The AFL will be perspiring on an announcement due to be built on Friday on no matter if Tasmania will increase its border closure or open its doors to people from decide on jurisdictions.
The states borders are shut right up until at minimum July 31, and could continue to be closed for more time.
Presently, any visitor to Tasmania should quarantine in a Governing administration-permitted resort for 14 days.
The General public Wellbeing rules for non-Tasmanian residents who have “put in time in high-danger areas” — which includes men and women who have expended time in Victoria in the 14 times prior to arriving in Tasmania — is that they will be “turned again at their own expenditure”.
So much, Leading Peter Gutwein has had tiny desire to enable AFL matches to be performed in Tasmania, citing a deficiency of gain to the point out.
On Monday, Mr Gutwein stated that particular exemptions would not be granted to football golf equipment hoping to participate in game titles in Tasmania, and that even with reviews to the contrary, no agreement to host games in the condition had been made.
With coronavirus situations in Victoria and New South Wales worsening, the AFL is rapid running out of areas to foundation its teams and the island of Tasmania provides itself as a coronavirus-totally free oasis.
Its willingness to timetable games in Tasmania — with no realizing for positive no matter if or not they are going to be capable to be performed — suggests its desperation to send teams south.
The AFL is banking on Tasmania performing it a large favour.
A Tasmanian footy hub would present the point out a small but necessary financial bump, but it will also be a substantial leg-up to a league that is desperately trying to find secure harbour — and has regularly shunned a common haven of the video game.
The AFL for the to start with time now requirements Tasmania more than the Apple Isle desires it, and Premier Gutwein mustn’t burn a golden probability to use his newly observed leverage when the time comes for the AFL to repay the favour.
A boy has suffered arm, head and chest injuries right after remaining grabbed by a shark from a boat off Tasmania’s northwest.
The 10-12 months-old was taken to medical center on Friday afternoon next the attack off the coast in close proximity to Stanley.
“The boy … was aboard a six-metre vessel on a fishing expedition about 5km from shore with his father and two other adult males when a shark grabbed him from the boat,” Ambulance Tasmania said in a assertion.
The boy’s father jumped into the drinking water and the shark swam away, the assertion explained.
At the time of the assault the boy was sporting a life jacket. He endured cuts and is described to be in a steady issue.
How New Zealand could keep eliminating coronavirus at its border for months to come, even as the global pandemic worsens
Stringent border controls and mandatory quarantine give New Zealand a good chance to remain free of COVID-19 for months to come, according to our latest modelling.
It’s been 76 days since New Zealand’s last reported case of community transmission, and our model shows the risk of an infectious person slipping through the border undetected remains very low. Provided the rules are followed, we would expect this to happen only once over the next 18 months — and even then, this person may not infect anyone else.
Currently about 400 people fly into New Zealand each day. Since June 16, 46 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and of those, 27 remain active cases (at the time of writing). All of them are in quarantine facilities.
Each week, about 12 people have arrived carrying the virus. Provided people are well separated at quarantine facilities and have regular symptom checks, our modelling suggests the risk of an infectious person being released into the community is around 0.1% — which means for every 1000 infected people who arrive at the border, one person will be released from quarantine while still infectious.
COVID-19 is exploding outside our borders and every country that we have sought to either replicate or draw experiences from in the fight against COVID-19 has now experienced further community outbreaks. We need only look to the experience of Victoria, Hong Kong, Singapore or Korea to see examples of other places that, like us, had the virus under control at a point in time only to see it emerge again.
All new arrivals to New Zealand have to spend 14 days in quarantine at government-managed hotels. Each person has to have a COVID-19 swab test on the third and 12th day of their quarantine period and cannot leave without a negative test result.
A shorter quarantine period would significantly increase the risk of an infectious person being released. The swab tests for COVID-19 have quite high rates of false negative results, so even with multiple tests, a shorter quarantine period could miss too many cases.
Allowing mingling of people within quarantine, or contact between staff and recent arrivals, is also very risky. And our model doesn’t take into account people deliberately absconding from quarantine, which has happened four times. It is incumbent on everyone to do the right thing and follow the rules.
How many arrivals could New Zealand cope with? Pre-COVID-19, there were around 20,000 international arrivals on a typical day — 50 times the current number of arrivals. There’s obviously no way we could quarantine this number of people. On current trends, this would mean up to 600 infected people passing through at the border per week.
Reopening borders to return to business as usual is just not an option for the foreseeable future. Any plans to ease border restrictions need to be based on a careful risk assessment. For example, countries such as Taiwan, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands have very low levels of COVID-19. A travel bubble with countries that have eliminated community transmission would present a low risk.
Other groups such as international students or migrant workers who contribute to key parts of our economy should be considered. Anyone coming from countries where COVID-19 is widespread would need to be quarantined on arrival, but quarantine facilities are already stretched to the limit with returning New Zealanders. Implementing any plan to allow other groups into New Zealand safely will take time.
New Zealand is in a rare position of having eliminated community transmission of COVID-19. This means we currently enjoy more freedoms than people in most other countries.
But this elimination status poses its own challenges in returning to life as usual when the rest of the world is in an accelerating pandemic. Other countries that have followed a mitigation strategy are facing equally big social and economic challenges of their own. And this is on top of the devastating health impacts that New Zealand has so far managed to largely avoid.
Freedom within closed borders
The dilemma New Zealand now faces is whether to continue to enjoy Level 1 freedoms within closed borders or to open borders with more restrictions on what we can do. We could, for instance, allow quarantine-free travel from certain countries. But this might require us to implement Level 2 restrictions (including limits on the size of gatherings) to reduce the risk of superspreading events.
