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Victoria records 459 new coronavirus cases and a record TEN deaths

Victoria records 459 new coronavirus cases and a record TEN deaths

Victoria records 459 new cases of coronavirus and 10 more deaths, marking the deadliest day in Australia since the pandemic began

Seven men ranging in age from their 40s to their 80s and three women in their 70s and 80s are the latest to die from the virus and take the state’s death toll to 71.

Mr Andrews said seven of the deaths were linked to aged care outbreaks and the man in his 40s was not connected to any outbreak.

More than 42,000 tests were completed on Saturday, the highest amount the Government has completed in a single day.

Mr Andrews said there were about 200 off-roster paramedics and third-year students helping with contact tracing.

“Their skills in dealing with dynamic circumstances means they are perfectly suited to that,” he said.

‘We are approaching the halfway mark. We’ve been clear that it would get worse before it got better, but stability had to be achieved before we would start to see numbers fall.

‘I can’t tell you where we will be in another 3.5 weeks, but what I can confirm for you… is that the data will drive the decisions.’

Mr Andrews said the situation would be many times worse if the lockdown had not been imposed and ending it too early would be a disaster.

From Monday, 20 Australian Defence Force personnel will begin working alongside Ambulance Victoria paramedics in joint crews.

Mr Andrews urged Victorians with symptoms to get tested quickly to avoid more workplace clusters developing.

“The biggest message today is if you’ve got symptoms then please get tested and get tested quickly. And then stay at home until you get your result. And if you’re positive then you have to stay at home for those 14 days.”

He also urged people to take advantage of the $300 hardship payment that would support them while they awaited test results if they were not entitled to income support from their employer.

People who don’t wear a mask face a $200 fine, and Mr Andrews hit out at a series of ‘sovereign citizens’ who claim the directive is invalid.

‘If it was a genuine error, a sense of any confusion – police use good judgement,’ he said.

They are about trying to shall fair as they possibly can be, but if you are just making a selfish choice that your alleged personal liberty, quoting some, I don’t know, something you’ve read on some website – this is not about human rights.

‘There are 10 families that are going to be burying someone in the next few days. Wear a mask! It’s not too much to ask.

‘What’s more, the nurse who will be treating you or a loved one, they will be wearing a mask, so you wear one to prevent that nurse from having to treat more patients. 

‘It can’t get any more serious than that. 10 families are currently planning funerals. And the youngest among them, this he have’ lost someone in their 40s.’

Mr Andrews also pleaded with Victorians to stay home while they wait for coronavirus test results – as thousands have failed to do.

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne are subject to stay-at-home orders and can only leave home for essential work, study, exercise or care responsibilities. It is also mandatory to wear masks in public.

COVID-19 patients will be ‘sent home to die’ if deemed too sick, Texas county says

COVID-19 patients will be ‘sent home to die’ if deemed too sick, Texas county says

Texas hospital overwhelmed by the coronavirus may send some patients home to die

A hospital in Starr County, Texas, is so overrun with coronavirus cases that officials there said it would choose which patients to use its resources on and send those most likely to die back home to their families.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Dr. Jose Vasquez — the health authority for Starr County — said the county was creating guidelines to help health workers decide how to use resources on patients with the best chance of survival.

Vasquez added that a committee would decide which patients were most likely to die at Starr County Memorial Hospital — the only hospital in the county — and would send them home.

“The situation is desperate,” he said Tuesday. “We cannot continue functioning in the Starr County Memorial Hospital nor in our county in the way that things are going. The numbers are staggering.”

Vasquez said the county sends coronavirus patients daily to other parts of Texas and to other states, but that hospitals in both Texas and nearby states were now overwhelmed.

There is nowhere to put these patients,’ hospital president Dr Jose Vazquez told the media on Tuesday, according to Border Report.

‘The whole state of Texas and neighboring states have no ICU beds to spare for us.’

Vazquez said there will be an ethics committee and a triage committee to review each case.

‘End-of-life decisions and hospice decisions and comfort-care situation for all those patients who most certainly do not have any hope of improving we believe they will be better taken care in the love of their own family and home rather than thousands of miles away dying alone,’ he said.

Starr County, home to about 64,000 people, currently has 1,700 confirmed cases of the virus cases and 17 deaths.

While the absolute number seems small, the county has been reporting 92 cases per 100,000 people every day for the past week.

Loving son climbs hospital wall everyday to spend time with his dying mum

Loving son climbs hospital wall everyday to spend time with his dying mum

Son Climbs Up Hospital Wall Every Day To Watch Over Mum Dying From Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has made life for those in hospital and their families harder than it already is.

But this loving son didn’t let the pandemic stop him from spending precious time with his dying mom and he did so by climbing a hospital wall every day.

Jihad Al-Suwaiti, 30, climbed the hospital wall after his mother was admitted with coronavirus and cancer to a hospital in Hebron, a Palestinian city in the southern West Bank.

A hospital official commented: “He spent most of his day there, observing his mother’s condition from outside the window, before coming down when he was convinced that his mother was fast asleep.”

While the 30-year-old was advised against climbing the building for his own safety, he did not listen and continued to scale it for five days until his 73-year-old mother, Rasmi Suwaiti, passed away, according to news site Says, the Mirror reports.

Al-Suwaiti’s brother said: “He was very close to our mother, especially since our dad died 15 years ago.”

The 30-year-0ld was so desperate to spend time with his mother, who was battling leukemia prior to contracting coronavirus, that he even tried to gain access to her hospital room when she grew sicker, his brother revealed to local media website Astroawani.

According to the Mirror, Al-Suwaiti said goodbye to his mom from the window of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on July 16.

The image of Al-Suwaiti on the window ledge began to circulate online, and soon went viral.

