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END OF DAY 60: 21 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Case in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 63 new cases (1872 active cases) 666 lives lost (+5 new deaths in past 24 hours)

Well, today was the press conference, and was mixed (you can view the statement from our Premier Daniel Andrews Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Statement from The Premier). Some people (mostly industry groups) are saying that this is a bad thing for the economy. While I support opening up, we cannot be too quick about it, as if we open up to quickly (like certain groups, the Liberal Party, as well as certain conspiracy theorists want us to do), then we would be back to square one and would have to endure everything again. As a Victorian, we need to be conservative, and go about it slowly and carefully. We need to be realistic about coronavirus in which it will not simply disappear. It will take time and we need to accept that we need to go slow and steady and accept long term pain (i.e. lockdown) for long term gain (freedom).

Here are some of the changes that will take effect next Sunday:
  • Curfew will start at 2100 instead of the current 2000 (acknowledging that days are getting longer and sunset is later)
  • Exercise will be a maximum of 2 hours a day instead of 1 hour. This could be a two-hour block or split into two one-hour blocks
  • A social bubble will be introduced for those who are living on their own
  • Regional Victoria to enter '2nd Step' of roadmap on September 13
  • All VCE and VCAL students will attend onsite for the General Achievement Test and other essential assessments from 5 October
  • Up to five people will be able to gather together in outdoor public places – the park, the beach – up to a maximum of two households.
  • Outdoor pools and playgrounds in regional Victoria will also open. And religious services can be conducted outside with a maximum of five people, plus a faith leader
  • For schools and students, a staged return to onsite learning from Term Four
Below is a story that aired on 10 News First here in Australia and it by Emma O'Sullivan who is a reporter for 10 News First here in Melbourne (as it was a weekend, it was a national bulletin instead of a state-based bulletin), and this is a story about the roadmap out of lockdown here in Victoria, including the milestones that we hope to achieve as part of the phased exit from lockdown.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxbi7QPlF0E


Sadly, there are people around the world protesting against lockdown, even when their country has high number of new cases. As you may remember a couple of months ago, I put up an article from Singapore's Straits Times in regards to a 30 year old Texan who was a coronavirus denier, but ultimately died from it.

Today, we had 63 new cases of coronavirus (an overall increase of 59 due to 4 cases being reclassified), and sadly five new deaths, all linked to aged care facilities (one woman in her 80's, three women in their 90's and one woman in her 100's). Three of the deaths occurred yesterday, while two occurred prior to yesterday.

And now to some of the statistics from today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 06 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4365 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of five since yesterday
  • 1872 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 283 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 19 in intensive care
  • 16,921 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,390,450 test results have been received which is an increase of 18,338 since yesterday.
Of the 1872 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 1734 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 98 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions
  • 38 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 2 are interstate residents
  • Greater Geelong has 19 active cases, Greater Bendigo has four active cases and Ballarat has two active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,172 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1178 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9321 men and 10,187 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3294, active cases: 261
  • There are 916 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 228 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 215 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 206 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 162 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 118 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 117 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • 116 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 116 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North
In Victoria there are currently 23 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 10; Total Staff cases: 13
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 23 (10 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 20 active cases are currently linked to Frankston Hospital
  • 16 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer
  • 15 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac
  • 12 active cases are currently linked to JBS Brookyln
  • 11 active cases are currently linked to the Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal Park campus
And now to the local government areas (they went back to confirmed cases instead of active cases, which is more reliable) (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 06 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
WYNDHAM2152215
BRIMBANK1949199
HUME1610128
WHITTLESEA119379
MELTON1106113
MORELAND1015120
CASEY97695
MELBOURNE88380
MOONEE VALLEY77252
DAREBIN641102
INTERSTATE1032
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN8038
TOTAL195381872

Today was Fathers' Day here in Australia (happy Fathers' Day to all the fathers out there), but it was largely subdued day due to coronavirus, especially here in Melbourne. I just listened to the radio and did an online course today. And just before bed tonight, I will be reading a book.

TOMORROW: Being Monday, homework club (via Zoom); plus a doctor's appointment (via phone). And watch a bit of television tomorrow night.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 61: 20 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 41 new cases (1781 active cases) 675 lives lost (+9 new deaths in past 24 hours)

Today, we went under the psychological 50 new cases mark with just 41 new cases in the past 24 hours (an overall increase of 36 due to 5 cases being reclassified). Sadly nine lives have been lost in the past 24 hours (one woman aged in her 70s, three men and one woman aged in their 80s and three men and one woman aged in their 90s) with eight of the deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. Six of the death were prior to yesterday.

Data of the 14-day average was released by the Victorian Government, with a 14-day average of 84.8 new cases in Melbourne and 5.3 for regional Victoria.

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 07 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4369 cases may indicate community transmission – an increase of four since yesterday
  • 1781 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 266 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 25 in intensive care
  • 17,056 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,403,388 test results have been received which is an increase of 12,938 since yesterday
Of the 1781 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 1651 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 95 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions
  • 33 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 2 are interstate residents
  • Greater Geelong has 16 active cases, Greater Bendigo has four active cases and Ballarat has three active cases.

Of the total cases:
  • 18,210 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1178 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9337 men and 10,212 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3314, active cases: 259
  • There are 873 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 232 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 215 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 206 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 162 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 119 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 118 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 117 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently 23 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 10; Total Staff cases: 13
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 23 (10 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 19 active cases are currently linked to Frankston Hospital
  • 14 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer
  • 16 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac
  • 11 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to the Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal Park campus
And now to the top 10 local government areas in regards to active cases (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 07 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
WYNDHAM2155204
BRIMBANK1953194
MORELAND1016113
MELTON1109112
DAREBIN644101
HUME1616101
CASEY97993
MELBOURNE 88377
WHITTLESEA119274
HOBSONS BAY44662
INTERSTATE1032
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN7833
TOTAL195741781

Today was Monday so it was homework club (via Zoom) and I also had a doctors appointment (via phone). Apart from that, it was largely a quiet day on my front. I am currently watching television, and I will soon listen to the radio before watching AnimeLab On Air on C31 later on.

