Australia will stick with plans to further ease curbs, says PM
Swedes rapidly losing trust in Covid-19 strategy, poll finds
Swedes are losing trust in authorities’ handling of the coronavirus, as the man behind the country’s light-touch approach called lockdowns a form of madness and political parties demanded the Swedish strategy be reviewed before the next election in 2022.
An Ipsos survey this week for the Dagens Nyheter newspaper showed confidence in the country’s management of Covid-19 had fallen 11 points to 45% since April, with backing for the national public health agency down 12 points.
The proportion of respondents satisfied with the centre-left government’s actions in the pandemic also fell to 38% in June from 50% the previous month, while the personal approval rating of the prime minister, Stefan Löfven, also slid 10 points.
Australian supermarket chain to reintroduce toilet paper purchase limit nationally
Australia’s Woolworths grocery store chain has just announced it will reintroduce countrywide buying limits on toilet paper, as panic buying resumes in some Australian states seemingly in the face of increased infections in the state of Victoria.
There are currently no other product limits other than toilet paper and paper towel outside of Victoria. On Wednesday, Woolworths reinstated a purchase limit of two items in Victoria on toilet paper, hand sanitiser, paper towel, flour, sugar, pasta, mince, long-life milk, eggs and rice.
The supermarket chain released this statement:
Woolworths will this afternoon reinstate a two-pack limit on toilet paper and paper towel in all Australian stores following a recent surge in demand across different parts of the country.
The precautionary move is designed to support appropriate social distancing in stores over the weekend and ensure all customers have access to the products they need …
Woolworths Supermarkets managing director Claire Peters said: “We’ve regrettably started to see elevated demand for toilet roll move outside Victoria in the past 24 hours.
“While the demand is not at the same level as Victoria, we’re taking preventative action now to get ahead of any excessive buying this weekend and help maintain social distancing in our stores.
“We have ordered more than 650,000 additional packs of toilet roll into our network, which is an increase of more than 30% on our usual volumes.”
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Virgin Australia’s administrators say they will ask creditors to approve the sale of the stricken airline to US private equity group Bain Capital at a meeting in August.
The administrators, partners at accounting firm Deloitte, said they signed a deal with Bain on Friday morning that would retain thousands of jobs and recapitalise the airline.
However, neither Deloitte nor Bain would say how much Bain would pay, how many jobs would be kept by the new Virgin Australia or how much creditors owed $6.8bn would receive.
The move came after rival bidder Cyrus Capital Partners dramatically quit the race on Friday morning, blasting the administrators for failing to engage with it and return phone calls.
Another PNG defence force member tests positive
Another member of PNG’s defence force has tested positive for coronavirus, only the country’s 11th case, but the third in just over a week which can be traced to Port Moresby’s Murray Barracks.
The PNG government is considering imposing new restrictions on the PNG capital, concerned by new community transmission of the virus.
The ninth case in the country was detected at the end of last week, an Australian defence force officer who had been in PNG since January. That officer has since been repatriated to Australia.
The 10th case, of a 27-year-old soldier, came earlier this week as a result of mass testing of staff at the barracks.
The latest case is a 26-year-old woman, who is being monitored by health workers in isolation at a sports centre which has been converted into a Covid-19 treatment facility.
PNG’s national pandemic response controller, the country’s police commissioner, David Manning said he was considering whether new movement restrictions were necessary in Port Moresby, following two new cases in 48 hours. PNG lifted its state of emergency last week.
Manning had said previously that the new cases in the capital were “evidence of local transmission in Port Moresby and the risk is very high that more cases may be identified in the coming days”.
“The identification of this case provides Papua New Guineans need to take responsibility and remain vigilant to stop the chain of transmission,” Manning said.
“The country needs to work together to apply the ‘Niupela Pasin’ or the ‘new normal’. This will involve changing our old ways of doing things and replacing them with behaviours and actions to reduce the risk of getting infection.”