The corona virus COVID-19

 
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

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  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
I have to politely wonder if there's any clue to explaining these perpetual disputes in the way he spells his "Status Name"!
sydneyshortnorth
Haha! I hadn't noticed that. However the user isn't responsible for that, it would be the site admins.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Now, please, I've asked nicely 5 times now, can we finally move on from this pointless bandwagon you are on!
OK, but I do enjoy winding you up.
Oh dear, but I have to politely wonder if there's any clue to explaining these perpetual disputes in the way he spells his "Status Name"!

Steve
(Head now descending safely below the parapet!)
sydneyshortnorth
Haha, no.
I joined Railpage towards the end of when I used to catch the Rocky Tilt Train, also known as the Qld Electric Tilt Train between Gladstone and Brisbane weekly for nearly a year for work around 2003. The booking agents (I think there were only 2) knew me by first name basis, hell I think they could have quoted me my credit card number, the return trip was SOTO or fly as RTT started from Bundy on Monday morning, despite running empty from Rockhampton. The drivers also gave me a number of cab rides, shhh and its a pretty impressive train to have a cab ride (always at night) in compared to my previous only other experience in a shunter on the old EBR in Tas.  

I used to (jokingly) complain each week that the south bound RTT running empty from Rockhampton to Bundy could pick me up, I was a regular. The SOTO meant leaving the evening before, rather than that morning and I got to Brisbane too early for work, but too late to sleep before work. The booking agents kept asking why the SOTO wasn't good enough, I said because the RTT is faster, it "rules" as the phase was commonly used at the time, the booking agent picked up on that and called me "RTT Rules."

Anyway, we all express our opinions here, its called the lounge, some of us more than other!  Fortunately the Fed election is still 2 years away!!! Smile
  sydneyshortnorth Train Controller

Location: On the 1 in 40.
Now, please, I've asked nicely 5 times now, can we finally move on from this pointless bandwagon you are on!
OK, but I do enjoy winding you up.
Oh dear, but I have to politely wonder if there's any clue to explaining these perpetual disputes in the way he spells his "Status Name"!

Steve
(Head now descending safely below the parapet!)
Haha, no. ................................ because the RTT is faster, it "rules" as the phase was commonly used at the time, the booking agent picked up on that and called me "RTT Rules."
RTT_Rules
Or perhaps "Haha yes!"

"RTT_Rules" is your User Name. Your adopted Status Name is "Oliver Bullied, CME" which appears in the heading of every one of your posts. Read it sometime and then perhaps consult Dr Google.

Once again, a response written in haughty haste without properly reading the proposition.

Steve
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
"RTT_Rules" is your User Name. Your adopted Status Name is "Oliver Bullied, CME" which appears in the heading of every one of your posts. Read it sometime and then perhaps consult Dr Google.

Once again, a response written in haughty haste without properly reading the proposition.

Steve
sydneyshortnorth
Of course it could be deliberate - RTT does get picked on quite a bit by Don and others on RP Laughing

(ducks down behind the parapet next to Steve)
  sydneyshortnorth Train Controller

Location: On the 1 in 40.
Presumably at least 1.5 virtual metres apart though!

Steve
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Meanwhile, there were only 3 deaths "reported" overnight by China  - is China for real, what are they trying to hide Confused

But you're quite happy for the Yanks to try and cover up the figures?
bingley hall
And please tell me how are the Yanks covering up the figures?? at best estimates last week,  the U.S could have a 240,000 death toll from COVID-19, that's the best estimates, they sound quite scary numbers to me, I think they are telling the truth.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Some encouraging flattening of the curve in Australia at present. Hopefully our current rules will be relaxed sooner rather than later.

Long term I think necessarily heavy restrictions and quarantine on overseas travellers will mean the suspension of international tourism and the cruise ship industry for several years.

I also think the USA will be finished as a world superpower and resemble Russia in the 1990s Yeltsin era.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Some encouraging flattening of the curve in Australia at present. Hopefully our current rules will be relaxed sooner rather than later.

Long term I think necessarily heavy restrictions and quarantine on overseas travellers will mean the suspension of international tourism and the cruise ship industry for several years.

I also think the USA will be finished as a world superpower and resemble Russia in the 1990s Yeltsin era.
Carnot
The signs in Australia are encouraging, probably a little bit to early to call a victory at this stage though, all this self isolation thing is clearly working, I think the rules will be in place for some time at least.

