Impacts of the Covid-19 Lockdown on World Trade: Global Shipping Crisis Far Worse than Imagined

Our World is changing!

The Most Revolutionary Act

By F. William Engdahl

Global Research

Origins of the Crisis

According to German-based Statista Research Department, some 80 percent of all goods globally are carried by sea including oil, coal, grains. Of that total, in terms of value, global maritime container trade accounts for some 60 percent of all seaborne trade, valued at around 14 trillion US dollars in 2019. This ocean shipping has become the arteries of the world economy for better or worse.

This is a direct consequence of the 1990’s creation of the WTO with new rules favoring out-sourcing of manufacture to countries where production was far cheaper, that is as long as ocean transport was cheap. After China became a WTO member in 2001, they became the greatest beneficiary of the new rules and within a decade China was called the “workshop of the world.” Entire industries such as electronics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, chemicals as well as…

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Thousands pay last respects to Dutch reporter Peter de Vries

“Mourners spoke of the journalist’s fearlessness as police union leaders tried to make sense of a shooting in broad daylight in central Amsterdam. A smaller funeral for family and friends will be held on Thursday. , , , “

A picture of Peter de Vries at the Carre Theatre.

Mourners paid their last respects to Peter de Vries at the Carre Theatre

Dapto Exposure Sites, from Wednesday, 14 July to Saturday, 17th July

Dapto7-Eleven, Dapto125 Princes HighwaySaturday, 17 July4:55pm to 5:05pmGet tested immediately. Self-isolate until you get a negative result.
DaptoColes Dapto MallPrinces Highway and Moombara StreetWednesday, 14 July1:50pm to 2:10pmGet tested immediately. Self-isolate until you get a negative result.
DaptoPriceline Pharmacy Dapto33-35 Princes HighwayFriday, 16 July2:15pm to 2:45pmGet tested immediately. Self-isolate until you get a negative result.
DaptoWoolworths Dapto MallPrinces Highway and Moombara StreetThursday, 15 July11:40am to 12:00pmGet tested immediately. Self-isolate until you get a negative result.

COVID-19 cases confirmed in Illawarra and Southern Highlands, links to Sydney suspected

ABC Illawarra / By Ainslie Drewitt-Smith Posted Tue 20 Jul 2021 at 3:55pm

Authorities working to determine the source of three COVID-19 cases confirmed in the Illawarra this week suspect they may be linked to cases in Sydney.

Key points:

  • Three new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Illawarra, but no venues have been listed as places of concern
  • Two cases have also been confirmed in the Wingecarribee Shire, and one in the Wollondilly, where community exposure is said to be “minimal”
  • The exact source of the Illawarra infections is unknown

Two of the cases from the Wollongong area were revealed on Monday, with the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) confirming the third case this afternoon.

“This case is from the Wollongong local government area and is linked to the two cases announced yesterday,” the spokesperson said.

“All three cases are currently isolating at home.”

New South Wales recorded 78 new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm on Monday, 27 of which were infectious in the community.

No venues of concern

The ISLHD said in a statement that investigations into the source of the three infections was underway, but no new venues of concern had been listed in the region.

“It is believed there are links to employment in the Sydney area,” the spokesperson said.

“When a confirmed COVID-19 case attends a venue while possibly infectious, NSW Health carries out a risk assessment on that venue to determine whether other people may have been exposed and whether there is a public health risk.

“NSW Health does not disclose details about venues unless there is a public health reason.”

A woolworths sign, light up over the entrance to the supermarket.
Woolworths said it deep-cleaned its Dapto store after being contacted by NSW Health on Monday.(AAP: Mick Tsikas)

Businesses exposed

Several businesses in the Illawarra have identified themselves as exposure sites and are working to allay concerns from customers and clients.

“We have been notified that a customer with a confirmed case of COVID-19 was present at our Dapto store on Thursday, July 15,” a Woolworths spokesperson said.

“As a food retailer, we already have very high standards of cleaning and hygiene in place, and the store had a detailed deep clean overnight on Monday 19 July.

“Customers and team members should be assured they can continue to safely shop and work at our Woolworths Dapto store.”

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In a Facebook post, Dapto Healthcare announced it would close as a precaution.

“Due to a Dapto medical centre being declared as a COVID-19 exposure site, Dapto Healthcare will be conducting telephone consults only, until further notice,” the post said.

A dermatology clinic in Wollongong was also closed on Monday for deep cleaning.

In a phone message, the clinic said a person who had since tested positive for the virus attended the venue between 10:00 and 11:00am on Thursday, July 15.