One post, which was accompanied by a moving illustration that showed Al-Suwaiti’s mother as an angel, has more than 205,000 likes and 76,000 retweets.

Many people commented to share their own experiences with losing a parent, with one writing: “I’m so sorry. I lost my Mommy 2.5 years ago as well. Half your energy, soul and breath. I hate that we understand this. I hope you heal a little more today.”

Someone else said: “This made me shed a tear. Lost my mum in 2014 and life hasn’t been the same. I don’t celebrate my birthday because hers is just 9 days before mine. The feeling of not hearing her voice anymore is totally devastating. Love and light to everyone who has lost a parent.”

Electric 1400-HP Ford Mustang Mach-E Has 7 Motors

Electric 1400-HP Ford Mustang Mach-E Has 7 Motors

Ford’s electric Mustang prototype with 1,400 horsepower

Ford introduces Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric road rocket that shows just how much performance can be harnessed without using a drop of fuel. 

Coming hot on the heels of the 1,400-horsepower (1,419 PS) all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, this one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electric motors and high downforce is ready for the track, drag strip or gymkhana course – anywhere it can show how electric propulsion promises extreme Mustang performance.  

Developed in collaboration with RTR and built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body-in-white, the prototype targets 1,400 peak horsepower (1,419 PS). The chassis and powertrain work together for a multitude of setups offering capability unlike any other vehicle.

“Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our portfolio,” said Ron Heiser, chief programme engineer, Mustang Mach-E.

“Mustang Mach-E is going to be fun to drive, just like every other Mustang before it, but Mustang Mach-E 1400 is completely insane, thanks to the efforts of Ford Performance and RTR.” 

The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is the result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by Ford Performance and RTR aimed at bridging the gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers tend to believe it can do.

“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion and professional fun-haver. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”

Vaughn told Fox News Autos that it uses axial flux motors instead of the permanent magnet synchronous type the street car has, with three up front and four in the back.

Both are installed in stacks and drive the car through the same quick-change differentials Gittin uses in his V8-powered Formula Drift Mustang, which allows him to modify the gearing as needed.

The setup allows the Mach-E 1400 to operate as a front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive car with a maximum output of 1,400 horsepower, while it’s wing and aerodynamic elements can generate up to 2,300 pounds of downforce at 160 mph. Vaughn hasn’t clocked it yet, but said it accelerates like a magnetic roller coaster.

“I’ll never forget the moment that I drove it the first time with full power, he said. “It scared me. Like it launched so hard that I hit the brakes and was like ‘is that OK?’”

“I just want people to be excited about our future, and I want people to be able to continue to be inspired to drive. It’s brought me so much joy in my life, and I want to be at the forefront of that continuing.”

Vaughn also revealed that the Mach-E is on the priority list at his RTR Vehicles, which currently builds custom, improved performance versions of the Ford Mustang, F-150 and Ranger, but that it might be a while before he has one ready for sale.

Tesla reports fourth straight quarter of profits,Defying Pandemic Shutdown

Tesla reports fourth straight quarter of profits,Defying Pandemic Shutdown

Expectations had been high following Tesla’s report that it had delivered slightly more than 90,000 vehicles in the second quarter

Tesla Inc., for the first time in its 17-year history, reported a fourth-consecutive profitable quarter, a milestone that is sure to bolster Chief Executive Elon Musk’s pitch that he can usher in the age of fully electric cars.

Defying the global coronavirus pandemic, threat of extended economic recession and Wall Street analysts who expected a loss, the Silicon Valley auto maker found a way, helped by the sale of regulatory tax credits, to eke out a $104 million profit in the second quarter.

On an adjusted basis, excluding stock-based compensation, the company said Wednesday it made $2.18 a share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet, on average, expected an adjusted loss of 2 cents a share earlier in the day, an estimate that narrowed from a loss of 14 cents on Monday and a much larger projected loss in May.

Shares soared more than 5% in after-hours trading in New York.

On the earnings call Wednesday, Musk announced that Tesla will build its next factory near Austin, Texas.

The company plans to dedicate its Fremont, California, car plant to the production of Model S and Model X vehicles for all markets, and for Model 3 and Model Y production for the Western half of North America.

The Texas factory, Musk said, will be used for production of the company’s Cybertruck, Semi, and Model 3 and Model Y vehicles for the Eastern half of North America.

“Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas will keep the Texas economy the strongest in the nation and will create thousands of jobs for hard-working Texans,” the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, said in a statement.

Texas had been competing with Tulsa, Oklahoma, to lure the factory. Travis county officials voted this month to give Tesla at least $14.7m in tax breaks, CNBC reported. Musk said the factory site, which is on the Colorado river, would be an “ecological paradise” that is “open to the public”.

Expectations had been high among Wall Street analysts, following Tesla’s report in early July that it had delivered slightly more than 90,000 vehicles in the second quarter, well above expectations.

Daniel Ives, an analyst with Wedbush, said that Tesla had “executed flawlessly” this quarter despite the global economic downturn due to Covid-19, specifically citing the company’s success in China.

Nicholas Hyett, an analyst with Hargreaves Lansdown, attributed the company’s success to “increasing sales in China, which look to be relatively higher margin thanks to the lower manufacturing costs, and increased recognition of software revenues”.

For years, Tesla’s stock price has defied gravity, even as it recorded massive losses and struggled to hit its production targets. The run of positive results will be seen as a vindication of Musk’s unconventional leadership, as well as its big bet on expanding in China.

Tesla’s recent success has come against the now-familiar backdrop of chaos related to its CEO, Musk.

The billionaire has been a major source of coronavirus misinformation throughout the pandemic, sharing false or misleading sources and engaging in a high-profile standoff with public health officials in northern California over lockdown restrictions, which affected the company’s only US car factory.