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14/4/2021

9 News

Warnings as cold front brings damaging winds to south eastern states

A vigorous cold front is expected to generate severe weather conditions for Australia's south eastern states, with damaging winds set to blast New South Wales, Victoria and large parts of Tasmania today.


 

14/4/2021

News.com.au

Supermarket prices may rise as farmers warn they will not plant crops for a year

Supermarket prices could rise as Australian farmers warn they will not plant crops for a year due to labour shortages. Coronavirus travel restrictions have impacted fruit and vegetable growers, leaving a labour shortage due to a drop in overseas workers.


 

14/4/2021

RT

It’s now ‘white, male and elite’ to spell properly, say woke UK universities, dumbing down to appease minorities & underperformers

Barmy British universities insist English spelling, punctuation, and grammar are not important, it’s the ‘ideas’ that matter, as they lower the bar for everyone to avoid discrimination. This strategy is bad news for ALL students.


 

14/4/2021

Sky News

Queensland to ease COVID restrictions from tomorrow

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Queensland will ease coronavirus restrictions from 6am tomorrow – warning she has not ruled out reimplementing a mask mandate in the future. “So that means that you don’t have to carry your masks, you still have to wear masks going through the airport terminals and on planes,” she said.


 

14/4/2021

ABC News

Military reminded core business is to use 'lethal violence' to defend Australia's values and sovereignty

Liberal backbencher Phillip Thompson backed the message, warning "we've gone a little bit woke over the past few years, and we can't afford to be doing that"


 

14/4/2021

ABC News

COVID-19 detected in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital ward 5D despite deep cleaning

A ward at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital will undergo further cleaning after the COVID-19 virus was detected after a deep clean. The hospital has been locked down twice in recent months, after two workers in the 5D ward contracted the virus from a positive returned traveller.


 

14/4/2021

ABC News

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine production set back due to supply shortages

Novavax is one of three companies the federal government struck a deal with to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in Australia. It will need to be imported to Australia because of a lack of capable vaccine manufacturers. The company has faced difficulties sourcing key production materials, including single-use bags used to grow vaccine cells.


 

14/4/2021

ABC News

Modelling shows mandatory face masks during Victoria's COVID-19 second wave helped 'save thousands'

The study developed a "compartmental model" looking at the measures taken during Victoria's second wave. The researchers found Victoria's hospitals were saved from being overrun because of the measures . It found face coverings, which were mandatory in Victoria, were "critical" and should be the cornerstone of any future public health response.


 

13/4/2021

The Independent

Pentagon unveils microchip that senses Covid in the body

Invention inspired by huge virus outbreak on board USS Theodore Roosevelt


 

13/4/2021

9 News

Australia's east coast continues to shiver through frosty cold snap

States and territories have shivered through another frosty morning as a cold snap continues to grip Australia's east coast.


 

13/4/2021

SBS News

Up to 70 per cent of properties in WA town of Kalbarri damaged by Tropical Cyclone Seroja

Tropical Cyclone Seroja has been downgraded to a tropical low after smashing into the West Australian coast, with most of the damage concentrated in Kalbarri.


 

13/4/2021

ABC News

Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine won't be coming to Australia due to AstraZeneca similarities

Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine will not be part of Australia's vaccine rollout, at least for now, after the federal government confirmed it would not purchase any doses from the company.


 

13/4/2021

ABC News

Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine won't be coming to Australia due to AstraZeneca similarities

Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine will not be part of Australia's vaccine rollout, at least for now, after the federal government confirmed it would not purchase any doses from the company.


 

13/4/2021

ABC News

Former defence minister Christopher Pyne warns of potential war with China in the Indo-Pacific region

Mr Pyne said the likelihood of a "kinetic war" in the Indo-Pacific was now much higher than when he first served as minister for defence industry. He also pointed to Beijing's recent actions, such as taking control of Hong Kong and staring down criticism of its treatment of ethnic Uyghurs, to highlight the growing threat posed by the Chinese military. Earlier this month, a senior American diplomat confirmed Australia and the United States were discussing contingency plans in case a military conflict erupts over Taiwan.


 

12/4/2021

RT

Global food prices continue to surge, hitting 7-year highs, UN says

A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations shows that global food commodity prices rose in March, marking their tenth consecutive monthly increase. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 118.5 points in March, 2.1% higher than in February and reaching its highest level since June 2014.


 

12/4/2021

ABC News

Wide Bay Burnett remains desperately dry despite La Niña drenching much of Australia

BOM classes severe rainfall deficiency as receiving rain in the lowest 5 per cent of records. Its latest drought statement shows the Wide Bay Burnett as the standout area in severe deficiency. Large parts of Australia have been in rainfall deficiency since 2017.


 

12/4/2021

Sky News

PM abandons all COVID-19 vaccine targets

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has conceded not all Australians will get their first coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year. Approximately 20 million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in the last quarter of 2021 and targets will no longer be set under a new rollout plan due to too many uncertainties.


 

12/4/2021

Perth Now

Full overseas travel years away for Australians: Deloitte

A new report has warned that international travel for Australians is likely to remain restrictive until 2024. Deloitte Access Economics’ quarterly business outlook - printed prior to the Morrison government’s vaccination program being thrown into disarray late last week - expects international borders will re-open only gradually.


 

12/4/2021

BBC News

Iran nuclear: 'Terrorist act' at underground Natanz facility

A nuclear facility in Iran was hit by a "terrorist act" a day after it unveiled new advanced uranium centrifudges, a top nuclear official says.


 

12/4/2021

ABC News

US navy warns China ‘we’re watching you’ as destroyer shadows Liaoning carrier group

A photo of the captain of the USS Mustin taken while shadowing the PLA warships has been described as a form of ‘cognitive warfare’. Both sides are building up their forces in the East and South China seas by sending carriers and escorts to the region.


 

12/4/2021

ABC News

Tropical Cyclone Seroja wreaks havoc along WA's mid north coast, rips apart historic One Mile Jetty

Cyclone Seroja has weakened to a tropical low. It is now moving south-east between Merriden and Southern Cross. The trail of destruction included the One Mile Jetty in Carnarvon.


 

9/4/2021

Reuters

Exclusive: French health body to say mRNA vaccine should be used as second dose after AstraZeneca

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s top health body will on Friday say that recipients of a first dose of AstraZeneca’s traditional COVID-19 vaccine who are under 55 should get a second shot with a new-style messenger-RNA vaccine, two sources aware of the plans said on Thursday.


 

9/4/2021

News.com.au

NSW to resume AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine rollout after urgent medical advice

NSW resumed its AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine rollout after a brief pause over blood-clot fears for those aged under 50.


 

9/4/2021

9 News

Poor rains bring optimism African locust outbreak will fade

In a convoy of pickup trucks fitted with spray guns, soldiers zoom through Baraka' s hills leaving a trail of dust and bemused villagers in its wake.


 

9/4/2021

9 News

WA residents on alert as two cyclones spin off coast

Western Australians along a 1400 kilometre stretch of coastline are being warned to get out or batten down, as two cyclones are set to hit coastal communities this weekend.


 

9/4/2021

9 News

Australia will fast-track other vaccines and order more after AstraZeneca decision

Australia will fast-track two other coronavirus vaccines and order more of each amid recommendations to use other options than AstraZeneca for people under 50.


 

8/4/2021

9 News

Thunderstorms batter Sydney ahead of cold blast on the way for southern states

The first cold blast of autumn weather is heading for Victoria and southern New South Wales this weekend, with snow for mountains districts and freezing cold winds and showers elsewhere.


 

8/4/2021

News.com.au

Take the day off to get COVID vaccine to deal with the side effects

An Aussie woman who’s had the COVID jab has offered a glimpse into what could happen to you afterwards.


 

8/4/2021

News.com.au

COVID-19 variants from the UK, Brazil and South Africa infecting greater numbers of young people

The emergence of new mutations of COVID-19, dubbed ‘variants of concern’ by epidemiologists, has changed all of that. Dodging sickness and even death are no longer are safe bet for young people, as countless examples internationally have shown.


 

8/4/2021

BBC News

The hydrogen revolution in the skies

A record-breaking commercial-scale hydrogen plane has taken off in the UK, with more set to join it soon. How far can such planes go in cutting the aviation industry's emissions?


 

8/4/2021

SBS News

China’s military tracks US warship traversing Taiwan Strait

Taiwanese authorities say 15 Chinese military aircraft, including a dozen fighter jets, crossed into their defence zone. Taipei warns Beijing that the island will ‘defend ourselves to the very last day’ if necessary.


 

8/4/2021

ABC News

Family hikes to safety after being trapped by floodwaters at Upper Lansdowne

The Archer family became trapped in their remote cabin when floodwaters rapidly rose last month After three days they hiked out, with three young children, including a baby, to their neighbour's place. They are now rebuilding and say they look forward to moving back to their 'rainforest homestead'.


 

8/4/2021

ABC News

The 'known unknowns' — and baffling secrecy — of Australia's COVID vaccine rollout

As of Wednesday afternoon, 920,334 doses had been reported as being administered by Australian authorities. We can tell you the number of jabs given by each state government (134,323 of them in NSW, for example). We can tell you how many jabs have been delivered by the federal government to aged care and disability centres (112,830). There's not a lot else we can tell you. The biggest questions being asked about COVID at the moment are focused on how quickly Australia can actually ramp up its vaccination campaign.


 

7/4/2021

Today Online

Explainer: What is the new ‘Eek’ Covid-19 mutation, and will it stymie vaccination efforts?

Seventy per cent of Covid-19 patients tested at a Tokyo hospital last month carried the E484K mutation, nicknamed “Eek” by some scientists. Infectious disease experts said the Eek mutation had already been discovered in other strains around the world, and vaccinations are less effective on them.


 

7/4/2021

SBS News

Pacific Island farm workers arriving in Victoria will boost harvests, but they 'won't be enough'

Eventually, farms in the state will welcome 1,500 Pacific workers under the deal struck between the Victorian and Tasmanian governments. While the workers are welcome, Ms Finger warns they are not enough and says the industry needs to look at its use of migrant labour. "It won't be enough to service Victoria - (it's) one of the biggest horticulture states in Australia," she said.


 

7/4/2021

ABC News

Mushroom farming providing a new direction for some impacted by COVID and drought

Interest in mushroom farming is growing, as new growing techniques emege. Small-scale growers are supplying them to local markets and restaurants. There's increasing consumer demand for locally grown produce.


 

7/4/2021

Sky News

IMF: Australian economy to bounce back to pre-pandemic size within weeks

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded Australia's economic forecast and is expecting the nation to bounce back to its pre-pandemic size within weeks. According to the IMF the economy will expand by 4.5 per cent this year after contracting by 2.4 percent in 2020.


 

7/4/2021

CNN

University of Oxford pauses pediatric trial of its vaccine with AstraZeneca, pending review by UK regulator

The spokesperson said the trial in children had not raised any safety concerns, but it would be paused while Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, or MHRA, reviews rare cases of people who suffer blood clots while at the same time having low levels of blood platelets.


 

7/4/2021

Reuters

'A biological Fukushima': Brazil COVID-19 deaths on track to pass worst of U.S. wave

Brazil’s brutal surge in COVID-19 deaths will soon surpass the worst of a record January wave in the United States, scientists forecast, with fatalities climbing for the first time above 4,000 in a day on Tuesday as the outbreak overwhelms hospitals.


 

7/4/2021

Perth Now

WA’s North West expected to be battered by Cyclone Seroja, which killed more than 150 people in Indonesia

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is being fuelled by another tropical low that has developed off WA’s coast, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. It is expected to develop into a severe category three cyclone later this week. Rain and strong winds are predicted to hit WA’s North West from Thursday afternoon.


 

7/4/2021

ABC News

Australia's historic 'peanut capital', Kingaroy, is running out of nuts because of climate change

Kingaroy nut growers are considering different crops amid concern for the future. Peanut production in the area is dwindling because of unpredictable summer rainfall.


 

6/4/2021

Zero Hedge

Japan Poised To Allow Coast Guard To Fire On Chinese Vessels In New Legislation

New legislation being considered that would radically alter current Japan Coast Guard policy toward how it engages foreign vessels in Japan's waters could inadvertently hurl the region toward a hot conflict involving China.


 

6/4/2021

South China Morning Post

Covid-19 investigators turn focus onto Chinese wildlife farms

A member of the WHO team that visited Wuhan says the city’s Huanan market sold products that had come from areas where virus-carrying bats live. Food safety expert Hung Nguyen-Viet says this potential pathway for the virus needs to be properly investigated.


 

6/4/2021

Sky News

UK confirms return of international travel through traffic light system

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed international travel will return accompanied by a risk-based traffic light system. Mr Johnson said travellers from countries labelled 'green' will not be required to self-isolate but testing before and after flying will be needed.


 

6/4/2021

ABC News

Coronavirus variants mean we can't rely on vaccination. We need global suppression

At the end of 2020, there was a strong hope that high levels of vaccination would see humanity finally gain the upper hand over SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


 

6/4/2021

ABC News

Coronavirus immunity a requirement for Mecca pilgrims, Saudi Arabia says

Those participating in a non-compulsory pilgrimage will face immunity restrictions. People that have recovered from the disease will be eligible. It remains unclear if the immunity obligation will extend to the compulsory hajj pilgrimage.


 

1/4/2021

ABC News

UN special envoy tells Security Council to act to avoid 'bloodbath' in Myanmar

The UN was told the Myanmar military was not capable of managing the country. The meeting was called by Britain in response to the worsening violence. More than 140 civilians died in protests on Saturday, the deadliest day so far.


 

1/4/2021

ABC News

COVID-19 vaccines being thrown away due to delivery problems, Toowoomba clinic says

Carbal Medical Services says more than 2,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had to be thrown out. The service says hundreds of bookings could be cancelled due to supply problems. The Queensland government has called for greater transparency on the vaccination rollout.


 

1/4/2021

Reuters

Explainer: Why is there a global chip shortage and why should you care?

From delayed car deliveries to a supply shortfall in home appliances to costlier smartphones, businesses and consumers across the globe are facing the brunt of an unprecedented shortage in semiconductor microchips.


 

1/4/2021

Reuters

Macron orders COVID-19 lockdown across all of France, closes schools

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday ordered France into its third national lockdown and said schools would close for three weeks as he sought to push back a third wave of COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals.


 

1/4/2021

Sky News

States 'can't keep shutting borders' over a few cases

New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet says the state has always sought to act in the national interest by keeping borders open.


 

31/3/2021

ABC News

Santos and partners investing $4.7 billion to develop Barossa offshore gas field near Darwin

Environmental groups say the project is likely to “significantly” increase Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and threaten pristine waterways off the Top End. But the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments say the project is a boost for the so-called gas-led recovery and a welcome sign of confidence coming back after last year's dive in oil and gas prices.


 

31/3/2021

ABC News

Australian researchers find COVID-19 aerosol spread that puts some healthcare workers at risk over others

More people are at risk of contracting COVID-19 — including frontline health staff — unless better mask-wearing protocols are introduced, according to new Australian research.


 

31/3/2021

ABC News

RAAF planning for new military space command as it celebrates 100th anniversary

The space command is likely to be staffed by personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy. Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld says Australia is three to four years behind where he wants to be on this project.


 

31/3/2021

Sky News

'This addiction to lockdowns has to end': Alan Jones

"It is easy to lockdown the economy when you're not paying the bills. Thousands and thousands of people are losing millions and millions of dollars and an incompetent Chief Medical Officer, earning over half a million dollars, loses nothing.


 

31/3/2021

Sky News

PM to fast-track $1b weapons production facility

The Morrison government is expected to fast-track the $1 billion Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise to drive jobs growth and secure the nation’s defence capabilities.


 

31/3/2021

South China Morning Post

Isis supporters in Indonesia, Malaysia call for more violence after attack during holy period for Muslims and Christians

The suicide bombing by newlyweds in Makassar city took place on Palm Sunday, a week before Easter, and in the run-up to the month of Ramadan. Police have arrested eight suspects with links to the couple, and found a cache of explosives and bomb-making materials in Jakarta.


 

31/3/2021

Reuters

U.S., 13 countries concerned WHO COVID-19 origin study was delayed, lacked access -statement

It followed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s assertion that data was withheld from its investigators who traveled to China to research the origins of the pandemic.


 

31/3/2021

BBC

Brisbane's COVID cluster grows as second nurse at PA hospital tests positive to coronavirus

Queensland has recorded two new community cases of COVID-19, both linked to an existing cluster, in an encouraging sign that lockdown could be lifted tomorrow if the situation doesn't worsen.


 

30/3/2021

BBC

Suez Canal reopens after giant stranded ship is freed

Traffic has resumed in Egypt's Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week was finally freed by salvage crews.


 

30/3/2021

ABC News

England eases coronavirus lockdown as COVID-19 infections drop to six-month low

Britain records its lowest daily total of infections in six months. London reports no COVID-19 deaths for the first time since September. But UK health experts say the take-up of vaccines is lower among minority groups.


 

30/3/2021

SBS News

Two 'distinct clusters' emerge as Queensland records eight new locally-acquired coronavirus cases

Another eight coronavirus cases have emerged in Queensland following an outbreak that triggered a snap lockdown of Greater Brisbane.


 

26/3/2021

SBS News

NSW floods: Warning issued on risk of water-borne disease as recovery process begins

With no major rain forecast for at least a week, the huge task of cleaning up can begin. New South Wales Health is warning residents to be aware of the risk of contamination and the water-borne diseases during the clean up.


 

26/3/2021

Business Insider

It could take weeks to dislodge the ship stuck in the Suez Canal, straining a vital supply chain route

The Suez Canal blockage is just one of many mishaps to befall the global supply chain in the past few months. Prices of goods are expected to continue to rise as delays in key California ports, computer chip shortages and the Texas freeze complicate an already precarious post-pandemic supply chain.


 

26/3/2021

ABC News

Brisbane COVID-19 community transmission case puts city on alert after man visits multiple public venues while infectious

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the man, from the Brisbane suburb of Stafford, visited a number of places in Brisbane and Moreton Bay before returning his positive result last night. From midday aged care facilities, hospitals and prisons in the Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay areas will not be allowed visitors.


 

24/3/2021

ABC News

Severe weather warning for Tasmanian east coast

The weather bureau is warning people in the east of Tasmania to prepare for heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous surf from Wednesday afternoon. The heaviest falls are expected in the north-east and on the east coast, with up to 200 millimetres possible in isolated areas.


 

24/3/2021

ABC News

Coronavirus 'long haulers' feared they would never recover. Then they got the vaccine

Mary Bempeki was still in the grips of coronavirus, one year after contracting it. Until now, medical science has not been able to offer much in the way of treatment or advice to patients with long COVID. Ms Bempeki says getting vaccinated improved her health greatly.


 

24/3/2021

Sky News

TGA approval a 'major step' in Australia's inoculation program

The approval of the first four batches of the locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine is a “major step” towards tackling the coronavirus according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd.


 

24/3/2021

7 News

North Korea test-fires two missiles following joint US-South Korean military exercises

North Korea has test-fired two short-range missiles over the weekend as the rogue state lobbies for a relaxation of sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.


 

24/3/2021

SBS News

Heavy rainfall eases across NSW coast, but flood risks likely to linger for several days

Some 18,000 NSW residents have already been evacuated from their homes due to flooding, with risks likely to linger despite an improving weather outlook.


 

23/3/2021

ABC News

Landslips possible as heavy rain and flash floods to continue in Queensland

Rain is forecast to continue in southern Queensland until Thursday . Drier and cooler conditions are expected ahead of the weekend. Authorities are urging motorists to steer clear of flooded roads after six rescues on Sunday.


 

23/3/2021

ABC News

Victoria eases COVID-19 mask rules and limits on private gatherings and AFL crowds

Victorians will be able to host up to 100 people in their homes each day. Employers must stick to an on-site density limit, but do not need to allow employees to work from home after Friday. AFL crowds will be boosted to 75 per cent of stadium capacity in time for round two.


 

23/3/2021

ABC News

Flooding leaves WA remote communities cut off, turns others into 'tiny islands'

Recent heavy rainfall followed an already plentiful wet season. Some remote communities have been cut off for months. Food and emergency supplies are being flown into the region.


 

23/3/2021

SBS News

'No one has ever seen it this bad': NSW residents shocked by extent of flood damage

Homes have been swept away, livelihoods ruined and thousands evacuated amid torrential rain that has lashed parts of NSW.


 

19/3/2021

Reuters

"My University Said No To Cancel Culture And It Was the Right Call"

Renaming schools, disinviting speakers, and canceling professors is all the rage on campus these days. At the University of Texas at Austin (UT), it seemed only a matter of time before our allegedly racist school song would be the next casualty of this woke crusade.


 

19/3/2021

Reuters

Germany, France among nations to resume use of AstraZeneca vaccine after regulators back shot

AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) - Germany, France and other European nations announced plans to resume using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday after EU and British regulators moved to shore up confidence in the shot, saying its benefits outweigh the risks.


 

19/3/2021

South China Morning Post

BioNTech vaccine should be effective in protecting against certain Covid-19 strains, medical experts in Hong Kong say

The German-made doses should protect people from the variants found in Britain and Brazil, according to experts advising government.


 

19/3/2021

ABC

Brisbane coronavirus restrictions for aged care homes, hospitals lifted after another day of zero community transmission

Visitor restrictions at hospitals, aged care facilities and disability providers in Greater Brisbane will be lifted from midday after another day of zero community transmission of coronavirus.


 

19/3/2021

South China Morning Post

China making strides in Industry 4.0 revolution as advanced manufacturing outpaces EU, US, Japan

Bosch Automotive Products, Foxconn Technology Group, Midea Shunde, Tsingtao Brewery and Wistron InfoComm Manufacturing added to list of cutting-edge advanced manufacturing facilities


 

19/3/2021

Zero Hedge

On The Verge Of A Global Crisis: One Bank Warns Of A "Biblical" Surge In Food Prices

Key feed and food prices have been pulled to 9-month and 7-year highs


 

19/3/2021

Zero Hedge/p>

New Document Exposes How This Company Tracks Car Locations In Real-Time

According to a document obtained by Motherboard, a tiny surveillance contractor based in Charleston, South Carolina, can locate and track newer model cars in any country. This data is being packaged up into a new service and pitched to the US government as a powerful surveillance technology.


 

18/3/2021

News.com.au

Warnings of flooding in Sydney as rain ‘deluge’ swamps eastern Australia

Months worth of rain will fall in a matter of days across east and central Australia, with severe warnings in place and advice to avoid travel.


 

18/3/2021

ABC News

Gemfields residents begin clean up after major flooding ravages low-lying areas

A brand new warning system installed for flood emergencies did not activate on Wednesday morning. Residents say had the sirens sounded, they may have had more time to evacuate.


 

18/3/2021

Sky News

Surgeries in Victorian hospitals cancelled after suspected cyber attack

Elective surgeries at hospitals in Melbourne’s east have been postponed until further notice after a suspected cyber-attack. IT systems at multiple Victorian hospitals shut down causing Eastern Health to cancel all but urgent category one surgeries.


 

18/3/2021

7 News

‘Like a tornado’: Inside Papua Guinea’s rapidly escalating coronavirus crisis

Rapidly increasing COVID-19 infections in hospitals in Papua New Guinea are hitting its fragile health system “like a tornado”, with services shutting as staff fall ill, health workers say.


 

17/3/2021

ABC News

NSW records another COVID-19 case linked to Sydney's Sofitel Wentworth

Health authorities believe the new case was acquired in hotel quarantine. The Premier says it will not impact today's easing of COVID-19 restrictions. No one staying on the 11th floor of the Sofitel will be moved until further investigations are completed.


 

17/3/2021

7 News

Australia suspends flights from Papua New Guinea amid spiralling coronavirus crisis

Australia is suspending flights from Papua New Guinea into Cairns amid a worsening coronavirus crisis off-shore. PNG Prime Minister James Marape fears as many as one in every three residents in his country has COVID-19, as case numbers spike despite low testing rates. That has resulted in an escalation of measures to prevent the outbreak entering Australia, particularly Far North Queensland.


