Seriously, cruise ships are a recipe for disaster, especially with the buffet meals where 2000 people may eat, in spite of pre COVID world hand sanitising and hand washing. I really doubt huge cruise ships will ever sail again. There may be smaller cruise ships eventually.
Our government was about to get our federal budget into the black for the first time for years. Clearly that won't happen now. All levels of governments are spending huge amounts of money, and they need to. The full detail of what is available to people is hard to absorb and we can only hope it is well directed and not exploited. We must be looking at billions of dollars of taxpayers money. However, governments like ours can borrow money from world bankers for almost 0%. We have no overseas tourist income and much reduced overseas student income. Yet there is no lessening of our exports with perhaps an increase in some. Some of which we had ceased manufacturing here, we are now doing so again. Money is still circulating in the economy. What we aren't spending now assuming our incomes are ok, we will spend in the future.
In Melbourne at least, supermarkets are almost back to normal, yet both of our major chains are employing so many more people now. This puzzles me a little. Are we still buying more than normal? We might buy two whereas we bought one before, but really we don't have more than we normally would. The media beat up on a run on liquour outlets seems to have mostly just been that, a beat up.
But post COVID, these extra workers will be put off and as people work through their huge stocks in their homes, I expect more workers will be put off. Manufacturing and importing will slow too as excesses are worked through.
A few statistics I read today about COVID; The only infected children in Australia, about five of them, have caught it from their parents who had travelled overseas. The highest two age groups infected in Australia are those in the twenties who continued to gather socially after being advised not to or returned from overseas travel. They can now be fined gathering. The other, the older cruise ship passengers and those related to them, with the Ruby Princess docking in Sydney and freely letting passengers off the ship, incredibly 10% of our total cases. How the eff did that happen? The buck is being passed everywhere and apparently no one is to blame.
Australia numbers today are about four and half thousand positive test results with over two thousand of those in New South Wales. There have been 19 deaths, all over 80 years old bar one. The wealthiest areas of Melbourne and Sydney have been the most affected. So there you go. It is not great here and will become worse, but I think we can hope for a quick decline as measures take effect.
We were up early this morning to pick up Little M at 8.30 after a one hour drive. We've had a good day. She rarely stops talking unless she is mesmerised by tv or devices. We bought ourselves take away coffee and drove to Albert Park Lake and fed the coots, moorhens and ducks some bread. Little M was rather too generous with the two slices of bread we took, so it quickly ran out. Where were the swans? We did see one grazing as we left.
Craft was done. Cup cakes made. Pizza for dinner made. I asked what time she goes to bed, normally between 7 and 8. I said she can stay up until 9 but I doubt she will last that long. Bath time will be after dinner.
I think a purple swamp hen.
I call these coots, but I am not really sure. They are funny to watch as they scoot across the top of the water when on a mission for a crumb of bread.