TOMORROW: Study Korean and do an online course.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 62: 19 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 55 new cases (1696 active cases) 683 lives lost (+8 new deaths in past 24 hours)

Today, we have seen a rise in the number of new cases of coronavirus here in Victoria with 55 new cases (an overall increase of 41 due to 14 cases being reclassified), and sadly, 8 more lives were lost (two men aged in their 60s, two men aged in their 80s and three men and one woman aged in their 90s). Five of the deaths occurred prior to yesterday, and six of the deaths have been linked to known outbreaks at aged care facilities. The 14-day average for number of cases are 78.6 for Melbourne and 4.9 in regional Victoria.

And now to some of the data from the past 24 hours (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 08 September 2020).
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4344 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of 25 since yesterday
  • 1696 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 238 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 22 in intensive care
  • 17,175 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,412,092 test results have been received which is an increase of 8,704 since yesterday
Of the 1696 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 1580 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 82 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions
  • 31 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 2 are interstate residents
  • 1 is an overseas resident
  • Greater Geelong has 16 active cases, Greater Bendigo has two active cases and Ballarat has one active case.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,251 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1178 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9357 men and 10,239 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3340, active cases:
  • There are 863 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 232 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 215 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 206 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 162 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 120 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 119 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 117 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg

In Victoria there are currently 22 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 10; Total Staff cases: 12
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 22 (10 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 18 active cases are currently linked to Frankston Hospital
  • 12 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer
  • 15 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac
  • 13 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station
And now to the top 10 local government areas in regards to active cases of coronavirus (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 08 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
BRIMBANK1973205
WYNDHAM2157203
MELTON1113111
MORELAND1018107
DAREBIN64390
HUME161590
CASEY97887
MELBOURNE88272
WHITTLESEA119065
HOBSONS BAY45164
INTERSTATE1022
OVERSEAS61
UNKNOWN7831
TOTAL196151696

As a Brimbank resident, I feel a bit disappointed that Brimbank now has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of active cases, and has actually gone up in the past 24 hours. In my postcode (3037), there has been an increase of just 1 case in the past 24 hours and now has 69 active cases (445 confirmed cases ever) and 134.9 active cases per 100 000 population (if you are in Victoria, you can check out the data for your postcode here- Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Victorian coronavirus (COVID-19) data).

Today, I relaxed and listened to the radio. I also got some medication today at my local pharmacy.

TOMORROW: Meditation session tomorrow night. And study Korean.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 63: 18 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 76 new cases (1622 active cases) 694 lives lost (+11 new deaths in past 24 hours)

Today, we had a spike in the number of new cases with 76 new cases (an overall increase of 73 due to 3 cases being reclassified), and sadly 11 new deaths in the past 24 hours (one woman aged in her 60s, three women and two men aged in their 80s and three women and two men aged in their 90s) with six of the deaths occurring prior to yesterday (with reconciliation of data), and 9 of the 11 new deaths being linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. The rolling 14-day averages is 74.5 for Melbourne and 5.0 for regional Victoria

And now to some of the data from the past 24 hours (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 09 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4337 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of seven since yesterday
  • 1622 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 196 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 20 in intensive care
  • 17,311 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,428,778 test results have been received which is an increase of 16,686 since yesterday

Of the 1622 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 1523 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 82 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions
  • 15 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 2 are interstate residents
  • Colac Otway has 30 active cases, Greater Geelong has 15 active cases, Greater Bendigo has two active cases and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,328 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1186 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9397 men and 10,277 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3360, active cases: 252
  • There are 829 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 237 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 215 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 208 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 162 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 121 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 119 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 117 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently 17 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 6; Total Staff cases: 11
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 17 (6 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 16 active cases are currently linked to Peninsula Health Frankston Hospital
  • 15 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac
  • 12 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer
And now to the local government areas in regards to the number of active cases (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 09 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
WYNDHAM2172209
BRIMBANK1984204
MELTON1116105
MORELAND102097
HUME161987
CASEY98380
DAREBIN64279
MELBOURNE88574
HOBSONS BAY45764
WHITTLESEA119460
INTERSTATE1022
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN6715
TOTAL196881622

Today was a relatively quiet day on my front, just going for a walk and listening to the radio. I watched a bit of television tonight. I finally got around to study Korean tonight (because the meditation session was cancelled).

TOMORROW: Course at CAE (via Zoom). And study Korean, and listen to the radio. And I am attending a webinar tomorrow night about ASEAN in 2030.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 64; 17 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 51 new cases (1483 active cases) 701 lives lost (+7 new deaths in past 24 hours)

Hi. It looks like the number of new cases are going down, with 51 new cases in the previous 24 hours, a drop from 76 yesterday (an overall increase of 40 today due to 11 cases being reclassified), and sadly 7 lives have been lost, with a grim total of 701 lives lost since the coronavirus pandemic began. Four men aged in their 70s and two women and one man aged in their 80s with 4 of the new deaths linked to known outbreaks at aged care facilities. Four of the deaths occurred prior to yesterday.

And now to some of the statistics of the day (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 10 September 2020). Firstly, the running 14-day average of new cases
Today’s rolling daily average case number for metropolitan Melbourne is 70.1 and regional Victoria is 4.5. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.

The 14-day rolling average for cases from an unknown source is 154 for metropolitan Melbourne and eight for regional Victoria. The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.
And now to the statistics of the day:
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4306 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of 31 since yesterday
  • 1483 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 169 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 17 in intensive care
  • 17,484 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,443,583 test results have been received which is an increase of 14,805 since yesterday
Of the 1483 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 1393 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 72 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions
  • 15 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 3 are interstate residents
  • Colac Otway has 29 active cases, Greater Geelong has 11 active cases, Greater Bendigo has two active cases and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,363 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1187 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9409 men and 10,304 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3384, active cases: 251
  • There are 763 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 238 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 216 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 208 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 164 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 124 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 119 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 118 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently 16 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 6; Total Staff cases: 10
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 16 (6 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 17 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac
  • 16 active cases are currently linked to Peninsula Health Frankston Hospital
  • 12 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station
  • 11 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer
And now to the top 10 local government areas in regards to active cases. I may do a top 20 or 25 instead of a top 10 on Saturday night's blog entry (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 10 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)ACTIVE CASES (CURRENT)
WYNDHAM2176173
BRIMBANK1980170
MELTON111699
MORELAND102491
HUME161879
CASEY98673
DAREBIN64373
MELBOURNE88773
HOBSONS BAY46865
WHITTLESEA119956
INTERSTATE1033
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN7015
TOTAL197281483

TODAY: This morning I did a course via CAE (via Zoom) and tonight, I attended a webinar on will ASEAN survive to 2030? I think it is important to think about how intergovernmental organisations such as ASEAN and the European Union will get through the coronavirus pandemic, which is having an impact on how countries interact with each other both during coronavirus and after coronavirus. I feel that certain governments are using coronavirus to destroy the liberal global governance system that was created in the aftermath of the Second World War (mostly implemented by the very superpowers that seek to destroy it). I am currently listening to the radio, listening to Son of Crawdaddy on 3RRR, which started with the traditional opening track by the late great Chris Wilson, which I mentioned in a previous post in this blog.

