Here in South Australia the curve is starting to flatten and although this is happening it is still to early to let up on restrictions. The Ruby Princess still features in the infections and the 19 deaths thus far, with a further four in ICU. On the news the other night – Man walked into Drakes Supermarket and asked if he could return 138 packets of TP and 150 bottles of Hand sanitizer because the ebay site he was selling them on had been closed down. The group manager refused to offer him a refund told him in no uncertain terms what he could do with his products and told him that it was because of people like him there was a shortage in the first place. However, there is plenty of TP in the supermarket but I still see people doing the same thing – perhaps not to the same extent but quite similar. It’s there – buy one – don’t need it but buy it anyway. The G.M. of Drakes has issued a directive that no store is to refund or entertain in any way anyone who says that they have a bulk purchase of TP or Hand Sanitizer, or any other product that they would like to return for a refund. My suggestion that there will be a run on empty 40 gallon drums so certain people can burn all their hundreds of rolls of TP so people don’t find out they were hoarders, has definitely some merit . This particular guy had 20 people working with him buying as much as they could from the supermarket, then selling it online. Altogether he forked out $10,000 for his stuff and now he’s left with it. The police and government have been notified of people with many shopping bags going in and out of a property.. The Federal Police investigated and found a garage and a large shed full of Australian Products that were going to be shipped overseas. All of the product was seized and the gang will be charged. The Deputy Prime Minister has asked Australians to continue to report any such suspicious behavior in this regard. No, we are not turning into a Police State but generally people are fed up with these hoarders that have caused so much unnecessary shortages of essential products – even to the extent of stealing it from hospitals.
The funeral today went smoothly, which is about as much as you can really say about a funeral. A very shortened service with only 8 people in attendance, plus the funeral director and assistant make up the legally allowed ten persons. When all this is over and we can get back to what will be a changed normal, we will organise a Memorial Service for Fay. We have not heard from Sam since we returned Dougla last Friday. Went over to the shop this afternoon to get some things for Annabell. Some of it was for her BSL tests from the chemist. However, she did ask me to go to the supermarket and get something and I couldn’t remember if she said Sulfuric Acid or Citric Acid. In the end I got Citric Acid, which was probably just as well. When I was out I went to see the Vet. regarding Benji’s Parvovirus Booster. He is due first week in May, so we still have time. I was only joking about the acid just in case you took it seriously. It’s my warped sense of humour.
The Ruby Princess is still at Kembla and there is international concern regarding the ship. Thus far 35 people from the Ruby Princess have died – 19 of them here in Australia. A Criminal Investigation by the Australian Federal Police is currently underway. The ship is due to depart Kembla on Sunday but the general feeling is that she wont be going anywhere. There is 1000 people on board and at least 200 of them tested positive to the virus. The general consensus is that these days are the twilight of the cruise industry. I think it may survive but in a very much reduced format. There are court cases pending against a few of the cruise companies in Australia, the United States and in the U.K. – and these run into millions. It is now Sunday evening and the Ruby Princess is still at Port Kembla and is likely to remain there for another week, at least. However, there are police all over the dock area where she is so it is unlikely that she poses any future risk to Australia. When this is all over, I think the world relationship with China will be changed – and not for the better.