 

17/3/2021

Sky News

Thousands killed in Ethiopia conflict

A shocking eyewitness report from Sky News has revealed a brutal conflict raging in Ethiopia where security forces stand accused of massacres, ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses. Around half a million have lost their homes and thousands have died.


 

17/3/2021

ABC News

China embraces coronavirus vaccine passports for overseas travel, but other countries foresee concerns

China has already vaccinated 52 million of its citizens. The app on their phones could let them travel overseas. But many other countries are still concerned about privacy and COVID-19 transmission.


 

17/3/2021

News.com.au

Emergency flood alert for Sapphire, central Qld after 130mm of rain in three hours

Residents in some low-lying areas of Queensland have been told to ‘move to higher ground now’ after more than 130mm of rain fell in three hours overnight.


 

16/3/2021

South China Morning Post

Myanmar security forces kill 138 protesters as martial law is called in areas of Yangon

Myanmar security forces killed at least 138 people during protests on Sunday against the military coup, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, told a press conference on Monday, while martial law was declared in several townships in the country’s largest city Yangon.


 

16/3/2021

Sky News

Queensland authorities unsure how hotel quarantine patients contracted virus

Authorities remain mystified as to how two patients in Queensland’s hotel quarantine program contracted the coronavirus despite staying in separate rooms. Genomic sequencing linked a doctor who contracted the virus to the two cases – revealing she picked up the disease when treating the patients at the Princess Alexandra hospital.


 

16/3/2021

ABC News

Germany, Italy, France and Spain suspend AstraZeneca vaccine rollout amid blood clot concerns

Italy, France, Germany and Spain have joined several other European countries in suspending the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine. AstraZeneca, the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization all say the vaccine is safe. The UK has administered millions of doses of the vaccine and says it has no concerns.


 

16/3/2021

ABC News

Panic buying psychology and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed consumer behaviour

A study of consumers found 46 per cent care more about Australian-made since COVID-19. A major supermarket has seen a 33 per cent increase in fruit and vegetable sales to health-conscious consumers.


 

15/3/2021

News One

Thomas Hearns Says Marvin Hagler Was ‘In ICU Fighting The After Effects Of The Vaccine’

The boxing world was stunned to learn of the news that “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler died on Saturday at the age of 66. His wife made the announcement on the legendary boxer’s Facebook fan page and said her husband “passed away unexpectedly” in their New Hampshire home.


 

15/3/2021

Reuters

World stocks firm as stimulus fuels economic optimism

TOKYO (Reuters) - Global stock prices were off to a solid start while U.S. bond yields hovered near a 13-month peak on Monday as investors bet U.S. economic growth will accelerate after the passing of a massive stimulus package.


 

15/3/2021

Reuters

Ireland latest country to suspend AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland became the latest country to stop using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, temporarily suspending the shot “out of an abundance of caution” after reports from Norway of serious blood clotting in some recipients there.


 

12/3/2021

9 News

Millions of Australians facing another private health insurance price hike

Almost 14 million Australians with private health insurance will face a price hike come April 1 – the second in just six months – and the hits keep coming.


 

12/3/2021

ABC News

Halting AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine rollout in EU an 'overreaction', according to experts

European authorities pausing the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine after a small number of people developed blood clots is an "overreaction", according to one leading Australian scientist.


 

12/3/2021

9 News

Flash flooding expected for Sydney's south

Residents of Sydney's southern suburbs have been warned to brace for flash flooding as a storm rolls in.


 

12/3/2021

ABC News

Virgin Australia's bookings jump 40pc weeks before the government's cheap airfares begin

Virgin Australia's bookings jumped by 40 per cent yesterday after the federal government announced it would be subsidising half-price domestic flights between April and July.


 

12/3/2021

ABC News

Federal government adjusts phase 1b coronavirus vaccination rollout to include more Aboriginal Australians

Just over a week out from the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccinations for the phase 1b priority group, the Australian government has quietly changed the parameters to include more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote residents.


 

11/3/2021

ABC News

Australian investors seek out travel stocks, Dow Jones hits new record

The ASX is flat in early trade, however, investors are flocking to travel stocks as the federal government announces a stimulus package for the pandemic-struck tourism sector.


 

11/3/2021

ABC News

Vets urge horses, owners to get Hendra virus vaccine as new strain identified

Equine vets are urging horse breeders and owners to vaccinate against Hendra virus, following the discovery of a new strain of the deadly virus by Australian researchers.


 

11/3/2021

ABC News

Healthcare Australia, the contractor behind COVID-19 vaccine bungle, to continue operating in Queensland

Healthcare Australia will be allowed to continue in Queensland as a vaccination provider, despite bungling the administration of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.


 

11/3/2021

ABC News

Trucking charges at Australian container ports are surging and consumers may foot the bill

Arthur Tzaneros and his father set up their trucking firm back in 2005, but he has never seen stevedore charges so high.


 

11/3/2021

ABC News

Coronavirus restrictions to ease further across Queensland from this weekend

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced several coronavirus restrictions will be eased across the state from this weekend.


 

11/3/2021

Reuters

Australia unveils $928 million coronavirus support package to revive airlines, tourism

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government unveiled a A$1.2 billion ($928 million) tourism support package on Thursday, aimed at boosting local travel while international routes remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.


 

11/3/2021

9 News

'This is hell': UN food aid chief visits Yemen, calls for urgent funding boost amid famine fears

The head of the UN food agency warned after a visit to Yemen that his underfunded organisation may be forced seek hundreds of millions of dollars in private donations in a desperate bid to stave off widespread famine in coming months, describing conditions in the war-stricken nation as "hell."


 

10/3/2021

South China Morning Post

India to buy first armed drones from US to counter China and Pakistan

The US$3 billion purchase of 30 MQ-9B Predator units will boost the country’s land and sea defences as tensions in the region persist.


 

10/3/2021

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Chinese scientists find selenium may be a dirty secret behind low infection rates

Researchers delve into theory that high selenium presence in the soil corresponds with higher human immunity. But scientists say more research is needed and warn of dangers associated with excessive intake and taking selenium without medical advice


 

10/3/2021

7 News

Australia and New Zealand trans-Tasman travel bubble flights resume

Australia and New Zealand’s travel bubble arrangements are set to resume after Auckland’s hotspot declaration was lifted. About 1.7 million residents emerged from a week-long lockdown on Sunday, which was imposed to contain a cluster of the more transmissible UK COVID-19 variant.


 

10/3/2021

7 News

The staggering number of Aussies at risk of losing jobs when JobKeeper ends

Around 110,000 Australians could lose their jobs when the JobKeeper wage subsidy ends at the end of this month, according to top economists. Commonwealth Bank experts say workers in coronavirus-hit industries like tourism, accommodation, transport, arts and recreation are most at risk of being sacked.


 

10/3/2021

ABC News

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe warns on house price boom

RBA governor Philip Lowe admitted low interest rates are driving up house prices, but said the bank will not adjust its policy based on the housing market. Mr Lowe said there are "various other tools" to keep house prices in check. The RBA and other financial regulators are "watching carefully" to see if home lending restrictions are necessary.


 

10/3/2021

ABC News

Adelaide positive COVID–19 wastewater test from undetected infection or old case, SA Health says

South Australian health authorities say a positive COVID-19 result in wastewater from Adelaide's CBD is either from an undetected case in the community or shedding from an old infection.


 

9/3/2021

Perth Now

Credit rating agency S&P labels WA’s economy the best in the world

The West Australian premier has championed his government’s COVID-era economic management after global credit rating agency S&P deemed the State’s economy the best in the world.


 

9/3/2021

Reuters

Queensland irrigators' hardship affects whole towns, as farmers walk away from crops

Central Queensland horticulture growers near Emerald are buying the most expensive water in Australia in an attempt to keep their trees and vines alive. According to the agribusiness Ruralco, the price for a megalitre of temporary allocation water peaked at $3,380 last year, about 1,900 per cent higher than what growers would expect to pay in the Nogoa Mackenzie system.


 

9/3/2021

Reuters

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine neutralizes Brazil variant in lab study

The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE was able to neutralize a new variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Brazil, according to a laboratory study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Monday.


 

9/3/2021

AP News

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials.


 

9/3/2021

SBS News

Humans have 'destroyed or degraded' two-thirds of the world's original tropical rainforests

Humans have degraded or destroyed roughly two-thirds of the world's original tropical rainforest cover, new data reveals, raising alarm that a key natural buffer against climate change is quickly vanishing. The forest loss is also a major contributor of climate-warming emissions, with the dense tropical forest vegetation representing the largest living reservoir of carbon.


 

5/3/2021

Sydney Morning Herald News

Fruit and veg prices set to soar as worker shortage cripples Australian growers

The price of fresh fruit and vegetables is set to soar in coming months as severe labour shortages cripple the horticulture sector leading to a fall in production across regional Australia and food rotting on the ground.


 

5/3/2021

9 News

Etihad Airways reports $1.7 billion 2020 loss

Abu Dhabi’s national carrier has reported core operating losses of US$1.7 billion ($2.2 billion) for 2020, reflecting the severe toll of the coronavirus pandemic on the long-troubled airline that has lost billions in recent years.


 

5/3/2021

9 News

Gold Coast health worker recovers after anaphylactic reaction to COVID-19 vaccine

A Gold Coast health worker was hospitalised after having an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.


 

5/3/2021

9 News

NSW to loosen school COVID-19 restrictions from Monday

Schools across NSW will have restrictions eased on Monday, allowing parents back on school grounds and dancing and singing activities to start up again.


 

5/3/2021

South China Morning Post

China’s ‘two sessions’: Tech titans’ proposals echo government goals for 5G, AI, autonomous driving and climate change

Every year, China’s most notable tech industry leaders are invited to the country’s two most important political meetings, known as the “two sessions”, to help formulate a national vision for the country’s technological development. As delegates of the National People‘s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People‘s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), they submit proposals and suggestions in advance of the meetings, although there is no guarantee those proposals will be enacted as legislation.


 

5/3/2021

9 News

Howard Springs quarantine facility expanded as international borders to stay shut until end of June

The Australian Government will expand the capacity of its Howard Springs quarantine facilities to 2000 people but will not prematurely open international borders.


 

5/3/2021

BBC News

Covid: Italy 'blocks' AstraZeneca vaccine shipment to Australia

The Italian government has blocked the export of an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine shipment to Australia.


 

5/3/2021

Zero Hedge

Hong Kong Authorities Probe Death Of Man Who Received Covid-19 Vaccine

Hong Kong’s health authority is investigating whether the death of a 63-old man is related to inoculation with the Covid-19 vaccine, it said in a statement late Tuesday.


 

4/3/2021

ABC News

Northam streets turn into rivers as 'intense' flash flooding hits WA Wheatbelt centre

It is understood 40mm of rain fell in about 30 minutes on Tuesday night. SES volunteers had numerous callouts but no major damage has been reported. Some streets remain closed with silt posing a hazard to vehicles


 

4/3/2021

BBC

Covid: Police break up 'fake vaccine network' in China and South Africa

Police in China and South Africa have seized thousands of doses of counterfeit Covid-19 vaccine and made dozens of arrests, Interpol says. In China, police made 80 arrests at a factory allegedly making fake vaccine, where at least 3,000 doses were found. Three Chinese nationals and a Zambian were detained at a warehouse in Gauteng, South Africa, where ampoules containing 2,400 doses were discovered.


 

4/3/2021

9 News

New Russian variant of COVID-19 detected in Queensland hotel quarantine

Passengers aboard a Qatar Airways flight that landed in Brisbane last month will have their quarantine period extended after it was revealed several people on board tested positive for the Russian strain of coronavirus.


 

4/3/2021

7 News

Australians warned meat prices set to increase as farmers cull less cows

Australians have been warned that the price of meat, particularly beef, could skyrocket in supermarkets this year. Woolworths CEO Bran Banducci has predicted “volatile” price changes for much of 2021, saying “we do expect to see continued meat price increases.”


 

4/3/2021

Reuters

'When will it end?': How a changing virus is reshaping scientists’ views on COVID-19

A new consensus is emerging among scientists, according to Reuters interviews with 18 specialists who closely track the pandemic or are working to curb its impact. Many described how the breakthrough late last year of two vaccines with around 95% efficacy against COVID-19 had initially sparked hope that the virus could be largely contained, similar to the way measles has been. But, they say, data in recent weeks on new variants from South Africa and Brazil has undercut that optimism. They now believe that SARS-CoV-2 will not only remain with us as an endemic virus, continuing to circulate in communities, but will likely cause a significant burden of illness and death for years to come.


 

4/3/2021

ABC News

New African swine fever variants kill millions of pigs in China, devastating herd rebuild plan

New variants of the pig-killing disease African swine fever have emerged in Asia. Tens of millions of pigs were killed by the disease last year, creating a huge protein shortage. China's aim to rebuild its pig herd by the middle of the year now seem impossible, according to analysts


 

4/3/2021

Business Insider

Travel bans have supercharged Australia's car market, with ABS data showing a record 32% spike in household spending

Household spending on car sales rose more than 30% in the December quarter, the ABS announced on Wednesday. Industry figures show strong interest in new and used vehicles in the back half of 2020. International travel bans, flexible work, and a reticence to use public transport have all driven the car market’s recovery.


 

3/3/2021

9 News

WA Premier Mark McGowan's proposal for post-COVID border control sparks backlash

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has hurriedly walked back a proposal to extend the state's border controls beyond the COVID-19 crisis, as a controversy erupted ahead of next Saturday's election.


 

3/3/2021

Sky News

NSW authorities considering vaccine passport

Discussions are underway for a vaccine passport-style plan for New South Wales residents which may prohibit a person from entering a venue if they have refused a COVID-19 jab.


 

3/3/2021

ABC News

South East Queensland storms wreak havoc on areas still recovering from previous storm damage

Residents say they are suffering anxiety after storms repeatedly hit the same suburbs. The SES were called out to 134 houses on Tuesday night. Around 75 millimetres fell within half an hour over parts of the city and Ipswich.


 

3/3/2021

ABC News

La Niña drives cool temperatures, high rainfall during Australian summer

Australia's mean summer temperature was 0.6 degrees Celsius above the average — the coolest in nine years. La Niña drove the cooler, wetter conditions, but experts say its influence is waning as climate change takes hold. Globally, 2021 saw the sixth hottest January since records began.


 

3/3/2021

SBS News

Nearly 20 per cent of Chinese Australians threatened or attacked because of their ethnicity, survey finds

The findings from the foreign affairs think-tank showed 37 per cent of Chinese Australians felt they had been treated differently or less favourably because of their heritage. Two-thirds of respondents believed the pandemic was a contributing factor to this discrimination and 52 per cent cited diplomatic tensions between Australia and China as another reason.


 

3/3/2021

SBS News

Australia's international border closure extended for another three months

Australia's international borders will remain closed until 17 June, 15 months after they were first introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


 

2/3/2021

Zero Hedge

China Recovery Stalls - Global Recovery Doubts Emerge

The official manufacturing PMI fell in February to 50.6 from 51.3 in January. A figure above 50 means expansion, and below, contraction. To see the manufacturing sector, key driver of the recovery in 2020, close to contraction even in the official figure, is a concern. This is a very large drop, significantly worse than the consensus average forecast of 51.0, at the lower end of economists’ forecasts.


 

3/3/2021

SBS News

WHO says 'unrealistic' that COVID-19 pandemic will finish in 2021

As global COVID-19 cases rise, WHO says it's 'unrealistic' to think the pandemic will end this year.


 

3/3/2021

ABC News

Australian beekeepers struggling with poor season as La Niña, climate change take a toll

With less honey produced Mr Hooper has turned to supplementary feeding to keep his colony in good condition ahead of pollination and the winter months.


 

3/3/2021

ABC News

Thousands of homes left without power as tropical low off Far North Queensland turns into Cyclone Niran

A tropical low off Far North Queensland has officially developed into Cyclone Niran after damaging winds and heavy rain struck coastal areas. Queensland's Bureau of Meterology (BoM) revealed the cyclone, causing wild weather about 235km north-east off the coast of Cairns, became a Category 1 system just after 5am today. Emergency crews have been kept busy as 40,000 homes remain without electricity this morning after powerlines were brought down by high winds and trees falling on houses.


 

26/2/2021

UN News

Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic

In southern Madagascar, “famine-like conditions” have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million. Successive droughts and a lack of jobs linked to COVID-19 restrictions are to blame, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.


 

26/2/2021

South China Morning Post

Covid-19 vaccines may give you antibodies that prevent you entering China

When 26-year-old Peter Zhou graduated from medical school in New York and wished to return to Shanghai last month, he was faced with a dilemma: the antibody protection he received from a Covid-19 vaccine jab might be the very reason he could not go home.


 

26/2/2021

South China Morning Post

Hunt for Covid-19 origins: questions surface over China’s testing of suspect animals

In the hunt for the source of the Covid-19 disease, the World Health Organization confirmed China identified supply chains for animals sold in Wuhan, where the first known outbreak occurred, a move based on the view the virus may have first infected traded wildlife.


 

26/2/2021

9 News

Airports want kickstart of international travel 'within months'

Australian airport operators are calling for a phased reopening of international borders to kick-start the pandemic-stricken aviation sector.


 

26/2/2021

9 News

Mosquito warning issued for Victoria as Ross River virus cases rise

A spike in Ross River virus cases has been detected in Victoria, with health authorities urging people to protect themselves against mosquito bites as numbers rise.


 

26/2/2021

9 News

NSW vaccine rollout 'running smoothly' as restrictions ease across the state

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has moved to reassure the people of New South Wales the state's vaccine rollout is "running smoothly" despite claims of delays and setbacks.


 

26/2/2021

Reuters

Aged care royal commission final report an 'opportunity for fundamental change'

The long-awaited report into the state of the country's aged care sector has been delivered to Governor-General David Hurley.


 

26/2/2021

9 News

Facebook news ban lifted: Australian news returns to feeds after eight-day blackout in standoff with government

Facebook has lifted its ban on Australian news sites after an eight-day blackout in a sensational standoff with the Morrison government.


 

26/2/2021

Reuters

FDA allows storage, transport of Pfizer vaccine at higher temperatures

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks instead of ultra-cold conditions.


 

26/2/2021

News Corp

Brisbane floods: Victims of Wivenhoe Dam mismanagement get $440m settlement

A long-running legal dispute over mismanagement of Wivenhoe Dam in the 2011 Brisbane floods has led to a massive $440 million settlement.


 

25/2/2021

ABC News

Wastewater reveals Australians ingested more than 20 tonnes of drugs in one year, spending almost $9bn

Australians spent almost $9bn on drugs in just one year, with methamphetamine the substance of choice during the COVID-19 pandemic.


 

25/2/2021

ABC News

Excessive dosing of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine a 'well-known risk', as Australia ramps up its vaccine rollout

The potential for giving the wrong dosage of the Pfizer vaccine is a well-known risk authorities should have been prepared for, a vaccination expert says.


 

25/2/2021

ABC News

COVID-19 vaccination rollout in remote Indigenous communities may fail unless more consultation is sought, experts say

There is concern the COVID-19 vaccine may be refused in remote Northern Territory communities after a mammoth effort to get it there.


 

25/2/2021

9 News

Aussie expats who've had COVID-19 jab amidst long UK lockdown: 'I feel privileged, I feel honoured'

Thousands of Australians have lined up this week as the coronavirus vaccine rollout finally commenced. But half a world away, many Australians have already rolled up their sleeves to be some of the first in the world fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


 

25/2/2021

9 News

Media code governing Facebook and Google in Australia becomes law

The Federal Government's new media code for platforms like Google and Facebook has passed the House of Representatives, making it law.


 

25/2/2021

9 News

Qantas posts $1b half-year loss as it plans to resume international flights

Qantas has posted a record $1.08 billion revenue half-year loss, as it announced it plans to resumes international flights in October.


 

25/2/2021

9 News

Olympic Games a 'game-changer' for Queensland, premier says

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has hailed the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to elevate Brisbane to preferred city for the 2032 Summer Games a "game-changer" for the state.


 

24/2/2021

7 News

Europe hit by COVID ‘third wave’ as vaccine rollout begins

Health authorities have reported a spike in new coronavirus cases in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine and Greece. Germany is in a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel told MPs in her conservative party, two sources at the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.


 

24/2/2021

Sky News

Southeast Qld lashed by severe storms

Southeast Queensland has been lashed with severe thunderstorms which brought hail, high winds and heavy rain across the region.


 

24/2/2021

7 News

Australian government to crack down on cyber bullies and trolls with world-first laws giving e-Safety commissioner new powers

New laws will give authorities sweeping powers to crack down on trolls - including the ability to force social media giants to remove content and unmask anonymous offenders so they can be prosecuted.


 

24/2/2021

SBS News

More restrictions to be eased for NSW as South Australia lifts Melbourne travel ban

Restrictions on indoor gatherings, dancing at weddings and choirs in NSW are set to be eased, with more freedom likely to come in the weeks ahead.


 

24/2/2021

Business Insider

Tourism operators say they will be forced to let go of 80% of workers when JobKeeper ends next month

Australia’s tourism sector is warning it will not be able to stand on its own two feet come April without further government support. When the JobKeeper wage subsidy ends at the end of March, the industry says 80% of remaining jobs will disappear while three in 10 businesses face collapse. As a major employer and with Australians still chasing refunds from cancelled 2020 travel plans, businesses claim they will be decimated.


 

24/2/2021

ABC News

Our 'tree-change' and 'sea-change' dreams are under threat as scientists warn about building homes in 'risky areas'

"Scattered" housing in "at risk" coastal and bush areas stretch emergency services and involve energy-intensive lifestyles. Researchers say we need to build climate-resilient communities as we recover from natural disasters. Industry experts say people may be left with worthless properties in a few decades' time if we don't act now.


 

24/2/2021

ABC News

COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine incorrectly administered to two patients at Brisbane aged care home

The two elderly aged care residents were given the incorrect dose by a doctor yesterday. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said an investigation is underway. The doctor who administered the doses has been stood down from the vaccine program.


 

23/2/2021

9 News

COVID-19 vaccine rollout renews hopes international travel could return within months

Australia's coronavirus jab rollout has renewed hopes international travel could return within months as Air New Zealand begins trialling a type of vaccine passport. Passengers travelling from Auckland to Sydney from April will use the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Travel Pass app, which links to passports. Travellers will also carry verified copies of their COVID-19 test results and vaccination records, once the jabs become widely available.


 

23/2/2021

Reuters

About a third of Texans still facing disrupted water supplies

Some 8.8 million people in Texas, about a third of the state’s population, still had issues with their water supply as of early Monday, authorities told Reuters, after a record-breaking freeze knocked out power stations last week.


 

23/2/2021

Sky News

Infectious diseases physician 'concerned' too many will choose not be vaccinated

Infectious Diseases Physician Professor Paul Griffin told Sky News he is concerned some people have reservations about the COVID-19 vaccines and there might not be as much uptake as is needed to combat the virus. Mr Griffin stressed the benefits of the vaccine program in Australia would be directly linked to the uptake.


 

23/2/2021

ABC News

Israel's coronavirus vaccine scheme is the fastest in the world. Now it's being put to the test

Israel has the world's highest vaccination rate per capita. Nearly half of Israelis have received one shot, while a third have received both doses. Permits have been issued to the vaccinated so they can resume leisure activities.


 

23/2/2021

ABC News

Second vaccine shipment arrives as more leaders get jabs, but Health Minister warns there will be hiccups

Australia's second shipment of Pfizer vaccines has arrived, and another is expected next week. 80,000 doses per week are to be delivered, before the program doubles in mid-March. Health minister Greg Hunt said there will be some doses lost in the rollout.


 

22/2/2021

9 News

Queensland heatwave to peak today with temperatures likely to break records

A severe heatwave sweeping Queensland will peak today as record breaking temperatures grip parts of the state.


 

22/2/2021

Reuters

Japan vaccine supplies to be limited, delaying shots for elderly: minister

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will only receive limited doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the first months of the inoculation rollout and shots for the elderly will be distributed gradually, the country’s inoculation chief said.