I was watching Seven Afternoon News earlier today, and there was a video by the Royal Melbourne Hospital Scrub Choir, which I have included in this post if you want to see it. It is their version of I'll Stand By You by The Pretenders from 1994 (I'll Stand by You - Wikipedia).

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1YtT0qLjDA


And today is World Suicide Prevention Day throughout the world. It is important to maintain mental health, especially as many people around the world are currently in lockdown due to coronavirus. If you are experiencing difficulties at this time, seek help. I found a page on Lifeline Australia's website about mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak (COVID-19). Here are some ways to cope from Lifeline Australia

Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine may feel daunting or overwhelming, and can contribute to feelings of helplessness and fear. In addition to the above, we encourage the following;
  • Perspective – try to see this time as unique and different, not necessarily bad, even if it something you didn’t necessarily choose
  • Connection – think of creative ways to stay connected with others, including social media, email and phone.
  • Be generous to others – giving to others in times of need not only helps the recipient, it enhances your wellbeing too. Is there a way to help others around you?
  • Stay connected with your values. Don’t let fear or anxiety drive your interactions with others. We are all in this together!
  • Daily routine – create a routine that prioritises things you enjoy and even things you have been meaning to do but haven’t had enough time. Read that book, watch that show, take up that new hobby.
  • Try to see this as a new and unusual period that might even have some benefits.
  • Limit your exposure to news and media. Perhaps choose specific times of day when you will get updates, and ensure they are from reputable and reliable sources.
And if you need help (and you are in Australia), you can call Lifeline 24 hours a day 7 days a week on 13 11 14 or via text nightly (1800-2400 AEST) on 0477 13 11 14.

TOMORROW: Do an online course and study Korean.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 65: 16 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 43 new cases (1336 active cases) 710 lives lost (+9 in past 24 hours)

Firstly, the good news and it looks like that we are seeing the possible end of the second wave here in Victoria with 43 new cases in the past 24 hours (an overall increase of 39 due to four cases being reclassified), but sadly, nine more lives has been lost to coronavirus (one woman in her 50s, one woman in her 70s, three men in their 80s and four women in their 90s) with five of the deaths occurring prior to yesterday. Seven of the new deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days for metropolitan Melbourne is 65.3 and regional Victoria is 4.7. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.

The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days is 134 for metropolitan Melbourne and seven for regional Victoria. The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.
At the moment, it is looking good for regional areas with the fourteen day rolling average now below five, and it is also heading down in metropolitan Melbourne with 65.3.

Sadly, if you are planning to head to the Myer Christmas Window this year, it has been cancelled due to coronavirus, and I have a funny feeling that the New Years' Eve fireworks in the city (which I have been going to every year for the past decade) will also be cancelled this year due to restrictions on crowds due to coronavirus (watch this space for the latter).

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 11 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4303 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of 3 since yesterday
  • 1336 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 140 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 12 in intensive care
  • 17,661 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,456,924 test results have been received which is an increase of 13,341 since yesterday
Of the 1336 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 1249 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 74 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions
  • 9 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 4 are interstate residents
  • Colac Otway has 33 active cases, Greater Geelong has 10 active cases, Greater Bendigo has two active cases and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,397 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1195 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9425 men and 10,329 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3397, active cases: 223
  • There are 665 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 240 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 217 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 210 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 165 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 127 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 119 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 118 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently 13 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 6; Total Staff cases: 7
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 13 (6 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 17 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac
  • 13 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Peninsula Health Frankston Hospital
And now to the local government areas (top 15 from Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 11 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)ACTIVE CASES (CURRENT)
BRIMBANK1988169
WYNDHAM2181157
MELTON111893
MORELAND102484
HUME162478
CASEY99172
MELBOURNE88970
DAREBIN64568
HOBSONS BAY46954
MOONEE VALLEY78447
WHITTLESEA119847
GREATER DANDENONG50046
PORT PHILLIP28334
COLAC OTWAY13133
BAYSIDE24732
INTERSTATE1054
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN659
TOTAL197671336

Today, I didn't get to do what I planned, but I did go for a walk plus I had to put credit on my phone (my credit expires in a few days). I watched a bit of television tonight, and I will read a book before hitting the hay tonight.

TOMORROW: Online course and study Korean. I may get around to watch a film on Netflix tomorrow (#Alive) as I won't be able to leave the house due to heavy rain all day tomorrow (20mm-35mm expected tomorrow here in Melbourne). And I will do a Top 25 LGA list tomorrow night.

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END OF DAY 66: 15 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 37 new cases (1251 active cases) 716 lives lost (+6 new deaths in past 24 hours)

Today was a new low with just 37 new cases, the lowest daily increase since July (an overall increase of 33 due to 4 cases being reclassified), but sadly 6 more deaths in the past 24 hours (two women in their 80s, one man in his 80s, two women in their 90s and one man in his 90s) with five of the six deaths occurring prior to yesterday, all deaths linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 12 September 2020).

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days for metropolitan Melbourne is 61.6 and regional Victoria is 4.3. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.

