SA opens border to NZ; One new COVID-19 case in Victoria, no deaths; Hundreds at risk of HIV after VIC hotel testing blunder; Homicide investigation launched after woman’s body found in driveway; Electronic wristbands flagged for returned travellers; Operation to evacuate infected crew from livestock ship off WA coast begins


Eleven international fisherman who flew into New Zealand have tested positive for coronavirus, in a development described as a “major outbreak”.

Stuff has previously reported about 440 fishermen from Russia and Ukraine were due to arrive in NZ on two flights chartered by Kiwi fishing companies.

More than 200 of the foreign workers landed late last week and have been quarantining in a hotel in Christchurch, the location of the outbreak.

The cases were detected as part of routine testing.

New Zealand is currently closed to all non-New Zealand citizens.

But the waiver for the fishermen was granted as New Zealand’s fishing fleets cannot operate without foreign workers.

A source close to the hotel told Stuff it was a “major outbreak”.



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Victoria hotel quarantine guests at risk of HIV after testing blunder


According to Safer Care Victoria, 243 people who had a blood glucose level test while in hotel quarantine between 29 March and 20 August could be at risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis B and C after the same device was used for multiple people.

Victorian health minister Martin Foley said while the needles used in the test were changed for each use, the device was not changed despite the machine being intended for use by one person.

With microscopic traces of blood able to remain within the body of the device, there is a low clinical risk of cross-contamination.

Foley said there is not any evidence of anyone contracting a blood-borne virus as a result of the stuff-up.

“I need to stress that this is, according to all the clinical advice, a very, very low risk of cross contamination but, out of an abundance of caution, Safer Care Victoria and the Alfred Hospital are doing precisely the right thing in a very risk-averse way of seeking to contact all of the people involved,” he said.

Safer Care Victoria is conducting a full review into how and why the devices were shared between multiple people.

If people are concerned they had this test – and have not yet been contacted – they can call the dedicated patient line on 1800 356 061 (8am to 8pm, seven days a week).





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Authorities contact guests in Victorian hotel quarantine over blood test infection risk



Victoria’s botched hotel quarantine program may have inadvertently exposed returned travellers to blood-borne viruses such as HIV.

Safer Care Victoria announced on Monday that quarantine accommodation guests were being contacted to undergo precautionary screening for cross-contamination and infection.

Based on its health records, 243 guests had a blood glucose level test from 29 March to 20 August.

Testing devices not designed to be shared were used on multiple residents, presenting a risk of cross-contamination and blood-borne virus infections including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.

Safer Care Victoria acting chief executive Associate Professor Ann Maree Keenan said the clinical risk of infection is low.

“The health of past quarantine residents is our immediate concern, so arranging screening for them is our absolute priority,” she said in a statement.

“The clinical risk is low. But if you are at all worried you had this test – and we have not contacted you yet – please call us.”

The Department of Health and Human Services said it was helping Safer Care Victoria and Alfred Health to identify and contact residents about the “newly identified risk”.

The devices were removed from hotel quarantine in August and it is believed they didn’t contribute to the spread of COVID-19 as the virus isn’t transmitted through blood.

Needles on the finger-prick tests were changed between uses, but the body of the device is capable of retaining microscopic amounts of blood.

Most diabetics in hotel quarantine would have had their own device and not required a test from a nurse or doctor during their 14-day stay.

“The test may also be used for pregnant women, people who fainted or people who are generally unwell,” the statement said.

Safer Care Victoria has promised a full review of how and why the devices came to be used.

“Right now, we won’t be able to answer the many questions people will have about how this happened,” Prof Keenan said.

“I hope that we will be able to bring peace of mind through getting people in for testing, and through the findings of our review.”

Any returned travellers concerned they had the test and who have not been contacted can call DHHS’s dedicated hotline on 1800 356 061 from 8am to 8pm.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.



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Curfews planned across Europe as restrictions put UK holidays at risk



The approved list of travel corridor countries, which Britons can visit without needing to self-isolate on their return, is shrinking. Here are the destinations welcoming UK travellers (many with restrictions) that don’t come with a quarantine on return.

Europe

1. Germany (With exceptions) 

2. Gibraltar

3. Greece (Partially open)

4. Sweden

5. Cyprus: Test before departure

6. Faroe Islands: Test on arrival

7. Jersey: Test on arrival

8. Madeira

Caribbean

9. Anguilla: Test before departure

10. Antigua and Barbuda: Test before departure

11. Barbados: Test before departure 

12. Bermuda: Test before departure

13. Grenada: Test before departure 

14. St Lucia: Test before departure

15. St Vincent and the Grenadines: Test before departure

Africa/Indian Ocean

16. Mauritius

17. Seychelles





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Fan who threw a drink at Richmond Tigers’ Tom Lynch at risk of ban


Adelaide Oval is considering banning a fan who threw a drink at Richmond’s Tom Lynch after the Tigers’ preliminary final win over Port Adelaide on Friday night.