 

22/2/2021

Reuters

Australia won't change planned content laws despite Facebook block: lawmaker

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will not change proposed laws that would make Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook pay news outlets for content, a senior lawmaker said on Monday, despite vocal opposition from the Big Tech firms.


 

22/2/2021

Reuters

China calls for reset in Sino-U.S. relations with Biden administration

BEIJING (Reuters) - Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi called on the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to work with Beijing to reopen dialogue between the two countries to restore a bilateral relationship damaged under the presidency of Donald Trump.


 

22/2/2021

ABC News

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia. Here are your questions answered

The Pfizer vaccine is now being administered in Australia, and the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is not far behind. Read on for answers to all your vaccine-related questions.


 

22/2/2021

Zero Hedge

Remember When Fauci Called Ebola Quarantines "Draconian", Warned Of "Unintended Consequences"

When it came to a proposed mandatory quarantine for his colleagues, and not the American general public, Dr. Fauci was singing a very different tune on quarantines, which the government health bureaucrat has now been championing in the United States for the better part of an entire year.


 

19/2/2021

7 News

Alcohol sales up 26.7 per cent in 2020

Alcohol sales in 2020 spiked in all months impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.


 

19/2/2021

7 News

Forgotten subscriptions for fitness apps and on-demand services biting hip pockets

Fitness apps, video-on-demand services, online education tools and virtual conferencing all reached fever-pitch popularity in recent months.


 

19/2/2021

7 News

Global syringe shortage means precious doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be wasted

It’s been revealed that up to one sixth of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines could be wasted.


 

19/2/2021

7 News

JobKeeper must end in March: Frydenberg

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told his coalition colleagues that it is important the JobKeeper wage subsidy ends in March as planned.


 

19/2/2021

9 News

Severe storm warning for parts of NSW as heavy rain sweeps across eastern states

Severe thunderstorms have dumped heavy rain over parts of eastern NSW this morning with more rain and storms on the way later today.


 

19/2/2021

Zero Hedge

NYC Waitress Fired For Waiting To Take COVID Vax Over Pregnancy Concerns

A waitress in New York City was fired after she told her employer that she wanted to wait and see if the COVID-19 vaccine - which has been in use for less than nine months - has any side affects on pregnancy.


 

19/2/2021

Reuters

Undeterred by Facebook news blackout, Australia commits to content law

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed on Friday to press ahead with laws to force Facebook Inc to pay news outlets for content, saying he had received support from world leaders after the social media giant blacked out all media.


 

18/2/2021

ABC News

Why Australia's property prices will continue to soar

Across the suburbs, they're lining up for home inspections. With COVID-19 restrictions, only a handful are allowed in at a time. The queues, for units in particular, stretch down the stairwells and spill outside. In some regional areas, particularly coastal locales, the situation has reached fever pitch.


 

18/2/2021

ABC News

Unemployment and underemployment fall as COVID recovery continues

Both unemployment and underemployment have continued their downward trends in further positive signs that Australia's economy is bouncing back quickly from COVID-19.


 

18/2/2021

Zero Hedge

New COVID Levels Slump To Lowest In Months, 1/3rd Of US Troops Reject Jabs

Across the US, Europe and most of the world, new COVID cases and deaths continue to decline as New York State announces more summertime reopening plans for summer camps, indoor family-entertainment centers and amusement parks and the EU strikes a major deal for more COVID jabs.


 

18/2/2021

Reuters

Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine protection

Social media giant Facebook will prohibit publishers and people in Australia from sharing or (Reuters) - A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine by two-thirds, and it is not clear if the shot will be effective against the mutation, the companies said on Wednesday.


 

18/2/2021

Reuters

U.S. mail delivery still facing 'unacceptable delays', group of senators says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. mail deliveries are still facing “unacceptable delays” months after the problem first appeared and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy should explain why he has not fixed the issue, according to a group of 33 U.S. senators on Wednesday.


 

18/2/2021

9 News

Facebook bans Australian publishers and people from sharing or viewing news content

Social media giant Facebook will prohibit publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content in response to Australia's proposed media bargaining laws — a move Nine says will inhibit news creators from sharing quality news and information.


 

16/2/2021

Reuters

Incoming WTO head warns 'vaccine nationalism' could slow pandemic recovery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization’s incoming chief on Monday warned against “vaccine nationalism’ that would slow progress in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and could erode economic growth for all countries - rich and poor.


 

16/2/2021

ABC News

Payroll jobs have recovered to the same level as they were a year ago, according to new data

 

16/2/2021

Business News Australia

Coronavirus Australia live news: World Health Organization says 'vaccine passports' would be more of a hindrance than a help

World Health Organization emergencies chief Michael Ryan says vaccine passports would be difficult to enforce, with vaccination rollouts so unbalanced across the globe.


 

16/2/2021

ABC News

Influenza or the COVID vaccines Pfizer or AstraZeneca — which jab should Australians get first?

Australians are being advised to wait two weeks between getting the flu jab and COVID-19 vaccine — but it doesn't matter which one you have first, according to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).


 

15/2/2021

Business News Australia

Herd immunity is the end game for the pandemic, but the AstraZeneca vaccine won't get us there

In the past fortnight, two vaccine stories made headlines around the world. Novavax announced spectacular results for its phase 3 trial, while preliminary data suggest the AstraZeneca vaccine is ineffective against the South African variant.


 

15/2/2021

The Independent

UN: Over 2 million Yemeni children may starve in 2021

The United Nations is sounding the alarm over projections that more than 2 million Yemeni children under age 5 are facing starvation this year.


 

15/2/2021

ABC News

Guinea declares new Ebola outbreak after death of three people

Guinea has declared a new Ebola outbreak, the first resurgence of the disease there since the world's worst outbreak in 2013-2016.


 

15/2/2021

9 News

The UK government said on Sunday that it reached its goal of giving at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to the most vulnerable people in the country, increasing pressure on ministers to clarify when they will ease a lockdown imposed in early January.

 

12/2/2021

ABC News

Inside CSL, where Australia's Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are being made

At the back of a building in Melbourne's northern outskirts is a long, narrow room roughly the area of a tennis court.


 

12/2/2021

South China Morning Post

China bans BBC World News, saying it ‘seriously violated’ Chinese media regulations

China has banned the global television news channel BBC World News from broadcasting inside the country, according to the National Radio and Television Administration.


 

12/2/2021

BBC

Australia's locally-made coronavirus vaccine to begin rolling off production line, as Scott Morrison says program 'on track'

Scott Morrison said Australia's coronavirus vaccination program is on track, with doses of the vaccine being made in Melbourne to roll off the production line "in a matter of weeks".


 

12/2/2021

9 News

Storms in the north and wind warnings for NSW coast

A calm day of weather is forecast for most states and territories around Australia to end the week.


 

12/2/2021

9 News

Roving teams bring COVID-19 vaccine shots to homeless in UK

In a pandemic, homeless people face being more forgotten than they already are. But not by doctors like Dr Anil Mehta, who is on a mission to bring the coronavirus vaccine to those hardest to reach and often most at risk of getting sick in east London.


 

11/2/2021

BBC

Three Cubans survive on coconuts for 33 days on uninhabited island

hree people believed to have been stranded on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas for 33 days have been rescued, the US Coast Guard says.


 

11/2/2021

CNN

Double masking can block 92% of infectious particles, CDC says

Researchers found that layering a cloth mask over a medical procedural mask, such as a disposable blue surgical mask, can block 92.5% of potentially infectious particles from escaping by creating a tighter fit and eliminating leakage.


 

11/2/2021

Reuters

Iran produces uranium metal, IAEA says, in latest breach of deal

Iran has carried out its plan to produce uranium metal, the U.N. atomic watchdog confirmed on Wednesday, despite Western powers having warned Iran that would breach their 2015 nuclear deal as uranium metal can be used to make the core of an atom bomb.


 

11/2/2021

9 News

Severe heat warning in place for two states as temperatures to hit 40 degrees, fire ban in place

Temperatures could reach as high as 40 degrees in Victoria's northwest today. Strong winds forecast have prompted a total fire ban for the Mallee and Wimmera, but there's promise of a late cool change. The heat is expected to travel west, with the mercury set to hit 38 degrees in Adelaide. There is also a severe fire danger warning in place for parts of the state's east.


 

11/2/2021

Sky News

SA slams shut border to Greater Melbourne amid eight case cluster

South Australia has banned residents from Greater Melbourne after Victoria's hotel quarantine cluster grew to eight cases. The 'snap decision' saw tough border restrictions re-imposed at midnight however exemptions are available for essential workers, South Australian residents and people moving to the state.

 


 

11/2/2021

ABC News

Australia loses another oil refinery, leaving our fuel supply vulnerable to regional crises

In the space of four months, Australia has lost half of its remaining oil refineries. In October, BP announced it was closing its Kwinana oil refinery in Perth and converting it into a fuel import terminal. The oil major said the refinery — Australia's largest — was no longer economically viable.

 


 

11/2/2021

ABC News

Australia's mortgage distress hotspot revealed as end of JobKeeper scheme looms

More than 80,000 Australians are still deferring their home loans, according to data from the Australian Banking Association. Victoria has the highest percentage of mortgage deferrals still outstanding. Some businesses and homeowners are worried they are being left behind as the economy recovers.

 


 

10/2/2021

ABC News

National Lost Crop Register surpasses $45 million in losses at farmgate value due to worker shortage

The deterioration of the seasonal workforce is having devastating impacts on the Australian horticultural industry, and with the worse yet to come, it is consumers who will wear the cost.

 


 

10/2/2021

ABC News

COVID-19, Hendra and SARS: How scientists trace viruses through animals to their source

The animal origins of the first SARS virus SARS-CoV-1, which made to jump to humans in 2002, wasn't nailed until 2017, when Chinese scientists reported that they'd found all the genetic building blocks of SARS in a single population of horseshoe bats.

 


 

10/2/2021

SBS News

'Extremely unlikely' COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab, WHO says

The head of a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of COVID-19 said bats remain a likely source and that transmission of the virus via frozen food is a possibility that warrants further investigation, but he ruled out a lab leak.

 


 

10/2/2021

SBS News

Returned travellers evacuated from Melbourne's Holiday Inn as coronavirus outbreak grows

Returned travellers are being evacuated from the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport and their quarantine will be extended after a COVID-19 outbreak at the hotel.

 


 

10/2/2021

SBS News

Returned travellers evacuated from Melbourne's Holiday Inn as coronavirus outbreak grows

Returned travellers are being evacuated from the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport and their quarantine will be extended after a COVID-19 outbreak at the hotel.

 


 

9/2/2021

SBS News

Australians to access coronavirus vaccine certificates on smartphone apps

The vaccine certificates may be needed to gain entry to certain high-risk venues such as aged care facilities, though the states and territories will decide on how they are regulated and used.

 


 

9/2/2021

ABC News

Quarantining Australians sound the alarm on ordinary guests staying in COVID hotels

James Whitehouse realised members of the public were staying in his quarantine hotel when he saw them on balconies. WA Premier Mark McGowan says he has been advised the use of quarantine hotels by members of the public "is not a risk". WA Health says quarantine hotels which are open to the public must be "clearly divided into two very separate areas".

 


 

9/2/2021

Zero Hedge

US Hosts Pacific War Games With Australia & Japan Aimed At Countering Russia, China Attack

The joint exercises, dubbed 'Cope North 2021' began last Wednesday and are scheduled to run all the way to February 19. Crucially the exercises will included F-35A joint strike fighters, marking the first time the advanced stealth jets are deployed to Andersen Air Force Base at Guam.

 


 

9/2/2021

Reuters

Hackers try to contaminate Florida town's water supply through computer breach

Hackers broke into the computer system of a facility that treats water for about 15,000 people near Tampa, Florida and sought to add a dangerous level of additive to the water supply, the Pinellas County Sheriff said on Monday.

 


 

8/2/2021

Zero Hedge

Washington Post Says COVID Lab Accident "Plausible" And "Must Be Investigated"

Exactly one year ago today, Zero Hedge was 'enjoying' our suspension by Twitter after we pointed out that scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology had been experimenting on bat coronaviruses, and that investigators trying to determine the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak might want to have a word with them.

 


 

8/2/2021

ABC News

Ecologists buy 1,000-acre blue gum plantation and transform it into wetland it once was

It was 2016, Mark Bachmann was stumped. He and his team of scientists were three years into transforming a huge tract of agricultural land into the wetland it once was, but had no idea how their small, regional, not-for-profit could negotiate the final step: to buy 1,000 acres of commercial blue gum plantation.

 


 

8/2/2021

DW News

South Africa suspends rollout of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

One study, involving around 2,000 people, found the vaccine offered "minimal protection" against mild and moderate cases of Covid-19. The government says it will use other vaccines in the meantime.

 


 

8/2/2021

9 Now

COVID-19 'patient zero' tells WHO scientists he did not visit Wuhan wet market linked to coronavirus

The first reported case of COVID-19 in China has told investigating scientists he did not visit the Wuhan wet market where the virus is believed to have first jumped from animals to humans.

 


 

8/2/2021

9 News

COVID-19 NSW alert list: Get tested if you have been to these venues

If you have been to the below locations, you must immediately self-isolate and get a coronavirus test. You must remain in quarantine for the full two weeks even if the test returns a negative result.

 


 

8/2/2021

9 News

Flooding emergency hits parts of Western Australia, damage bill tipped to be in the millions

Days after a bushfire emergency gripped parts of Western Australia, the state is now being lashed with severe rainfall and strong winds.

 


 

5/2/2021

CATO Institute

Key Concepts of Libertarianism

The key concepts of libertarianism have developed over many centuries. The first inklings of them can be found in ancient China, Greece, and Israel; they began to be developed into something resembling modern libertarian philosophy in the work of such seventeenth‐ and eighteenth‐.century thinkers as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine.

 


 

5/2/2021

Ron Paul Institute

Libertarian Terrorists?

The Department of Homeland Security issued on Wednesday a nationwide terror alert lasting until April 30. The alert warns of potential terrorist attacks from Americans who are “ideologically motivated” and have “objections to the exercise of government authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives.”

 


 

5/2/2021

Zero Hedge

Imagine If The Virus Had Never Been Detected

Among those who’ve watched the tragic and needless lockdowns unfold over the last 11 months, a frequent question has come up: what if the coronavirus had spread, but had never been diagnosed or detected? Would life have been any different absent the discovery of what has caused a massive global panic among politicians?

 


 

5/2/2021

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: France’s Emmanuel Macron warns of Chinese vaccine risks

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Thursday about the lack of information about China’s coronavirus vaccines, saying they might even encourage the development of variants if they are not effective.

 


 

5/2/2021

South China Morning Post

https://www.scmp.com/business/article/3120565/pandemic-leaves-hong-kongs-ginza-style-retail-towers-half-empty-bars

Landlords of Hong Kong’s “Ginza-style” high-rises are struggling to retain tenants as restaurants and bars – normally their bread and butter – battle to stay afloat during the pandemic.

 


 

5/2/2021

9 News

Several states on alert for severe wind, rain and thunderstorms

Severe weather warnings are in place for several states with heavy rain, damaging winds and severe thunderstorms forecast to lash large parts of the country today.

 


 

5/2/2021

ABC News

'Disturbing' footage of 1984 mouse plague re-emerges as new mice invasion sweeps NSW and Queensland

A video from the 1980s has those living through the eastern states' current mouse plague twitchy about the 2021 pest invasion worsening if weather conditions continue.

 


 

5/2/2021

ABC News

Highly infectious strain of coronavirus 'circulating in corridors' of hotel Grand Chancellor, Queensland Premier says

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has foreshadowed a shake-up of COVID-19 hotel quarantine to include tighter rules around mask wearing.

 


 

5/2/2021

ABC News

How much more contagious is the new strain of COVID B117 detected in the UK?

As countries around the world grapple with the challenges of rolling out urgently needed COVID-19 vaccines, health authorities are now facing another major hurdle: a more contagious form of coronavirus.

 


 

5/2/2021

ABC News

Victorian coronavirus hotel quarantine staff member has highly contagious UK strain, genomics confirm

Genomic sequencing has confirmed the hotel quarantine staff member who contracted COVID-19 has the more infectious UK strain of the virus, Victoria's Chief Health Officer says.

 


 

5/2/2021

ABC News

Perth's post-COVID lockdown rules explained, from mask-wearing to nightclubbing

After a week unlike any other in Western Australia's recent memory, the end is now in sight for a lockdown that has kept 2 million people inside for five days.

 


 

4/2/2021

Sky News

Over 600 players and officials in quarantine after Aussie Open worker tests positive

Coronavirus restrictions have once again returned to Victoria after a worker linked to the Australian Open quarantine program returned a positive result, ending the state’s 28-day virus free streak. The tennis competition now hangs in the balance with up to 600 players and officials sent back into quarantine until they return a negative result.

 


 

4/2/2021

Sky News

TGA concludes Pfizer not threatening to elderly following further investigation

The Australian Health Editor Natasha Robinson said a TGA investigation was carried out in conjunction with the European Medicine’s regulator. She said the conclusion was “all of the people who died were extremely frail, some of them were terminally ill, most of them had only weeks or months to live anyway”.

 


 

4/2/2021

Business Insider

AstraZeneca says it's developing a 'next generation' COVID-19 vaccine to target fast-spreading variants, and it could be ready by Autumn

UK pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University are co-developing a ‘next generation’ COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccines will be designed to combat coronavirus variants, including those found in the UK and South Africa.

 


 

4/2/2021

SBS News

At least 71 homes lost to Perth bushfire as WA faces 'disasters on two fronts'

The massive blaze with a 126km perimeter is moving in a northwesterly direction along the city's coastal plain after destroying 71 homes near the hills town of Wooroloo on Monday night.

 


 

4/2/2021

ABC News

Fruit and vegetable growers' mental health declines with no end in sight to worker shortage, new data reveals

Crop losses from labour shortages have more than doubled in the last month, costing farmers more than $43 million. Nearly 25 per cent of growers report a decline in mental health and physical health. Two-thirds of growers report financial stress and some are at risk of foreclosure.

 


 

4/2/2021

ABC News

Daniel Andrews announces snap coronavirus restrictions for Victoria after hotel quarantine worker tests positive

Victoria has reintroduced mandatory mask rules, reduced the cap on visitors in homes and paused an increase on the number of people allowed in offices after a hotel quarantine worker contracted COVID-19.

 


 

3/2/2021

Reuters

Noisy anti-coup protest reverberates in Myanmar's largest city

The din of banging pots and honking car horns reverberated through Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon late on Tuesday in the first widespread protest against the military coup that overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

 


 

3/2/2021

Reuters

Iran deepens breach of nuclear deal at underground enrichment site

Iran has deepened a key breach of its 2015 nuclear deal, enriching uranium with a larger number of advanced centrifuge machines in an underground plant as it faces off with the new U.S. administration on salvaging the accord.

 


 

3/2/2021

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Cambodian scientists find close match for pathogen in samples collected in 2010

Viral sequences in samples from horseshoe bats have 92 per cent similarity to Covid-19 pathogen, researchers say Closest known relative to the coronavirus was a bat virus found in Yunnan province, which is a 96 per cent match

 


 

3/2/2021

ABC News

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has 'high efficacy' of 91.6 per cent, according to Lancet study

Scientists gave Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine the green light on Tuesday saying it was almost 92 per cent effective in fighting COVID-19 based on peer-reviewed late-stage trial results published in The Lancet international medical journal.

 


 

3/2/2021

ABC News

Perth Hills bushfire conditions set to worsen as number of homes lost revised up to 71

Authorities in Western Australia say 71 homes are now known to have been destroyed in the bushfire emergency east of Perth. Hundreds of people have spent the night in evacuation centres and an emergency warning remains in place for the out-of-control blaze, which started in Wooroloo on Monday and is continuing to threaten lives and homes.

 


 

2/2/2021

ABC News

La Niña rain hasn't arrived in drought-hit western Queensland — and February isn't looking much better

The La Niña still hasn't presented itself in drought-stricken western Queensland. The weather bureau is forecasting average to below-average rainfall for the region in February. Graziers say even if rain does fall it may be too late to make any substantial difference to grass.

 


 

2/2/2021

Sky News

Further tests reveal WA security guard contracted infectious UK strain

The Perth security guard who contracted COVID-19, triggering a five-day snap lockdown, has tested positive for the contagious UK strain of the virus.

 


 

2/2/2021

BBC News

Myanmar military coup: 'Our world turned upside down overnight'

It said the top army commander was in charge and a one-year state of emergency had been declared. The country's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, had been detained, along with other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

 


 

2/2/2021

ABC News

Victorian workplaces to return to 75 per cent capacity next week amid no new community COVID infections

Victoria has recorded 27 consecutive days with no community transmission. Offices are currently restricted to 50 per cent capacity in the private sector and 25 per cent in the public sector. The Victorian Government wants to extend the state of emergency for another nine months.

 


 

2/2/2021

ABC News

NSW orders West Australian arrivals into five-day lockdown to stop spread of virulent UK strain

More than 1,100 people in New South Wales have been ordered into a five-day "lockdown" and will be tested for COVID-19 after visiting Western Australia, while the virulent UK strain was potentially circulating in Perth.

 


 

2/2/2021

7 News

Perth Hills Wooroloo bushfire injures firefighter, threatens more homes

An out-of-control bushfire burning near the Perth Hills has engulfed at least three homes and threatened more, with some locals told it was too late to leave.

 


 

1/2/2021

9 News

WA communities urged to organise emergency kits amid tropical cyclone fears

Coastal Western Australia communities have been told to brace for "cyclonic weather" today as heavy rain and gusty winds could develop into a tropical cyclone.

 


 

1/2/2021

Perth Now

Emergency bushfire alert near Perth Hills

An emergency alert has been issued for a bushfire threatening lives and homes in the small town of Wooroloo near the Perth Hills.

 


 

1/2/2021

ABC News

Coronavirus Australia live news: WA Premier Mark McGowan set to address media, miners included on state's essential workers list

WA Premier Mark McGowan is giving a press conference, as the state's police commissioner says those working in the resources sectors are on the essential workers list as "they generate about one third of the nation's GDP".

 


 

1/2/2021

CDC

Considerations for Wearing Masks

Your mask helps protect those around you COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout, or sing. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are near you or they may breathe these droplets in.

 


 

1/2/2021

Bloomberg

Japan Discovers New Types of U.K. Coronavirus Strain

Three new types of the U.K. coronavirus strain, previously not detected in Japan, were discovered in patients at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital, according to a research group studying Covid-19 cases at the hospital.

 


 

1/2/2021

Zero Hedge

Glitches Sabotage Vaccine Rollout Across US; EU Plays 'Hardball' As Battle For Doses Heats Up

Across the US., a vaccination campaign that was meant to reverse the tide of the pandemic and spur the nation’s economic recovery is getting bogged down by technical glitches and software woes. Cash-strapped public health departments are trying to keep their websites from crashing while booking millions of appointments, tracking unpredictable inventory, and logging how many shots they give.

 


 

1/2/2021

Reuters

China's factory recovery slows in January as COVID-19 returns

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s factory activity grew at the slowest pace in five months in January, hit by a wave of domestic coronavirus infections, but still in line with the ongoing recovery in the world’s second-largest economy.

 


 

1/2/2021

7 News

WA’s confirmed COVID-19 case leads to 60 close contacts being identified

A massive 60 close contacts have been identified for the COVID infected security guard at the centre of Perth’s coronavirus scramble.

 


 

1/2/2021

9 News

Large parts of WA begins snap five-day lockdown after hotel security guard tests positive, possibly to UK variant

Nearly two million people across Perth are this morning waking to their first of five days in hard lockdown after a hotel security guard testing positive to COVID-19, with fears it could be the highly infectious UK strain.

 


 

1/2/2021

9 News

States and territories border rules - everything you need to know about the changes across the country

As two million people across Perth begin the first of a tough five-day lockdown, the move has sparked a raft of changes at borders across the country.

 


 

29/1/2021

9 News

New malaria mosquito emerges in African cities and experts are worried

A new malaria mosquito is emerging in African cities, with potentially devastating consequences for those living there, according to a new study.