The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days is 115 for metropolitan Melbourne and seven for regional Victoria. The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.
And now to the statistics for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 12 September 2020):

In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4296 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of 7 since yesterday
  • 1251 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 126 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 9 in intensive care
  • 17,771 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,471,377 test results have been received which is an increase of 14,453 since yesterday.
Of the 1251 current active cases in Victoria
  • 1180 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 58 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions. There have been no new cases in regional Victoria in the past 24 hours.
  • 10 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 3 are interstate residents
  • Colac Otway has 28 active cases, Greater Geelong has seven active cases, Greater Bendigo has two active cases and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,432 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1193 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9442 men and 10,345 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3413, active cases: 194
  • There are 625 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 243 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 217 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 211 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 129 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 125 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 120 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 115 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care in Dandenong North
In Victoria there are currently 10 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 4; Total Staff cases: 6
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 10 (4 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 18 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac
  • 11 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to Peninsula Health Frankston Hospital
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac
And now to the promised Top 25 LGAs in Victoria (a chance from the regular 10 ) (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 12 September 2020)
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
BRIMBANK1989157
WYNDHAM2187153
MELTON112192
CASEY100378
MORELAND102478
HUME162773
MELBOURNE88663
DAREBIN64460
HOBSONS BAY47355
MOONEE VALLEY78748
WHITTLESEA120045
GREATER DANDENONG50043
BAYSIDE25131
PORT PHILLIP28331
COLAC OTWAY13128
KINGSTON29926
YARRA46022
MARIBYRNONG57815
FRANKSTON23414
CARDINIA20512
GLEN EIRA21612
LATROBE5612
STONNINGTON25911
MONASH31210
WHITEHORSE20310
INTERSTATE1043
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN6610
TOTAL198001251

Its a horrible thing to see your local government area being number 1 in cases of active cases, but the good thing is that it is going down (down from 169 yesterday). Hopefully it continues to go down.

And now to today in review. I didn't get around to watch the film I mentioned yesterday (hopefully in the next couple of days), but apart from that, I did what I planned to do. It is currently raining here in the western suburbs of Melbourne (it was supposed to be raining all day, but it has been raining for about an hour, but it is not as heavy as I thought). I am currently listening to the radio and will soon be calling it a day.

TOMORROW: Just relax.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 67: 14 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 41 new cases (1157 active cases) 723 lives lost (+7 new deaths in past 24 hours)
14-Day Averages in New Cases
Metropolitan Melbourne56.9Regional Victoria4.1

It is the end of Day 67 here in Melbourne, with 41 new cases in the past 24 hours (an overall increase of 35 due to six cases being reclassified), but sadly 7 lives have been lost to coronavirus, bringing Victoria's death toll to 723 (one man in his 70s, one woman in her 70s, one woman in her 80s and four women in their 90s) with four of the deaths occurring prior to yesterday.

And now to the stats for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 13 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4285 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of 11 since yesterday
  • 1157 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 116 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including11 in intensive care
  • 17,893 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,488,773 test results have been received which is an increase of 17,396 since yesterday.
Of the 1157 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 1094 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 52 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions.
  • 7 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 4 are interstate residents
  • Colac Otway has 26 active cases, Greater Geelong has seven active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,464 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1197 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9455 men and 10,366 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3416, active cases: 176
  • There are 572 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 245 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 213 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 129 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 120 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently 10 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 4; Total Staff cases: 6
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 10 (4 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 16 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac (total cases: 20)
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer (total cases: 58)
  • 8 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac (total cases: 13)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Peninsula Health Frankston Hospital (total cases: 90)
  • 9 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 14)
And now to the top 10 local government areas in regards to active cases of coronavirus (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 13 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)ACTIVE CASES (CURRENT)
BRIMBANK 1991151
WYNDHAM2194147
MELTON112494
CASEY101381
HUME163175
MELBOURNE88559
MORELAND102559
HOBSONS BAY47749
DAREBIN64448
MOONEE VALLEY78846
INTERSTATE1054
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN647
TOTAL198351157

We are edging closer to 1000 active cases here in Victoria, which is good news and we could go below 1000 this week. Sadly today, there were protests at the Queen Victoria Market, and it was distressing for people (especially children. There was a story on 10 News First of a toddler crying because of the protests). While I would like lockdown to end, it is not that simple as if we open up too quickly, then we would be back to square one and lockdown will last longer. And I personally find these protesters to be rank hypocrites, as they cry freedom and human rights for themselves, but not others. What about refugees and asylum seekers locked up in concentration camps by Peter Dutton? Do these anti-lockdown protesters care about refugees and asylum seekers?

Enough of my rants. Today was a day of relaxation. I went for a walk this afternoon, and listened to the radio. I also did an online course tonight, as well as watching a bit of television.

TOMORROW: Homework Club (being Monday), and watching a bit of television tomorrow night.

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END OF DAY 69: 12 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 42 new cases (1040 active cases) 729 lives lost (0 deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne52.9Regional Victoria:3.6

Firstly, apologies for no update last night, as this was due to a blackout here in Delahey last night (just when I was about to log on to the Bulbagarden Forums before the end of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, which was on SBS at the time of the blackout) and power didn't return until 0130 this morning. You can check out the data from yesterday here (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria – 14 September 2020).

Today, we saw 42 new cases here in Melbourne (an increase from 35 new cases yesterday), an overall increase of 39 today due to 3 cases being reclassified. And for the first time since 13 July, there had been no deaths in the previous 24 hours (that's today statistics, please check the above link for yesterday's statistics). However, as will be mention later on in this post, there are concerns in Casey in Melbourne's south-east in regards to coronavirus (1028 confirmed cases and 83 active cases). The 14-day running average here in metropolitan Melbourne is 52.9 and regional Victoria 3.6. On Thursday, some more restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria (which will go to the third step), and it is looking good for Melbourne to move to the second step on 28 September...unless those selfish conspiracy theorists ruins it for everyone else (you can view the roadmap here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening).

