All publications of Peter Clarke . Melbourne , Australia
Recently two other homes for elderly in the capital of Victoria have been closed after having found one infected person with coronavirus. Though he tested negative the second time, he is considered to be still ill. A nurse says they were disappointed by this, but forced to be closed. She adds that they have very strict hygienic precautions. The government of Victoria does not want to repeat the story of Newmarch House in Sydney. All the employees are self-isolated for two weeks.
Victoria's results in fight with coronavirus are not as good as other Australian states have. Today 7 new cases of infection have been found. They are mostly connected with trips abroad and Melbourne's hotspots. 11 people are staying in hospital with COVID-19.
Three years ago Hazelwood mine in Victoria caused large fire in the region of the town Morwell. It is known that fire happened because coal reserves burst into fire and set on fire everything around. The experts say that the mine did not estimate risks of inflamation adequately. They also neither removed plants form their territory nor watered them, so increased risks to maximum by it. The fire led to people's death and complete evacuation of the town, continuing for almost 45 days.
Recently the court of Melbourne has fined the company for such great pollution of the environment. The fine consisted of 2 million dollars. However, the residents of the valley considered it too small fine. So, 380 000 dollars were demanded.
Coronavirus pandemic in Victoria has heavily damaged economy of the state, as well as financial state of people. So, the government decided to support both in this difficult situation. The Prime Minister announced they had created vouchers for international students in Melbourne. They will be able to use them at Queen Victoria Market. By this they will stimulate trading sphere of Victorian economy.
The Premier said that international students are one of those who suffered the most, lots of them lost their jobs and receive too small help from the government, so by this little support they could help them somehow.
Melbourne is a city which has always been desirable for students from other countries, and it must remain such a hospitable place for them even now, according to the government.