people where the alcohol drinking was not the main activity, for me I prefer that the main activity is something you are doing and then if some people want to have a drink then that’s okay,” he said.
“I thought this group was a good group to join as a means of getting to meet people that are thinking the same as you.”
“Too many people are just thinking they want to go out and drink a slab of beer and then basically fall into bed drunk, basically.”
Alcohol use spikes during pandemic
Ms Bayle is not alone in her experience struggling with alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic.
A recent study by the Australian National University (ANU) found almost 20 per cent of people surveyed drank more during the lockdown than they normally did.
And women, in particular, struggled; the study found female drinkers were 1.3 times more likely to increase their drinking than men.
For Dorian Goodall, who works at Banyan House, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre in Darwin, the figure is not surprising.
“We are definitely seeing more people calling us, telling us they have serious alcohol problems.
Many have lost jobs, they have family, mortgage stresses or maybe their life has been turned upside down because of the pandemic, Mr Goodall said.
“Some had existing alcoholism and they have just realised they have an issue, but others have turned to alcohol more at this time,” he said.
Some of those getting in touch have turned to alcohol because their drug of choice has dried up, as supply is cut off with hard borders between states.
“We have people calling saying they have turned to alcohol because it is readily available, while the supply of other drugs like methamphetamines have dried up,” he said.
A networking opportunity for ‘coronavirus refugees’
Alice Springs resident Emma Gimenez was in Indonesia on holiday when news of the escalating lockdown in Australia reached her.
Ms Gimenez made a snap decision to get out of the country and found herself in Darwin.
“I was in Darwin with no friends, and a lockdown. It was a big struggle and I found it really challenging,” she said.
“Effectively, I was a coronavirus refugee, I was stranded,” she said.
The Darwin Sober Social Club offered Ms Gimenez a means to connect with other like-minded people.
“Social events involving lots of alcohol weren’t really an option,” she said.
“I had gone cold turkey in the past. As a teenager, I had a period of drinking way too hard and now I only occasionally enjoy a drink,” she said.
“So I joined the group because I found it a bit challenging where sometimes you feel like you have to drink to make friends.”
“I drink now only on occasion and I am still a fun person!”
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The State Government has all but ruled out the need for regional lockdowns as the number of coronavirus cases across country Victoria continues to climb.
There were 103 active COVID-19 cases in regional Victoria outside the lockdown zone today — last week there were 32.
Twenty-seven cases sit within the Colac Otway Shire area following an outbreak at the Australian Lamb Colac abattoir in the state’s south-west.
Colac Otway Shire Mayor Jason Schram wants the Government to lock down the region so extensive contact tracing can take place to help contain the spread of the virus.
Premier Daniel Andrews said a lockdown was not off the table, but was not yet necessary.
“It’s a significant challenge, but I don’t think we’re at a point yet where we’d move to a whole-of-local-government-area or a whole-of-township public health measure,” Mr Andrews said.
Towns take matters into their own hands
Several businesses in Colac have closed voluntarily and the local council has shut its customer service centre and library until further notice.
Trinity College Colac closed on Monday after a student there tested positive to the virus, but state and primary schools have been forced to remain open.
Among them is Colac’s Sacred Heart Primary School, but only a handful of students have turned up since the outbreak.
“Normally we have 430 children in our school,” principal Jack Lenaghan said.
“We had 10 yesterday and six today.
Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer, Brett Sutton, said authorities would look at recommending tougher restrictions in regional areas if there was evidence community transmission was getting out of control.
“There was always an expectation that, because of essential work and essential reasons to travel, there would be some seeding of cases into those regional locations,” he said.
“Individual cases can be followed up — their contacts can be traced, they’re being prioritised amongst all the new cases and contacts that we get every day, and there is every expectation that we can manage them.
“But we do have to see whether there are cases that emerge that we don’t know where they acquired it, and if there’s increasing evidence of community transmission that’s not coming under control, then I think that’s when there’s a consideration regarding further restrictions.”
Lockdown leaks into East Gippsland
In the East Gippsland towns of Marlo and Orbost a number of businesses have closed after a visitor to the region later received a positive COVID-19 test.