These are difficult choices, but they are choices and not foregone conclusions. We disagree with the recent claim by former chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, former prime minister Helen Clark and ex-Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe that new cases of community transmission are ‘logically inevitable’ and New Zealand should therefore reopen borders more quickly.
This poem was first published by The Tasmanian Times (no relation!) on Saturday 8 February 1868.
Hail Tasmania! sweet favoured Isle, Thy shores reach round full many a mile, ‘Tis pleasant to sit at the Derwent’s side And watch its beautiful flowing tide! As upward I gaze to thy azure skies, And watch the sea-bird as swiftly it flies, My heart swells with joy at the thought I was born, Where everywhere beauty its land doth adorn! Then gaze on Mount Wellington’s lofty brow, E’en now it is clad with its mantle of snow, The green hills each side encircling it round, At the foot there’s a stream with a musical sound! Oh! could you wonder that I should admire A land where there’s all a heart can desire, A land of freedom, of health, and of peace, Never on it may God’s blessing cease.
Poet’s Corner is a quaint and quirky section of The Tasmanian Times. It has been designed to offer a haven to those who relish and immerse themselves in the sheer joy and pleasure emanating from English verse. Our idea is to share poems published in Tasmania during the early years of British arrival.
We would also like you to share your poetry with us. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see www.tasmaniantimes.com/contact for general submission guidelines.
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A Victorian traveller is spending the night in a quarantine hotel, after flying to Tasmania without an exemption.
Tasmania has indefinitely banned Victorians from entering the state without an exemption
The move has left ex-Tasmanians stranded and unable to visit family and friends
The Premier will make an announcement on border restrictions on Friday, but travel between Victoria and Tasmania is off the table
Yesterday, the Tasmanian Government announced Victorians would be barred from entering the island state unless they were able to meet strict exemption criteria.
According to a police spokesperson, just one person flew into Tasmania from Victoria without an exemption today.
They were tonight being housed in a quarantine hotel and were due to be returned to Melbourne “on the next available flight”.
For many Victorians who are ex-Tasmanians, Wednesday’s border announcement was heart-wrenching.
James Dare lives in Geelong, but his family is still in Tasmania.
“I’ve been holding out for months to have border restrictions eased down in Tassie so I can get home to see my dad and also my little daughter who’s down home [in Tasmania] as well,” he said.
For Mr Dare, who moved to Geelong about two years ago, the announcement was “a hard pill to swallow” as his father is living with motor neurone disease (MND).
“He’s either in his wheelchair or he’s bed-bound. He has his carers in every day to sort of assist him with his day-to-day living,” Mr Dare said.
The last time he saw his father Jerry and daughter Hannah was in January.
In May, he missed Hannah’s 10th birthday, unable to return home due to COVID-19 travel restrictions
He said he understood why the stricter border restrictions were put in place, but that it did not make it any easier.
“I was talking to her [Hannah] the other day and it was a pretty teary moment when I told her that I missed her very much, and she told me that she missed me just as much.”
He said he was also worried his father’s condition may deteriorate further.
“It’s a beast of a disease, MND. It doesn’t follow any pattern, nor does it follow any rules,” he said.
“Worst case scenario is that I might not get to see dad alive again.
“Absolutely worst case, but I’m still very positive that I will get down shortly.”
Mr Dare’s father said he believed the situation was harder for his son.
“It is what it is. There’s nothing anybody can do about it, but I think there should be some exemptions for people like us,” Jerry Dare said.
“Because I’ve got MND it just changes [quickly].
“James hasn’t seen me since January, and it has progressed and that’s hard for him not knowing what’s going on.
“You’re here one day and then gone the next with this disease. It’s cruel.”
Premier ‘sorry’ for ‘difficult circumstances’
Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced today that he would be extending the state of emergency until the end of August.
“Tasmania does not have an emergency at the moment. But what we have is the risk of one based on what is occurring in Victoria,” he said.
He’s also set to make an announcement about Tasmania’s border restrictions on Friday, but travel between Victoria and Tasmania has already been taken off the table.
Even Tasmanian residents who have recently spent time in Victoria will need to quarantine in a hotel.
As for the Tassie expats living in Victoria, desperate to return, Mr Gutwein said he sympathised with their plight, but was standing by the public health advice.
“I’m aware of some very difficult circumstances and I’m sorry that we’ve put people into those circumstances but we’ve taken the steps that we’ve had to, to keep our state safe,” he said today.
Skype ‘not the same thing’
For Geelong resident Amanda Dent, the worst has already happened.
Her nan passed away in May, and while her parents were able to prove their Tasmanian residency, Ms Dent was unable to get down for the funeral —she could not afford to spend two weeks quarantined in a hotel.
Life for Ms Dent is relatively normal in Geelong, and until yesterday she was hopeful she would see her family soon.
“It was really hard to know that you don’t know when you’re going to get that opportunity to see your family.
“People will say ‘oh you can call and you can Skype’ but honestly it’s not the same as having that physical interaction with your family, especially when you’ve lost someone so close to you.”
While it’s too late too see her nan, Ms Dent said she wanted to make sure she could spend some quality time with her pop.
“He thinks he hasn’t got much time and I know he’s not coping very well through all of this, and something I really want to do is just hug him,” she said.
She does not know when she will get back to Tasmania, but when she does, she knows exactly what she’ll be doing.
“Go see my pop and my aunty and hug them. Probably cry,” she said.
“See my brother — he’s about to have his first child and I don’t know if I’ll be there for that. So there’s a lot of things down there to look forward to.”