 


 

29/1/2021

9 News

How many variants of the coronavirus are there?

How many variants of the coronavirus are there? There are many circulating around the world, but health experts are primarily concerned with the emergence of three.

 


 

29/1/2021

Zero Hedge

Well, hello there. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we live in a vastly different world than the last time I posted here. The social landscape, political, and, it seems, everyday life is trending vastly different since 2020, Covid, and the national elections.

 


 

29/1/2021

South China Morning Post

Germany recommends AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine only for people under 65

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine should only be given to people aged between 18 and 64, Germany’s vaccine committee said in a draft recommendation, a day ahead of a decision by European regulators on whether to approve the drugmaker’s shot.

 


 

29/1/2021

South China Morning Post

China’s new KJ-600 surveillance aircraft completes latest test flight

China put its new carrier-based early warning aircraft through its paces again on Wednesday, a military source said, after images of the plane were shared online.

 


 

28/1/2021

Sky News

New South Wales to ease COVID-19 restrictions from Friday

Greater Sydney will see a relaxation of its coronavirus restrictions from midnight tonight following 10 straight days without a locally acquired case.

 


 

28/1/2021

Reuters

Pfizer vaccine only slightly less effective against key South African mutations: study

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine appeared to only lose a small bit of effectiveness against an engineered virus with three key mutations from the new variant found in South Africa, according to a laboratory study conducted by the U.S. drugmaker.

 


 

28/1/2021

Reuters

Australia takes on Google advertising dominance amid wider media shakeup

Australia announced on Thursday it may let internet users choose which data they give to Big Tech companies like Google, limiting the internet giants’ ability to access users’ online histories to cross-sell products.

 


 

27/1/2021

9 News

NSW announces sweeping changes to coronavirus restrictions

Coronavirus restrictions in NSW will ease from this Friday with up to 30 people allowed in homes and masks no longer mandatory in some indoor settings.

 


 

27/1/2021

Zero Hedge

Thanks To COVID-19, China Is Now The World Leader For Foreign Direct Investment

China is now the world's "top destination" for foreign direct investment ("FDI"). FDI captures things like foreign companies building infrastructure and making acquisitions of local companies.

 


 

27/1/2021

7 News

Two further cases linked to New Zealand's 'COVID hotel'

Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 after completing quarantine at the same New Zealand hotel as the country’s recent community case.

 


 

27/1/2021

ABC News

Consumer prices rose in 2020, despite recession, as childcare fees return and health costs climb

Prices for everyday items, such as fruit and vegetables, jumped around wildly last year.

 


 

27/1/2021

9 News

Tasmania takes crown as Australia's best state economy during COVID-19

Tasmania has been named Australia's best-performing state economy for the fourth quarter in a row, boosting numbers across the board despite the threat of a global pandemic.

 


 

22/1/2021

7 News

Stranded Aussies forced into 'Hunger Games'-type battle to secure plane tickets home

Around 8.30am London time on Wednesday, thousands of stranded Australians (registered as vulnerable), received an email from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade alerting them to a “limited number of seats”.

 


 

22/1/2021

7 News

Stranded Aussies forced into 'Hunger Games'-type battle to secure plane tickets home

Around 8.30am London time on Wednesday, thousands of stranded Australians (registered as vulnerable), received an email from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade alerting them to a “limited number of seats”.

 


 

22/1/2021

7 News

Emirates to resume flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane after backlash

Emirates has announced that it will resume passenger flights to Australia’s east coast, just days after it pulled out of the routes.

 


 

22/1/2021

7 News

Major issues identified in face masks distributed from Australia's national medical stockpile

It’s been revealed that some of the face masks distributed to aged care homes and hospitals from the Federal Government’s National Medical Stockpile are “defective”.

 


 

21/1/2021

Zero Hedge

Biden Reverses WHO Withdrawal Plan, Taps Fauci To Lead US Delegation This Week

President Biden has tapped Dr. Anthony Fauci to lead a US delegation at the World Health Organization's annual meetings, as the new president and his team seek to immediately reverse President Trump's plan to withdraw from the international aid group, according to CNBC.

 


 

21/1/2021

The New Humanitarian

2020 in review: Food security

Conflict, poverty, and economic shocks drove food crises in “hotspots” in almost every region of the world in 2020.

 


 

21/1/2021

ABC News

ACT Budget to offer free registration for electric cars and deliver promised loans scheme

Free registration for electric cars and interest-free loans of up to $15,000 will be funded in next month's ACT Budget, with the goal of pushing Canberra towards a carbon-neutral future.

 


 

21/1/2021

ABC News

ACT Budget to offer free registration for electric cars and deliver promised loans scheme

Free registration for electric cars and interest-free loans of up to $15,000 will be funded in next month's ACT Budget, with the goal of pushing Canberra towards a carbon-neutral future.

 


 

21/1/2021

9 News

Western Australia braces for possible cyclone while east heats up

Residents in Western Australia's north-west are bracing for heavy rain and destructive winds as the state's first cyclone of the season approaches.

 


 

21/1/2021

9 News

'Rare' heatwave to hit several states over long weekend

Temperatures in Australia's south east are set to surge over the long weekend with residents in several states and territories warned of severe heatwave conditions.

 


 

21/1/2021

9 News

COVID-19 restrictions to ease across Greater Brisbane

Greater Brisbane will revert back to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in December, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced, as the state marked another day of no new community cases.

 


 

19/1/2021

Zero Hedge

US Continues To Fly B-52s As 'Show of Force' Against Iran Right Up To Inauguration

Exemplifying US hostility toward Iran, America carries out B-52 overflights of the region with increased regularity, often twice a month. The US Central Command issued a statement confirming another such overflight this weekend.

 


 

19/1/2021

SBS News

Human activity is responsible for nearly all global warming, new research says

Virtually all global warming since the industrial era is caused by manmade emissions, according to research published Monday that concludes Earth's natural processes contribute only "negligibly" to climate change.

 


 

19/1/2021

Business Insider

The world is 'on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure' by failing to get vaccines to poorer countries, the WHO warns

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not right that younger, healthier adults in rich countries are vaccinated before health workers and older people in poorer countries.

 


 

19/1/2021

CNN

Workers trapped in gold mine for more than a week send note to rescuers

Twelve miners trapped underground for more than a week in a Chinese gold mine have managed to get a note to rescuers, state media reported Monday.

 


 

19/1/2021

ABC News

More storms, rain, hail on the way as south-east Queensland cleans up after major flooding event

More thunderstorms, rain and hail are set to hit south-east Queensland for a second day. The SES received 170 calls for help overnight and rescued three people from floodwaters. The QFES urged people to never drive through floodwaters.

 


 

19/1/2021

SBS News

Norway has found no direct link between Pfizer coronavirus vaccine and elderly post-jab deaths

Norway said no link had been established between Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine and post-vaccination deaths in the country, but recommended doctors consider the overall health of the most frail before giving them the jab.

 


 

19/1/2021

Perth Now

Tropical cyclone warning for Pilbara and Kimberley regions in WA’s far north

Residents in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions are being warned to batten down the hatches as a low forming over WA’s north coast could develop into a tropical cyclone this week.

 


 

18/1/2021

Perth Now

Oakford bushfire: Emergency warning in place for out-of-control blaze

Fire crews who have worked through the night are continuing to battle an out-of-control blaze in Perth’s southern suburbs.

 


 

18/1/2021

Perth Now

Coronavirus crisis: Masks now mandatory at domestic airports, with fines up to $50K for those who don’t abide

Failing to wear a face mask at a WA airport now attracts a fine of up to $50,000 after new directions enforcing a decision of National Cabinet came into effect.

 


 

18/1/2021

Perth Now

Firefighters battle blaze in Gingin after lightning causes multiple fires

More than 100 firefighters and emergency services workers are battling a blaze in Gingin after dry lightning caused multiple fires to start throughout the region.

 


 

18/1/2021

Perth Now

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox warns industry ‘powerless’ over Beijing threat

The government has been warned industry is ‘powerless’ to intervene in the China trade war, but the trade minister says it is finding alternative customers.

 


 

18/1/2021

SBS News

Authorities stress COVID-19 vaccines will be safe in Australia after reports of elderly deaths in Norway

Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack has reassured that any coronavirus vaccine rolled out in Australia will be safe, following reports of multiple deaths in elderly people in Norway linked to the Pfizer vaccine.

 


 

18/1/2021

SBS News

Bushfire burning south of Perth has been contained but remains unpredictable, WA premier says

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has urged people not to "stickybeak" as firefighters battle a major bushfire threatening lives and homes in Perth's southern suburbs.

 


 

18/1/2021

Time

The COVID-19 Virus Is Mutating. What Does That Mean for Vaccines?

As we enter the second year of living with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus is celebrating its invasion of the world’s population with yet more mutated forms that help it to spread more easily from person to person.

 


 

18/1/2021

Stat News

We lost to SARS-CoV-2 in 2020. We can defeat B-117 in 2021

We are barely a week into 2021 and already there are urgent warnings about a novel pandemic virus strain spreading surreptitiously and exponentially across the world.

 


 

14/1/2021

RT News

Australian scientists urge pause on deployment of AstraZeneca vaccine over efficacy concerns, suggest Pfizer or Moderna instead

Scientists in Australia have called for a halt to the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, claiming recent data has cast doubt on the inoculation’s ability to create herd immunity.

 


 

14/1/2021

9 News

Chinese city tests millions amid fresh outbreak

Millions of people were lining up Wednesday in sub-zero temperatures to receive a second round of coronavirus tests in a city south of Beijing, the heart of China’s most serious latest outbreak of COVID-19.

 


 

14/1/2021

South China Morning Post

Hunt for Italy’s coronavirus patient zero finds a case in November 2019

Peer-reviewed research shows the virus was present in a stored skin sample taken from a Milan woman with a mysterious illness. Doctors remembered her when they started to see similar rashes in some Covid-19 patients.

 


 

14/1/2021

Sky News

WHO to arrive in Wuhan for COVID-19 study

A World Health Organisation inspection team is due to arrive in China for an investigation into the origins of the pandemic. A team of experts from 10 different countries will touchdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan today.

 


 

14/1/2021

News.com.au

Queensland cluster: Health authorities scramble as virus creeps across floor seven of the Hotel Grand Chancellor

Queensland health authorities have spent the night scrambling for answers over how six existing cases of the UK’s highly infectious COVID strain were linked to the same quarantine hotel despite having no contact.

 


 

14/1/2021

ABC News

Queensland considers mining camps for quarantining travellers with four new cases recorded

The Queensland Government will consider using mining camps to quarantine travellers as the state grapples with a cluster of the highly-contagious UK strain of virus.

 


 

13/1/2021

South China Morning Post

China-Australia relations: breaking free of dependency on Australian iron ore would take years, but where is China looking?

China has interests in overseas mines with tonnes of iron ore reserves, yet most of it remains inaccessible amid bureaucratic wrangling and limited capital. Using more scrap steel is also an option for diversifying China’s iron ore supply, but this too is not without its hurdles and limitations.

 


 

13/1/2021

ABC News

Queensland woman who stayed in hotel quarantine raises concerns over staff not wearing masks

The woman says she saw cleaners and people delivering food at the hotel not wearing masks. Queensland Health says all hotel quarantine workers must wear appropriate PPE. Authorities are investigating how a cleaner contracted COVID-19 at a Brisbane quarantine hotel.

 


 

13/1/2021

News.com.au

Coronavirus Australia live: Number of unlinked cases in NSW grows to 14

Four weeks after Sydney's outbreak began, there's a growing number of particular cases Gladys Berejiklian says authorities are concerned about.

 


 

13/1/2021

Sky News

Scientists call for pause to AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

Scientists are calling for an immediate pause on the roll out of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Australia over fears it may not be effective enough. Phase three clinical trials show the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to be just 62 per cent effective when given in the recommended dose.

 


 

13/1/2021

7 News

Rise in administrators called for traders

The number of administrators being called to save battling businesses rose by more than 23 per cent in December, ahead of special pandemic protections lapsing.

 


 

12/1/2021

News.com.au

Coronavirus Australia live: Nation to have problems with COVID until 'at least next year'

Aussies hoping for a better 2021 are in for a rude shock after an infectious disease expert revealed the grim reality of what our next 12 months look like.

 


 

12/1/2021

Sky News

Pursuing elimination strategy 'completely impractical'

Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says Mark McGowan's goal of pursuing an elimination strategy is completely impractical as it would mean shutting Australians out of the country.

 


 

12/1/2021

ABC News

Victoria's COVID-19 travel permit system goes live as more stories of forced hotel quarantine emerge

The Victorian travel permit system went live about 9pm last night. Users said it took "only minutes" to get approval. However some travellers who returned to Victoria before the new policy told the ABC they were forced into hotel quarantine despite having exemptions.

 


 

11/1/2021

Washington Post

The coronavirus intensified a hunger crisis last year, but 2021 could be worse

The coronavirus pandemic unleashed cascades of suffering in 2020. People around the globe faced the threat of the virus, along with the devastating ripple effects of efforts to control its spread.

 


 

11/1/2021

Zero Hedge

China Scrubs Critical Wuhan Lab Data; Deletes 300 Studies - Including Research By 'Batwoman'

The Chinese government has come under fresh scrutiny over accusations that officials scrubbed crucial online data about the Wuhan Institute of Virology - the controversial laboratory suspected of being the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

11/1/2021

Reuters

New coronavirus strain first seen in Britain confirmed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The new strain of the coronavirus first detected in Britain has been confirmed in Mexico for the first time, health officials in northern Tamaulipas state said in a statement on Sunday, adding a new layer of concern to an already severe national outbreak.

 


 

11/1/2021

9 News

Child tests positive to COVID-19 overseas after attending Armadale childcare centre

A child has tested positive to coronavirus overseas, two days after attending a childcare centre in Melbourne's inner south-east.

 


 

11/1/2021

ABC News

NSW records three new COVID-19 cases, eight in hotel quarantine

Urgent genome sequencing is underway as authorities try to determine the source of a COVID-19 infection in a Western Sydney man who attended a hospital, sparking a major cleaning operation.

 


 

11/1/2021

ABC News

Greater Brisbane coronavirus restrictions are changing. Here's what you need to know

Greater Brisbane's strict three-day lockdown is due to end in a matter of hours.Despite the state breathing a sigh of relief after recording three consecutive doughnuts days of zero locally acquired cases, some restrictions involving mask wearing and gathering limits will remain for Greater Brisbane.

 


 

8/1/2021

ABC News

WA growers to reap $6 billion payday as harvest defies dry conditions and China trade spat

West Australian grain growers are set to reap more than $6 billion from this year's harvest, defying dry conditions and the spectre of a trade war with China to post one of the most lucrative paydays on record.

 


 

8/1/2021

9 News

Two states set to swelter in summer heatwave while rain persists for east coast

Heat is on its way to large parts of the country today temperatures set to soar across Western and South Australia.

 


 

8/1/2021

ABC News

NT Government declares Greater Brisbane a coronavirus hotspot, effective immediately

The Northern Territory Government has declared the Greater Brisbane area region a COVID-19 hotspot, effective immediately.

 


 

8/1/2021

7 News

Mark McGowan 'flabbergasted' by PPE breaches during transport of infected UK patient

Western Australia’s premier says he’s flabbergasted by recent personal protective breaches surrounding a COVID-19 patient who returned from the United Kingdom.

 


 

8/1/2021

7 News

New border measures introduced to combat further introduction of UK COVID strain into Australia

A number of new border measures have been introduced to combat further introduction of the UK variant of coronavirus into Australia.

 


 

8/1/2021

7 News

Red Gully fires: Residents advised to stay away as firefighters continue to battle blaze

Residents advised to leave their homes because of bushfires burning north of Perth might have to wait days before they can return.

 


 

7/1/2021

SBS News

Victoria records no new coronavirus cases for the first time in a week

Victoria has no new coronavirus cases, as health authorities urge thousands of cricket fans and Boxing Day shoppers to get tested.

 


 

7/1/2021

News.com.au

China warns ‘writing is on the wall’ for Canberra ties

Beijing says confronting China has become a ‘new political correctness’ in Australia and warns ‘the writing is on the wall’.

 


 

7/1/2021

Sky News

US Capitol in lockdown: National Guard called in and one person shot as Trump supporters storm Congress

America’s National Guard has been called in and capitol buildings have been evacuated after Trump supporters stormed Congress.

 


 

7/1/2021

ABC News

North Queensland rain will continue into next week, BOM warns

Coastal trough associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen to deepen over the weekend. Separate trough in Queensland's forecast to converge with the cyclone's remnants. Cassowary Coast expected to receive the brunt of the rain over the coming few days.

 


 

6/1/2021

Sky News

Regional NSW towns issued COVID alert after infectious man embarks on road trip

The 18-year-old contracted the virus from Berala BWS in western Sydney on Christmas Eve and then set off on a road trip, visiting Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill. Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant commended the man for coming forward for testing despite only having a runny nose and noted testing had been bolstered in the regional towns.

 


 

6/1/2021

SBS News

WHO chief 'very disappointed' at Chinese delays letting expert team in

The head of the WHO is very disappointed that China has still not authorised the entry of a team of experts to examine the origins of the coronavirus.

 


 

6/1/2021

SBS News

Victoria records just one locally acquired coronavirus case amid review of return-to-work plan

Victoria has recorded three new COVID-19 cases, with one locally acquired and two diagnosed in hotel quarantine. There are now 41 active cases in the state.

 


 

6/1/2021

ABC News

Australian COVID-19 vaccine rollout brought forward two weeks to early March

The Government was originally planning to begin inoculations at the end of March. Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines still need to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

 


 

5/1/2021

News.com.au

Coronavirus Australia: Scott Morrison warns against rushing vaccine rollout process

Scott Morrison has condemned calls to speed up a coronavirus vaccine rollout across Australia as “very dangerous”. The Therapeutic Goods Administration was expected to have at least one vaccine approved by the end of January.

 


 

5/1/2021

BBC

Covid: New lockdowns for England and Scotland ahead of 'hardest weeks'

Everyone in England must stay at home except for permitted reasons during a new coronavirus lockdown expected to last until mid-February, the PM says.

 


 

5/1/2021

CNN

Iran ramps up uranium enrichment and seizes tanker as tensions rise with US

Iran announced Monday that it had resumed enriching uranium to 20% purity, far beyond the limits laid out in the 2015 nuclear deal, in a move likely to further escalate tensions with the United States. Iran also seized a South Korean-flagged chemical tanker on Monday, according to semi-official Iranian news agencies.

 


 

5/1/2021

Perth Now

Bushfire emergency warning issued for Gingin, Dandaragan areas

The lives of residents in the Gingin and Dandaragan areas north of Perth are in danger once again after a three-day-old bushfire jumped containment lines tonight.

 


 

5/1/2021

Daily Mail

Portuguese health worker, 41, dies two days after getting the Pfizer covid vaccine

A Portuguese health worker has died two days after getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. Sonia Acevedo, 41, suffered a 'sudden death' at home on New Year's Day 48 hours after receiving the jab. An autopsy is expected to take place later today or tomorrow.

 


 

4/1/2021

9 News

Western Australians warned to be on alert with hot week to follow weekend of bushfires

The Western Australian bushfires are "looking well" around the state, but residents have been warned that dangerous conditions will continue through the week.

 


 

4/1/2021

The Atlantic

The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb

A new variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the globe. It was first identified in the United Kingdom, where it is rapidly spreading, and has been found in multiple countries. Viruses mutate all the time, often with no impact, but this one appears to be more transmissible than other variants—meaning it spreads more easily. Barely one day after officials announced that America’s first case of the variant had been found in the United States, in a Colorado man with no history of travel, an additional case was found in California.

 


 

4/1/2021

Reuters

'Pivotal moment' as Britain set to roll out AstraZeneca vaccine

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will become the first country to roll out the low cost and easily transportable AstraZeneca and Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, another step forward in the global response to the pandemic.

 


 

4/1/2021

ABC News

ASX 200 opens higher despite COVID-19 cases growing in NSW and Victoria

Australian shares have risen slightly despite COVID-19 restrictions tightening in Victoria and NSW.

 


 

4/1/2021

ABC News

NSW records zero local COVID-19 cases, but two cases found after reporting period

New South Wales has been set a challenge to get testing numbers in the state as high as 50,000 a day, as authorities confirmed two new cases of COVID-19.

 


 

23/12/2020

Reuters

Coronavirus reaches end of earth as first outbreak hits Antarctica

The coronavirus has landed in Antarctica, the last continent previously free from COVID-19, Chile’s military said this week, as health and army officials scrambled to clear out and quarantine staff from a remote research station surrounded by ocean and icebergs.

 


 

23/12/2020

SBS News

Freight trucks forced to a halt as France keeps UK border shut

Drone footage has captured the huge lines of trucks piled into a Kent truck park after most of the world shut their borders with the UK due to a highly infectious new strain of COVID-19.

 


 

23/12/2020

ABC News

Qantas employee who flew through Darwin Airport tests positive for coronavirus

NSW health authorities say a Qantas staff member who flew into Darwin from overseas before boarding a domestic flight has tested positive for coronavirus.

 


 

23/12/2020

Sky News

Victoria records zero new COVID cases after Northern Sydney scare

Victoria has reported no further cases in the state since a fifteen-year-old Melbourne resident tested positive after travelling from Sydney's Northern Beaches. The infected Melbournian told contact tracers she had not left her home in Melbourne- since arriving back in Victoria - before getting a COVID test.

 


 

23/12/2020

Business Insider

Sydney's COVID-19 restrictions will be loosened over Christmas as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces tweaks to restrictions for the Northern Beaches

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a moderate loosening of Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. The new restrictions preclude children from counting towards a 10 person limit for gatherings in Sydney, allowing visitors in to some parts of the northern beaches, and allowing intra-house visits of up to five people for those in the worst hit part of the area.

 


 

22/12/2020

Business Insider

The US Navy appears to be sending Iran a message with a submarine packed with missiles

The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia sailed through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf on Monday, and the US Navy took the very unusual step of making sure everyone knows it is there.

 


 

22/12/2020

Zero Hedge

Border uncertainty 'devastating' for tourism

Transport and Tourism Forum CEO Margy Osmond says the country must live with the coronavirus and not slam borders shut each time an outbreak occurs as it causes uncertainty and lost revenue for businesses.

 


 

22/12/2020

Zero Hedge

Lockdowns Do Not Control The Coronavirus: The Evidence

The question is whether lockdowns worked to control the virus in a way that is scientifically verifiable. Based on the following studies, the answer is no and for a variety of reasons: bad data, no correlations, no causal demonstration, anomalous exceptions, and so on. There is no relationship between lockdowns (or whatever else people want to call them to mask their true nature) and virus control.

 


 

22/12/2020

SBS News

New infection sites flagged after Sydney's Northern Beaches coronavirus cluster grew to 83 cases on Monday

Gyms, supermarkets and pubs are among the latest venues added to NSW Health's alert list as the state continues to battle a surge in coronavirus cases. A rapidly developing outbreak in Sydney has grown by 15 new cases, down from 30 the previous day, as health authorities rush to figure out how the virus entered the community.

 


 

22/12/2020

ABC News

Victoria records positive coronavirus case from traveller who visited Sydney's northern beaches

Victoria has recorded a positive coronavirus case from a returned traveller who is believed to have acquired the infection in NSW's northern beaches area.

 


 

22/12/2020

BBC News

Covid-19 pandemic: International alarm grows over new variant

The new strain is more transmissible but there is no evidence it is more deadly.

 


 

21/12/2020

ABC News

ASX taking a hit as Sydney grapples with COVID nightmare before Christmas

The Australian share market is trading slightly down, as the country grapples with a resurgence of COVID-19 in Australia's biggest city just a few days before Christmas.

 


 

21/12/2020

9 News

'Mickey Mouse' sign-ins causing problems for NSW contact tracers

A hair salon in Sydney's North Shore is linked to five coronavirus cases, and the business' incomplete sign-in register is now a serious concern for NSW Health.

 


 

21/12/2020

9 News

NSW records 15 new cases of COVID-19 linked to Northern Beaches cluster

New South Wales has recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, all of which have been linked to the Northern Beaches cluster.

