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The Gold Coast Walks. Experts confident Australia will have enough ventilators to meet coronavirus demand. A manufacturing industry leader and member of the government’s ventilator taskforce says he is “very confident” there will be enough of the life-saving machines to meet even the most dire of Covid-19 scenarios.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre managing director, Dr Jens Goennemann, is part of the team working with the federal government to boost ventilator numbers ahead of the pandemic’s peak. The worst-affected parts of the globe – Italy and the United States, most notably – have experienced serious shortages of ventilators, which are needed to assist the failing lungs of the most seriously ill Covid-19 patients. Modelling released on Monday found Australia had the capacity to surge intensive care beds by 189%, if needed, but currently only had enough ventilators to partially meet that maximum surge capacity.
'There are food shortages': thousands of Australians stuck abroad amid coronavirus plead for help to get home. Almost 300 Australians have landed in Sydney on a commercial repatriation flight from South America, but thousands of citizens and permanent residents still remain stranded across the world as airlines cease flying and more national borders lock down.
Many still stranded have been caught by desperate family circumstance, suddenly cancelled flights or closed borders and fear the window to return home is rapidly closing without definitive action from the Australian government to repatriate its citizens. They have begged for the government to launch repatriation flights, as other countries have, to rescue them. Trapped in India’s lockdown Hundreds of Australians have been stranded in the world’s largest lockdown, imposed by the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, on the country’s 1.3 billion people. Vipul, an Australian permanent resident who was waiting on his citizenship ceremony, cannot return home to his wife and two-year-old son in Melbourne.
Flight from Peru oversubscribed. More than 400 coronavirus cases – 10% of Australia’s total – are from Ruby Princess cruise ship. There are more than 400 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Australia from the Ruby Princess cruise ship, according to state health departments.
As of Monday, at least 440 passengers across six states and two territories had tested positive for Covid-19 after disembarking from the cruise ship, which docked twice in Sydney in March. In a move the NSW health minister later admitted was a mistake, 2,700 passengers were allowed to disembark without checks from NSW Health on 19 March, with many boarding flights interstate. Another boatload of passengers did the same on 8 March. There are now more cases of Covid-19 from the Ruby Princess outside NSW than within the state. At least five of the 19 deaths so far attributed to Covid-19 in Australia have been passengers from the ship.
Tasmania had three confirmed cases as of Tuesday 24 March, but has not provided an update since. NSW Health said earlier: “No cases of Covid-19 had been identified by doctors onboard before docking.” Australian airlines ask government for up to $5.6bn to survive the coronavirus crisis. Australian airlines are in continuous talks with the federal government after asking it for loans totalling as much as $5.6bn to keep them alive through the coronavirus pandemic.
Virgin Australia raised the prospect it might end up in government hands on Tuesday by confirming it had asked for a $1.4bn taxpayer loan that could be converted into shares in the company “in certain circumstances”. The transport minister and deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, has said he does not want to nationalise airlines but at Virgin’s current depressed share price conversion of such a loan would result in the government owning about two-thirds of the company. Nationalisation of Virgin has also been bitterly opposed by Alan Joyce, the chief executive of its bigger rival, flag carrier Qantas, who last week earned the ire of the competition regulator after making a series of public remarks sledging Virgin’s ownership and management.
Regional airline Rex also wants government support to keep flying. Coronavirus Australia latest: at a glance. Here is our daily roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Australia.
The main stories on Tuesday 31 March are: Strict new ‘stay at home’ rules come in.