COVID – 19
How Covid-19 Affected The Rail Industry
Officially known as Covid-19, coronavirus struck the world in late December 2019 and has since then changed the way we view many things. From social distancing to working from home, coronavirus has changed the way the world works. This virus has caused deaths and the loss of livelihoods. The Australian government has been taking specific approaches to mitigate the problem and sustain the economy.
What Is Covid-19
Covid-19 comes from a family of viruses that cause infections in the respiratory system. When these viruses enter the system, they break down the immune system and gradually take over the body. It was reported to have broken out in Wuhan, China.
Asides from being a crisis in public health, Covid-19 has been a source of economic downturns and has led to the shut down of many businesses. The pandemic has reduced physical interactions and caused a gross reduction in the number of travels. This has affected all forms of transportation businesses such as rail.
With Covid-19, the world has become a virtual one, where most activities take place online. Companies have moved their businesses online while everyone stays safe. As it stands, the virus has no cure, and as such, the best everyone can do is to stay safe.
Who Are Those Most At Risk?
For those who have recently travelled, the chances are high that you are at risk of having Covid-19. Hence, you need to get tested upon reaching your country of destination. If you have just travelled down to Australia, you can get tested in the nearest centre near you.
Those who have also recently been close to infected persons are at the risk of having the virus. This makes it essential for such people to get tested as quickly as possible. If you are in this category, it is essential to get tested.
Also, people who are old are at a high risk of getting a severe illness from coronavirus.
You are also at risk of getting the virus if you have pre-existing health conditions. These conditions may weaken your immune system and make you susceptible to Covid-19. Safe practices are essential in these times. The government funds home-delivery of prescription medicine if there is a need to get one.
Update on Rail Industry
Despite the intensity of Covid-19, the rail industry continues to provide services to people. The credit goes to the industry experts that have devised strategies, which allows the industry to continue carrying on services safely. With safe and effective strategies, trains are still able to transport freights and get them to their locations safely.
The ARA has been at the forefront of the Covid-19 fight to ensure that the industry devises effective ways to continue addressing Covid-19 and ensuring that members stay safe and provide only safe services to the public. All this while the ARA works on effective plans to ensure the recovery of the rail industry so that the industry can continue supporting the economy as it used to before the pandemic.
The ARA embarked on a survey to determine the impact of the pandemic on railway service providers and contractors. Below are the key findings from the survey.
Participants noted that the constraint on the shipments of goods was the biggest challenge they faced as a result of the pandemic.
Participants noted that the most important thing the government can do to help recovery is the maintenance of pipeline projects.
Participants are considering changing their supply chains to ensure they can gain access to more suppliers within the country.
Railway service providers maintain that one of the most important things the government can do is to maintain the current projects and bring up new funding for stimulus projects. These are two key ways that the government can support the rail industry in the trying times of Covid-19. The ARA has taken it as a duty to identify new stimulus projects across the country that require funding and which will help create jobs and new opportunities for people.
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