And now to the statistics for the past 24 hours (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 15 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4282 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of nine since yesterday
  • 1040 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 118 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 11 in intensive care
  • 18,079 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,506,513 test results have been received which is an increase of 8,803 since yesterday.
Of the 1040 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 987 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 43 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions. There are no new cases in regional Victoria.
  • 5 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 4 are interstate residents
  • 1 is an overseas resident
  • Colac Otway has 22 active cases, Greater Geelong has four active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,532 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1198 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9490 men and 10,408 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3444, active cases: 158
  • There are 514 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 249 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 213 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 129 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 120 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently 10 active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 4; Total Staff cases: 6
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 10 (4 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 13 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac (total cases: 20)
  • 8 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer (total cases: 61)
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 7)
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac (total cases: 13)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 14)
And now to the top 10 local government areas in regards to active cases of coronavirus:
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
WYNDHAM2200144
BRIMBANK1994133
CASEY102883
MELTON113183
HUME163868
MOONEE VALLEY79451
DAREBIN64645
MORELAND102944
HOBSONS BAY47841
GREATER DANDENONG50440
INTERSTATE1044
OVERSEAS61
UNKNOWN715
TOTAL199111040

Yesterday afternoon, before going to homework club that I volunteer at, I got around to watch #Alive, and if you are a fan of films like Train to Busan or Peninsula then you will love it. Similar premise in which it is a zombie apocalypse in Seoul, but like coronavirus, people are stuck in their apartments and stars Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye as the protagonists who are stuck in their apartments while the zombie apocalypse happens outside. Its on Netflix (an article about it appeared in The Korea Times, you can check out the article here- Zombie thriller '#Alive' becomes Netflix's most popular film). It is very good, but intense.

I did an online course today, and tonight I watched 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. I am currently listening to the radio.

TOMORROW: Relax.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 70: 11 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 42 new cases (991 active cases) 737 lives lost (+8 deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne49.6Regional Victoria:3.5

Firstly, 42 new cases today (an overall increase of 32 due to 10 cases being reclassified), but sadly 8 lives were lost today (Four women and two men aged in their 80s and two men aged in their 90s) and six of the deaths occurred prior to yesterday and all deaths were linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. But some good news today with the number of active cases falling below 1000, and of these 991 active cases:
  • 948 are in metropolitan Melbourne under stage 4 restrictions
  • 37 are in regional local government areas under stage 3 restrictions.
  • 4 are interstate residents
  • 2 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • Colac Otway has 20 active cases, Greater Geelong has three active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
And now to the statistics of today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 16 September 2020)
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 251 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 213 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 139 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 130 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 120 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently six active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 2; Total Staff cases: 4
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 6 (2 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 12 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 13)
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac (total cases: 20)
  • 9 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer (total cases: 64)
  • 8 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac (total cases: 16)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 15)
And now to the local government areas (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 16 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
WYNDHAM2199133
BRIMBANK1995129
MELTON113280
CASEY103278
HUME164169
MOONEE VALLEY79753
HOBSONS BAY48444
DAREBIN64641
MELBOURNE88438
MORELAND103638
INTERSTATE1034
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN712
TOTAL19943991

Today, my family did a bit of spring cleaning (I live at home) and got rid of some of the junk. I also did an online course. I also watched a bit of television tonight. And if you are in regional Victoria, you go to Step 3 at 2359 tonight (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Statement from the Premier - 15 September 2020). Unfortunately, I am in metropolitan Melbourne, we are still stuck, but from the numbers, we are making positive steps here in Melbourne.

TOMORROW: The final day of my class at CAE (via Zoom) and study Korean.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 71: 10 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 28 new cases (947 active cases) 745 lives lost during pandemic (+8 deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne
14-Day Running Average
44.4Regional Victoria
14-Day Running Average
2.9

Well, lets start with the bad news, in which there has been 8 new deaths in the past 24 hours (one woman aged in her 60s, two men aged in their 80s and three women and two men aged in their 90s) and four of the deaths occurred prior to yesterday. Six of the eight new deaths have been linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

And now to some good news and the number of new cases have gone down again, with 28 new cases (an overall increase of 27 due to the removal of 1 case due to reclassification). This is the first time since 24 June that the number of new cases has been in the 20s. This has seen the 14-day running average for Melbourne drop dramatically from 49.6 yesterday to 44.4 today. Note the disclaimer from a few days ago. There is now talk that some of the restrictions here in Melbourne will be lifted sooner, and while I support opening up, we can't be too quick about it as if we open up too quickly, then we risk going back to square one and have to go through this all over again.

And now to some of the statistics of the day (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 17 September 2020)
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4272 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of six since yesterday
  • 947 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 97 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 12 in intensive care
  • 18,217 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,535,134 test results have been received which is an increase of 14,247 since yesterday.
Of the 947 current active cases in Victoria
  • 907 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 33 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap. There are no new cases in regional Victoria.
  • 5 are interstate residents
  • 2 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • Colac Otway has 16 active cases, Greater Geelong has three active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,591 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1201 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9523 men and 10,433 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3461, active cases: 143
  • There are 464 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 252 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 218 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 215 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 130 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 120 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently two active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 2
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 2 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 33 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 34)
  • 13 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 15)
  • 8 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac (total cases: 20)
  • 9 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer (total cases: 64)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac (total cases: 16)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 16)
And now to the top 15 local government areas in regards to active cases (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 17 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
WYNDHAM2206132
BRIMBANK2001123
CASEY103879
MELTON113875
HUME164370
MOONEE VALLEY79648
DAREBIN64841
HOBSONS BAY48440
MORELAND130539
GREATER DANDENONG50635
MELBOURNE88235
WHITTLESEA120331
PORT PHILLIP28424
BAYSIDE25019
COLAC OTWAY13616
INTERSTATE1045
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN692
TOTAL19970947

Today, I finished a short course via CAE (via Zoom) and watched a bit of television. I am currently listening to the radio. Apart from that, nothing much happened today.

TOMORROW: Get some credit for my phone and do a bit of shopping. I will also plan to study Korean.