U.S.A is finished!
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Or perhaps "Haha yes!"

"RTT_Rules" is your User Name. Your adopted Status Name is "Oliver Bullied, CME" which appears in the heading of every one of your posts. Read it sometime and then perhaps consult Dr Google.

Once again, a response written in haughty haste without properly reading the proposition.

Steve
sydneyshortnorth
Haste no, I almost never ever look at these. If you asked me without looking I would have said I thought I was "Chief Commissioner"
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Some encouraging flattening of the curve in Australia at present. Hopefully our current rules will be relaxed sooner rather than later.

Long term I think necessarily heavy restrictions and quarantine on overseas travellers will mean the suspension of international tourism and the cruise ship industry for several years.

I also think the USA will be finished as a world superpower and resemble Russia in the 1990s Yeltsin era.
Carnot
On FB I have a Yank friend from the Southern US Trump heart land and he sings the songsheet written by Trump to the letter. His FB posts on the CV are "interesting" to say the least. "State of denial" would be one way to describe it. His brothers comments, "lock up the old and sick and the rest get back to work, the rest of us will get what we get".

USA infection rate
April
1 - 215 k + 26 k
2 - 245 k + 30 k
3 - 277 k + 32 k
4 - 311 k + 34 k

Does anyone else see 1M cases with 100 - 200 k dead as a potential for USA ?


I will disagree on the international tourism suspension period, for flights only
Optimistic - May  
Pessimistic - July

Cruise ship industry will be desperately trying to recover something for Nth hemisphere summer or many probably face bankruptcy. But will they recovery public confidence, mmmm?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Some encouraging flattening of the curve in Australia at present. Hopefully our current rules will be relaxed sooner rather than later.

Long term I think necessarily heavy restrictions and quarantine on overseas travellers will mean the suspension of international tourism and the cruise ship industry for several years.

I also think the USA will be finished as a world superpower and resemble Russia in the 1990s Yeltsin era.
On FB I have a Yank friend from the Southern US Trump heart land and he sings the songsheet written by Trump to the letter. His FB posts on the CV are "interesting" to say the least. "State of denial" would be one way to describe it. His brothers comments, "lock up the old and sick and the rest get back to work, the rest of us will get what we get".

USA infection rate
April
1 - 215 k + 26 k
2 - 245 k + 30 k
3 - 277 k + 32 k
4 - 311 k + 34 k

Does anyone else see 1M cases with 100 - 200 k dead as a potential for USA ?


I will disagree on the international tourism suspension period, for flights only
Optimistic - May  
Pessimistic - July

Cruise ship industry will be desperately trying to recover something for Nth hemisphere summer or many probably face bankruptcy. But will they recovery public confidence, mmmm?
RTT_Rules
I think you're being optimistic with the cases and casualties in the USA, sadly.

About 8 states still don't have 'stay at home' restrictions.

The big issue of international tourism is that a 2-3 week quarantine for incoming passengers will have to continue for a very very long time if infections run rampant overseas before a vaccine is released and we want to have some level of controlling the virus here.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
It looks as though a criminal investigation will be launched into the Ruby Princess debacle, the source of the majority of COVID-19 Cases in Australia - https://www.smh.com.au/national/criminal-investigation-launched-into-ruby-princess-fiasco-20200405-p54h9f.html
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
While the figures have seemed slightly encouraging for Australia I think we should avoid speaking too soon as the situation could become a lot worse at short notice.

Will we have requirements for international travellers to have to have medical check-ups say two weeks before they travel and another check when they get to the airport?

Also will there an end to flags of convenience for cruise ships?

Maybe budget airlines will need to fly to Noumea if there are no cruise ships going to it.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

I will disagree on the international tourism suspension period, for flights only
Optimistic - May  
Pessimistic - July
RTT_Rules

2022 or 2023?
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
I think you're being optimistic with the cases and casualties in the USA, sadly.

About 8 states still don't have 'stay at home' restrictions.

The big issue of international tourism is that a 2-3 week quarantine for incoming passengers will have to continue for a very very long time if infections run rampant overseas before a vaccine is released and we want to have some level of controlling the virus here.
Carnot
Probably true, only about two weeks or so ago I predicted this would top out around 5000 dead world wide when it was just over 1500.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
While the figures have seemed slightly encouraging for Australia I think we should avoid speaking too soon as the situation could become a lot worse at short notice.

