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Australia to close schools, cancel sports in event of coronavirus outbreak

first_imgAustralia has had 23 cases of the coronavirus but has managed to head off widespread transmission.That may change and Hunt met top state and territory officials on Tuesday to discuss plans if it does.”If you had an outbreak in a particular city or state … you might close the schools or change the configuration of the hospitals to deal with that,” Hunt told reporters in Canberra.”If it’s in several cities or states, you do it according to the local needs at the time.” Australia will close schools and cancel sporting events in the event of an uncontained coronavirus outbreak, Minister for Health Greg Hunt said on Wednesday, as the government accelerates plans to cope with a possible pandemic.Believed to have originated from wildlife in China’s Wuhan city late last year, the flu-like disease has infected 80,000 people and killed nearly 3,000 in China.It has jumped to about 30 countries and territories, with some three dozen deaths outside China, according to a Reuters tally. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned Americans to prepare for the spread of coronavirus in the United States, signalling a change in tone for the Atlanta-based U.S. health agency.Preparations to cope with the virus come as sports-mad Australia is looking forward to the start of the National Rugby League and the Australian Football League seasons.Hunt said some games could be cancelled, though that would be a “last resort”.Australia has since Feb. 1 barred entry to anyone arriving directly from mainland China.Last week, the government evacuated 170 citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which held been held in quarantine in a Japanese port with the virus running rife on board, and put them in quarantine for 14 days in northern Australia.Topics :last_img read more

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Liverpool crash out of Champions League, Atletico advance to quarters

first_img There was a surprise start for Diego Costa in the Atletico attack while Joao Felix also returned after missing first-leg win the Spanish capital. For the hosts, captain Jordan Henderson returned to the side after missing the last three weeks. UEFA Champions League holders Liverpool crashed out at the last 16 stage after losing to Atletico Madrid in a five-goal thriller on Wednesday night at Anfield.Advertisement It was no surprise to see the Reds dominating possession in the early stages of the encounter as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went closest to scoring in the openings but for a save from Atletico’s Jan Oblak.Atletico under Diego Simeone were known for their ability to frustrate team as they did in the first leg, but they also had Oblak to thank after the shot-stopper produced a couple fine saves to deny Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold. However, the visitors’ resistance eventually broke just before the halftime break as Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross found Georginio Wijnaldum, who sent a fine header into the far corner. The onslaught continued in the second half but Oblak was at his best yet again to deny Mane and and Roberto Firmino in the opening 15 minutes, while Adrian was called upon at the other end to deny Felix and Correa.When the Reds did manage to beat Oblak, they were met by the woodwork as Andrew Robertson saw his close-range header crash against the crossbar in the 67th minute as Atletico were pinned in their own half.Jurgen Klopp then decided to re-shuffle his pack with 15 minutes remaining as the lively Oxlade-Chamberlain made way for veteran midfielder James Milner.The game ultimately went to extra-time, where the`Reds took the lead in the tie for the first time when Firmino slotted into an empty net after his initial header was hit the upright.center_img Read Also: Neymar leads PSG to Champions League quarter finalHowever, the joy was short-lived as Atletico grabbed a vital away goal in the 97th minute as Marcos Llorente made it 2-2 on aggregate with a close range finish after an error from Adrian. The visitors then bagged a second goal on the stroke of halftime in extra-time, with Llorente completing his brace by turning home a cross from Alvaro Morata.The Reds were unable to secure the two unanswered goals that would have secured passage while Morata sealed the contest with the final kick of the game to seal a 3-2 second-leg win and a 4-2 win on aggregate.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe 9 Best Robots In Movie History10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img
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