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END OF DAY 72: 9 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 45 new cases (920 active cases) 750 lives lost (+5 new deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne:
14-Day Running Average
42.7Regional Victoria:
14-Day Running Average
2.3

Today we saw a massive jump in new cases with 45 new cases (an overall increase of 42 due to reclassification of 3 cases), and sadly 5 new deaths today (one man aged in his 50s, one man aged in his 70s, one man aged in his 80s and two women aged in their 90s.) Two of the deaths occurred prior to yesterday, and all of today's deaths have been linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

And now to some of the statistics of the day (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 18 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4272 cases may indicate community transmission – no change since yesterday
  • 920 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 90 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 11 in intensive care
  • 18,278 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,551,044 test results have been received which is an increase of 15,910 since yesterday.
Of the 920 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 883 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 30 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap.
  • 3 are interstate residents
  • 4 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • Colac Otway has 14 active cases, Greater Geelong has three active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,638 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1199 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9539 men and 10,459 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3477, active cases: 140
  • There are 474 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 254 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 215 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 130 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 119 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there is currently one active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 1
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 30 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 34)
  • 13 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 15)
  • 9 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer (total cases: 64)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac (total cases: 20)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 17)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac (total cases: 16)
And now to the Top 10 LGAs in regards to active cases (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 18 September 2020)
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
BRIMBANK2029133
WYNDHAM2223122
CASEY103874
MELTON113474
HUME164565
MOONEE VALLEY79451
HOBSONS BAY48742
MORELAND103540
DAREBIN64539
MELBOURNE88635
INTERSTATE1033
OVERSEAS50
UNKNOWN674
TOTAL20012920

Today was a largely quiet day for me. Did a bit of shopping and spoke to my grandfather by phone. (Keep in contact with your loved ones people). Apart from that, it has largely been a quiet day for me.

TOMORROW: I will be cleaning my room and listen to the radio.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 73: 8 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 21 new cases (834 active cases) 757 lives lost (+7 new deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne
14-Day Running Average
39.3Regional Victoria
14-Day Running Average
1.9

Well, today we had the lowest number of new cases since 24 June with just 21 new cases (an overall increase of 22 due to one case being reclassified), and we have fallen below 900 active cases (good news!). Sadly, there has been seven new deaths in the past 24 hours (one man in his 60s, three men their 80s, one man in his 90s and two women in their 90s) with two of the deaths occurred prior to yesterday. Six of the seven deaths have been linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 19 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4274 cases may indicate community transmission – an increase of 2 since yesterday
  • 834 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 89 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 8 in intensive care
  • 18,379 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,562,996 test results have been received which is an increase of 11,952 since yesterday.
Of the 834 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 800 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 28 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 5 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 1 is an interstate resident
  • Colac Otway has 12 active cases, Greater Geelong has three active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,641 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1197 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9552 men and 10,468 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3485, active cases: 123
  • There are 433 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 255 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 216 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 130 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 121 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently two active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 2
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 2 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 26 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 34)
  • 13 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 15)
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer (total cases: 64)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 17)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to the Alfred Hospital (total cases: 7)
And now to the local government areas in regards to active cases (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 19 September 2020)
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
BRIMBANK2031127
WYNDHAM2225112
MELTON113272
CASEY103467
HUME164461
MOONEE VALLEY80053
HOBSONS BAY48741
MORELAND103739
MELBOURNE88130
PORT PHILLIP28623
INTERSTATE971
OVERSEAS40
UNKNOWN955
TOTAL20034834

Today has been a quiet day for me. But concerns about New Years' Eve this year has come back with talk that the world famous Sydney fireworks may be cancelled this year, and the same thing may happen here in Melbourne this year, both due to coronavirus. And while we are making progress with lowering the number of cases (as noted at the top of the post) there are selfish people out there who believe that they have rights and no responsibilities. And while I support freedom, these so-called "experts" who go out protesting (and claiming that they have rights under a document that they no doubt oppose if it was another group protesting, such as refugee advocates who support freedom for refugees) and ruin it for everyone who want to get out sooner rather than later. I prefer actual experts and not "armchair experts" who think they know everything just by reading an article on some far-right wing conspiracy website (I'm looking at you Alex Jones) and not read actual research carried out by people who know what they are on about. Don't fall for these "armchair experts" who don't know what they are on about, listen to actual experts who spent years researching.

TOMORROW: Relax and listen to the radio.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 74: 7 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 14 new cases (743 active cases) 761 lives lost (+5 new deaths in past 24 hours).
Metropolitan Melbourne:
14-Day Running Average
36.2Regional Victoria:
14-Day Running Average
1.8

Today was a new low in the number of cases with just 14 new cases in the previous 24 hours (an overall increase of eight due to 6 cases due to reclassification). This was the lowest number of new cases in a single 24 hour period since 19 June when there was 13 cases. Sadly, there had been 5 deaths added in the previous 24 hours, two men in their 80s, two women in their 80s and one woman in their 90s. All five deaths occurred prior to yesterday. However, one of the previous deaths has been reclassified, which means a net increase of just four since yesterday.

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 20 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4267 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of seven since yesterday
  • 743 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 94 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 8 in intensive care
  • 18,473 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,575,457 test results have been received which is an increase of 12,461 since yesterday.
Of the 743 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 715 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 26 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 1 is either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 1 is an interstate resident
  • Colac Otway has 12 active cases, Greater Geelong has two active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,653 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1197 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9556 men and 10,473 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3496, active cases: 117
  • There are 376 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 255 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 216 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 130 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 121 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently three active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 3
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 30 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 43)
  • 14 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 16)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten (total cases: 16)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 17)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to the Alfred Hospital (total cases: 7)
And now to the local government areas (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 20 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
BRIMBANK2031103
WYNDHAM222587
MELTON113270
CASEY104361
HUME164456
MOONEE VALLEY80050
HOBSONS BAY48740
MORELAND103738
MELBOURNE88128
PORT PHILLIP28623
INTERSTATE971
OVERSEAS40
UNKNOWN911
TOTAL20042743

And now to today: Today was a largely quiet day for me, just listening to the radio and watching television tonight. While watching the news tonight, I was deeply offended by anti-lockdown protesters who complain about a lack of freedom, but don't care about the lack of freedoms that refugees who flee persecution have while locked up in concentration camps in remote areas; or our First Nations people. Imagine the reaction of these anti-lockdown protesters if I was to protest against treatment of refugees. They (the anti-lockdown protesters) can walk the walk, but can they talk the talk. And no doubt John Farnham would be deeply offended by these anti-lockdown protesters singing You're The Voice (last week, these same people sang I Am Australian by The Seekers, no doubt offending The Seekers as well).

And if you are in Victoria, council elections are coming up, and as usual, these will largely be postal voting like the past couple of council elections. So make sure you are registered to vote in the council elections and make sure you vote and send your voting ballot (which will be sent out in early October) back to the Victorian Electoral Commission (note that there will be no election in Casey City Council, South Gippsland Shire Council and Whittlesea City Council) (2020 local council election).