 


 

21/12/2020

Zero Hedge

CDC Issues New Guidelines, Launches Probe After 1000s Negatively-Affected Following COVID-19 Vaccination

Thousands of people have been unable to work or perform daily activities, or required care from a healthcare professional, after getting the new COVID-19 vaccine, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 


 

21/12/2020

Reuters

U.S. Congress reaches deal on COVID-19 aid package, plans votes for Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional leaders reached agreement on Sunday on a $900 billion package to provide the first new aid in months to an economy and individuals battered by the surging coronavirus pandemic, with votes likely on Monday.

 


 

21/12/2020

Reuters

European neighbours shut doors to Britain amid alarm over new coronavirus strain

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s European neighbours began closing their doors to travellers from the United Kingdom on Sunday amid alarm about a rapidly spreading strain of coronavirus that has caused cases to soar there.

 


 

18/12/2020

Zero Hedge

Pfizer "Closely Monitoring" Alaska Health Worker After "Serious Adverse Reaction" To Vaccine

Following the emergence of various 'glitches' yesterday in the rollout of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, the giant pharma company has been forced to make a statement about the situation regarding a healthcare worker in Alaska was hospitalized on Tuesday with a 'serious allergic reaction' after receiving Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

 


 

18/12/2020

Zero Hedge

"Who Wants To Be A Guinea Pig?": Health Workers Balk At Vaccine; 40% Of Staff At One Chicago Hospital Refuse To Take

As tens of thousands of doses of the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine make their way across the country, some health workers - first on the list to receive the two-stage jab - are leery of the emerging treatment which mainstream pundits warned would take a 'miracle' to produce before the end of the year.

 


 

18/12/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: how Singapore went from hero to zero, and back to hero again

Since the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe this year, cities from Asia to the United States and Europe have become stuck in a cycle.

 


 

18/12/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus makes Chinese parents fearful of sending their children overseas to study

The coronavirus pandemic has made Chinese parents wary of sending their children to study overseas and some are instead considering international schools in China, according to a marketing company in Beijing.

 


 

18/12/2020

Reuters

Climate change turns up the heat on ad industry

(Reuters) - The avuncular man in the TV ad has an urgent-sounding message from his employer, the oil giant Chevron Corp.

 


 

18/12/2020

9 News

Sydney in the firing line for severe storms set to hit NSW

Sydney is being warned of severe weather set to hit this afternoon as a band of rain and powerful storms spread across NSW.

 


 

18/12/2020

9 News

Sydney's Northern Beaches becomes first region to be declared a national COVID-19 hotspot

Sydney's Northern Beaches has been declared a national coronavirus hotspot in the first use of the federal government's new guidelines for the term.

 


 

18/12/2020

9 News

Positive case from Sydney's Northern Beaches outbreak flew to Queensland while infectious

Queensland's Premier has confirmed the state has recorded a new case of coronavirus overnight after a woman from NSW travelled to Queensland and tested positive this week.

 


 

18/12/2020

9 News

International aircrew will now quarantine in two hotels near Sydney Airport

International aircrews will quarantine in two designated hotels near Sydney Airport.

 


 

18/12/2020

Reuters

U.S. FDA advisory panel sets stage for Moderna vaccine authorization

(Reuters) -A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday overwhelmingly endorsed emergency use of Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine, virtually assuring a second option for protecting against COVID-19 for a pandemic ravaged nation.

 


17/12/2020

SBS News

Advances in facial recognition technology could amplify the persecution of minorities, AI experts warn

Artificial intelligence experts have warned that as facial recognition technology continues to advance, minorities will face further targeting and persecution without proper safeguards in place. The Washington Post recently revealed Chinese telecommunciations giant Huawei worked on a facial recognition system that monitors and tracks China’s Uighur minority. The report refers to documents posted publicly to Huawei’s website.

 


 

17/12/2020

9 News

Farmer dies after being swept away in flash flooding while moving cattle in Queensland

The man, 69, was on a property in Killarney, on Queensland's Southern Downs, when he and his vehicle were consumed by rapidly rising water.

 


 

17/12/2020

SBS News

Australia refers China to the World Trade Organisation amid deteriorating diplomatic relations

Australia will ask the global trade umpire to settle a dispute that centres on China's decision to level massive tariffs on barley.

 


 

17/12/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: WHO-led team expected in China in January to probe pandemic origins

Group of 12 to 15 international experts headed to Wuhan ‘just after New Year’s’ for six-week mission, says Danish team member Thea Fischer.

 


 

17/12/2020

Fox News

Alaska health care worker suffers adverse reaction after COVID-19 vaccine

The report found public health officials thought the towers would be locked down the following day, not immediately. Ombudsman Deborah Glass said the decision breached the human rights of residents and they were entitled to an apology.

 


 

17/12/2020

ABC News

Lockdown of Victoria's public housing towers during COVID crisis breached human rights, ombudsman finds

The report found public health officials thought the towers would be locked down the following day, not immediately. Ombudsman Deborah Glass said the decision breached the human rights of residents and they were entitled to an apology.

 


 

17/12/2020

7 News

COVID cases in Sydney's Northern Beaches grows by two, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says

Two new mystery cases of coronavirus have been discovered in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It brings the number of cases in the area to four in the past 24 hours, including one from Frenchs Forest.

 


 

16/12/2020

7 News

Australia's COVID vaccine rollout blueprint revealed, includes separation of age brackets

Australians will be divided by health risks and age brackets in a first look at the coronavirus vaccine rollout plan. The blueprint places top priority in those most at risk of developing complications or dying from COVID-19.

 


 

16/12/2020

SBS News

Warnings of flash flooding after wild weather lashes northern NSW, Queensland

Rivers are rising with a high tide expected mid-morning, as authorities warn of flash flooding even as the worst of the rainfall in northern NSW subsides.

 


 

16/12/2020

ABC News

The vanishing Arctic

Since the mid-80s the Arctic has been warming twice as fast as the entire world — a phenomenon the vast majority of scientists agree is the direct result of human-induced climate change.

 


 

16/12/2020

ABC News

Pfizer coronavirus vaccine rollout in US ramps up as Moderna shot nears FDA approval

The US's Federal Drug Administration is expected to vote on approving the Moderna vaccine on Thursday local time. The Moderna vaccine has similar efficacy as the Pfizer shot, but is easier to store.

 


 

15/12/2020

BBC News

'New variant' of coronavirus identified in England

A new variant of coronavirus has been found which is growing faster in some parts of England, MPs have been told.

 


 

15/12/2020

Sky News

Evacuation warnings issued to 1,000 properties around Northern Rivers region

Wild weather continues to lash regions near the New South Wales-Queensland border, with more than 200 millimetres of rain recorded in the Tweed River catchment in the past 24 hours. Authorities issued evacuation warnings to 1,000 properties near the Northern Rivers region last night - urging residents to be on high alert and prepare to evacuate.

 


 

15/12/2020

ABC News

China's The Global Times appears to confirm a ban on Australian coal imports amid perilous trade tensions

Chinese state-owned media outlet The Global Times appears to have confirmed a ban on Australian coal imports. Australia's Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has called on Chinese authorities to "rule out" the Global Times report. Australian coal exports to China were worth $13.9 billion last year

 


 

14/12/2020

Sky News

New Zealand agrees to a trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia in 2021

New Zealand has agreed to a trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia in 2021. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand should return by the end of March 2021 provided the COVID-19 situation in both country remains as it is currently.

 


 

14/12/2020

9 News

Heavy rains and flooding to lash Queensland and NSW as temperatures rise elsewhere

A coastal trough and strengthening low over southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales is increasing rain, wind and waves.

 


 

14/12/2020

Reuters News

Historic U.S. vaccine campaign begins with first shipments 'delivering hope' to millions

(Reuters) -The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine left on trucks and planes early on Sunday, kicking off a historic effort to stop a surging pandemic that is claiming more than 2,400 lives a day in the United States.

 


 

14/12/2020

9 News

Germany to go into national COVID-19 lockdown over Christmas as coronavirus cases surge

Germany will go into a "hard" national lockdown, starting next week and continuing through the Christmas period, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, after agreeing to stricter measures with state governments to stem a wave of coronavirus cases.

 


 

14/12/2020

9 News

NSW and Queensland brace for cyclone-like conditions

There are severe weather warnings in place for much of the east coast as northern NSW and south-eastern Queensland are battered with wild weather.

 


 

14/12/2020

9 News

Flood rescues as hundreds phone for help amid deluge in northern NSW, south-east Queensland

Victims of serious flash floods in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales have been warned the worst is yet to come in some areas, as a "once in 100 year" rain event begins to move south down the Australian coastline.

 


 

14/12/2020

ABC News

No homegrown coronavirus vaccine, but CSL inoculated against failure

Australia won't save the world, this time, after trials of our promising COVID vaccine were abandoned.

 


 

10/12/2020

7 News

India eyes trade deal with Australia after walking away from China-backed RCEP bloc

India and Australia are in discussions for a bilateral free trade agreement, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar says, after his country’s decision to walk out of a China-backed trade bloc.

 


 

10/12/2020

Sky News

China trade deal with Trump threatens Aussie wheat and cotton

Australian cotton and wheat farmers are being warned they are likely to become Beijing's next targets in a string of trade attacks perpetrated by the communist government.

 


 

10/12/2020

BBC News

Major US lawsuits seek break up of Facebook

US federal regulators and more than 45 state prosecutors have sued Facebook, accusing the social media company of taking illegal actions to buy up rivals and stifle competition.

 


 

10/12/2020

ABC News

Australian study shows wastewater testing can detect coronavirus weeks before people show symptoms

The study confirmed wastewater tests detect the virus before infected people feel sick. The research was conducted using archival samples from February this year. Wastewater testing has gained international recognition as an important tool in the pandemic response.

 


 

10/12/2020

Reuters

Explainer: What the UK cases of allergic reaction mean for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Britain’s medicines regulator has advised people with a history of significant allergies not to get Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after two people reported adverse reactions on the first day of its rollout in the UK.

 


 

9/12/2020

ABC News

China's ban on Australian beef costing hundreds of millions and putting people out of work

A Queensland abattoir has become the eighth exporter to have meat sales to China cut off. The red meat industry says the bans are costing jobs as well as money. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says the Government is working to resume the trade.

 


 

9/12/2020

ABC News

Watch how the coronavirus can spread in an office

But if you happen to be reading this at your desk — and you can still see the eyes of the person sitting across from you — scientists say beware. They’ve used the world’s most powerful computer to produce animations that reveal how COVID-19 can spread and it shows we could be more exposed than we realise.

 


 

9/12/2020

SBS News

US regulator says Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective even after just one dose

Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is one step closer to approval in the US, after its efficacy and safety data was analysed by the Food and Drug Administration.

 


 

9/12/2020

Sky News

Australian business confidence reaches 31-month high

Sky News contributor Peter Switzer says there is much to be positive about after an NAB survey revealed Australian business confidence is at a 31-month high. Mr Switzer told Sky News the economy is reacting positively to advances in fighting the coronavirus.

 


 

9/12/2020

ABC News

Four lions infected with COVID-19 at Spain's Barcelona Zoo

Four lions at Barcelona Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19, veterinary authorities said on Tuesday (local time), in only the second known case in which large felines have contracted coronavirus.

 


 

9/12/2020

Reuters

Air freight prices 'outrageous' as COVID-19 shots rolled out, says WHO expert

Some carriers are seeking “outrageous” prices to fly dry ice and other medical equipment in the pre-holiday rush, but a capacity squeeze should ease in 2021 when the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines is expected, the World Health Organization’s logistics chief said on Tuesday.


 

8/12/2020

SBS News

WHO against making coronavirus vaccine mandatory

Such moves have backfired and caused greater opposition in the past, the UN health agency warns. WHO chief lays out guidelines for people who should have priority to get inoculated.


 

8/12/2020

SBS News

WA reopens to NSW and Victoria, but Mark McGowan says hard border could return 'in a heartbeat'

Western Australia is maintaining its opposition to a targeted hotspots regime even as it prepares to open its door to travellers from NSW and Victoria.


 

8/12/2020

ABC News

Queensland heatwave to ease as southern winds bring temperatures down across the state

South-easterly winds are expected to bring a cool change. Showers are forecasts over Fraser Island today, but not enough to put out the flames. Temperatures will be below average across most of the state by this weekend.


 

8/12/2020

ABC News

Lyssavirus infection confirmed in Far North Queensland as bat-related injuries rise

ABLV can be fatal and has killed three people in Queensland since it was first discovered in the 1990s. Health authorities say breeding season is driving an increase in the number of bat-related injuries Officials say the ABLV detection is a timely warning that only trained wildlife carers should handle any species of bat,


 

8/12/2020

ABC News

Mystery illness in India leaves hundreds sick, but it's not COVID-19

A man with symptoms similar to epilepsy and nausea died on Sunday. Water samples from impacted areas haven't shown any signs of contamination. An expert team has been deployed to investigate the sudden sickness.


 

7/12/2020

Reuters

'Supercell' storms could hit south-east Queensland after days of severe heat

"Supercell" thunderstorms could hit south-east Queensland this afternoon after days of sweltering conditions.


 

7/12/2020

ABC News

Avoid talking in restaurants to reduce COVID-19 infection risk, study warns

Diners should avoid talking while eating in restaurants, South Korean researchers have warned, after finding that COVID-19 can be transmitted more than six metres away.


 

7/12/2020

Reuters

Britain gets ready for rollout of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine this week

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is preparing to become the first country to roll out the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week, initially making the shot available at hospitals before distributing stocks to doctors’ clinics, the government said on Sunday.


 

7/12/2020

ABC News

Fraser Island residents told to 'leave immediately' as bushfire threatens town and interstate resources join firefighting effort

Queensland has looked across the border for help to contain the out-of-control bushfire burning on Fraser Island, with challenging firefighting conditions expected again today.


 

7/12/2020

ABC News

Pineapples could rot in the paddock this summer, with unreliable labour blamed

Farm worker shortages in Australia have spread to the summer fruit sector, with labour problems now plaguing the North Queensland pineapple season.


 

7/12/2020

ABC News

Simon Birmingham tells NSW to tighten airport quarantine measures after travellers board flight to Melbourne

The Federal Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham has told NSW authorities to lift its standards after an error saw two German nationals accidentally bypass quarantine requirements after landing in Sydney.


 

7/12/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cases to head to 'dedicated floors' at Adelaide medi-hotel, not separate facility

The first international passenger flight after South Australia's recent COVID–19 outbreak is set to touch down at Adelaide Airport tomorrow — but the State Government does not have a permanent place ready to accommodate any positive cases among them.


 

7/12/2020

ABC News

Who is exempt from hotel quarantine after entering Australia?

The case of a 53-year-old Australian dual citizen and her son who were incorrectly allowed to travel to Victoria and avoid hotel quarantine after flying into Sydney has put the spotlight back on quarantine exemptions.


 

3/12/2020

CNN

Singapore becomes first country to approve lab-grown meat

Singapore has granted San Francisco start-up Eat Just Inc. regulatory approval to sell its laboratory-grown chicken in the city-state - the world's first government to allow the sale of cultured meat.


 

3/12/2020

9 News

Twelve Sydney suburbs on alert after COVID-19 traces found in sewage

NSW Health said last night that the fragments of virus had been detected in samples taken on Sunday from the sewerage system that drains parts of Riverstone, Vineyard, Marsden Park, Shanes Park, Quakers Hill, Oakville, Box Hill, The Ponds, Rouse Hill, Nelson, Schofields and Colebee.


 

3/12/2020

SBS News

NSW records new COVID-19 case after hotel quarantine worker tests positive

The new infection, announced by Health Minister Brad Hazzard on Thursday, ends the state's streak of no locally acquired coronavirus cases.


 

3/12/2020

ABC News

COVID patient with sepsis makes 'remarkable' recovery following megadose of vitamin C

A young Australian man who was critically ill with COVID-19 and suffering early stages of blood poisoning made a remarkable recovery after being given massive doses of vitamin C, according to his doctors.


 

2/12/2020

SBS News

Australia just recorded its hottest spring to date, with temperatures more than 2C above average

November was especially hot, breaking records as Australia's hottest in terms of mean, minimum and maximum temperatures.


 

2/12/2020

BBC News

Humans waging 'suicidal war' on nature - UN chief Antonio Guterres

Mr Guterres wants to put tackling climate change at the heart of the UN's global mission.


 

2/12/2020

SBS News

Australia's economy has moved out of its first recession in almost 30 years, new figures show

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Australia has seen the largest quarterly increase in GDP since 1976.

 


 

2/12/2020

ABC News

Britain approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which will roll out from next week

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the vaccination program would begin early next week. Hospitals, he said, were already ready to receive it.

 


 

1/12/2020

SBS News

North America Moderna seeks emergency approval of its COVID-19 vaccine after final results show it's 94.5 per cent effective

Moderna will apply for US and European emergency authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1 per cent effective with no serious safety concerns, the company said.

 


 

1/12/2020

CNN

The Wuhan files: Leaked documents reveal China's mishandling of the early stages of Covid-19

Chinese officials gave the world more optimistic data than they had access to internally. China's system took on average 23 days to diagnose confirmed patients, and testing failures meant most received negative results until January 10. A history of underfunding, understaffing, poor morale and bureaucratic models of governance hampered China's early warning system, internal audits found. A large and previously undisclosed outbreak of influenza happened in early December in Hubei province.

 


 

1/12/2020

ABC News

Bureau of Meteorology says the NT experienced its hottest November in 100 years

Two high-pressure systems led to the past month's high temperatures. Rainfall was also below average due to a lack of cloud cover. The heat has particularly affected the Territory's vulnerable populations.

 


 

1/12/2020

Sky News

WHO issues Christmas COVID-19 warning

The UN agency's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged event organisers to avoid holding large gatherings and extensive travel.

 


 

1/12/2020

ABC News

No new coronavirus cases in South Australia as Victorian border opens

South Australian health authorities say no new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours, as the state reopens its border to incoming travellers from Victoria.

 


 

1/12/2020

ABC News

Weekend heatwave sent records tumbling in SA and NSW — and it isn't over yet

South Australia and NSW broke their November maximum temperature records. 20 sites with records going back over 30 years broke their November maximum records. More records could yet fall across southern Queensland and northern NSW this week.

 


 

30/11/2020

Reuters

South Korea considers more vaccine buys as coronavirus cases spike

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s ruling party has called for the country to buy millions of additional coronavirus vaccine doses after a spike in infection numbers raised concerns about the government’s existing plans.

 


 

30/11/2020

ABC News

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier apologises for wrongly suggesting man breached coronavirus quarantine

South Australia's Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier has apologised for wrongly suggesting yesterday that a man breached coronavirus quarantine and put the state at risk.

 


 

30/11/2020

9 News

Qantas to cut 2000 workers as airline outsources grounds handling operations

Qantas will cut 2000 workers as the airline moves to outsource its ground handling operations at 10 airports across Australia.

 


 

30/11/2020

9 News

Resort evacuated as bushfires rage on Fraser Island

Guests at Fraser Island's largest resort have been evacuated as a bushfire continues to rage on the Queensland island.

 


 

30/11/2020

9 News

NSW water restrictions to be scrapped from midnight

New South Wales water restrictions are expected to be scrapped from midnight, with state cabinet looking at a complete overhaul of how the state saves water.

 


 

27/11/2020

ABC News

These Are The Best (And Worst) Places To Live During The Coronavirus Era

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of the global health-care system, while also exposing how developed and developing world economies could demonstrate such unexpected responses. Tiny South Korea has managed to suppress the virus with mass testing and tracing. The US, meanwhile, has recorded the most deaths, while China has already vaccinated more than 1 million people before its leading vaccine effort has even been approved.

 


 

27/11/2020

ABC News

Emergency warning issued for bushfire north of Adelaide

An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire burning under severe weather conditions at Templers, north of Adelaide.

 


 

27/11/2020

9 News

Swedish life expectancy set to fall because of coronavirus, government figures show

Swedish authorities are forecasting that life expectancy in the Scandinavian country will fall this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

27/11/2020

9 News

Popular Victorian campgrounds to open ahead of schedule

Some of Victoria's busiest campgrounds are set to reopen over the holidays in another celebration of Victoria's success in its fight against coronavirus.

 


 

27/11/2020

9 News

South Australia to open Victoria border, wedding and funeral restrictions changed

South Australia will lift its border restrictions with Victoria on December 1, Premier Steven Marshall has announced.

 


 

25/11/2020

News.com.au

All time records set to smash as 4500km-long heatwave hits

The all-time record for Australia’s hottest ever November day could be broken with the mercury rising close to 50C. There’s also a possibility the Sydney and Adelaide CBDs could top out at 40C. Sydney’s west is expected to easily get into the 40s on both Saturday and Sunday.

 


 

25/11/2020

Reuters

Plasma from recovered patients shows little benefit in those hospitalized with COVID-19: study

Using blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors to treat patients with severe pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus showed little benefit, according to data released on Tuesday from a clinical trial in Argentina.

 


 

25/11/2020

Sky News

November recovery looks positive as iron ore prices surge

Australia’s November economic recovery is looking positive as iron ore prices surge to another record high with borders also set to reopen. In relation to trade figures, iron ore was up $1.8 billion to $10.96 billion in the month of October and looking to stay up for November.

 


 

24/11/2020

ABC News

Qantas passengers will need COVID-19 vaccine for international travel, Alan Joyce says

Alan Joyce says the rule will apply to anyone entering or leaving Australia on a Qantas flight. He's also considering extending it to domestic flights. Flights between Sydney and Melbourne ramped up on Monday.

 


 

24/11/2020

SBS News

Queensland is 'good to go' and will open its borders to greater Sydney from 1 December

After withstanding immense pressure to open up earlier, state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has finally announced when Queensland will relax some travel restrictions.

 


 

24/11/2020

7 News

China's Xi Jinping is pushing for a global Covid QR code. He may struggle to convince the world

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for a global COVID-19 tracking system using QR codes, to help fast-track international travel and business during the coronavirus pandemic. China mandated the widespread use of QR-based health certificates earlier this year. The system, which uses an electronic barcode to store a person’s travel and health history, has been credited with helping to curb the spread of the virus.

 


 

24/11/2020

ABC News

Boris Johnson says COVID-19 contacts won’t have to self-isolate. How is that possible?

Self-isolation is one of the most widely practised methods in the world for breaking the chains of COVID-19 transmission. But it could be scrapped in England if an ambitious trial announced by the Prime Minister proves successful. Already, there are big concerns about the strategy, with one public health expert calling the plan a "gigantic experiment".

 


 

23/11/2020

Zero Hedge

Pandemics Are Over When The Public Decides They're Over

In Colorado, reported cases and hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients are at higher levels than ever before. And yet politicians are worried that if they issue new stay-at-home orders, the public won’t obey them. For instance the Denver Post last week reported Colorado Democrats admitted the public isn’t listening very closely anymore:

 


 

23/11/2020

WA Today

Morrison pushes G20 for global access to vaccine; Trump says he's here to stay

Scott Morrison has joined world leaders to demand global access to coronavirus vaccines at a virtual G20 summit which was dominated by efforts to tackle the pandemic and the worst global recession in decades.

 


 

23/11/2020

News Corp Australia

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines: Are these promising vaccines safe and will they be available in Australia?

Two COVID-19 vaccines have been revealed to be more than 90 per cent effective but are they safe and will they be available in Australia?

 


 

20/11/2020

Zero Hedge

UN World Food Program Warns Of "Famines Of Biblical Proportions In 2021

The UN World Food Program was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020, and the head of that agency is warning of the potential for absolutely devastating famines around the globe in 2021. The COVID-19 lockdowns that were instituted all over the world this year created tremendous hardship in many wealthy countries, but in poorer nations the economic devastation has created alarming waves of hunger. There was hope that things would get better when lockdowns were being lifted, but now a new round of lockdowns is being imposed, and many experts are warning about what this could mean for those living in deep poverty.

