It’s All About Balls!

Ever since this pandemic began, all we heard from the media was how it’s affecting the sports players, never mind the every day person and the jobs they’ve lost and everyone in between. Sport must go on! Yes, it is entertainment for some, but at what cost to others?

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Coronavirus COVID19 in Western Australia

Since my last blog post, the world Coronavirus cases has risen to 70,111,812 as at today, 12 December 2020. Total Deaths being 1,591,595. When I last blogged back in October, the Total Cases was 45,898,590 and deaths 1,193,744. That’s 397,851 more deaths in less that two months.

On 15 March 2020, Western Australia was declared a State of Emergency due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The entire country went into lockdown, and our state also went into regional lockdowns. We could not travel between regions without having a really good reason to do so and we were told to stay home, unless doing essential shopping or exercise. It was a very surreal experience.

Looking back on the last nine months, we have been so so fortunate compared to the rest of the world. Our government leaders in WA stayed strong and kept our borders closed, even when the regions opened up, the state borders were still closed.

Finally, this past week, WA reopened its borders to Victoria and New South Wales, allowing interstate travellers to come by air or by road in time for Christmas, without the need to quarantine. Travellers will still have to meet a number of conditions, including a health screening and temperature check on arrival in WA. South Australia was regarded as medium risk state however the restrictions meant that if they want to come to WA, they must quarantine so unfortunately that is not enough time for them to be reunited with their families for Christmas. Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory have been able to come for some weeks now.

What COVID19 is doing to people’s mental health is very challenging. I’ve heard stories from friends whose young families have been in quarantine for the 14 days, one with an 18 month old, and it was just mind blowing. The couple are fit and healthy, but being locked indoors, in a small hotel room, would take its toll. The repercussions of this dreadful disease will be felt for many years to come.

I’ve not had any friends or family who have succumbed to COVID-19, yet friends and family in the US, tell me they have lost loved ones. It’s not until you hear their stories, that it becomes upsetting.

Australia hopes to have a vaccine early in 2021, if it is proven to be safe and effective. All vaccines must pass different stages of research trials to prove they are safe and effective. Other countries are rolling out their vaccines.

In my last blog, I mentioned the birth of a new great-grandson who hadn’t been named. He is Zain-Ali Asbullah and we will get to meet him and his two brothers Shukree and Zahkai at Christmas time.

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Three months later …

Well, here we are, October 31, 2020 and the Coronavirus Pandemic AKA COVID-19, is still in full swing. Mostly in the European countries and the US with Mexico’s numbers rising daily. The deaths worldwide stand at 1,193,744. Each and everyone of those numbers is a person, someone’s family. I know nay sayers will tell us more died in the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, and estimated 50 million, but do we have to beat that number? Really? Do we? With modern medicine and vaccine’s, we should be able to beat this sooner rather than later.

Australia is doing very well, although there are still some cases in Victoria and New South Wales.

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Coronavirus – Current Situation

It’s been just over a month since my last blog post where I wrote about the COVID19 outbreak in Victoria. Well, today, things have gone from bad to worse.

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Are You For Real?

Just as everyone was starting to return to what was a degree of normality since the COVID-19 outbreak, Victoria has given as a nasty reality check.

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The Borders are Down – Some

As of midnight last night 29 May 2020, the regional border between Perth and Geraldton (Midwest) were open and it was like all the horses bolted at once. When the news came in a few days ago, that as of midnight the travel restrictions would be lifted, people packed their caravans, motorhomes, campers and the like and hit the road. Some who were interviewed on the radio, said they got away from Perth at 4.30am to beat the rush. From all accounts there was quite a bit of traffic on the roads.

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