Covid-28

Dan O'Heirity

So, straight to the statistics today. According to my first data source – which is updated in real time for the number of confirmed cases worldwide and for the number of new cases and deaths with these latter figures being reset at GMT+0 each day – the total number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 614,052 which is an increase of 17,740 cases over yesterday. There have been 28,328 deaths, an increase of 897 fatalities as compared with yesterday.

The United States registered 130 new cases giving a total number of cases as 104,256. The United States also saw 8 new deaths giving total fatalities at 1,704. Italy has registered no new cases and no new deaths so total cases remain at 86,498 and total deaths remain at 9,134. China has actually registered 54 new cases bringing the total number of cases to 81,394.

China has also registered 3 new deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 3,295. The figures for cases and fatalities in China now pale in comparison to the figures in Italy. Spain saw 6,529 new cases bringing the total number of cases to 72,248. Spain also saw 552 new deaths bringing the total number of fatalities to 5,690. Spain will undoubtedly move beyond China with respect to the total number of cases and the total number of fatalities.

Australia, the country where I live, saw 257 new cases bringing the total number of cases to 3,635. There was 1 new death bringing the total number of deaths to 14. According to my second data source – which is also updated in real time but without daily figures for new cases and new fatalities – the total number of cases stands at 607,695. The United States has 104,837 cases and 1,711 deaths. Italy has a total of 86,498 cases and 9,134 deaths.

China has a total of 81,996 cases and 3,299 deaths. Spain has 65,719 cases and 5,138 deaths. Finally, Australia has 3,640 cases and 460 deaths. The figure for the number of deaths seems out of place as this data source, was reporting 14 fatalities this morning which aligns with my first data source. If the second data source is correct then Australia has experienced 446 deaths in a single day. This may well have happened and, if so, it is extremely worrying. Even more worrying is that Australians are still not taking the Covid19 virus seriously.

Once again hundreds of people have congregated at beaches and parks in Australia, particularly in New South Wales, and backpackers have held parties in hostels. Furthermore, “The majority of COVID-19 infections in the state [of New South Wales] have been reported to be emerging from Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where hundreds of people were seen flocking to the region’s popular beaches last week“. And, of course, there is another story of someone allegedly spitting at a police officer.

The offender’s lawyer immediately went on the defensive claiming that she suffered from anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This kind of thing makes me sick. Stop using mental health excuses for being human trash because that is exactly what you are, trash. And yes, I can see this because I’m bipolar with a secondary dissociative personality disorder and I don’t go around spitting at people.

And now to my odd shopping story. It is Saturday in Australia. I got up around 9, relaxed in the garden and then decided to give my motorbike a short run to fill it up with petrol and to check the tyre pressure. With those two tasks completed I decided to visit my local supermarket to pick up a few tins of food. If I had been asked to bet on a time when the supermarkets would have been full to overflowing then I would have chosen mid morning on a Saturday as my first choice.

But no. The supermarket was virtually empty and the shelves were full with everything including toilet roll and paper towels. The same was true of the other supermarket on the opposite side of the road. Really, really strange. And my last note on shopping. The press has finally caught up with a fact that I have been making for weeks. There are safe and hygienic alternatives to toilet paper as evidenced by a family who have been toilet paper free for five years. Tired. That’s it for today.

First Published March 28th, 2020

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