I was in the process of introducing my next family and wanted a timeline to tie it all together when I discovered that today marks 100 days since the first case here in Australia. So many things I forgot about and how so much has changed and quickly. That’s why I knew I had to start sharing this project.
Here is a little reminder of what has happened in 100 days.
January 25th 2020 was the first recorded case in Melbourne.
February 11th the virus became known as COVID-19.
February 27th WHO declared the coronavirus/COVID-19 as a pandemic and mass panic buying began.
March 1st saw Australia’s first death a 78 year old WA man who was on the Diamond Princess – not the last cruise ship that we would be hearing about.
March 10th Tom Hanks (who was visiting Australia) and March 27th Prince Charles and Boris Johnson all tested positive for COVID-19.
March 13th (Friday) Mass gatherings or events with more than 500 participants should not take place from the Monday onwards.
World Cases 209 000 / Deaths 8,000
Australian Cases 708 / deaths 6
March 18th Non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people banned. Australians advised to get home.
March 19th The Ruby Princess disembarked passengers in Sydney with no precautions taken. This was a defining moment as the next day 3 people tested positive and all passengers had to self isolate for 14 days.
Australian Borders were now closed to non-citizens and residents.
March 21st Bondi Beach closed after crowds flock to the water.
March 23rd at 12pm saw the closure of all pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants, excluding takeaway. Gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs and entertainment venues are also closed.
March 24th/25th More restrictions and are encouraged to work from home.
* Australians are banned from traveling overseas
* Auctions, shopping centre food courts, amusement parks, play centres, beauty salons and haircuts taking longer than 30min, but that was lifted 2 days later.
* Gatherings are restricted to groups of 10 when outdoors, includes funerals. Weddings are limited to five people.
* Australians must stay home unless they’re going out for an essential purpose, and the definition of essential is broadened. “Now, if you ask me who is an essential worker?” Morrison says. “Someone who has a job.”
March 29th Gatherings are limited to two people.
*the above dates are from many different sources & dates may vary slightly
I am going to stop there as this is where I would like to now introduce my next family but have decided to give them their own post as this was quite long. I thought April felt tough but gee March was certainly interesting.