 


 

20/11/2020

Reuters

U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations spike, shutdowns take effect with holidays on the horizon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States has jumped nearly 50% in the last two weeks, forcing states to impose new restrictions to curb the alarming viral spread as Americans face a potentially grim winter and holiday season.

 


 

20/11/2020

7 News

'Mutant coronavirus' scrambles health authorities as millions of animals face slaughter

Danish authorities have also seen spread on mink farms and seen mutations that don’t necessarily seem harmful, but whose significance is not yet fully understood.

 


 

19/11/2020

ABC News

One of the nation's toughest coronavirus lockdowns comes into place in South Australia

Some of the toughest restrictions faced anywhere in Australia since the start of the coronavirus pandemic are now in place in South Australia.

 


 

19/11/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus hunters pick up another piece of the trail in Italy

The virus that causes the Covid-19 disease has now infected more than 54 million people across the planet, but the question of just where it came from remains a mystery.

 


 

19/11/2020

ABC News

Stranded Australians 'beside themselves' after inbound international flights to Adelaide cancelled over COVID-19 cluster

22 weeks pregnant, Victoria Malliaras fears she will become "homeless" if she isn't able to return to South Australia this week.

 


 

19/11/2020

9 News

South Australia records zero new coronavirus cases connected to Parafield cluster

Premier Steven Marshall has today issued a rallying call to South Australians on their first day of hard lockdown as the state recorded zero new coronavirus infections in a surprise result.

 


 

19/11/2020

ABC News

Unemployment rate rises to 7 per cent as more people look for work, but employment jumps by 179,000

Australia's unemployment rate rose last month as more people looked for work, but there was a strong surge in the number of people hired as Victoria's coronavirus lockdown eased.

 


 

18/11/2020

Reuters

Record storm Iota batters Central America, leaving floods in its wake

Packing record-breaking winds and unleashing torrential floods, storm Iota hit Central America on Tuesday, causing swollen rivers to burst their banks, flipping roofs onto streets, and killing at least three people.

 


 

18/11/2020

Sky News

Morrison strikes historic defence deal with Japanese PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has struck an historic deal with Japan's new leader to boost the defence partnership between the two countries. The Reciprocal Access Agreement will enable Australian ships and aircraft to operate further north and offer greater legal protection for service personnel across both countries.

 


 

18/11/2020

ABC News

Pizza customers, school students and their families ordered into quarantine as SA coronavirus cluster grows

Thousands of people are already in quarantine. Dozens of locations have been identified as sites of potential spread risk. Vulnerable South Australians are urged not to allow visitors or leave home.

 


 

18/11/2020

BBC News

Covid: Mouthwash 'can kill virus in lab in 30 seconds'

Mouthwash can kill coronavirus within 30 seconds of being exposed to it in a lab, a scientific study indicates. Scientists at Cardiff University found there were "promising signs" that over-the-counter mouthwashes may help to destroy the virus.

 


 

18/11/2020

ABC News

True number of global COVID-19 infections much higher than reported, Australian research estimates

Reported infections and fatalities in 15 countries, including Australia, were analysed in the research. The rate of infection was estimated to be 6.2 times higher in the 15-country sample. Infection rates were estimated to be up to 5 times higher in Australia.

 


 

17/11/2020

BBC News

Spring heatwave continues to deliver above average temperatures across inland Queensland

The spring heatwave is expected to deliver further above average temperatures across many inland parts of the Queensland today and see storms develop this afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

 


 

17/11/2020

BBC News

Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95% effective, early data from US company Moderna shows. The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer, and add to growing confidence that vaccines can help end the pandemic. Both companies used a highly innovative and experimental approach to designing their vaccines.

 


 

17/11/2020

Sky News

Panic buying triggered by SA cluster as state records one new case

Adelaide authorities are urging residents to remain calm after scenes of panic buying emerged. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall revealed there has been just one new case linked to the Parafield cluster in the last 24 hours.

 


 

16/11/2020

SBS News

Coronavirus was circulating in Italy as early as September 2019, new study shows

A new study reveals the coronavirus emerged in Italy in September, suggesting COVID-19 might have spread beyond China earlier than previously thought.

 


 

16/11/2020

Yahoo News

'Breakthrough finding' reveals why certain Covid-19 patients die

New research into the novel coronavirus might have determined why certain people become gravely ill from Covid-19 while others don’t.

 


 

16/11/2020

Zero Hedge

Asia-Pacific Countries Sign World's Largest Free Trade Deal In "Coup For China"

Nothing less than a major milestone in global economic history and a huge victory for China over increasing US regional hegemony has been realized on Sunday with the signing of the biggest free trade deal ever among fifteen Asia Pacific Nations.

 


 

16/11/2020

SBS News

States impose border restrictions on South Australia as Adelaide cluster grows to 17

A cluster of coronavirus cases in Adelaide has jumped to 17 after a worker at a quarantine hotel infected fellow family members.

 


 

13/11/2020

9 News

COVID-19 scare unfolds aboard first cruise to resume sailing in the Caribbean

A COVID-19 scare is the last thing the cruise industry needs as it eases back into the Caribbean.

 


 

13/11/2020

9 News

'Cautious and safe': Premier defends opening WA's hard border

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has said the state is ready to finally relax its hard border controls from midnight tonight.

 


 

13/11/2020

9 News

More bushfires and tropical cyclones: The dire impact climate change is already having on Australia

Australia is already experiencing climate change with longer bushfire seasons and extreme weather forecast for the coming years.

 


 

13/11/2020

SBS News

Scientists warn flooding is the extreme weather Australians should expect this summer

The country was devastated by bushfires last summer, but climate scientists say flooding will be what to watch for this time around.

 


 

11/11/2020

South China Morning Post

US plans sale of F-35 fighters to United Arab Emirates in US$23 billion arms deal

Move is aimed at deterring potential threats from Iran, despite Israel’s concerns it could change the balance of power in the Middle East. Plan follows the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, Bahrain and the UAE.

 


 

11/11/2020

7 News

Victoria reports no new COVID cases or deaths for twelfth consecutive day

Victoria is bearing down on a full fortnight without a new coronavirus case with the promise of further eased restrictions looming. The state on Wednesday reported no new infections from almost 20,000 test results processed. There were also no new deaths.

 


 

11/11/2020

Fox News

As virus spikes, Europe runs low on ICU beds, hospital staff

France, Italy, Germany and Spain all grappling with how to be prepared

 


 

11/11/2020

ABC News

Sydney coronavirus cases during first wave could have been more than three times official figures, research says

Tests on more than 5,000 blood samples found that infections could have been more than three times the official number. Researchers say the figures still show a low infection rate of less than 1 per cent. Reported cases may be lower because people didn't come forward for testing.

 


 

10/11/2020

South China Morning Post

China-Australia relations: iron ore demand powers ahead as Fortescue secures US$4 billion in deals

Australian-listed miner Fortescue Metals Group signed 12 memorandums of understanding (MOUs) at the China International Import Expo (CIIE). China buys just over 80 per cent of Australia’s iron ore, while Australian iron ore makes up 60 per cent of China’s supply.

 


 

10/11/2020

ABC News

Federal Government in talks to expand coronavirus travel bubble beyond New Zealand to some parts of Asia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia is still holding discussions with several Asian countries — including Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan — about expanding Australia's travel bubble and opening up quarantine-free travel.

 


 

10/11/2020

9 News

Victoria records 11th day of no new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths

Victoria has recorded zero new coronavirus cases and no additional deaths for an 11th day in a row. In the past 24 hours nearly 13,000 tests were carried out. The state now has just four active cases of COVID-19, including one with an unknown source.

 


 

10/11/2020

SBS News

Pfizer says its coronavirus vaccine is 90 per cent effective in ongoing large-scale trials

Pfizer said its experimental vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 based on initial data from a large study, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed over 1 million people.

 


 

10/11/2020

Reuters

Pfizer, BioNTech initial vaccine results impress, but scientists remain cautious

Scientists on Monday said initial trial results for Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine far outpaced their expectations for protection against a completely new disease, but that many questions remain unanswered.

 


 

9/11/2020

7 News

Health alert for nineteen Sydney suburbs after COVID detected

People living in nineteen Sydney suburbs have been called to come forward for COVID-19 testing even if they have the mildest of symptoms after the traces of the virus was detected in sewage.

 


 

9/11/2020

Zero Hedge

Tens of thousands of fruit picking jobs unfilled in Queensland

The Palaszczuk government is yet to unveil how it plans to incentivise Queenslanders to move to regional areas as tens of thousands of fruit picker positions remain unfilled due to border closures, leaving thousands of tonnes of fruit and vegetables to rot.

 


 

9/11/2020

Zero Hedge

COVID-19 Is Not As Deadly As We Were Told... But Now What?

In some ways, much of the election became about the handling of Covid-19. One thing we have learned since this monster out of China has spread across the world is that Covid-19 is not nearly as deadly as we once thought. Because of how things were handled in China fear exploded. This resulted in many people getting the image of Covid-19 hitting on the level of the black plague. We were presented with the idea trucks might roll down our streets with loudspeakers blaring, "Bring out your Dead!".

 


 

9/11/2020

9 News

Melbourne lab to start producing 30 million doses of promising coronavirus vaccine today

A Melbourne laboratory will begin producing 30 million doses of a promising coronavirus vaccine today.

 


 

9/11/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus Australia live news: Global COVID-19 cases pass 50 million, more Victorian businesses open

Global coronavirus cases have surpassed 50 million, with infections continuing to jump rapidly in the US, Europe and India.

 


 

9/11/2020

South China Morning Post

AstraZeneca CEO says coronavirus vaccine could be ready in December

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s chief executive said its coronavirus vaccine candidate could be ready for use at the end of December, pending regulatory approval.

 


 

6/11/2020

ABC News

Australian health worker who caught COVID-19 in Sweden says she was 'chucked in the deep end'

At first glance, life in Sweden during the pandemic appears to have hardly changed — people can travel freely, and social activities have largely been uninterrupted — but those working in the public health sector share a different tale.

 


 

6/11/2020

ABC News

Queensland could reopen borders to Victoria by Christmas if low case numbers continue

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says low coronavirus case numbers in Victoria are "very encouraging" and could mean Queensland will open its borders to the southern state before Christmas.

 


 

6/11/2020

9 News

Qantas to scrap airport service desks, force passengers onto self service options

Qantas has announced it will axe its airport service and sales desks, with passengers left to handle travel arrangements through self-service kiosks, online services or call centres.

 


 

6/11/2020

9 News

Nine new cases of COVID-19 recorded in NSW, four locally acquired

A new cluster has emerged in NSW with four new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 diagnosed in the state's southern highlands in the last 24 hours.

 


 

6/11/2020

9 News

Ankle and wrist monitoring recommended for home quarantine, Interim Hotel Quarantine Inquiry report states

Ankle and wrist monitoring systems have been recommended to ensure compliance among international travellers returning to Victoria under a home quarantine program.

 


 

5/11/2020

SBS News

Australia secures access to another two potential COVID-19 vaccines

The Morrison government has entered into four agreements with coronavirus vaccine makers, paving the way for a 2021 rollout if they prove safe and effective.

 


 

5/11/2020

ABC News

Victoria records no coronavirus cases and no deaths for sixth straight day

Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus cases and no deaths for the sixth straight day, the state's health department says. The number of Melbourne cases from the past two weeks with an unknown source of infection remains at two.

 


 

4/11/2020

7 News

Victoria records fifth consecutive day of no coronavirus cases or deaths

Victoria has set the table for an easing of coronavirus restrictions with a fifth consecutive “donut day”. The state on Wednesday reported no new COVID-19 cases or deaths.

 


 

4/11/2020

ABC News

Australia-China ties are at their lowest point in history, former ambassador says

Geoff Raby says Australia needs to find a way of working with China. China this week placed additional restrictions on Australian exports. Dr Raby says China is "not Australia's strategic enemy".

 


 

4/11/2020

SBS News

Europe's COVID-19 cases top 11 million as more countries reimpose tough lockdowns

Europe has marked a new coronavirus milestone with more than 11 million infections as governments impose more rules to curb the spread of COVID-19.

 


 

4/11/2020

SBS News

UK raises terrorism threat level to 'severe' after attacks in France and Austria

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has appealed to the public to remain vigilant as the country's terror alert was raised to "severe".

 


 

4/11/2020

South China Morning Post

Australia sends signal to China as it rejoins US, Japan and India for Malabar naval exercise

The Australian navy joins counterparts from the US, Japan and India in the military exercise for the first time in 13 years. Show of strength follows a deterioration in ties between the four nations and Beijing and comes as China announces new bans on Australian imports.

 


 

4/11/2020

BBC News

Vienna shooting: Arrests after 'freed jihadist' kills four

Austrian police have carried out a series of raids and made 14 arrests after a gunman murdered four people in the heart of Vienna on Monday. The man, described as a 20-year-old Islamist terrorist who had been freed from jail last December, was shot dead by police as he fired on passers-by.

 


 

3/11/2020

ABC News

Victoria records another day of no coronavirus cases and no deaths

Victoria has recorded another day of no coronavirus cases and no deaths, the state's health department says.

 


 

3/11/2020

South China Morning Post

India loses 300 square km to China after bloody summer in Himalayas, officials say

Chinese soldiers now reportedly prevent Indian patrols entering an area five times the size of Manhattan near the two countries’ disputed border. The last six months have effectively drawn new battle lines across a freezing high-altitude desert, raising tensions to their highest point in decades.

 


 

3/11/2020

South China Morning Post

China-Australia relations: import ban on Australian copper, sugar expected after blocks on lobster, timber, barley

China banned imported timber from Queensland and barley shipments from another Australian grain exporter on Friday, with copper and sugar to follow this week. Australian rock lobster shipments were also delayed in Shanghai at the weekend in the latest trade escalation between Beijing and Canberra.

 


 

3/11/2020

Sky News

Berejiklian flags QR codes to be rolled out to NSW cafes, restaurants

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has flagged QR codes will be introduced across New South Wales, making it compulsory for cafes and restaurants to electronically check in each guest. The premier said her patience was wearing thin following reports many businesses still lacked electronic records of their visitors as the state worked to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

 


 

3/11/2020

Perth Now

AMA State president Andrew Miller wants WA to wear face masks when hard border ends

West Australians need to embrace wearing masks along with a raft of other “COVID-fit” precautions when the State’s border reopens next week, according to Australia Medical Association WA president Andrew Miller.

 


 

2/11/2020

UN News

New wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of conflict, warn UN officials

The global hunger crisis caused by conflict – and now compounded by COVID-19 – is moving into a dangerous phase, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, stressing that without resources, a wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of instability.

 


 

2/11/2020

Zero Hedge

Jim Rogers: Great Depression 2.0?

Jim Rogers is not only one of the most successful investors of our era, he’s also an avid scholar of history. Seeing that the world is buried under an unprecedented mountain of debt that is requiring more and more central planner intervention to keep from imploding on itself, Jim says history is clear on what happens next.

 


 

2/11/2020

Zero Hedge

Anti-Lockdown Epidemiologist Intimidated, Shamed By Contagion Of Hatred And Hysteria

Lockdown is a blunt, indiscriminate policy that forces the poorest and most vulnerable people to bear the brunt of the fight against coronavirus. As an infectious diseases epidemiologist, I believe there has to be a better way.

 


 

2/11/2020

SBS News

'We haven't beaten it yet': Australians warned not to become complacent as coronavirus cases plunge

Health officials are urging Australians not to become complacent about coronavirus as social and business restrictions are stripped away.

 


 

2/11/2020

Reuters

When will we know the results of the US Presidential Election 2020?

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of the 2020 presidential race on election night, November 3 (or the afternoon of November 4 in Australia).

 


 

2/11/2020

Reuters

Europe's COVID-19 cases double in five weeks, total infections surpass 10 million

(Reuters) - Europe’s new COVID-19 cases have doubled in five weeks, propelling the region on Sunday across the bleak milestone of 10 million total infections, according to a Reuters tally.

 


 

2/11/2020

9 News

Queensland farmers count cost of hailstorms as insurance claims pour in

Farmers across south-east Queensland are counting the cost of the weekend's massive hailstorms, which have now been declared a catastrophe by the Insurance Council of Australia.

 


 

2/11/2020

9 News

Cold front brings thunderstorms to Western Australia after nation's wettest October in years

Cities around the country have seen their wettest October in years and more rain could be on the way.

 


 

2/11/2020

9 News

Concern Australian lobster exports caught up in China trade tensions

There are fears Australian lobster exporters have become the latest victims of trade tensions with China.

 


 

30/10/2020

ABC News

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister defends multi-million-dollar plans to find COVID 'cure'

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape has defended plans to give millions of dollars to a local company for the development of an unknown COVID-19 treatment.

 


 

30/10/2020

Zero Hedge

Melbourne Parties As 112-Day COVID-19 Lockdown Comes To An End

After 112 days and countless arrests, fines and protests, Australia's second-most-populous state is finally free from lockdown. The city of Melbourne, the capital and largest metro center of Australia's coronavirus-hammered Victoria state, exited lockdown on Wednesday, leaving businesses and residents to cope with the aftermath of months of forced closures for an virus that has so far killed fewer than 1,000 people in the entire country.

 


 

30/10/2020

SBS News

France and Germany plunge back into lockdown as second coronavirus wave sweeps Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown on Wednesday, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before the winter.

 


 

30/10/2020

9 News

New research recommends 'COVID toes' be added to virus testing criteria

Swollen, purple toes is emerging as a consistent symptom among patients with COVID-19, new research has shown.

 


 

30/10/2020

9 News

'What was unprecedented is now our future': Royal Commission bushfire report released

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has handed down its recommendations following one of the most devastating bushfire seasons in history.

 


 

29/10/2020

ABC News

NSW coronavirus cases increase by five with four locally acquired cases

Health authorities in NSW have confirmed four new locally acquired coronavirus infections in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday. The source of one of the infections is under investigation while the other three are linked to this mystery infection.

 


 

29/10/2020

ABC News

Thunderstorm asthma season is on now. Are we ready for another event if it happens during COVID-19?

Melbourne's 2016 thunderstorm asthma event was the largest and most devastating thunderstorm asthma event ever recorded worldwide, says Frank Thien, director of respiratory medicine at Eastern Health. It resulted in over 3,500 emergency presentations, 35 ICU admissions and 10 deaths. The majority of those affected were younger people. "Of the people who turned up into our EDs in the thousands in 2016, the median age was 32," Professor Thien says.

 


 

29/10/2020

ABC News

This wet weather won't last, the next zero-day crisis could be just around the corner

The 2017 to 2019 period was the hottest and driest three-year stretch ever recorded for the Murray-Darling Basin. As a result water storages dwindled and the zero-day clock — the time given before a town runs dry — began ticking. It was a level of water stress that many people in these towns had never before experienced.

 


 

29/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Air pollution may factor in Covid-19 deaths, with East Asia worst hit: study

Researchers say 15 per cent of global fatalities from the respiratory disease could be linked to long-term exposure to pollutants. This doesn’t mean there is a direct cause and effect relationship but it could be a ‘co-factor’, they say.

 


 

29/10/2020

Reuters

France and Germany thrust into lockdown as second COVID-19 wave sweeps Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown on Wednesday, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before the winter.

 


 

28/10/2020

7 News

Queensland braces for more wild weather after been lashed by severe storms

A month’s rain and tennis ball-sized hailstones have been dumped from the Darling Downs to the Sunshine Coast as severe storms lashed southeast Queensland.

 


 

28/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Russia starts making second Covid-19 vaccine as cases rise

Output of the second vaccine, which has yet to complete trials, will ramp up by the end of the year, says the head of Russia’s public health watchdog. Unlike Sputnik V, Russia’s second vaccine is a mix of short amino-acid chains, called peptides, that induce an immune response.

 


 

28/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Production of Covid-19 vaccine could top 16 billion doses, but delivery is still a challenge

Manufacturing limits, a nation’s health care system and intellectual property rights could all affect which countries receive vaccines and how quickly. Of 16 billion doses manufacturers expect to make next year, over 8 billion have already been committed to countries.

 


 

27/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Oxford coronavirus vaccine prompts immune response in young and old adults: AstraZeneca

The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, also triggers lower adverse responses among the elderly, AstraZeneca says. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be one of the first large pharmaceutical companies to secure regulatory approval.

 


 

27/10/2020

Zero Hedge

US Approves $2.4BN Coastal Defense Missile Sale To Taiwan Amid China Sanctions Retaliation

The State Department has made the official announcement late in the day Monday of US approval for up to 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems and related weapons equipment to be sold to Taiwan in a deal estimated at $2.37 billion.

 


 

27/10/2020

SBS News

The government's COVIDSafe app dubbed a 'huge bungle' after tracing just 17 unique infections

The COVIDSafe app has identified 17 unknown cases not otherwise uncovered through manual tracing methods across the country.

 


 

27/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Herd immunity case weakens with Covid-19 the leading cause of death among young in some US regions: study

British study finds more than 70 per cent of young coronavirus patients had one or more damaged organs four months after infection

 


 

27/10/2020

SBS News

An end to lockdown: Here’s what you can do in Melbourne from midnight tonight

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced sweeping changes to Melbourne’s coronavirus restrictions, saying “now is the time to open up”.

 


 

26/10/2020

ABC News

World Health Organization expert Mike Ryan warns ten per cent of global population may have contracted COVID-19

Roughly one in 10 people may have been infected with coronavirus, leaving the vast majority of the world's population vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease it causes, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

 


 

26/10/2020

SBS News

Spain announces new state of emergency as global coronavirus infections surge to record high

Spain declared a national state of emergency on Sunday to tackle a second coronavirus wave as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a third straight day of record new infections around the world.

 


 

26/10/2020

9 News

Extreme storms with golf ball-sized hail lash Queensland and NSW

Wild storms have lashed parts of Australia's east coast, bringing heavy rain, large golf-ball-sized hailstones and damaging winds, and sparking severe weather warnings for two states.

 


 

26/10/2020

ABC News

Box Hill Hospital coronavirus outbreak that sparked northern Melbourne cases highlights flaws in healthcare system, doctor says

A doctor on the Victorian Government's healthcare worker infections taskforce says the Box Hill Hospital cluster that led to an outbreak across Melbourne's north highlights ongoing weaknesses in infection control standards in hospitals.

 


 

22/10/2020

SBS News

Five new coronavirus cases in Victoria as residents of five Melbourne suburbs urged to get tested for coronavirus

Residents of a tower block in Melbourne's north have been told to isolate for 48 hours after being linked to a nearby school where a student tested positive.

 


 

22/10/2020

Sky News

Economy losing $319 million per day due to travel restrictions

The Business Council of Australia is pushing for domestic travel to reopen by Christmas to prevent travel restrictions from crippling the economy.

 


 

22/10/2020

SBS News

Spain surpasses one million coronavirus infections as western Europe falls back into lockdown

Spain, which is home to around 47 million people, is only the sixth country in the world to pass this toll - after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Argentina.

 


 

22/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Vaccine test volunteer dies during Oxford-AstraZeneca trial in Brazil

Case is first death reported in worldwide vaccine trials, though media reports say deceased had received a placebo. Study organisers say independent review found no safety concerns and testing would continue.

 


 

21/10/2020

Sky News

Big Aussie employers call for big changes in open letter to Victorian govt

The people in charge of seven of the country's largest employers are calling for the Victorian government to let people go back to work. The bosses of Wesfarmers, Coca-Cola Amatil, BHP, The Commonwealth Bank, Orica, Newcrest Mining and Incitec Pivot have written an open letter, pleading for the state's economy to be kick-started urgently.

 


 

21/10/2020

ABC News

COVID-19's effects on the heart: Here's what we know so far

Matters of the heart are complex — so it should come as little surprise just how complicated the heart's relationship with coronavirus seems to be. Around one in four people hospitalised with COVID-19 suffer heart damage, according to new research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 


 

21/10/2020

SBS News

'We need a new system': Growing calls for alternatives to mandatory hotel quarantine for returning Australians

The federal government has increased Australia's hotel quarantine cap, but frustrated people abroad say they want better options.

 


 

21/10/2020

SBS News

Hillsong founder Brian Houston blasts 'inconsistent' coronavirus church rules

Hillsong founder Brian Houston says Christians are being discriminated against, as congregations at church services remain at just 100.