Police said the woman was fined $1,652 for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directives.
Orbost Regional Health CEO, Vicki Farthing, said the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was carrying out contact tracing to work out where the person had been.
A mobile testing point will open tomorrow at the Orbost football ground to test close contacts of the patient.
Marlo Beachside Takeaway & Kiosk owner, Brendan Coghlan, said local businesses had not been contacted by the DHHS but many had closed as a precautionary measure.
“I think everyone in town is just frustrated, angry, [and has] mixed emotions until people do and are able to get some testing done,” Mr Coghlan said.
“I’d like to be able to go and get tested myself, and obviously staff, and make sure that we’re OK to continue business.
Checkpoints ‘weak’, Drum says
The Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, says he’s heard stories of residents from locked-down areas slipping through checkpoints and heading to regional tourism hotspots.
Mr Drum described the checkpoint between the infection areas and northern Victoria as “weak” and said his own staff had been waved through without being checked by police.
“We have an absolute soft marshmallow checkpoint, so soft you can drive through it whenever you want,” he said.
He said it was worrying to see a tougher border for effectively “clean” regional residents on the Victorian-NSW border.
“I don’t think there’s anywhere near enough being done to stop the spread of the virus from those hotspots into regional Victoria,” Mr Drum said.
Trust the system, Premier says
The Premier used his daily briefing in Melbourne to defend the Department of Health and Human Services’ contact tracing program.
The Opposition said the department failed to contact businesses and schools in Colac when the outbreak hit the south-west late last week.
Mr Andrews said any reports of unreasonable delays were “simply wrong”.
“It’s very easy to make some of those claims, I don’t think that serves anyone’s purposes,” he said.
“There are literally thousands and thousands of people, the biggest team ever, dealing with the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced.
“It’s a big and complex task, but just because someone sends out a tweet saying a meatworks in Colac hasn’t been contract traced, it’s just wrong.”
The Prime Minister announced on Friday that local lockdowns can be used to control the coronavirus pandemic in future.
The Government have granted authorities additional powers to respond to flare-ups, which will come into force on Saturday.
Boris Johnson, speaking at a Downing Street press briefing, said: “At the start of the pandemic, we knew far less about the spread of the virus and we had to take blanket national measures.
“National lockdown was undoubtedly the right thing to do and has saved many thousands of lives.
“Now, however, we know more about the virus, we understand the epidemiology better and our intelligence about where it is spreading is vastly improved.
“That means we can control it through targeted local action instead.”
The measures go beyond the extended lockdown being experienced by Leicester, which was imposed after a wave of cases in the city’s crowded centre.
They will be subject to appeal routes and oversight to guard against misuse, but Mr Johnson was clear that they are necessary.
- Local stay-at-home orders that will bar people from entering or leaving defined areas without permission.
- Powers to shut down or restrict transport systems, effectively cutting off a town or area where there is an outbreak.
- Special measures to cancel events or shut down individual businesses and venues.
- Means to limit gatherings more severely than national rules.
Boris Johnson said: “From tomorrow, local authorities will have new powers in their areas.
“They will be able to close specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces and cancel events.
“These powers will enable local authorities to act more quickly in response to outbreaks where speed is paramount.
“Action by local councils will not always be sufficient, so next week we will publish draft regulations on how central government can intervene more effectively at a local level.
“Where justified by the evidence, ministers will be able to close whole sectors or types of premises in an area, introduce local stay-at-home orders, prevent people entering or leaving defined areas, reduce the size of gatherings beyond the national defined rules or restrict transport systems serving local areas.”
The Prime Minister said: “This local approach relies on having an effective testing regime in place. And, here, we have made substantial progress.
“Antigen test capacity, that’s the test which tells you if you currently have the virus, has increased 100-fold since the start of March – from fewer than 2,000 tests a day to more than 200,000 tests a day now.”
Mr Johnson also sought to revive the economy by scrapping official guidance to “work from home if you can” from August 1.
