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In this daily blog I explore our personal and collective responses to the transformation we are all experiencing as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. I began writing in mid-March 2020, but only decided in April to create this blog and post it to my website. I’m posting all of March as a single entry and will follow up with posts either daily, weekly or every few days as events unfold. Stay safe.

The Corona Crucible – Sat 8th August

World 19.5 million    Argentina 235K+      Australia 20K+ When Neil was going to work in the city, I usually did the shopping, but while he’s been working at home we have been doing the shopping together. Lately we have been visiting a new Woollies supermarket which is a bit further away than our local Coles. When […]

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The Corona Crucible – Fri 7th August

World 19.2 million    USA 5 million           India 2 million In the wake of the Melbourne lockdown, the Federal Government is extending JobKeeper and is relaxing eligibility requirements. There will have to be widespread reform to a range of government policies as we move forward. The impacts of this pandemic will continue for years to come. […]

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The Corona Crucible – Thurs 6th August

World 18.9 million    Russia 860K+                        South Africa 520K+  Sniffer dogs are being trained in Australia now too, to detect COVID-19 and could be working within months. Research has been undertaken in a number of countries around the world and is showing excellent results. Our wonderful canine friends are special in so many ways, providing love […]

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The Corona Crucible – Wed 5th August

World 18.6 million    Peru 430K+    Chile 360K+ Recent news reports have said that a high number of people who have tested positive have not been isolating at  home when contacted by DHHS. But it seems that there are also people who have been waiting to be contacted by the health department, but have not been […]

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The Corona Crucible – Tues 4th August

World 18.4 million    Turkey 230K+                       Argentina 200K+ Deadline Warns (Daniel Andrews) has a lot of really interesting anagrams that you can look up, or play at home to pass the time while in lockdown. It seems that just about everyone in Melbourne tunes in to his telecasts on the ABC News Channel each day […]

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The Corona Crucible – Mon 3rd August

World 18.2 million    Colombia 300K+       Saudi Arabia 280K+             Premier Daniel Andrews said yesterday that there are around 760 active cases diagnosed in our state over recent days that cannot be traced back to a source. This level of community transmission suggests that there are also a lot more undetected cases. The daily infection tallies […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sun 2nd August

World 18 million       Russia 840K+             South Africa 500K+ This afternoon Premier Daniel Andrews announced there were another 12 fatalities and 671 more cases of COVID-19 recorded in Victoria in the past 24 hours. Around 18,000 tests were done, so this is back up to 3.7 per cent positive tests which is not good. Daniel […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sat 1st August

World 17.7 million    Mexico 410K+           Spain 330K+              Some good news. The program that is sheltering homeless Victorians has been extended until April next year. Around 7,000 people who were given shelter when the pandemic started will now have a home until at least April 2021. There are calls for the program to be […]

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The Corona Crucible – Fri 31st July

World 17.3 million    Peru 400K+    Chile 350K+ Two young women who travelled from Victoria back into Queensland have tested positive to coronavirus. Over eight days they visited a long list of venues and businesses in Queensland and are being investigated along with a third woman for their involvement in a crime syndicate stealing luxury […]

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The Corona Crucible – Thurs 30th July

World 17 million       USA 4.5 million        Brazil 2.5 million      India 1.5 million One month ago there were just over 10 million recorded cases of COVID-19 worldwide, four million of them were active and there had been 500,000 fatalities. Cases were increasing by one million each week. Now we have over 17 million cases, almost 700,000 […]

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