Lynch was speaking to Channel Seven pundit Daisy Pearce on the ground post-game, when a fan threw the drink at him.

“Sorry Daisy, I’m copping it here a little bit. Can you please repeat that? I just had a Bundy and Coke on me, but anyway,” he said.

Lynch has been a maligned figure this season given his five fines from the AFL’s Match Review Officer. He was booed by the rabid Power crowd all night at the Adelaide Oval.



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Biden email episode illustrates risk to Trump from Giuliani


WASHINGTON — A New York tabloid’s puzzling account about how it acquired emails purportedly from Joe Biden’s son has raised some red flags. One of the biggest involves the source of the emails: Rudy Giuliani.

Yet Giuliani says foreign sources didn’t provide the Hunter Biden emails. He says a laptop containing the emails and intimate photos was simply abandoned in a Delaware repair shop and the shop owner reached out to his lawyer.

That hasn’t stopped the FBI from investigating whether the emails are part of a foreign influence operation. The emails have surfaced as U.S. officials have been warning that Russia, which backed Trump’s 2016 campaign through hacking and a covert social media campaign, is interfering again this year. The latest episode with Giuliani underscores the risk he poses to a White House that spent years confronted by a federal investigation into whether Trump associates had coordinated with Russia.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that intelligence agencies had warned the White House last year that Giuliani was the target of a Russian influence operation. The newspaper, citing four former officials, said that assessment was based on information including intercepted communications showing Giuliani had been in contact with people tied to Russian intelligence.

Far from distancing himself from Giuliani, Trump has made the purported Hunter Biden emails one of his main talking points in the final weeks of the campaign as he tries to denigrate his Democratic rival.

The Trump-friendly New York Post began publishing stories about the emails Wednesday, saying it had obtained them from the former New York mayor. The newspaper said the emails of Hunter Biden, a California resident, were found in a laptop that had been dropped off for service at a Delaware repair shop by an unidentified man who never picked it up. They said the shop owner turned it over to the FBI, but also made a copy of the hard drive and provided that to Giuliani’s lawyer.

Giuliani did not respond Friday for a request for comment from The Associated Press. But in an interview Thursday with a SiriusXM show, he asserted that the laptop had been dropped off by Hunter Biden. He said the material was not hacked, and he told Fox News on Friday that the material was “authentic as hell.”

The FBI is investigating whether the emails are tied to a foreign influence operation, according to a person who was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity to AP. The exact scope of what was being investigating was not clear.

But the report that intelligence agencies have been concerned about Giuliani are hardly surprising. Andrii Derkach, the Ukrainian parliamentarian who is one of Giuliani’s principal contacts, was mentioned in an August intelligence assessment that described a concerted Russian effort to disparage Biden. A Treasury Department sanction announcement characterized Derkach as an “active Russian agent” for over a decade.

Derkach has leaked recordings of calls Biden had as vice president with Ukraine’s then-leader, audio the Biden campaign contends is heavily edited. Despite his own administration’s warnings on Derkach, Trump has promoted those recordings.

Giuliani has not been shy about discussing his foreign contacts, including with Derkach. In December, Derkach posted on his Facebook page photos of him and Giuliani meeting in Kyiv and said the two had had a meeting to form a new group, Friends of Ukraine Stop Corruption.

Frustration about Giuliani in the West Wing has long run rampant, with those around the president warily watching Giuliani’s efforts to bring down the Bidens and fearful they could boomerang back on the president.

After long struggling to find a cable-ready defender, Trump has been mostly appreciative of Giuliani’s attack-dog style — and, for a time, his broadsides against Mueller appeared to play a role in driving down the special counsel’s approval ratings. But at other times, the president has expressed private dismay at Giuliani’s scattershot style.

Some around Trump fear that the case being made against the younger Biden has been weakened because Giuliani has become its face.

The Trump campaign has been pushing allegations of corruption against the Bidens for more than a year. The president has advanced the widely discredited theory that the vice president sought to force out Ukraine’s top prosecutor to protect his son. Though Trump associates believe a case can be made that Hunter enriched himself by selling access to his father, they fear that Giuliani’s lack of credibility will cause the allegations to implode.

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Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire in New York and Mary Clare Jalonick in Washington contributed to this report.



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Crown hasn’t reviewed China disaster because of ‘legal risk’, says Coonan


But Ms Coonan, who has been a Crown director for 10 years and chair since January, said the company has not conducted a review because of legal advice it could compromise its defence in the class action. Crown shareholders are seeking compensation for at least $100 million they say they lost when Crown’s share price collapsed after the 2016 arrests. She said Crown also did not want to overlap with the ILGA inquiry or a separate probe by the Victorian regulator into the incident.

