News Coronavirus (COVID-19) Discussion Thread II

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DaveyBoy123

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The weekend usually has lower figures, but this is still very good news with more than 30k tests... I believe many of those tests are of teachers due to returning to schools in greater numbers this coming week:

 

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Yeah so cost of goods sold for food at a average pub is about 28% for a standard meal and 50%on specials night, thanks to the race to the bottom with food prices ($15/20 is still the standard special of the night price even though produce costs have risen and portion sizes at most places have either remained static or increased (not speaking about franchise establishments there, they have definitely decreased portion sizes)). the slight increase in wage costs and dramatic increase in rent and other overheads, you end up with about 5-10% straight profit from a meal on average, if you are getting a consistent crowd in anyway.

Alcohol for the house pour/standard pint you end up with anything from 20% or so, even if it's happy hour it's still good margins. Then you have spirits, say $12 for a basic neat? If you buy Johnny red at liquorland it's 38. So maybe 30 bucks at wholesale. 700ml, so 23 shots @12 = $276.
There's a lot less labour and skill involved in opening and pouring a bottle of whiskey when compared to a Parma as well.
The real money's definitely in the alcohol.
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From Tuesday (May 26):

  • Outdoor playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor communal gym equipment will reopen

From Monday (June 1):

  • You will be able to have a total of 20 people in your home. For a family of five, that means 15 visitors. Outdoor gatherings can also increase to 20.
  • Overnight stays can resume at private residences, as well as overnight stays in accommodation. This will apply to campgrounds and caravan parks, but not those with communal facilities like kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Up to 20 people will be allowed at weddings – plus the celebrant and couple – and up to 50 people allowed at a funeral, in addition to those required to conduct the ceremony. Up to 20 will be allowed at other religious ceremonies, in addition to those required to perform the service.
  • Libraries, youth centres and other community facilities will be able to open with no more than 20 people in a single area, plus those needed to operate the space. Men’s sheds and arts and crafts classes can resume.
  • Entertainment and cultural venues like galleries, museums, drive-in cinemas and historic sites will be able to open their doors, alongside zoos and outdoor amusement parks. Physical distancing and a limit of up to 20 patrons per space will apply, and indoor venues will be required to keep customer contact details.
  • Swimming pools will also open with limits of 20 people and additional safety requirements in place. Community sporting activities will also be permitted with up to 20 people in undivided spaces, provided the sport is outdoors, noncompetition, non-contact, and people are able to play 1.5 metres apart.
  • Restrictions on professional sport will remain unchanged.
  • Beauty and personal care services like nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours will be able to open with up to 20 customers per space – with customer contact details required to be kept.
  • Auctions and open for inspections will also be subject to the 20-person limit – plus those required to conduct the activity – with agents also required to keep the contact details of everyone who attends.
  • Non-food and drink market stalls will also be able to open.

Mr Andrews says the state will look to further relax restrictions from June 22 if transmission rates continue to remain low:

- The number of patrons at pubs, cafes and restaurants can increase to up to 50.

- The number of people attending galleries, museums, zoos and other entertainment venues will also increase to 50.

- The ski season will be able to kick off from June 22 and indoor gyms and sports venues will be able open to up to 20 people, with 10 people able to take part in group activities.

- Indoor cinemas, concert venues, theatres, arenas and stadiums will also be able to reopen, hosting up to 50 seated patrons.

Premier Dan Andrews said that Victorians must continue to work from home, saying that staying out of the office where possible is one of the most important measures when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID 19. “One thing that won’t change is working from home… It’s the greatest risk and contributes the greatest to the potential of a second wave,” Mr Andrews said.
Nothing about relaxing surgical restrictions to allow Cat 3 elective surgeries
 

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Great thanks 👍
I want to do a little clarification, most cafes and restaurants operate at maybe 5-10% total profit. And that's if everything goes well with no unexpected quiet days or equipment issues.

Taking a look at a monthly profit and loss report from a restaurant/bar/weekend nightclub I've worked at, a slowish kinda standard winter month yielded 20k profit from total sales of 220k.
 