 


 

21/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: it will be the biggest, fastest vaccine distribution plan ever – but can it work?

The stakes are high for Covax, which not only aims to stop the pandemic but at the same time treat nations, rich and poor, fairly and equitably. The programme is about US$200 million short of its US$2 billion 2020 target in finance for poorer countries.

 


 

20/10/2020

South China Morning Post

China-Australia relations: coal, cotton curbs could violate trade rules, lawyers say

It was reported last week that Chinese authorities had started asking importers verbally not to buy Australian coal and cotton. The moves could violate World Trade Organization rules, as well as the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

 


 

20/10/2020

ABC News

Victoria's 'unusual' new coronavirus case could be a false positive or a re-infection, CHO says

One of the four new cases reported in Victoria yesterday is still under investigation. Health officials are determining whether it's a confirmed re-infection, or a person still shedding the virus months after being infected. If it is the "tail-end of a really long infection", the case will be removed as a false positive.

 


 

20/10/2020

SBS News

Global coronavirus cases surpass 40 million as second wave sweeps Europe

A raft of European nations including Italy and Belgium took urgent new measures on Monday to combat a second wave of coronavirus infections as the worldwide caseload topped 40 million.

 


 

20/10/2020

Sky News

Fears hotel quarantine could have exposed 243 people to HIV, Hep B, Hep C

Hundreds of people who passed through Victoria’s hotel quarantine program could have potentially been exposed to blood borne diseases – including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C – between March 29 and August 20 after a testing mishap.

 


 

19/10/2020

9 News

Victoria reluctantly part of trans-Tasman bubble as more New Zealanders enter

The Victorian government says New Zealanders are free to travel into the state despite Premier Daniel Andrews fuming over 65 Kiwis entering from New South Wales.

 


 

19/10/2020

South China Morning Post

China GDP: economy grew by 4.9 per cent in third quarter of 2020

China’s economy grew by 4.9 per cent in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, accelerating from growth of 3.2 per cent growth in the second quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced on Monday.

 


 

19/10/2020

SBS News

Fukushima To Dump 1 Million Tons Of Radioactive Water Into Pacific

Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is expected to release more than one million tonnes of treated radioactive water from the destroyed nuclear power plant into the ocean after the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, according to the Asian Nikkei Review.

 


 

19/10/2020

SBS News

No quarantine for New Zealanders arriving in Victoria, Daniel Andrews says

At least 90 New Zealand travellers have flown to Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania after arriving in Sydney, despite only NSW and the Northern Territory agreeing to the trans-Tasman bubble.

 


 

19/10/2020

SBS News

No quarantine for New Zealanders arriving in Victoria, Daniel Andrews says

At least 90 New Zealand travellers have flown to Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania after arriving in Sydney, despite only NSW and the Northern Territory agreeing to the trans-Tasman bubble.

 


 

19/10/2020

9 News

'Why isn't it today?' Treasurer hits out at Victorian leaders for not allowing shops and pubs to open

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has hit out at Victorian leaders for not easing restrictions fast enough, saying they're showing "callous indifference" over job losses.

 


 

19/10/2020

9 News

How tiny beetles are killing California's giant sequoia trees

If there was ever a David and Goliath battle, this is it. A pinhead-sized beetle, no more than a couple of millimetres long, versus a giant sequoia tree, taller than a football field and older than the Bible.

 


 

16/10/2020

ABC News

The Liberal National Party says Queensland's unemployment rate is higher than Victoria's, despite the lockdown there. What are the facts?

In this week's newsletter, we look at a claim emanating from the Liberal National Party of Queensland, which issued a social media post slamming the Labor Government and claiming Queensland's unemployment rate is higher than Victoria's, despite tougher restrictions having been imposed in the southern state.

 


 

16/10/2020

Yahoo News

China-Australia relations: Canberra ‘keeping the door open’ as questions swirl over coal import ban

Canberra’s response to China’s ban on Australian coal exports has hinted at more conciliatory engagement with Beijing, but former diplomats and analysts said it was too early to tell if tensions have eased.

 


 

16/10/2020

SBS News

Amid COVID surge, WHO urges Europe to step up controls now to save lives

New infections are hitting 100,000 cases a day in Europe, with the continent registering the highest weekly incidence of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

 


 

16/10/2020

SBS News

Amid COVID surge, WHO urges Europe to step up controls now to save lives

New infections are hitting 100,000 cases a day in Europe, with the continent registering the highest weekly incidence of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

 


 

16/10/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus hard border row amps up as Mathias Cormann accuses WA Premier of playing politics

Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says the "truth is finally seeping out" over WA's hard border closure, accusing the State Government of keeping it closed to some states without justification.

 


 

16/10/2020

9 News

What step three out of lockdown could look like for Melbourne

Melbourne will move to a variation of step three of its roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday, although restrictions are not expected to drastically ease as first planned.

 


 

16/10/2020

9 News

Victoria's tough lockdowns under review today, as pubs cry out for permission to reopen

The state's controversial five-kilometre movement limit will be reviewed when new modelling is done today, with hopes it could be expanded to 20-kilometres.

 


 

15/10/2020

ABC News

Grain forecast to fall millions of tonnes short as West Australian farmers start harvest

The state's harvest estimate is expected to be scaled back to under 12 million tonnes. WA farmers have made a steady start to their harvest programs, delivering 3,000 tonnes so far. While some areas have struggled, growers in the northern wheatbelt are hoping for an average season.

 


 

15/10/2020

SBS News

Unemployment edges higher but remains below 7 per cent

Australia's unemployment rate has edged up from 6.8 to 6.9 per cent, with almost 30,000 jobs lost last month. Economists had been expecting a bigger rise, after the unemployment rate unexpectedly dipped in August from a high of 7.5 per cent in July.

 


 

15/10/2020

RT

O is good to go? Blood type plays key role in vulnerability to Covid-19, new research claims

A person’s blood type could play a key role in their vulnerability to Covid-19, with type O people less likely to catch the bug while types A and AB are most at risk, freshly released research has found. Two independent studies published on Wednesday found that blood type O is something of a security blanket when it comes to coronavirus. Those with this blood type were found to be less likely to catch the disease and also had a reduced risk of suffering severe complications if they do get sick.

 


 

15/10/2020

Sky News

BHP confirms drop in Chinese coal demand

The chairman of mining giant BHP has admitted China's demand for the company's coal has fallen as fears escalate over a freeze of Australian exports. BHP Chairman Ken MacKenzie revealed a number of BHP's Chinese customers have asked to defer shipments of Queensland coal.

 


 

15/10/2020

Sky News

BHP confirms drop in Chinese coal demand

The chairman of mining giant BHP has admitted China's demand for the company's coal has fallen as fears escalate over a freeze of Australian exports. BHP Chairman Ken MacKenzie revealed a number of BHP's Chinese customers have asked to defer shipments of Queensland coal.

 


 

15/10/2020

ABC News

Shepparton coronavirus testing facilities overwhelmed but officials promise more capacity will be available soon

Three positive cases in the northern Victorian city have prompted hundreds to try to get tested. Jeroen Weimar apologised for delays and said more testing resources would be in place as soon as possible. Local residents are bitterly disappointed at the outbreak saying just one "intruder" has caused havoc.

 


 

15/10/2020

Sky News

Victoria truckie super spreader could face criminal charges

A Melbourne truck driver – who has been identified as a coronavirus super spreader – has been referred to Victoria Police for illegal travel movements which prompted a surge of infections in regional Victoria.

 


 

15/10/2020

ABC News

WHO Doctor says lockdowns should not be main coronavirus defence

The World Health Organisation is now urging governments worldwide to stop using lockdowns as their primary method of controlling the spread of COVID-19.

 


 

15/10/2020

SBS News

Daniel Andrews' office vandalised as discontent simmers around Victoria's coronavirus restrictions

Daniel Andrews’ office has been vandalised for the second time in less than a month, as disquiet about Victoria’s coronavirus lockdown continues to simmer.

 


 

14/10/2020

BBC News

Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995

Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995 due to warmer seas driven by climate change, a study has found. Scientists found all types of corals had suffered a decline across the world's largest reef system.

 


 

14/10/2020

SBS News

Climate change, pandemics and 'fascist extremism' are among Australia's biggest security risks, says Home Affairs chief

Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo said Australia's national security faces threats from the natural world, not just armed attacks.

 


 

14/10/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus case numbers in Victoria and New South Wales are similar. So why is Sydney open and Melbourne in lockdown?

Daniel Andrews' Government is facing an increasingly restless public and calls from the State Opposition and Federal Government to ease the state's tough lockdown to restrictions more like NSW's.

 


 

14/10/2020

Sky News

Coronavirus shutdowns 'are not about politics now' as mental health crisis emerges

Labor MP Peter Khalil said leaders and politicians cannot sacrifice the health and wellbeing of the people under their care for the sake of attempting to eradicate the coronavirus. Health figures released by this morning by the government revealed more than one million Australians had sought mental health support and resources during the pandemic.

 


 

14/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Chinese steel mills begin ‘diverting’ Australian coking coal as Canberra seeks clarification on reported ban

Australian coking coal ordered by Chinese steel mills is being diverted following a ban by Beijing, analysts say. Canberra says it is seeking answers from Chinese government, but stresses China is ‘an important regional partner’.

 


 

13/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong researchers find common ulcer drug could be effective in halting coronavirus replication in patients

Researchers say the drug could be as effective as the new Covid-19 drug remdesivir, which is currently in short supply amid the pandemic. The medication, which contains the metal bismuth, works by interrupting the process by which the virus replicates inside cells.

 


 

13/10/2020

SBS News

'Wilfully destructive': Natural disasters nearly double under climate change, UN says

A sharp increase in major disaster events in the last 20 years is largely attributable to a rise in climate-related disasters, a UN report has said.

 


 

13/10/2020

SBS News

Victorian COVID-19 cases stay in double figures as Premier Daniel Andrews faces no-confidence motion

Victoria has recorded 12 new coronavirus cases and one death, in the state's sixth-straight day of cases in the double figures.

 


 

13/10/2020

SBS News

Australian government aware of reports Chinese companies 'given notice' to stop importing coal

International commodity news outlets reported on Monday that several Chinese power companies had been given an order to stop importing Australian coal, amid ongoing tensions.

 


 

13/10/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus restrictions in UK move to tiered lockdown system as PM Boris Johnson announces new measures

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has introduced a tiered lockdown system for local authorities in England, including shutting down pubs in the north-western city of Liverpool, as the country struggles to contain rising coronavirus infections.

 


 

12/10/2020

BBC News

How Covid-19 is changing the flu

Humanity hasn’t always lived with the flu. Could this era of social distancing hasten its demise?

 


 

12/10/2020

Zero Hedge

7 Predictions: How 2020 Comes To An End

America is at a crossroads with revolution on our doorstep. On one side are the Patriots; those who seek to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. On the other side are Marxist insurrectionists; those who believe that America is evil and the cause of so many problems in world.

 


 

12/10/2020

Zero Hedge

WHO Flip-Flops: Urges World Leaders To Stop Using Lockdowns To Fight COVID Contagion

In a stunning rebuke of the "science" and the "doctors" and leftist politicians and career bureaucrats in the US and across much of The West, The Epoch Times' Evan Pentchoukov reports that The World Health Organization’s special envoy on COVID-19 has urged world leaders to stop using lockdowns as the primary control method against the spread of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

 


 

12/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Another Los Angeles County child diagnosed with rare Covid-19-related syndrome, bringing total to 41

Another Los Angeles County child has been diagnosed with a rare, potentially deadly syndrome believed to be related to the coronavirus, according to the county Health Department, bringing the total number of children with the ailment in the region to 41.

 


 

12/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Under fire, Boris Johnson to unveil new coronavirus measures to stem spread in UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out new measures to try to contain a growing coronavirus crisis on Monday, outlining three new alert levels to better coordinate the government’s under-fire response.

 


 

12/10/2020

SBS News

North Korea unveils 'monster' new missile in coronavirus-defying parade

Analysts have described the previously-unseen intercontinental ballistic missile as the largest of its kind anywhere.

 


 

12/10/2020

ABC News

Sydney news: Labor steps up fight for mandatory masks on public transport

There are renewed calls from the NSW Opposition for face masks to be made mandatory on public transport after a confirmed COVID-19 case travelled on a Sydney bus.

 


 

12/10/2020

9 News

Trump says he's virus free and 'immune', ready for campaign trail

President Donald Trump declared he was healthy enough to return to the campaign trail, a day after the White House doctor said he was no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus, but did not say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it.

 


 

12/10/2020

9 News

Thunderstorms in Queensland, Perth set for warm spell

A broad low pressure trough over central and southeast WA is generating showers and storms, some severe.

 


 

12/10/2020

News Corp

Coronavirus Australia: Northern Territory removes Sydney from COVID-19 hotspot list

It has been off limits for months – but from today, Sydneysiders can finally cross the border without two weeks of quarantine.

 


 

12/10/2020

News Corp

Coronavirus: WA could face harder domestic border restrictions, Premier Mark McGowan says

The WA Premier warns the “easy decision” to bring the state’s hard border down could bring on stricter restrictions for the hardlined state.

 


 

12/10/2020

News Corp

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles resigns

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has responded after his right hand man made the shock decision to stand down over crucial phone records.

 


 

9/10/2020

Zero Hedge

Did The WHO Just (Accidentally) Confirm COVID Is No More Dangerous Than Flu?

The World Health Organization has finally confirmed what we (and many experts and studies) have been saying for months – the coronavirus is no more deadly or dangerous than seasonal flu.

 


 

9/10/2020

The Australian

Department of Health investigates coronavirus outbreak at Box Hill Hospital

Health authorities are scrambling to contain an outbreak at a Melbourne hospital before the government decides next week if the city can be freed of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

 


 

9/10/2020

9 News

Coronavirus alerts for another Sydney restaurant, seven train services and two bus services

Health alerts have been issued for another Sydney restaurant, seven train services and two bus services linked to New South Wales' newest coronavirus cases.

 


 

9/10/2020

Today News

Vaccine researchers 'alarmed' after discovering COVID-19 strain has evolved

One of Australia's leading vaccine researchers has admitted to being "alarmed" after discovering the global COVID-19 strain has evolved.

 


 

8/10/2020

Youtube

Explaining the budget with...rice

 


 

8/10/2020

9 News

Severe weather warning issued for Tasmania, with flash flooding and 100kph gusts expected

Rain has begun falling in Tasmania's north and east, with flash flooding and wind gusts of up to 115 kilometres per hour forecast for parts of the state.

 


 

8/10/2020

9 News

Weather forecast Australia: Severe weather warnings for several states as La Nina arrives in Australia

Several states are bracing for an intensifying system forecast to dump up to 120 millimetres of rain and cause possible flash flooding as La Nina arrives in Australia.

 


 

8/10/2020

Science Daily

Supercharged 'clones' spark scarlet fever's re-emergence

A University of Queensland-led team of international researchers says supercharged "clones" of the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes are to blame for the resurgence of the disease, which has caused high death rates for centuries.

 


 

8/10/2020

9 News

Weather forecast Australia: Severe weather warnings for several states as La Nina arrives in Australia

Several states are bracing for an intensifying system forecast to dump up to 120 millimetres of rain and cause possible flash flooding as La Nina arrives in Australia.

 


 

8/10/2020

9 News

Trump returns to Oval Office and tweets up storm, says he 'feels great'

President Donald Trump returned to the Oval Office today for the first time since being discharged from hospital due to COVID-19.

 


 

8/10/2020

RT News

A scientific review of the science behind lockdown concludes the policy was a MISTAKE & will have caused MORE deaths from Covid-19

The report, analysing the information available to UK policymakers in March, says schools shouldn’t have shut, that only vulnerable groups like the old should have been isolated, & that herd immunity may have been a better route.

 


 

8/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Study on infant in Brazil suggests coronavirus ‘does not efficiently spread into brain’

A one-year-old infant who died from Covid-19 had a concentration of the virus in just a small part of the brain, suggesting it may have a limited ability to reproduce there, according to Brazilian researchers.

 


 

8/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Study on infant in Brazil suggests coronavirus ‘does not efficiently spread into brain’

A one-year-old infant who died from Covid-19 had a concentration of the virus in just a small part of the brain, suggesting it may have a limited ability to reproduce there, according to Brazilian researchers.

 


 

8/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Australia budget to bolster supply chains, domestic industry post-coronavirus and amid China turmoil

Australia’s new budget commits funding to help diversify supply chains and support domestic manufacturing as disruptions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak and continued trade frictions with China have reinforced the need for self-sufficiency.

 


 

7/10/2020

SBS News

Australia's net migration intake drops to negative levels for the first time since World War II

Australia’s net migration intake is set to fall into negative levels for the first time since World War II and not recover to pre-pandemic levels for more than four years, the federal budget revealed on Tuesday.

 


 

7/10/2020

ABC News

NSW confirms three locally acquired coronavirus cases as Queensland 'border clock' resets

For the first time in almost two weeks health authorities in NSW have discovered locally acquired coronavirus infections.

 


 

7/10/2020

SBS News

Australia's budget assumes a coronavirus vaccine will be ready next year. Is that likely?

The Australian federal budget, unveiled on Tuesday, bases several assumptions on Australians having access to a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.

 


 

7/10/2020

Zero Hedge

The Pandemic That Killed Debate

Carl Sagan famously said, “the cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.” This wisdom has been sadly forsaken during the COVID19 pandemic, when one powerful narrative has taken not only the public, but the scientific community, by storm.

 


 

7/10/2020

Zero Hedge

The Pandemic That Killed Debate

Carl Sagan famously said, “the cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.” This wisdom has been sadly forsaken during the COVID19 pandemic, when one powerful narrative has taken not only the public, but the scientific community, by storm.

 


 

7/10/2020

Politico News

Trump advisers consult scientists pushing disputed herd immunity strategy

The Trump administration’s health chief met Monday with a trio of scientists who back the controversial theory that the United States can quickly and safely achieve widespread immunity to the coronavirus by allowing it to spread unfettered among healthy people.

 


 

6/10/2020

ABC News

Excel glitch leads to nearly 16,000 confirmed coronavirus cases going unreported in United Kingdom

The British Government has launched an investigation into how nearly 16,000 new coronavirus infections went unreported as a result of a technical glitch.

 


 

6/10/2020

SBS News

Is this the event that caused coronavirus to start surging through the White House?

At least eight people who attended an event at the White House Rose Garden a week ago have since been diagnosed with COVID-19, including US President Donald Trump.

 


 

6/10/2020

Zero Hedge

Lockdown: The New Totalitarianism

The means of transition usually involve the takeover and deployment of society’s most powerful tool: the state. For this reason, ideologies trend totalitarian. They depend fundamentally on overriding people’s preferences and choices and replacing them with scripted and planned belief systems and behaviors.

 


 

6/10/2020

9 News

Bali's exploding coronavirus death rate could make island last place Aussies return to

Deserted beaches resemble those of the 1980s before the island's tourism boom and Kuta's party strip has an undeniably eerie vibe with dance floors and bar tables empty and rarely a reveller in sight.

 


 

6/10/2020

RT News

Trump leaves hospital after being treated for Covid-19, as Democrats slam him for setting ‘dangerous' example with quick return

US President Donald Trump has been discharged from the Walter Reed Medical Center after having spent three days being treated for the coronavirus. Democrats have accused him of rushing his release for the sake of politics.

 


 

6/10/2020

South China Morning Post

From no symptoms to sudden death: immune system holds clues to wide range of coronavirus outcomes

One of Covid-19’s scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms and others rapidly die – and scientists are starting to unravel why.

 


 

5/10/2020

The Independent

South Korea donates 50,000 tonnes of rice to North as 10 million people at risk of starvation

South Korea is donating 50,000 tonnes of rice and £3.5m to North Korea as a severe drought and resulting food shortages puts 10.1m at risk of starvation.

 


 

5/10/2020

The Independent

Billionaires should help fight hunger amid Covid-19, says UN

Billionaires should "step up" and do more to help prevent millions dying of hunger during the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the UN's World Food Programme said.

 


 

5/10/2020

Zero Hedge

The Police Are Requesting Data From People's Smart-Speakers At An Alarming Rate

Nearly ten years ago, writers like Brandon Turbeville and others were warning that “smart technology” and the “internet of things” were being developed for surveillance and manipulation purposes. (Despite the companies’ claims of greater convenience.) We’ve been in a virtual dragnet for years.

 


 

5/10/2020

The Independent

Coronavirus: How to stay safe on a flight

Whether it’s with enthusiasm or hesitation, there’s no denying that more and more passengers are taking to the skies again once more.

 


 

5/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Leaked documents reveal tougher coronavirus measures and new lockdown planned for England

A new three-tier lockdown is being planned for England, The Guardian newspaper reported, citing leaked government documents which revealed tougher measures that could be implemented locally or nationally if the government fails to get Covid-19 cases under control.

 


 

5/10/2020

The Independent

Hunger on the rise in South Sudan with 1.5 million on brink of starvation, despite peace deal

Rebecca has eaten nothing for seven days. The emaciated mother of five, 38, recently injured her arm while gathering wild fruit – and in South Sudan‘s punishing dry season, this is all her family have lived off for months.

 


 

5/10/2020

9 News

Northern Territory on flood watch as it prepares for biggest rainfall in years

Significant rain is expected over the coming days across southern parts of the Northern Territory as a slow-moving low pressure trough, fed with tropical moisture, lingers over the region.

 


 

5/10/2020

9 News

Northern Territory on flood watch as it prepares for biggest rainfall in years

Significant rain is expected over the coming days across southern parts of the Northern Territory as a slow-moving low pressure trough, fed with tropical moisture, lingers over the region.

 


 

5/10/2020

9 News

Countries across Europe set grim COVID-19 records as restrictions are reimposed

As Europe transitions from summer into autumn, countries that claimed to have the coronavirus under control are once again seeing a surge in infections.

 


 

2/10/2020

9 News

Premier announces softer restrictions along Western Australia's 'hard border'

The Western Australian government has announced a cautious softening of its border restrictions, with hotel quarantine no longer mandatory.

 


 

2/10/2020

South China Morning Post

Donald Trump’s four years in power has ‘totally changed manufacturing’, say US firms forced to rethink supply chains

When Donald Trump was elected US President in 2016, almost all of M Group Corporation’s high-end hotel furniture fittings were made in China.

 


 

2/10/2020

Zero Hedge

President Trump, First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

Update (0100ET): President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Thursday night tweet. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" he added.

 


 

2/10/2020

ABC News

Overseas travellers in hotel quarantine become SA's latest coronavirus cases

A man and a woman in hotel quarantine have been confirmed as South Australia's latest coronavirus cases.

 


 

2/10/2020

RT News

Threats of house arrest and sacking will not be enough to persuade people to take the Covid vaccine

The establishment's push for a compulsory Covid vaccine is well underway, with top medical journal the NEJM the latest to call for one. But people power is against them, and no amount of propaganda will help them get their way.

 


 

1/10/2020

SBS News

Victoria's coronavirus death toll hits 800 amid two new fatalities and 15 new cases

The number of mystery cases of COVID-19 and its 14-day average continues to fall.

 


 

1/10/2020

South China Morning Post

China launches largest maritime patrol ship amid rising regional tensions

Vessel will be used to manage and control maritime traffic, help with emergency support and safeguard nation’s interests, transport ministry says. It could also be used to boost so-called grey zone tactics in contested waters, according to analyst.

 


 

1/10/2020

ABC News

WA coronavirus border won't come down until 28 days of no community spread anywhere in Australia

The threshold to open the border is 28 days without community spread. Epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws says there are better targets.

 


 

1/10/2020

Business Insider

Greenland ice sheet loss already 'unprecedented' and set to accelerate

Worst-case predictions say Greenland will be melting 600 per cent faster than its present rate by the end of the century. That alone could add around 30 centimetres to sea levels, without accounting for Antarctic melting. Cutting our emissions rapidly buys us time to adapt to rising sea levels.

