The Informer: COVID-19 ripples resonate across diverse industries | Farm Weekly

As airlines continue to stall on the runway, Qantas has put itself on life support, axing a fifth of its workforce and grounding most of its international fleet to survive the coronavirus crisis.

The national carrier will immediately shed 6000 jobs as part of a drastic three-year plan to slash costs. Almost 15,000 other staff will remain stood down without pay or on enforced leave.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has praised Qantas for navigating the crisis despite the latest job losses, and said the government was working through the best way to target and deliver support to aviation.

That was a slice of the economic domino effect of COVID-19 but the health and social impacts continue to be felt – in Victoria especially.

Ten thousand Victorians will be tested a day by a fleet of 800 crew in mobile testing vans and supported by 1000 troops in a bid to get on top of the continued spike in the state’s coronavirus infections.

Victoria has 33 new cases taking the total of active cases to 143.

While the government set the stage for an arts sector recovery with a $250 million package, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed a 43 per cent drop in job vacancies between February and May. The arts and recreation industry had about 100 jobs on offer in May – a 95 per cent fall.

Overseas, Germany is reeling after 360,000 residents have been forced back into lockdown following a coronavirus outbreak at an abattoir where more than 1700 employees tested positive.

The US has recorded a one-day total of 34,700 new COVID-19 cases, the highest level since late April. The US death toll is almost 122,000. Americans are outraged that the government has begun to reduce funding for testing sites. California has seen a 69% rise in cases in just two days.

Texas reported an all-time daily high of 5,489 new cases weeks after easing its lockdown.

Confirmed coronavirus cases world wide 9,430,384. Global deaths 482,184.

The World Health Organization is warning of a global oxygen shortage, as coronavirus cases globally rise by 1 million per week.

If things get much worse we may have to look for another planet. Scientists now believe Jupiter’s moon Europa may have been able to support microbial life in the past.

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