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EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus that has become a world-wide pandemic may have been created in a “cell-culture experiment” in a laboratory, according to prominent scientists who have conducted ground-breaking research into the origins of the virus. Flinders University Professor Nikolai Petrovsky has completed a scientific study, currently undergoing peer review, in conjunction with La Trobe University in Victoria, which found COVID-19 was uniquely adapted for transmission to humans, far more than any other animal, including bats. Professor Petrovsky, from the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University who has spent the past 20 years developing vaccines against pandemic influenza, Ebola and animal SARS, said this highly unusual finding left open the possibility that the virus leaked from a laboratory. “The two possibilities which I think are both still open is that it was a chance transmission of a virus from an as yet unidentified animal to human. The other possibility is that it was an accidental release of the virus from a laboratory,” he said. “Certainly we can’t exclude the possibility that this came from a laboratory experiment rather than from an animal. They are both open possibilities.” Professor Petrovsky, who is the Chairman and Research Director of Vaxine Pty Ltd, said COVID-19 has genetic elements similar to bat coronaviruses as well as other coronaviruses. The way coronavirus enters human cells is by binding to a protein on the surface of lung-cells called ACE2. The study showed the virus bound more tightly to human-ACE2 than to any of the other animals they tested. “It was like it was designed to infect humans,” he said. “One of the possibilities is that an animal host was infected by two coronaviruses at the same time and COVID-19 is the progeny of that interaction between the two viruses. “The same process can happen in a petri-dish. If you have cells in culture and you have human cells in that culture which the viruses are infecting, then if there are two viruses in that dish, they can swap genetic information and you can accidentally or deliberately create a whole third new virus out of that system. “In other words COVID-19 could have been created from that recombination event in an animal host or it could have occurred in a cell-culture experiment.” Professor Petrovsky was originally modelling the virus in January to prepare a vaccine candidate. He then turned his attention to “explore what animal species might have been involved in the transmission to humans” to understand the origins of the virus - and had a “surprising” result when none were well-adapted. “We found that the COVID-19 virus was particularly well-adapted to bind to human cells and that was far superior to its ability to bind to the cells of any other animal species which is quite unusual because typically when a virus is well-adapted to an animal and then it by chance crosses to a human, typically, you would expect it to have lower-binding to human cells than to the original host animal. We found the opposite so that was a big surprise,” he said. Scientists worldwide have, to date, overwhelmingly said the virus was more likely originated in a wet-market and was not created in a laboratory. Even the United States Office of National Intelligence ruled out COVID-19 being created in a laboratory. Asked why scientists have had this view, Professor Petrovsky said scientists “try not to be political” and do not want their research impacted adversely by tighter laboratory controls. “We just try to base our findings on facts rather than taking particular political positions but sometimes obviously the alternatives may have unintended consequences,” he said. “For instance, if it was to turn out that this virus may have come about because of an accidental lab release that would have implications for how we do viral research in laboratories all around the world which could make doing research much harder. “So I think the inclination of virus researchers would be to presume that it came from an animal until proven otherwise because that would have less ramifications for how we are able to do research in the future. The alternative obviously has quite major implications for science and science on viruses, not just obviously political ramifications which we’re all well aware of.” Professor Petrovsky said an inquiry needs to start straight away, not when the pandemic is finished. “The idea of putting it off to the pandemic is over, it would be a mistake,” he said. “I’m certainly very much in favour of a scientific investigation. It’s only objective should be to get to the bottom of how did this pandemic happen and how do we prevent a future pandemic…. not to have a witch-hunt.”

 

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Sad:

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New York Times lists 1,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 on front page
The New York Times front page listing 1,000 people killed by coronavirus.

The New York Times said it scoured obituaries from hundreds of newspapers to put together the list of 1,000 names.(Supplied: The New York Times)

With the US coronavirus death toll expected to surpass 100,000 in the coming days, The New York Times dedicated its front page to 1,000 of those killed by the virus.

Page one of its Sunday edition listed the names, ages and brief details of some of the virus victims with the headline, "US deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss".

"They were not simply names on a list. They were us," the front page read.

"Numbers alone cannot possibly measure the impact of the coronavirus on America, whether it is the number of patients treated, jobs interrupted or lives cut short.

"The 1,000 people here reflect just 1 per cent of the toll. None were mere numbers."
The paper said it drew from 1,000 obituaries and death notices in hundreds of US newspapers to highlight the pandemic's individual human toll.
 

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Yeah so cost of goods sold for food at a average pub is about 28% for a standard meal and 50%on specials night, thanks to the race to the bottom with food prices ($15/20 is still the standard special of the night price even though produce costs have risen and portion sizes at most places have either remained static or increased (not speaking about franchise establishments there, they have definitely decreased portion sizes)). the slight increase in wage costs and dramatic increase in rent and other overheads, you end up with about 5-10% straight profit from a meal on average, if you are getting a consistent crowd in anyway.