TOMORROW: Holiday program at the homework club that I volunteer at.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 75: 6 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 11 new cases (657 active cases) 763 lives lost (+2 new deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne
14 Day-Running Average
34.4Regional Victoria
14 Day Running Average
1.6

Today was described as a great day with 11 new cases (an overall increase of nine due to two cases being reclassified), but sadly two deaths in the past 24 hours (one woman in her 80s and one woman in her 100s), with one death occurring prior to yesterday and one linked to a known outbreak at an aged care facility.

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 21 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4266 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of one since yesterday
  • 657 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 92 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 6 in intensive care
  • 18,567 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,582,621 test results have been received which is an increase of 7,164 since yesterday.
Of the 657 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 631 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 23 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 3 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 0 interstate residents
  • Colac Otway has 10 active cases, Greater Geelong has two active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,663 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9561 men and 10,476 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3504, active cases: 79
  • There are 332 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 256 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 131 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 121 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • 108 cases have been linked to Kalyna Aged Care in Delahey
In Victoria there are currently four active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 4
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 28 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 43)
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 16)
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 8)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten (total cases: 16)
And now to the local government areas (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 21 September 2020):
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
BRIMBANK203196
WYNDHAM223376
MELTON113164
CASEY104055
MOONEE VALLEY80049
HUME164348
MORELAND103636
HOBSONS BAY48835
MELBOURNE87925
PORT PHILLIP29018
INTERSTATE971
OVERSEAS40
UNKNOWN952
TOTAL20051657

Firstly, you may remember in last night's post, I made comments about the anti-lockdown protesters singing You're The Voice. Well, John Farnham was pretty angry at the protesters singing it (Lower your Voice: Farnham manager attacks anti-lockdown protesters' singalong). Good on him for telling these "protesters" (or "armchair experts") off.

Today, I volunteered at a holiday program at the homework club I volunteer at, and tonight I watched a bit of television.

TOMORROW: Study Korean and do an online course.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 76: 5 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in the Past 24 Hours: 28 new cases (620 active cases) 766 lives lost (+3 new deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne
14-Day Running Average
32.8Regional Victoria
14-Day Running Average
1.6

Well, today we saw a spike in new cases with 28 new cases in the previous 24 hours (an overall increase of 25 due to three cases being reclassified) and 24 of the new cases linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 22 September 2020). There will be no table tonight (because its gone back to confirmed cases and not the easier active cases), but in my home local government area (Brimbank), there has been 5 new cases, which means that there are now 98 active cases in Brimbank. For you Casey watchers out there, no new cases in the past 24 hours (as far as I am aware), and there are currently 45 active cases in Casey. The good news is that we are on track to see some restrictions lifted on Monday (an announcement on that will be in the next couple of days) as we need to be to have a 14-day running average of new cases between 30 and 50 to see some restrictions lifted, and Melbourne is at 32.8., so we are near the low end of the target range.

Sadly, there has been three deaths in the past 24 hours: one woman in her 70s, one woman in her 90s and one woman in her 100s. Two deaths occurred prior to yesterday. All deaths has been linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

And now to the data from today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 22 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4268 cases may indicate community transmission – an increase of two since yesterday
  • 620 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 83 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including eight in intensive care
  • 18,628 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,593,744 test results have been received which is an increase of 11,123 since yesterday.
Of the 620 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 595 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 20 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 4 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 1 interstate resident
  • Colac Otway has 8 active cases, Greater Geelong has two active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,686 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9573 men and 10,490 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3507, active cases: 74
  • There are 328 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 255 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 216 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care facility in Ardeer
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 131 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 122 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 121 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
In Victoria there are currently four active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 4
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 22 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 43)
  • 11 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 17)
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 8)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten (total cases: 16)
And now to the events of today: I went for a walk earlier and I did what I planned to do today, and I enjoyed it. I watched a bit of television tonight. I am also looking at job boards to see what jobs can be done online (I am looking at teaching English online but most of the jobs available is only for North Americans, so as an Australian, I can't apply).

TOMORROW: Holiday program at the homework club I volunteer at and I will be attending a webinar. I will be watching a bit of television tomorrow night.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 77: 4 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 15 new cases (554 active cases) 771 lives lost (+5 new deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne
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29.4Regional Victoria
14-Day Running Average
1.1

Firstly, the good news: 15 new cases (an overall increase of 24 due to reclassification), and our number of active cases down to 554. The target for some restrictions to be lifted is between 30 and 50, and we are now under 30 which means that we could see some additional restrictions lifted sooner rather than later. The announcement will be made on Sunday morning at Daniel Andrew's press conference.

Sadly, five lives were lost today (One man aged in his 70s, two women in their 80s, one man in his 90s and one woman in her 100s). Three of the deaths occurred prior to yesterday and all five deaths have been lined to aged care facilities.

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 23 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4268 cases may indicate community transmission – no change since yesterday
  • 554 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 75 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including eight in intensive care
  • 18,713 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,609,485 test results have been received which is an increase of 15,741 since yesterday.
Of the 554 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 537 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 14 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 3 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • Colac Otway has 5 active cases, Greater Geelong has two active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,710 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9581 men and 10,506 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3510, active cases: 73
  • There are 284 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 256 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 131 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 122 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 121 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • 108 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
In Victoria there are currently four active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 4
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 19 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 43)
  • 12 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 18)
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 11)
  • 3 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 18)
Well, the order of local government area on the Department of Health and Human Services is still by confirmed cases and not active cases, but in my local area (Brimbank) we have 2036 confirmed cases (ever) and 95 active cases. You can check out the data on the website (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 23 September 2020). It looks like the number of active cases in Casey is going down (35 active cases in the table, 19 active cases currently linked to the Casey community outbreak).

Today was relatively quiet apart from a holiday program at a homework club I volunteer at. I watched a bit of television tonight.

TOMORROW: Online course and study Korean.

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END OF DAY 78: 3 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 12 new cases (532 active cases) +2 new deaths in past 24 hours (773 deaths in Victoria)
Metropolitan Melbourne:
14-Day Running Average
26.7Regional Victoria:
14-Day Running Average
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Well, today we saw 12 new cases in Victoria (an overall increase of just five due to seven cases being reclassified), and sadly 2 more deaths in past 24 hours (two women in their 80s) and both deaths have been linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. In regards to the 12 new cases, 2 are in Brimbank and Moonee Valley and a single case in Casey, Hume, Melton, Monash and Wyndham.