The Prime Minister responded to fears that cities including London are being hollowed out by coronavirus by giving more discretion to firms to ask staff to come in, as long as they do so in a safe and “socially responsible” way.
At a press conference, he unveiled the toughest lockdown powers yet, allowing ministers to seal off communities and order people to “stay at home”.
One particular of India’s most impoverished states went into lockdown on Thursday, but in close proximity to-regular visitors on Bihar’s streets confirmed the trouble of corralling more than 125 million folks.
The lockdown in the northern condition bordering Nepal commenced as India described additional than 600 fatalities in the former 24 several hours, and the Crimson Cross warned the virus was spreading at “an alarming charge” across South Asia.
With India’s caseload rapid approaching 1 million – and fatalities nearing 25,000 – nearby authorities across the state are reimposing constraints that have only not too long ago been lifted.
Bihar, a mostly rural state with feeble overall health infrastructure, went into a 15-working day lockdown at midnight, a working day following IT hub Bangalore, dwelling to 13 million people, shut down for a 7 days.
All universities, golf equipment, temples and non-essential enterprises ended up requested to close in Bihar, but building and agricultural action are authorized to proceed.
And whilst public transport was shut down, personal cars are continue to permitted to work, and the streets of the point out cash Patna thronged with cars, lorries, bikes and auto-rickshaws.
“The lockdown is not being thoroughly enforced,” businessman Ranjeet Singh said. A lot of people today were even now buying for food stuff with small regard for social distancing advice.
A lack of coronavirus discipline pressured Goa, yet another Indian point out, to introduced a three-working day shutdown from Thursday night and a night time curfew until August 10.
Main Minister Pramod Sawant said as well numerous men and women ended up “stepping out to meet up with folks at functions” and that there was a small stage of “awareness and sensitivity”.
“We have far more than 40,000 persons fined for not putting on masks, additionally there are many who are detained for flouting policies, but they carry on to loiter,” Sawant advised nearby media.
“This only establishes that individuals only have an understanding of the language of the law.”
‘Only God can save us’
Bangalore’s lockdown was stricter and the streets had been substantially quieter.
A lot of firms that manage the back again-workplace operations of global corporations were tiny afflicted by the re-imposed limitations with team currently operating from home.
Nonetheless, the wellbeing minister of Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the money, said Wednesday that “only God can help save us” as the state’s caseload approached 50,000.
The Intercontinental Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies mentioned that the overall location was quickly getting to be the subsequent epicentre for the coronavirus.
“Although the world’s notice has been targeted on the unfolding crisis in the United States and South The usa, a concurrent human tragedy is fast emerging in South Asia,” the organisation said.
“COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming charge in South Asia, household to a quarter of humanity.”
India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have among them recorded more than 1.4 million conditions and pretty much 33,000 fatalities.
Several professionals say nevertheless that authorities are not testing practically more than enough individuals and that the official figures underplay the seriousness of the scenario.
Staying specified an hour’s recognize that you are about to be plunged into challenging lockdown is a circumstance that would unnerve numerous of us.
3 thousand people today residing in nine community housing towers in Melbourne were faced with this obstacle on Saturday, 4 July. There are 500 hundred law enforcement in position to make sure that no resident leaves their apartment. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews took these steps in an work to contain clusters of COVID-19 detected in some, but not all of the towers. The tough lockdown continues to be in location for at minimum 5 days — the time approximated to test all citizens.
Residents’ reactions are, unsurprisingly, diversified, from cautionary aid that anything is currently being finished to deal with the chance of infection in the towers, to severe distress, stress and anxiety and anger at remaining “ambushed” into the lockdown by authorities. The strong police existence is disturbing for those who do not have reason to look at law enforcement as their buddies. This is both mainly because they are refugees escaping authoritarian regimes and since the local community has traditionally been seriously and negatively policed.
Members of other Melbourne communities at the moment topic to remain at property orders are permitted to depart their homes to store, show up at clinical appointments, get the job done and physical exercise. These people had been also presented 48 several hours observe of the imminent limitations — time for them to stock up and prepare on their own. Tower citizens in affected suburbs are beneath detention directions that allow none of these activities and had been provided only a single hour’s observe.