Alcohol for the house pour/standard pint you end up with anything from 20% or so, even if it's happy hour it's still good margins. Then you have spirits, say $12 for a basic neat? If you buy Johnny red at liquorland it's 38. So maybe 30 bucks at wholesale. 700ml, so 23 shots @12 = $276.
There's a lot less labour and skill involved in opening and pouring a bottle of whiskey when compared to a Parma as well.
The real money's definitely in the alcohol.
Yeah I know someone who owned a pub back in the 90s and he said all the cash was in the drinks and pokies. He was just happy to make any profit with food but obviously it's required to keep up with competition.
 

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EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus that has become a world-wide pandemic may have been created in a “cell-culture experiment” in a laboratory, according to prominent scientists who have conducted ground-breaking research into the origins of the virus.

good old skynews
 

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Human trials of potential coronavirus vaccine begin in Melbourne

Australia's first human trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine have begun in Melbourne, with about 130 people involved in the program.

The potential vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, is being developed by US biotech company Novavax.

Researchers hope the vaccine will enhance the body's immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralising antibodies.

The trial will expand to Brisbane next week, with preliminary results expected in July.

The participants are healthy people between 18 and 59 years old.
 

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Human trials of potential coronavirus vaccine begin in Melbourne

Australia's first human trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine have begun in Melbourne, with about 130 people involved in the program.

The potential vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, is being developed by US biotech company Novavax.

Researchers hope the vaccine will enhance the body's immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralising antibodies.

The trial will expand to Brisbane next week, with preliminary results expected in July.

The participants are healthy people between 18 and 59 years old.
130?? Are they just testing it on everyone out of the meat works?

:p
 

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'Just one day after reopening to all students, Waverley College in Sydney's eastern suburbs is sending students home this morning after one pupil tested positive for coronavirus.'
 

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As a teacher in the NSW school system, I was a bit nervous about all kids coming back in one hit. Fortunately my school is very small and in an isolated area, just good to get back to normal there. They definitely jumped the gun on the big schools though.

I just want sport back. Either way, this is the second ep to the new podcast I dropped here last week. Would love the North guys to get around it.

 

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Five new cases in Victoria

The Victorian Government says a second resident at an aged care facility in Melbourne's south east has tested positive for coronavirus.

Five new cases of the virus have been detected in the state, including the case at Hammond Care in Caulfield... There have now been 1,610 cases of coronavirus in Victoria.

Senior government minister, James Merlino says health authorities are trying to figure out if the two cases at Hammond Care are linked.
"The resident has been moved to a separate building at the facility and identified close contacts are already in quarantine and those close contacts will be re-tested," he said.
 

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Five new cases in Victoria

The Victorian Government says a second resident at an aged care facility in Melbourne's south east has tested positive for coronavirus.

Five new cases of the virus have been detected in the state, including the case at Hammond Care in Caulfield... There have now been 1,610 cases of coronavirus in Victoria.

Senior government minister, James Merlino says health authorities are trying to figure out if the two cases at Hammond Care are linked.


3 quarantined overseas travelers among the 5
 

DaveyBoy123

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3 quarantined overseas travelers among the 5
It’s reached a point now where there needs to be a delineation of the origin of each case.
Agree TPA (if they can).

Unfortunately, 1 of the others was a teacher:

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said 17,500 school staff had been tested for the virus and only one returned a positive result, which was discovered on Friday.
“That was a teacher at Keilor Downs Secondary College," he said. "There was no exposure to the school site and no close contacts were identified at the school so there are no further actions needed at the school."
 

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Agree TPA (if they can).

Unfortunately, 1 of the others was a teacher:

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said 17,500 school staff had been tested for the virus and only one returned a positive result, which was discovered on Friday.
jesus 1 in 17,000 is long odds
 

DaveyBoy123

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Oh oh… Learn from Ruby Princess... Learn from Ruby Princess:

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Coronavirus cluster at Al Kuwait live export ship in Fremantle Port

WA Premier Mark McGowan says there is an evolving situation at Fremantle Port.
The Al Kuwait departed United Arab Emirates on 7 May with a total of 48 crew members onboard. This morning, 7 crew members were tested for COVID-19. Six have tested positive, all males, and are being moved off the ship to a Perth hotel for quarantine purposes.

This is a fast evolving situation today involving WA Health, Western Australian Police, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Fremantle Port, as well as the Australian Border Force and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. For the time being, the remaining 42 crew members, who I am advised are currently well, will remain onboard the ship and will be monitored and undergo health assessments as required. But I suspect it is probably more than likely that more crew members may become infected with the virus.
The WA Premier is 'disappointed' the ship was allowed to dock. Mark McGowan says authorities are investigating how the Al Kuwait ship was allowed to be berthed at Fremantle Port.

Two Australians are among the 48 Al Kuwait crew members.
 
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