A residential-looking, brick rendered building that operates as a dermatology practice in a regional city.
Wollongong Dermatology informed its patients a person who has since tested positive for the virus attended the practice on Thursday, July 15. (Facebook)

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Wollongong, Mittagong, and Burradoo have all been identified by NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant as focus areas for increased testing in the coming days.

Australian government urged to secure COVID therapy drugs as experts look beyond vaccination

By Dan Oakes, ABC Investigations 5h ago, updated 19m ago

The federal government has been urged to secure supplies of COVID therapy drugs amid fears Australia could be left at the back of the queue as the world’s focus turns from vaccines to medicines to treat the disease.

Key points:

  • Vaccination may be ineffective for immuno-compromised people, which is about 4 per cent of the population
  • Antibodies that are administered intravenously are already in use in the United States
  • Singapore has signed a pre-purchase agreement for one drug, while the European Commission has purchased doses of another

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which has struck an agreement with the Singaporean Government to supply one promising treatment, says it’s unclear if the Australian Government will buy its drug.

Currently there’s only one treatment used widely for COVID patients, a steroid called Dexamaethasone which treats inflammation of the lungs.

However, the drug is only effective on patients who are suffering severe symptoms and are receiving oxygen.

Experts say that as Australia moves towards a future where COVID is ever-present in the community, there is an urgent need for drugs to treat milder, yet more infectious, cases.

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Data shows coronavirus can only be controlled if 8 out of 10 Australians stay home

Here are some interesting Data from March last year!



The success or failure of Australia’s coronavirus fight relies to a remarkable degree on just one thing, new modelling has found.

And that thing is whether individual Australians now follow official advice — and just stay home.

The data comes from a complex model of how COVID-19 could spread in Australia, which finds:

  • Coronavirus will continue to spread virtually unchecked unless at least eight in 10 Australians stay home as much as possible.
  • If that slips even slightly — to seven in 10 people — the fight to ‘flatten the curve’ will be lost.
  • It also suggests that…

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Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates

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Australian Influenza Surveillance Report – 2021 Influenza Season in Australia

Australian Influenza Surveillance Report No 07 – fortnight ending 04 July 2021

Key Messages

It is important to note that due to the COVID-19 epidemic in Australia, data reported from the various influenza surveillance systems may not represent an accurate reflection of influenza activity. Results should be interpreted with caution, especially where comparisons are made to previous influenza seasons. Interpretation of influenza activity data from April 2020 onwards should take into account, but are not limited to, the impact of social distancing measures, likely changes in health seeking behaviour of the community including access to alternative streams of acute respiratory infection specific health services, and focussed testing for COVID-19 response activities. Current COVID-19 related public health measures and the community’s adherence to public health messages are also likely having an effect on transmission of acute respiratory infections, including influenza.


  • While influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity in the community remains at historically low levels, it has continued to gradually increase since January 2021.
  • Notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza have remained low since April 2020. In the year to date in 2021, there have been 388 notifications to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) in Australia, of which 25 notifications had a diagnosis date this fortnight.


  • There is no indication of the potential severity of the 2021 season at this time.
  • In the year to date, of the 388 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza, no influenza-associated deaths have been notified to the NNDSS.
  • There have been no hospital admissions due to influenza reported across sentinel hospitals sites since commencement of surveillance in April 2021.


  • Given the low number of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications, low community ILI activity, and no hospitalisations due to influenza at sentinel hospital sites, it is likely there is minimal impact on society due to influenza in 2021 to date.

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Kate is right, “there is always someone in your corner”. She says: “Go to the campfires where the loving people are.” – “Sit beside them. Link arms. Laugh until your sides hurt. Sing with them. Listen.” –

I am waiting for the time when my ‘tribe’ can come to visit and share with me the beautiful deck that very dear young Aaron has crafted at the back of my house. It is a huge deck. I imagine a lot of people can one day use it for a beautiful get-together.

Yes, I believe that these dreams of mine can one day become true. Never mind the Coronavirus with this Delta variant, which is rather scary right now. But we are going to be watchful. So, I do believe, I still have a chance of dying of ‘old age’ rather than of this infectious virus . . . .

How lucky am I really, that the deck and a lot of other improvements could be finished before all these ‘hard’ lockdowns started! And Aaron was able to buy from Bunnings all the material that was needed before the prices went up!

A far as these lockdowns are concerned, well, they cannot last forever, can they now?

I wonder, what Christmas is going to be like this year, the second Christmas without Peter . . . .