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 24 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4267 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of one since yesterday
  • 532 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 67 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including eight in intensive care
  • 18,738 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,622,822 test results have been received which is an increase of 13,337 since yesterday.
Of the 532 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 517 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 10 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 5 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • Colac Otway has 2 active cases, Greater Geelong and Greater Bendigo have one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,713 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9586 men and 10,506 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3514, active cases: 83
  • There are 274 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 256 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 131 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 122 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 121 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • 108 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
  • 108 cases have been linked to Kalyna Aged Care Facility in Delahey
In Victoria there are currently four active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 4
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 18 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 44)
  • 16 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 19)
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 11)
And the table for the cases for local government areas is now listed alphabetically (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 24 September 2020), which means its a bit tidier than previously. Again, Brimbank has the highest number of active cases at 87 active cases. For those who are interested, there are no active cases for interstate residents included (97 confirmed cases ever), ditto for overseas (4 confirmed cases ever) and the unknown (which is what we are following) 5 active cases.

Today, I didn't do what I hoped to do, but I will do it tomorrow. I did some writing and watched a bit of television this evening.

TOMORROW: Online course and study Korean.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 79: 2 DAYS TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 14 new cases (482 active cases) 781 lives lost (+8 new deaths in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne
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14-Day Running Average
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Today here in Victoria, we had 14 new cases (an overall increase of 13 due to one case being reclassified), in which nine of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and five are under investigation. Of the nine cases linked to known outbreaks, three are linked to aged care facilities (Estia Keilor Downs and Opal Hobsons Bay), five are linked to existing outbreaks (Dandenong Police Station and Springvale shared accommodation) and one is linked to a complex case. In Victoria, we have fallen below 500 active cases, which is a good thing.

Sadly, 8 more deaths in the previous 24 hours (One man aged in his 60s, one woman in her 70s, three women and one man in their 80s and one woman and one man in their 90s), with seven of the deaths linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 25 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4268 cases may indicate community transmission – an increase of one since yesterday
  • 482 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 58 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including eight in intensive care
  • 18,794 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,635,282 test results have been received which is an increase of 12,460 since yesterday.
Of the 482 current active cases in Victoria
  • 468 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 11 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 3 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • Colac Otway has two active cases, Greater Geelong has one active case and Greater Bendigo and Ballarat have no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,727 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9598 men and 10,507 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3516, active cases: 77
  • There are 247 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 256 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 220 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 132 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 122 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 121 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • 108 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
  • 108 cases have been linked to Kalyna Aged Care Facility in Delahey
In Victoria there are currently four active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 4
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 18 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 44)
  • 16 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 21)
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 11)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to the Springvale shared accommodation outbreak (total cases: 5)
With the table (which you can view at Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 25 September 2020), Brimbank has the highest number of active cases of coronavirus with 77 active cases). For those who are interested, there are 3 unknown active cases in Victoria. And on Sunday, Daniel Andrews will announce changes to the restrictions (it is expected that more restrictions will be relaxed than initially planned due to the 14-day running average being below the 30-50 target range). I will mention it on Sunday.

Today, I did a bit of shopping as well as an online course and watched a bit of television tonight.

TOMORROW: Online course and study Korean.

See you tomorrow.
 
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END OF DAY 80: 1 DAY TO GO...AT LEAST?
Cases in Victoria in Past 24 Hours: 12 new case (444 active cases) 782 lives lost (+1 death in past 24 hours)
Metropolitan Melbourne
14-Day Running Average
23.6Regional Victoria
14-Day Running Average
0.8

It looks like cases are stabilizing here in Victoria with 12 new cases in the past 24 hours (an overall increase of 11 due to one case being reclassified) and our average is 23.6. You may remember that we need to have a 14-day running average of 30-50 new cases per day to relax restrictions, and fortunately, we are well under the 30, so some restrictions will be relaxed at around 0001 Monday morning. Sadly, we had one death today, a woman aged in her 80s and her death is linked to a known outbreak in an aged care facility.

And now to the data for today (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus update for Victoria - 26 September 2020):
In Victoria at the current time:
  • 4270 cases may indicate community transmission – an increase of two since yesterday
  • 444 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 53 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including nine in intensive care
  • 18,842 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,651,309 test results have been received which is an increase of 16,027 since yesterday.
Of the 444 current active cases in Victoria:
  • 432 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 10 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 1 is an interstate resident
  • 1 is either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • Colac Otway has two active cases, Greater Geelong has one active case and Greater Bendigo and Ballarat have no active cases.
Of the total cases:
  • 18,738 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9604 men and 10,512 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3521, active cases: 72
  • There are 231 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
  • 259 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 220 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 132 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 122 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 121 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • 108 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
  • 108 cases have been linked to Kalyna Aged Care Facility in Delahey
In Victoria there are currently four active cases in residential disability accommodation:
  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 4
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
  • 13 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 44)
  • 14 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 20)
  • 9 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 11)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to the Springvale shared accommodation outbreak (total cases: 5)
And now the return of the table:
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREACONFIRMED CASES (EVER)CURRENT CASES (ACTIVE)
BRIMBANK203074
WYNDHAM225755
MELTON113237
MOONEE VALLEY80736
HUME164935
HOBSONS BAY49031
MORELAND104728
MELBOURNE88319
GREATER DANDENONG53018
CASEY103617
INTERSTATE981
OVERSEAS40
UNKNOWN971
TOTAL20129444

Here in Victoria, the story of the day was the resignation of Health Minister Jenny Mikakos, who also resigned from the Victorian Parliament. As she is a member of the Legislative Council (our upper house), it will NOT affect the numbers in the lower house, and since it is an upper house seat, Daniel Andrews will choose the next member (just like the Senate at federal level). And tomorrow will be a big day for Melbourne, as some restrictions will be lifted. We needed to have a 14-day running average of between 30-50 new cases per day for some restrictions to be lifted, and we are at 23.6, so we have done better than required. I will mention the changes in tomorrow night's post.

Today was a day of relaxation, I did the online course. I also watched a bit of television tonight.

TOMORROW: Listen to the radio. And study Korean.

See you tomorrow.
 
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