The condition is fraught and ripe for claims of racism and discrimination that at very first blush are complicated to deny, presented the contrast concerning extra lenient remain at dwelling orders and draconian detention directions. The latter directions are rationalised by the hazard posed by shared confined areas specific to the tower blocks, such as lifts and laundries. However, it isn’t tricky to recognize how diverse standards utilized to distinctive communities can be perceived as discriminatory and racist.
It will be interesting to see how the Andrews Authorities reacts if higher-rise condominium blocks in center-course and wealthy suburbs turn into infection websites. Will there be detention instructions and armed law enforcement?
At the exact time, individuals returning to Australia from overseas are quarantined in lodges for 14 days and subjected to equivalent restrictions, not able to depart their rooms for any reason. These returning travellers are not, in standard, perceived as a vulnerable populace — compared with the tower block citizens, quite a few of who control sickness, mental health issues, poverty and prolonged-standing trauma as a consequence of experiences in countries they fled.
It’s truly worth remembering that quarantined travellers did not constantly modify very well to their confinement, in spite of their relative privilege. Becoming forcibly confined, even when it is for the greater great, is not a enjoyable knowledge for anybody, but it is probable ameliorated by the information that you have a risk-free, comfy property waiting for you at the conclude of it.
No one must be forced to dwell in the tower blocks. They are not risk-free, cozy environments, while inside their apartments quite a few people certainly do their best to produce a sanctuary for by themselves and their families. The models are compact and have no balconies. Citizens say it is extremely hard to social length in slender corridors, lifts and cramped shared amenities. The towers are appalling housing options and, as we are now witnessing, present ideal problems for infection to spread. None of this is the fault of the residents. It is the fault of generations of governments that have neglected to supply satisfactory general public housing.
Citizens of the towers are now enduring a double whammy. They are locked down in environments that present the most hazard: their residences. They do not have the luxury of anticipating release just after lockdown into safer, healthier environments. The towers are the only residences they have.
The optics of the Andrews Government’s really hard lockdown could not be even worse. On the facial area of it, they show up discriminatory and racist. The Govt is employing armed law enforcement to enforce the incarceration of a susceptible population, in an area with a heritage of fraught relations with and deep distrust of law enforcement authority. People are reporting a absence of satisfactory food stuff, nappies, newborn components, sanitary products and medications. Some citizens claim they have been informed the lockdown will be in spot for 14 times — not 5. English is not the 1st language for a lot of tower people, but the Governing administration did not organise translators to describe the lockdown to absolutely everyone.
At the pretty least, no authorities really should lockdown a local community of 3,000 people without initial making certain they have satisfactory foodstuff and other requirements. Although acknowledging the need to transfer quickly and strongly to curtail the distribute of COVID-19 bacterial infections, there nevertheless desires to be sensitivity toward and regard for the people who are on their own at possibility of an infection, in addition to their prior vulnerabilities.
The Victorian Council of Social Provider issued this assertion indicating that whilst they support the lockdown, it wants to be accomplished with sensitivity and proportionately, to prevent causing further complications for anyone associated. Regretably, authoritarian strategies of containment are the default for governments of each persuasions. There seems to have been detrimental assumptions created about the trustworthiness and trustworthiness of tower block citizens to notice an infection controls, centered on very little far more than their standing as tower block residents. Normally, they could definitely have been presented plenty of warning to ensure they experienced, as considerably as feasible, what they required prior to they were being locked down.
Ideally, governments will discover from these experiences – and they will require to – mainly because lockdowns and remain at dwelling orders will most likely be with us for some time still. So, unfortunately, is inadequate general public housing that presents suitable problems for an infection.
Governments would do perfectly to take into account that we are dependent on a person a different for wellness security – no issue what our situation – and abandoning the bad and susceptible to harmful environments indicates placing all people at danger.
If governments just cannot convey on their own to care about the very poor and vulnerable in and of themselves, possibly they could be encouraged to think about the wellbeing of those people they do benefit and how, in a time of pandemic, our interests are inseparable.
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