Will we have requirements for international travellers to have to have medical check-ups say two weeks before they travel and another check when they get to the airport?

Also will there an end to flags of convenience for cruise ships?

Maybe budget airlines will need to fly to Noumea if there are no cruise ships going to it.
GeoffreyHansen
I tried to find out what the turn around time is for the test, it would appear they have it down to less than 12h for CV. So perhaps get test a few days before, then only if negative arrive at airport hotel, test, when passed again you can enter the airport.

Cruise ships ??? Not sure, but I think the industry is F@#@@ed for some time.
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
While the figures have seemed slightly encouraging for Australia I think we should avoid speaking too soon as the situation could become a lot worse at short notice.

Will we have requirements for international travellers to have to have medical check-ups say two weeks before they travel and another check when they get to the airport?

Also will there an end to flags of convenience for cruise ships?

Maybe budget airlines will need to fly to Noumea if there are no cruise ships going to it.
I tried to find out what the turn around time is for the test, it would appear they have it down to less than 12h for CV. So perhaps get test a few days before, then only if negative arrive at airport hotel, test, when passed again you can enter the airport.

Cruise ships ??? Not sure, but I think the industry is F@#@@ed for some time.
RTT_Rules
I feel that cruising will recover in time but the era of the mega sized ships ( 1,000 plus ) passengers is likely over .
This epidemic is going to cause an absolute catastrophe once it gets to poverty stricken countries such as Bangladesh and most of Africa .
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
While the figures have seemed slightly encouraging for Australia I think we should avoid speaking too soon as the situation could become a lot worse at short notice.

Will we have requirements for international travellers to have to have medical check-ups say two weeks before they travel and another check when they get to the airport?

Also will there an end to flags of convenience for cruise ships?

Maybe budget airlines will need to fly to Noumea if there are no cruise ships going to it.
I tried to find out what the turn around time is for the test, it would appear they have it down to less than 12h for CV. So perhaps get test a few days before, then only if negative arrive at airport hotel, test, when passed again you can enter the airport.

Cruise ships ??? Not sure, but I think the industry is F@#@@ed for some time.
I feel that cruising will recover in time but the era of the mega sized ships ( 1,000 plus ) passengers is likely over .
This epidemic is going to cause an absolute catastrophe once it gets to poverty stricken countries such as Bangladesh and most of Africa .
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
I feel that cruising will recover in time but the era of the mega sized ships ( 1,000 plus ) passengers is likely over .
This epidemic is going to cause an absolute catastrophe once it gets to poverty stricken countries such as Bangladesh and most of Africa .
Crossover
No idea, but something on these ships certainly needs to change.

I was listening on the radio a week or so ago when they were discussing the hygiene on ships in general and they had a guy from a cruise ship and they said they tested the ships a few years back to find the dirtiest part of the ship bug wise due to the typical age of their clientele. His answer was the hand rails of the stairs, far worse than the toilets. So after that they have two people who's only job is to continually wipe down hand rails 18-20 hr a day every day.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Once Clive's Titanic gets built it will be alright Razz
  anuddernut Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the beach
It will be interesting to see what effect WA's hard border has on CV infection numbers.  Even more draconian  is a ban on intrastate travel.  Cannot travel out of regions and in the north cannot travel out of shire.  Sandgropers are not complaining YET but in 6 month's time we will see.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Part of me says that a ban on intrastate travel between WA's regions might be more effective than bans on interstate travel. It will be interesting to see what the results will be.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Will we see an increase in holidays to isolated islands that are separate from their country ie access is restricted between the resort island and the rest of it's country to avoid disease spread but to still bring the tourist dollars in?

PS I'm not really drawn to island resort holidays myself. I'd rather explore a new city but I wouldn't be surprised to see an increase in the former.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

It will be interesting to see what effect WA's hard border has on CV infection numbers.  Even more draconian  is a ban on intrastate travel.  Cannot travel out of regions and in the north cannot travel out of shire.  Sandgropers are not complaining YET but in 6 month's time we will see.
anuddernut
I don't think the inter-regional travel bans will need to last anywhere near six months. Both WA and SA should be able to knock it on the head well before then.

The extra restrictions in the north are mainly to do with protecting indigenous populations who are at higher risk. SA and NT are quietly taking similar steps to protect indigenous populations, but they can do so quietly as they don't have the unique WA political situation of NSW being the opposition more than the other political party.

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