Wednesday, July 08, 2020

What a disaster

I hoped to restart with telling you about our brief holiday, but our situation cannot be ignored.

While the rest of the country has virtually no COVID infections, my state had 191 new infections announced yesterday, in a state of 5 million. We are to be locked down again and can only leave home for essential shopping, medical care or caring for others, essential work and local exercise as of Thursday. I suggested to R that we go out for a local sit down meal tonight before we return to take away only but he said no. He is fearful, as am I.

Some public housing tower blocks have been locked down to prevent spread. Some post code areas have been locked down. There was one case brought from Melbourne to the area where we holidayed. Our local council area hasn't had infections for ages, yet yesterday, twelve. A couple of cases in the City too. Except for the final two senior years, schools will be closed again but at least this time special needs students are exempt. And no, this time you cannot drive to the countryside to go bushwalking with the reason of exercise.

As of tomorrow night our state will have closed borders to every other state, and I don't blame the other states at all. However, some kind words would be nice rather than calling us COVID infected Victorians.

It seems to me like this has all happened because of lax procedures and behaviour at quarantine hotels and an underway judicial inquiry will probably confirm this. Pay peanuts, get monkeys.

This is going to be at least an awful six weeks and while we never stopped being very cautious, we will return to extreme caution. Yet, this will effect so many so much harder than it will us.

Where I bought coffee when out walking today the owner had heard the latest news and he will have to remove seating again. He who makes the coffee offered his political views, that are in opposition to mine. A big mistake. Business owners should never offer political views if they want to keep customers. He badly guessed me as a rich old bastard who would be against a government that was socially caring, progressive, environmentally concerned and a supporter of workers rights (ok, that is the idealised version). I kept my mouth shut and I rather wish I hadn't. But I have choices about where I buy coffee.

To cap off such a wonderful news day yesterday, I lost my Armani reading glasses while out walking.

Should I cut my left wrist vein or right?

But as I replied to R when he said, 'my life is effed'. 'Not like it is for many people'.

48 comments:

  1. Having had things ease in the last few weeks, I can't begin to perceive how dispiriting this must be for everyone. The circumstances surrounding the outbreak show how easily and quickling things can change. Virginia Trioli put it well when she said on Twitter "Well I sure hope those security guards had their fun, because they utterly f***ed us too." This could happen anywhere. Stay safe!

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    1. Dispiriting is a good word James. That is how we feel. Classic VT Tweet.

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    2. Re the VT Tweet and allegations of sexual activity between guards and quarantinees.

      It was the quarantinees' fun too. I suspect male rather than female quarantinees (because imho more likely to take an initiative than either female Qs or security guards of either gender), and from that also wonder if there is a gay or at least men-who-have-sex-with-men angle to this.

      Whaddayouthink?

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    3. MC, if there was a gay element to it or MWHSWM, I think it would be minimal. I think it more likely was interaction between Qs and also guards and female Qs.

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  2. I am sorry. So very sorry. And losing your reading glasses was the icing on the cake.
    All my best to you and R. Stay as safe as you can.

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  3. My glasses are £1 ones from Poundland
    How much were the sunglasses?

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    1. Not sunglasses John, just reading glasses. I will be back to $2 shop glasses for a while.

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  4. It has been on the TV news here and I immediately thought of you. It seems to us that being confined in those social housing tower blocks would be intolerable and also very risky. Take care.

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    1. Tasker, it was wrong to liken them to cruise ships and the numbers infected in the blocks have risen. Police are stopping any movement between flats.

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  5. I heard on our news that Melbourne was experiencing terribly high and climbing cases of this blasted virus. I thought immediately of you and R. I hate this Virus and wish it away, but I fear it will be around until a vaccine is developed.
    Please be careful, and know I am thinking of you both.
    xo
    Sorry about the sunglasses.

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    1. Strange, Maribeth. My reply disappeared. Thanks for you kind thoughts.

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  6. Andrew, I do feel sorry for those high risers who were put into lockdown with immediate effect. They weren't even allowed to dash to the shops and stock up with food. I wonder how they're going to cope.

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    1. Dee, when it was announced earlier this week that some high risk suburbs would be locked down, people immediately began changing their address for the car registration and driving licences int he window before the lock down began. I guess the immediate tower block lock down without notice was to prevent similar actions by residents.

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  7. I saw that some housing towers in Melbourne were being shut down and I right away thought, how will they get food. I think much of the infection is caused by irresponsible behavior which is hard or impossible to control. I am thinking of you both in these tough times.

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    1. Terra, food and medical supplies are being delivered, along with support by alcohol counsellors and drug counsellors. Some will slip through the cracks and miss out, but I doubt anyone will starve.

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  8. Be safe, be healthy, fill your freezer up with food for weeks of limited shopping trips.

    I don't mind takeaways rather than sitting down in my favourite coffee shops, but I do mind not seeing the grandchildren except through closed glass doors.

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    1. Hels, that is what we won't do. That is fill up the freezer. We don't want to be part of any hoarding madness. Hels, the hardest thing will be not seeing people.

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  9. If people stopped being so ignorant, arrogant and thoughtless...and listened to the warnings; heeded the warnings, and followed the restrictions set down instead of thinking they were beyond it all, perhaps the situation in Victoria would not be what it is now! Stupid breeds stupid...and the stupid sure are breeding faster than rabbits!!!

