China dismisses suggestions COVID-19 pandemic originated from bats or pangolins – ABC News

  • Scientists suspect that the coronavirus came from an animal source
  • World Health Organization experts will begin their visit to Wuhan this week
  • China has been strictly controlling all research into the origins of COVID-19, according to AP

Indonesia passenger plane missing after take-off – BBC News

Comment by tonytran2015: Boeing 737 max aircrafts and their autopilots taking over from human pilots, then an engine failure after flying again. Now another model of 737… It is too much. I will fly with Airbus.

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 lost contact en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, officials said.

Flight tracking website said the aircraft had lost more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in altitude in less than a minute…

737 Max: Air Canada flight in unscheduled landing after engine issue – BBC News

The plane was en route from the US state of Arizona to Montreal in Canada when it was diverted shortly after take-off, Air Canada said.

… 737 Max aircraft were grounded in 2019 after two fatal crashes, but resumed flying this month after an overhaul…

Victoria ends coronavirus hotel quarantine exemption for international airline crews – ABC News

  • The new rules require international airline staff to quarantine at a designated hotel when transiting through Melbourne
  • Crew members will be accompanied by DHHS staff when travelling between the airport and their hotel
  • They will be able to leave on their next departing flight after testing negative to COVID-19

Passengers on Darwin to Sydney flight QF841 deemed close contacts of Qantas crew member with COVID-19 – ABC News

… All passengers on board a Qantas flight from Darwin to Sydney that carried a Qantas crew member who later tested positive for coronavirus have been deemed close contacts and are now being asked to self isolate for 14 days and get tested…

New Covid safe mode of travel (?): Crazy Russian pilot flies 1,320mph stealth jet with no roof

Comment by tonytran2015: No air force would waste time and money on purposeless actions. This may be an experiment to test a revolutionary mode of Covid safe air travel. Roofless passenger planes may appear soon. Haha !

Incredible footage has emerged of a Russian pilot flying a state-of-the-art fighter jet without a roof canopy.

Chris Eccles, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ top bureaucrat, resigns after hotel quarantine inquiry requests phone records

Comment by tonytran2015: The Premier of the State of Victoria in Australia now has many people working for him each pointing finger at another saying that the disastrous decision to employ private security guards at quarantine hotels was not his own. Why was also the offer of well trained Army soldiers refused? So WHO HAS DONE IT? This makes a mockery of transparency and accountabiliy.

  • Chris Eccles says his phone records show he called Mr Ashton for two minutes at 1:17pm on March 27
  • In September he told the hotel quarantine inquiry he could not remember calling Mr Ashton on this day
  • Mr Eccles says he is resigning as he does not want to distract from the Government’s COVID-19 response

Virus that causes COVID-19 survives up to 28 days on surfaces, Australian scientists find

  • The virus survives on most surfaces for about six to seven days before starting to lose potency
  • On some surfaces, such as glass and paper banknotes, the virus lasts for longer than a month
  • People can be infected if they touch a contaminated surface then touch their face, nose or mouth

WHO doctor says lockdowns should not be main coronavirus defence

… “We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus.”

… Dr Nabarro made the statements in an interview with The Spectator.

“The only time we believe a lockdown in justified is to buy you time to reorganise, regroup, rebalance your resources; protect your health workers who are exhausted,” Dr Nabarro said…

“But by and large, we’d rather not do it.”