COVID-19

A special page of links to information about the current state of affairs, globally, in Australia and locally, and with information about how to survive and suggestions of things to do while in lockdown. And a cartoon to make you smile (scroll down!). All updated as and when things change.

What's happening in the world and in Australia?

Australian facts and figures from the Australian Federal Government website

The Federal Government has also launched a Coronavirus Australia app and WhatsApp feature. Coronavirus Australia is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play and was launched alongside the Government's new WhatsApp feature.

World-wide statistics from WHO

Covid-19 Daily Update from the Victorian Government Department of Health & Human Services

Coronacast ABC daily podcasts

City of Port Phillip Covid-19 Support & Assistance

What's happening at U3A Port Phillip?

Message from U3APP President, Graham Gosling

Covid-19 Working Group update from Jim Pribble

Useful information for surviving

Starting on 30 March the Australian Government is expanding Medicare-subsidised telehealth services, so you may be able to have a consultation with your health care provider via phone.  You can read the Federal government statement here and read an ABC news update about this expanded service here

Do you have a data limit on your broadband plan? If you are with Telstra or Optus, they are giving all customers unlimited data regardless of their plan until 30 April. If you are using another provider, check their website for information.

South Melbourne Market is still open. It is offering a drive-by order and collect service for shoppers. You order on-line, then drive through the car park to pick up your shopping. Some stalls also offer a delivery service.

Australia Post launches a free Pharmacy Delivery Service for eligible members of the community.

Coles and Woolworths are both offering Priority Delivery for eligible members of the community.

How to wash your hands (with Brahms) click here.

Things to do

Download a book or movie from the CoPP library - free.

Buy a book on-line from The Avenue bookstore - free delivery.

Support local musicians and stream live classical music concerts at Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

Join the Royal Society of Victoria and attend their fortnightly science lectures using Zoom.

Zoo's Victoria Live Streaming -  check out Penguin Cam or Zebra Cam - perhaps visit the Snow Leopard Cubs

Museums Victoria has set up Museum at Home - they offer their (virtual) Museums free in your home.

Live-streamed Classical Music Concerts - links to dozens of free concerts from all over the world to choose from

Check out the ACMI Social Isolation Guide: Enlighten Yourself in Lockdown

Take a virtual tour of some of Australia's most spectacular National Parks

Ten of the world's best virtual Museum & Art Gallery Tours

Linden Art Gallery (St Kilda) offers links to several world class Galleries, such as MOMA

Take up a Course with U3A Online - a virtual U3A, delivering online learning via the internet ($30 annual fee)

Perhaps time for some gardening? Garden Express is an online garden supplier and will deliver to your home

EarthCam displays live web cams from around the world

COVID cartoon of the day

When you still have to work, but from home . . .