    As each day passes I am getting more and more disgusted and fed-up with the behaviour of some people! Most of those who flaunt the warnings, blatantly go against the advice given for the benefit of their fellowman, all live in nice homes/abodes with every modern convenience available...so why don't they effing stay at home!!!

    Why don't they cook their own meals, make their own coffee...they supposedly have all the "comforts of home" but have no desire to stay at home! F@*# me!!! Wake up people!!!!

    I feel for those who have lost jobs, are losing jobs...the the small business person who is fighting a losing battle...for businesses going broke. Everyone is affected...and the recovery will be long...but even longer if those who believe they are 10-feet tall and bullet-proof don't pull their heads out of their arses!!!
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    1. Quite true about stupid, Lee. Not so much older people, but young people just aren't socially distancing. But otherwise people are being quite good and were following the rules. Of course there is the matter of the quarantine guards at hotels and some overseas born have family gatherings larger than is allowed.

      We were allowed to dine out in some manner and hopefully kept some businesses going. People are social animals and it is hard for many, especially younger people.

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  10. Anonymous11:19 am

    Mostly because of the poorly paid poorly trained security guards. Many of those security companies that have popped up and proliferated over the past few years are really dodgy. Like the training companies were, and no surprise some of the same owners.

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    1. Precisely, Ian is it? The government should have known better than to trust them. They should have been properly supervised.

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  11. Heard about your problems but better to be safe than sorry it will end soon I hope.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, if we can get good figures soon, it may be less than 6 weeks. We will see.

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  12. It's a question of economy over safety. All countries want to get their economies back on target, but it shouldn't be at the risk of a much worse second wave. People have been going crazy over here in Europe; partying, drugs, fighting, there seems no end to their stupidity; and we all know how it'll end.

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    1. Cro, given what I have seen, I do question the wisdom of England opening up pubs again. The figures will tell the story.

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  13. Anonymous2:14 pm

    I really hope the next 6 weeks aren't too traumatic for you. Take Care. Bunyip xx

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    1. Bunyip, I keep telling myself how privileged I am, but I could cry at times.

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    1. Hi Jan. Nice to hear from you. Thanks.

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  15. Well that man said his bit - wise to keep quite even though you were bursting to say something or tear strips off him.
    So sorry for the lockdown again, not good for anyone the second time around. If only people would do as they are told then we all wouldn't have to pay for their mistakes.

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    1. Margaret, while I did not really care about his views, I was annoyed that he made assumptions about me. His business won't change too much.

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  16. I've been watching the news and reading the paper and I'm so scared for all the people I know in Melbourne. One of my grand daughters lives there with her fiancé. Last week I heard she wasn't in or near a "hotspot", but with so many cases now, I'm worried all over again. I'm glad the borders are all closed, we sure as heck don't need it rampaging through the entire country. A headline in our paper today has labelled you "Sicktoria", which is awful and funny at the same time.

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    1. River, I suppose that is to be expected. Victorians can be rather smug at times and I don't blame media for having a go at us. It is still fairly area contained, but the sheer numbers are frightening. At least the figure of new cases was lower today.

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  17. I'm sorry some Melburnians are having to go through lockdown again. As much as I would love to travel interstate or overseas I'm glad the WA Premier is keeping WA closed for the time being. Keep safe Andrew. Sorry about your glasses too.

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    1. Sami, it is wise of your Premier to keep your state locked down. We will survive.

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  18. As hard as itis, it sounds like your government is taking swift action to control the spread, unlike a lot of places in the USA. Stay safe,stay well.

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    1. Thanks Travel. A few business owners are objecting to the new shut down but most of us agree with it. Australia can potentially become virus free.

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  19. Oh I was so sorry to hear that news Andrew, thought about you both straight away. It's shocking when a few people make it so much worse for everyone. I'm sure it'll be all under control again soon. Take extra special care of you both 💙

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    1. Grace, I hope the period is shorter, but if not, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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  20. I really feel for you and R. Not sure I could cope with another 6 weeks but I fear it could easily happen here.

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    1. Marie, our lockdown is not quite as severe as yours was.

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  21. What a nightmare. It sounds to me like many places are slipping back into a situation of spreading infection. I'm waiting for it to happen here, given our recent reopening and lack of direction from the government on issues such as the need for facemasks.

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    1. Steve, I think it is all about distancing, that has kind of fallen apart among many.

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  22. I think you will not be the only area under new lockdown (not that that is much of a comfort). As different regions try to open up there are bound to be more cases and the only way to drive the numbers down again is to re-implement strict measures for a bit. I do hope the situation is brought under quick control there and the lockdown will be less than advertised. I feel for families with kids who are left without access to friends, those in apartments who do not even have a way to get outside for a few minutes, and those who are social animals and really miss that contact. We have it easy as we don't fall into any of those categories, but there are so many who do, and I can only imagine the feelings of pressure and hopelessness they are experiencing.

    Take care and stay safe.

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    1. Jenny, it must be very hard for families with children who can't leave their flats for any reason. The towers should be unlocked in the next couple of days. Everyone has now been tested. Thank you.

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  23. Try living in the US where cases are skyrocketing and our president refuses to lead and acts like a rebellious teen. amd holds rallies that spread the virus. It's a fricking joke.

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    1. Strayer, just listening to a recording of Pence sprouting lies. 132,000 dead.

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