Commissioner Patricia Bergin, SC, asked whether this meant there had been “no proper look back at what happened to try to take from those events steps forward to ensure that it doesn’t happen again?”

“That’s correct,” Ms Coonan said. “There’s not been a bottom-up, forensic pulling apart of it.”

Commissioner Bergin asked “why would it matter” if Crown’s legal case might be compromised.

“Isn’t it more important to get to the bottom of it, even if you are at risk in a [legal] case?” the former NSW Supreme Court judge asked, adding this was especially important for a company that had to justify holding a licence to operate a casino. “Wouldn’t that be a better culture?”

Ms Coonan told the Commissioner that Crown had legal advice that “you’d disregard… at your peril”, and also had shareholders to consider. But “in retrospect, you could be right”, she said.

“Having not done it at the time, here is a good case for a review to see if there is anything we have missed,” she said.

Ms Coonan was also asked about an error-ridden statement she and her fellow director signed and published as a full-page newspaper ad last year attacking the reporting in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes which triggered the inquiry.

She agreed it was a mistake to include a paragraph questioning the integrity of former employee Jenny Jiang, one of the Crown employees arrested in China and who shared her experience of spending four weeks locked in a jail cell with thieves and drug dealers in the the media expose.

Commissioner Bergin said the reference to Ms Jiang in the advertisement was “most unsatisfactory”.

“Yes, I agree it wasn’t appropriate,” Ms Coonan said.

She said the board relied too heavily on advice from management when it signed off on the statement, and should have “softened” much of the language. That included the assertion Crown had a “robust” process to check junkets for criminal links, and a “comprehensive” anti-money laundering system.

Counsel assisting the inquiry Adam Bell, SC, asked whether the board should have acknowledged in the statement that it in fact shared concerns, raised in the media reports, that Crown failed to heed warning signs in China due to a failure in risk management and corporate governance.

“I just don’t think we could have got it into an ad,” Ms Coonan said. She said the board’s priority was to respond to what it saw as a “ferocious attack” by the press.

Ms Coonan will continue to give evidence on Friday afternoon.

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Depressed, Anxious Young Men May Be at Greater Risk for Mid-Life Heart Attack



Depression or anxiety in young adult males, ages 18 or 19, is linked to a 20 percent greater risk of having a heart attack in middle age, according to a new Swedish study from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2020.

The link can be partly explained by poorer stress resilience and lower physical fitness among teens with mental disorders.

“Be vigilant and look for signs of stress, depression or anxiety that is beyond the normal teenage angst: seek help if there seems to be a persistent problem — telephone helplines may be particularly helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said study author Dr. Cecilia Bergh of Örebro University in Sweden.

“If a healthy lifestyle is encouraged as early as possible in childhood and adolescence it is more likely to persist into adulthood and improve long-term health.”

There are signs that mental health has been declining in young people. This study looked at whether conditions like depression in young adults (age 18 or 19) are linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood. The research team also investigated the possible role of stress resilience (ability to cope with stress in everyday life) in helping to explain any links.

The research involved 238,013 men born between 1952 and 1956 who were given extensive examinations in late adolescence (as part of their assessment for compulsory military service) and were then followed into middle age (up to the age of 58 years).

The exams at the age of 18 or 19 years included medical, psychiatric, and physical examinations by physicians and psychologists. Stress resilience was measured by an interview with a psychologist and a questionnaire, and based on familial, medical, social, behavioral and personality traits.

A total of 34,503 men were diagnosed with a non-psychotic mental disorder (such as depression or anxiety) at enlistment. Follow-up for cardiovascular disease was through hospital medical records.

The study found that a mental disorder in young adulthood was linked to a higher risk of having a myocardial infarction (heart attack) by middle age. Compared to men without a mental illness in young adulthood, the risk of myocardial infarction was 20 percent higher among men with a diagnosis — even after taking into account other characteristics in young adulthood such as blood pressure, body mass index, general health, and parental socioeconomic status.

The link between mental illness and heart attack was partly — but not completely — explained by poorer stress resilience and lower physical fitness in teenagers with a mental illness.

“We already knew that men who were physically fit in adolescence seem less likely to maintain fitness in later years if they have low stress resilience,” said Bergh. “Our previous research has also shown that low stress resilience is also coupled with a greater tendency towards addictive behaviour, signalled by higher risks of smoking, alcohol consumption and other drug use.”

“Better fitness in adolescence is likely to help protect against later heart disease, particularly if people stay fit as they age. Physical activity may also alleviate some of the negative consequences of stress. This is relevant to all adolescents, but those with poorer wellbeing could benefit from additional support to encourage exercise and to develop strategies to deal with stress,” said Bergh.

Source: European Society of Cardiology

 

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