 


 

30/09/2020

News.com.au

Victoria’s opposition wants to re-open hotel quarantine inquiry’s evidentiary phase

There are growing demands for Daniel Andrews to reopen the hotel quarantine inquiry after damning new evidence emerged about the scheme.

 


 

30/09/2020

Independent

Armenia claims fighter jet shot down by Turkey as conflict with Azerbaijan grows

Armenia said that one of its fighter jets was shot down in its confrontation with Azerbaijan, blaming Turkey’s air force despite denials by both Ankara and Baku. The downing of the plane underscored the threat of recently renewed fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region expanding beyond the breakaway enclave and raising the possibility of all-out war between the two neighbours and the involvement of regional powers.

 


 

30/09/2020

South China Morning Post

China’s shadow looms as New Caledonia decides whether to leave France

The Pacific island territory will hold its second vote on whether to go its own way, after the first referendum in 2018 saw 57 per cent vote to remain. With China increasingly making its presence felt in the region, there are fears that New Caledonia could fall under its influence.

 


 

30/09/2020

ABC News

Victoria records 13 new coronavirus cases, four deaths as Melbourne's 14-day average continues falling

Victoria has recorded 13 new coronavirus infections and four deaths overnight, with the 14-day rolling infection averages in Melbourne and regional areas falling again. Metropolitan Melbourne's 14-day average has dropped from 18.2 yesterday to 16.4 today.

 


 

30/09/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus experts cautiously support Scott Morrison's plan for 'safe' international arrivals

Since March, overseas arrivals have been required to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine. But the Government is mulling whether visitors from "safe" nations can quarantine at home instead Epidemiologists say while the plan could work, any major breach would be disastrous.

 


 

30/09/2020

SBS News

Australian jobseekers could soon be incentivised to work on regional farms

The federal budget due on Tuesday will likely include measures to help plug labour shortages in the farm sector threatening the harvest of fruit and vegetables.

 


 

30/09/2020

SBS News

Australia has a widespread coronavirus travel ban. Why is Cardinal George Pell able to leave the country?

Cardinal George Pell has departed Sydney for Rome, despite a ban preventing Australian citizens travelling overseas.

 


 

29/09/2020

News.com.au

The huge weather change coming this summer - La Nina declared

A massive shift in one of Australia’s key climate drivers has been declared today and that could bring a dramatic change to summer weather.

 


 

29/09/2020

News.com.au

Mandatory hotel quarantine could be replaced with home detention

The PM has confirmed Australia’s mandatory hotel quarantine scheme could be scrapped in favour of a system that allows home detention.

 


 

29/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: US case of reinfection ‘may affect vaccine research’

Scientists say a patient in a Seattle nursing home tested positive for a mutated strain a few months after recovering from an earlier variety. Findings suggest that the antibodies formed after the first infection did not offer strong protection against the second, team says.

 


 

29/09/2020

SBS News

When the coronavirus pandemic hit Africa, experts predicted disaster. But that hasn't happened

Puzzled scientists are now trying to understand why Africa's fatality rates have been lower than predicted.

 


 

29/09/2020

SBS News

Coronavirus tests that give results in minutes to be rolled out around the world, WHO says

Low and middleincome countries will get access to more than 100 million rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

 


 

29/09/2020

ABC News

How coronavirus is linked to an increase in complex mental illness, including psychosis, in young adults and older people

While it was still very early days in the pandemic, evidence from a handful of papers from other viral diseases, including SARS and MERS, and studies from the unfolding situation in Asia suggested coronavirus might actually lead to an increase in people experiencing psychosis. The onset of psychosis is usually seen in people in their late teens to early 20s. But the data coming out of China suggested there was also a significant increase in people in their 50s and 60s experiencing psychosis for the first time.

 


 

25/09/2020

South China Morning Post

‘Lockdown Lite’: nations test new strategy to fight coronavirus outbreaks

Fresh off a summer of relative freedom after harsh lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic, Europe is trying a new strategy to halt next coronavirus surge: Lockdown Lite. This comes as the European Union’s disease control agency warned that seven EU countries are of “high concern” because of rising virus death rates.

 


 

25/09/2020

Off Guardian

UK’s “Daily Covid Deaths” didn’t die in one day & didn’t all have Covid

It won’t surprise any of you to learn that they are STILL manipulating the “daily deaths” numbers.

 


 

25/09/2020

7 News

Westpac fined a record $1.3 billion for anti-money laundering law breaches

Westpac has agreed to pay a $1.3 billion penalty for breaching anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing laws.

 


 

25/09/2020

Off Guardian

COVID World – Resist!

COVID 19 is being used to create a global fascist dictatorship. From New Zealand to the the U.S, so called western democracies have adopted and developed the Chinese model of technocracy to create a single biosecurity State.

 


 

24/09/2020

Sky News

Damning documents reveal PM urged Andrews to accept ADF support

Letters obtained exclusively by Sky News have revealed Prime Minister Scott Morrison pressured the Victorian Premier to accept ADF troops during the state's tragic second wave of COVID-19.

 


 

24/09/2020

South China Morning Post

China-US rivalry: Asian countries fear getting caught in a new Cold War

Despite their deep economic relations with China, some Southeast Asian nations are ‘starting to question whether a Chinese form of governance is palatable’, analyst says. The world ‘cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture’ UN secretary general says.

 


 

24/09/2020

South China Morning Post

China’s economy undergoing ‘two very different recoveries’, study that counters official data says

Independent research firm China Beige Book claims its survey shows an alternative narrative to Beijing’s official economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus. Survey of 3,300 firms across China shows a disjointed recovery away from the ‘corporate elites’ in the coastal hubs of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong.

 


 

24/09/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 12 new cases and two new deaths as easing of restrictions looms

Premier Daniel Andrews says he could go further than expected when he announces an easing of Melbourne's coronavirus restrictions.

 


 

24/09/2020

ABC News

Queensland aged care and hospital visits allowed from tomorrow after another day of zero coronavirus cases

Visitors will be allowed in aged care homes and hospitals across Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan from Friday, the Health Minister Steven Miles has announced. The announcement coincides with another day of no new cases in Queensland, and marking 14 days since the last suspected infectious case in the community.

 


 

24/09/2020

ABC News

Deepfake videos increasingly difficult to detect as people, computers struggle to keep up

A Facebook challenge revealed computers can only detect 65 per cent of deepfake videos. Melbourne researchers believe the human eye is no better at detecting fakes.

 


 

23/09/2020

Zero Hedge

COVID-19: Does Sweden Have Herd Immunity?

In spite of this relaxed attitude, the death rate has continued to drop. When I wrote the first article, I wrote that covid had killed under 6,000 people. How many people have died now, six weeks later? Actually, we’re still at under 6,000 deaths. On average, one to two people per day are dying of covid in Sweden at present, and that number continues to drop.

 


 

23/09/2020

American Institute for Economic Research

Open Letter from Medical Doctors and Health Professionals to All Belgian Authorities and All Belgian Media

The following letter has made an impact on public health authorities not only in Belgium but around the world. The text could pertain to any case in which states locked down their citizens rather than allow people freedom and permit medical professionals to bear the primary job of disease mitigation.

 


 

23/09/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus may increase risk of neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease

As scientists are still learning about how the coronavirus invades the brain and the long-term neurological consequences that poses, some fear we’re headed for a “silent” third wave, this time combined with Parkinson’s disease.

 


 

23/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: genetic mutation linked to schizophrenia may cause less severe Covid-19 symptoms

The rs4702 gene may let coronavirus replicate more rapidly, especially in the brain; a mutation in that gene may limit the illness but lead to schizophrenia. It may be good news for individuals but not the pandemic, with low levels of virus able to spread without being detected by the immune system.

 


 

23/09/2020

SBS News

Australia joins WHO-backed global COVAX pool to ensure coronavirus vaccine access

Australia is now at the front of the queue to access coronavirus vaccines, when they become available, after joining a global pool backed by the World Health Organisation. The COVID-19 facility known as COVAX gives Australia access to a large portfolio of vaccine candidates and manufacturers across the world.

 


 

23/09/2020

ABC News

Victoria records 15 new coronavirus cases and five deaths, Melbourne's daily case average below 30

Victoria has recorded 15 new coronavirus cases overnight and five more people with COVID-19 have died. Metropolitan Melbourne's daily new case average has dropped to 29.4, down from 32.8 yesterday, keeping the city on track for a slight easing of restrictions next Monday.

 


 

22/09/2020

ABC News

Hundreds of elephants died in mysterious circumstances. Now we may have an answer.

Earlier this year, in June, stories of mystery elephant deaths began filtering out of Botswana in southern Africa. The dying animals were said to be weak, emaciated, disorientated and even partially paralysed. A witness saw one stumbling in circles, unable to change direction.

 


 

22/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Chinese drug firm aims to roll out US$88 vaccine this year

China National Biotec Group is applying for conditional regulatory approval to start universal vaccination programme. Whole population could get shots in two or three years, if given the go-ahead, CNBG executive suggests.

 


 

22/09/2020

ABC News

Queensland to reopen borders to five local government areas of NSW

Queensland will extend its border zone to include five more areas in New South Wales. From 1:00am on October 1, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes local government areas will be able to travel into Queensland.

 


 

22/09/2020

ABC News

Climate change blamed as Arctic Ocean ice cover shrinks to second-lowest level on record

The lowest recorded level of Arctic sea ice was 3.4 million square kilometres in 2012. Temperatures for much of this year were 8 to 10 degrees Celsius above normal in the Siberian Arctic. Warming of the Arctic and the melting of sea ice changes weather further south.

 


 

22/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Britain raises coronavirus alert level, warning of high transmission

Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to unveil further restrictions to slow spread of Covid-19. Top medical officers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland warn of exponential increase, upgrade alert from three to four – the second-highest level.

 


 

22/09/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 28 new cases, three deaths as poll shows majority back Daniel Andrews' coronavirus response

Melbourne's 14-day case average fell to 32.8, well below the target of 50 to lift some virus restrictions from 28 September. Just 45 cases with an unknown source were recorded in the city in the past fortnight.

 


 

21/09/2020

South China Morning Post

China bans German pork imports after African swine fever case

China banned pork imports from Germany on Saturday after the EU country confirmed its first case of African swine fever last week, in a move set to hit German producers and push up global prices as China’s meat supplies tighten.

 


 

21/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: illness that halted AstraZeneca vaccine trial unlikely to be linked to shot, Oxford says

Symptoms that prompted the University of Oxford and partner AstraZeneca to pause trials evaluating their experimental coronavirus vaccine probably were not related to the shot itself, according to documents sent to participants.

 


 

21/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: constantly surprising virus found to be heat tolerant, self-healing and very resilient in lab tests

A research team in Hungary pinched the coronavirus with a fine needle to measure how much force it could take before popping like a balloon.

 


 

21/09/2020

60 Minutes

World-first research has discovered COVID-19 survivors could experience life-long symptoms and long-term side-effects

Researchers at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney studying more than 100 recovering COVID-19 patients have found that even those who experienced mild cases of the virus are being struck down by long-term side-effects.

 


 

21/09/2020

NewScientist

Is Sweden's coronavirus strategy a cautionary tale or a success story?

Sweden was one of the few European countries not to impose a compulsory lockdown. Its unusual strategy for tackling the coronavirus outbreak has been both hailed as a success and condemned as a failure. So which is it?

 


 

20/09/2020

Daily Mail

All passengers on Epstein's flight logs to be named 'sparking panic among rich pals'

EXCLUSIVE: The Attorney General for the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein had a home, has demanded logs for his four helicopters and three planes, from 1998 to his suicide last year.

 


 

18/09/2020

New York Times

First Famines of Coronavirus Era Are at World’s Doorstep, U.N. Warns

The first famines of the coronavirus era could soon hit four chronically food-deprived conflict areas — Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo — the top humanitarian official of the United Nations has warned.

 


 

18/09/2020

9 News

The 2020 bushfire season is coming, here's what you can expect

As Australians continue to grapple with one of the worst bushfire seasons the country has ever experienced, experts are urging people to prepare themselves once again.

 


 

18/09/2020

Zero Hedge

World Bank Warns Recovery Could Take "Five Years"

Global economic activity around the world has stabilized in mid-September, though far below pre-COVID-19 levels as recoveries risk reversing if monetary and fiscal stimulus is not continued at rates seen in the first half of 2020. We noted Wednesday, a new OECD report offered some hope the global downturn is not as severe as previously thought but is still viewed as an "unprecedented" decline.

 


 

18/09/2020

ABC News

Qantas boss Alan Joyce, business groups slam approach to state borders during coronavirus pandemic

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, tourism and business groups express their growing frustration over blanket state border closures they see as driven by politics not health advice.

 


 

18/09/2020

9 News

WHO warns of 'very serious situation' in Europe, with 'alarming rates' of virus transmission

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that coronavirus cases are surging alarmingly in Europe, as a "very serious situation" unfolds across the continent.

 


 

18/09/2020

9 News

Bacterial outbreak infects thousands after factory leak in China

Several thousand people in northwest China have tested positive for a bacterial disease, authorities said, in an outbreak caused by a leak at a biopharmaceutical company last year.

 


 

18/09/2020

9 News

Victoria records 45 new coronavirus cases and five deaths

Victoria has recorded a spike in coronavirus cases with 45 new infections as the state hits a grim new milestone of over 20,000 cases.

 


 

18/09/2020

9 News

Report sheds light on neurological condition suffered by COVID-19 vaccine trial participant

CNN has obtained an internal safety report by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca that sheds light on the neurological condition suffered by one of the participants in its coronavirus vaccine clinical trial.

 


 

17/09/2020

SBS News

Australia's new employment figures spur hopes of an economic recovery, with more than 100,000 new jobs created last month

The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 6.8 per cent in August from 7.5 per cent the previous month, fuelling optimism that Australia may have passed the worst of the pandemic recession.

 


 

17/09/2020

BBC

Covid pushes New Zealand into worst recession in years

New Zealand is in its deepest recession in decades, following strict measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic which were widely praised. The country's GDP shrank by 12.2% between April and June as the lockdown and border closures hit.

 


 

17/09/2020

News.com.au

Australia’s COVID-induced recession could last four long years

Experts fear Australia’s deep recession, sparked by coronavirus and lockdowns, could last for years – amid the worst jobs data in two decades.

 


 

17/09/2020

7 News

Grocery Fears

Vegetable prices in supermarkets are set to soar.

 


 

17/09/2020

7 News

Twitter suspends account of Chinese 'whistleblower' who claimed COVID was made in Wuhan lab

Twitter has suspended the account of a Chinese virologist who claimed to have proof COVID-19 was man-made in a Wuhan lab. Li-Meng Yan, a scientist who conducted some of the earliest research on coronavirus, posted her claims publicly on the open-access repository website Zenodo on September 14.

 


 

17/09/2020

Reuters

AstraZeneca's trial illnesses may not be due to COVID-19 shot - Oxford University

The adverse events that led to a pause in trials evaluating AstraZeneca Plc's AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine candidate may not have been associated with the vaccine itself, according to a document outlining participant information that was posted online by the Oxford University.

 


 

17/09/2020

SBS News

Melbourne residents face $5,000 fine if caught trying to sneak into regional Victoria

Beefed-up fines and roadblocks have been introduced to safeguard regional Victoria as it eases COVID-19 restrictions.

 


 

17/09/2020

SBS News

Regional Victorians awake to eased coronavirus rules while Melbourne residents remain within 'ring of steel'

Locked-down Melburnians are looking on with hope and envy as regional Victorians revel in eased COVID-19 restrictions.

 


 

17/09/2020

ABC News

Victoria records 28 new coronavirus cases as Melbourne's 14-day average drops

Victoria has recorded its lowest increase in coronavirus cases in about three months, as the state's 14-day averages continues to fall. The state reported 28 new infections overnight and eight further deaths with COVID-19.

 


 

16/09/2020

SBS News

Antibody study suggests at least 70,000 Australian coronavirus cases may have gone undetected

A study of COVID-19 antibodies suggests 71,400 Australians could have had the virus in July, meaning about 60,000 cases were undetected at that time.

 


 

16/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Chinese vaccine ready for use in November, top scientist says

Clinical trials have been progressing smoothly and preparations are being made to go into mass production, CDC’s chief biosafety expert Wu Guizhen says.

 


 

16/09/2020

News.com.au

Australian weather: Choking heat in WA, heavy rain in SA, NSW, Victoria

With choking heat in the west and significant rain in the east, Australia is set to be bookended by weird weather in the coming days.

 


 

16/09/2020

SBS News

Melbourne's 14-day case average drops below 50 as Victoria records 42 new infections and eight deaths

Victoria has had eight coronavirus deaths, taking the state's toll to 737 and the national figure to 824, as Melbourne's new cases average dropped below 50.

 


 

16/09/2020

News.com.au

Melbourne surrounded by ‘ring of steel’ as regional restrictions ease

A heavily policed “ring of steel” is forming around Melbourne as fears grow over city-dwellers attempting to sneak out for a taste of freedom.

 


 

16/09/2020

ABC News

Aged care residents giving up due to COVID-19 and isolation, nurses fear

Nurses sent in to help Melbourne's coronavirus-ravaged aged care facilities say they are gravely concerned for residents — even those without COVID-19 infections — who have been stuck in "solitary confinement" for months.

 


 

16/09/2020

ABC News

Could the Government make a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory in Australia?

Existing powers in Victoria and WA to require an individual to be vaccinated are impractical for use on a mass scale. Mandating a vaccine could contravene charters of human rights in some states. But governments have other means of encouraging vaccine uptake, such as withholding welfare payments.

 


 

15/09/2020

News.com.au

City closer to Adelaide than Melbourne locked down despite zero cases for five months

A city of 30,000 people closer to Adelaide than Melbourne is locked down despite zero cases for five months. They have a message for the Premier.

 


 

15/09/2020

South China Morning Post

From Australia to India and the Philippines, are coronavirus lockdowns working?

The state of Victoria has one of the world’s harshest restrictions on movement, while citizens in European capitals are patronising bars and restaurants. While lockdowns saved lives, they also inflicted huge social and economic costs – and experts say we will not know the full impact, good or bad, for decades.

 


 

15/09/2020

South China Morning Post

South China Sea heats up as Indonesia shadows Chinese ship near Natuna Islands

Jakarta lodges protest with Beijing after Chinese coastguard ship spends two days in its exclusive economic zone. Pursuit of the ship by Indonesia’s maritime security agency Bakamla shows a hardening of Indonesia’s stance, expert says.

 


 

15/09/2020

ABC News

Zero COVID-19 deaths yesterday in Victoria, with 42 new coronavirus cases recorded

Victoria has recorded 42 new coronavirus infections and no deaths overnight, as the 14-day case averages in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne continue to fall.

 


 

15/09/2020

Reuters

In Brazil, it’s not just the Amazon that’s burning. The world’s largest wetland is on fire too

A fire has been burning since mid-July in the remote wetlands of west-central Brazil, leaving in its wake a vast charred desolation bigger than New York City.

 


 

15/09/2020

Reuters

Potential sign of alien life detected on inhospitable Venus

Scientists said on Monday they have detected in the harshly acidic clouds of Venus a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhabit Earth’s inhospitable neighbor, a tantalizing sign of potential life beyond Earth.

 


 

14/09/2020

SBS News

Six months ago, the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. How has the situation changed since then?

On 11 March, the World Health Organisation declared the deadly coronavirus a pandemic. Six months on the world is a very different place.

 


 

14/09/2020

SBS News

How the coronavirus attacks the brain

The coronavirus targets the lungs foremost, but also the kidneys, liver and blood vessels. Still, about half of patients report neurological symptoms, including headaches, confusion and delirium, suggesting the virus may also attack the brain.

 


 

14/09/2020

ABC News

NSW records four new cases of coronavirus, one from local transmission

Health authorities in NSW say they are concerned about declining testing rates after confirming four new coronavirus cases.

 


 

14/09/2020

9 News

Man jailed for eight months after two WA quarantine breaches within days

A man has been jailed for eight months in Western Australia for breaching the state's quarantine rules twice.

 


 

14/09/2020

9 News

Mystery cases threaten easing of Victorian lockdown, warns top doctor

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth has warned that the 99 mystery coronavirus cases in Melbourne are the greatest threat to restrictions easing.

 


 

14/09/2020

9 News

Victoria's lockdown restrictions ease with possible further changes later this week

Regional Victoria moved down to stage three restrictions as of midnight, meaning they are now allowed to socialised outdoors in groups of up to five people from a maximum of two households.

 


 

14/09/2020

9 News

How Google can predict where the next coronavirus hotspot will be

With the world in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, it is not surprising Doctor Google is working overtime as people search for an explanation when they feel unwell.

 


 

14/09/2020

Zero Hedge

From 9/11 To COVID-19: Nineteen Years Of Permanent "Emergency"

During March and April of this year - during the early days of the covid-19 panic - each day came to be accompanied by a general feeling of dread. As new emergency orders and decrees rained down from governors, mayors, and faceless health bureaucrats, I wondered, What new awful thing will governments think up today? As business and churches were closed by government edict, politicians increasingly were threatening to arrest and jail ordinary citizens for doing things that were perfectly legal mere days before.

 


 

14/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus symptoms: what are the common signs of Covid-19?

Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, is a respiratory disease with common symptoms including fever, tiredness and dry cough, according to the World Health Organisation.

 


 

14/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus vaccines could be ready for Hong Kong next April, while social-distancing curbs may remain for rest of 2021, government health adviser says

Covid-19 vaccines will be ready for Hong Kong residents next April at the earliest, but social-distancing rules could remain in place for the rest of 2021 until the city develops herd immunity through the immunisation programme, according to a government health adviser.

 


 

11/09/2020

News Corp Australia

Coronavirus: Europe says it’s ‘learning to live with COVID-19’

It may be difficult to think that six months ago, Italy was the worst-affected country in the world for coronavirus.

 


 

11/09/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: New border testing in WA as state reaches virus landmark

Western Australia has gone more than 150 days without community transmission of COVID-19, with today marking five months since a locally acquired case was identified.

 


 

11/09/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: Victoria records 43 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths

Victoria has diagnosed 43 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the eighth day in a row where the state has recorded double-digits in daily case numbers.

 


 

11/09/2020

Dailymail

Killer Asian hornet is spotted in Hampshire after experts warned a plague of the insects that can eat 50 honey bees a day is on its way to UK

A venomous Asian hornet has been spotted in Hampshire just weeks after experts predicted a plague of the pests were on their way to the UK.

 


 

11/09/2020

Intellinews

Fears grow of bubonic plague spreading from Mongolia to China but experts say anxieties are misplaced

Fears are reportedly growing in China that the bubonic plague, known in the Middle Ages as the “Black Death”, could spread into the country from Mongolia, which earlier this week reported its third fatality this year from the disease. The infection and death rates from bubonic plague in Mongolia are at their highest in a decade. However, health experts say there are only rare cases of human-to-human transmission of the bubonic plague.

 


 

10/09/2020

News.com.au

JobSeeker, JobKeeper ending will reveal massive recession crisis

In just 14 days time, hundreds of thousands of Australians will have their weekly earnings slashed - and then the real financial pain will begin.

 


 

10/09/2020

ABC News

Gas outage in Mount Gambier sees thousands without hot water, stovetop cooking after meter incident

The overnight incident at the city's gas meter station is being investigated. A timeline for reinstating the main gas supply has not been established. Qualified gas fitters will be required to manually restart many appliances.

 


 

10/09/2020

Zero Hedge

1000s Of Cases But Zero Hospitalizations In American Colleges: Good News But States Force Draconian Lockdowns

Remember the goal of flattening the curve? Ensuring that hospitals weren’t overrun? Well, what do you call a scenario where thousands of cases result in zero hospitalizations? I’d call it the ultimate flat curve – or downright flat line. Yet rather than recognizing the detection of mild cases among college students as portents of good news, universities continue to sow panic for no good reason.

 


 

10/09/2020

SBS News

China accuses Australia of 'blatant irrational behaviour' over treatment of journalists, deepening tensions

China's foreign ministry has once again taken aim at Australia, accusing it of violating the rights of foreign Chinese journalists in the country.

 


 

10/09/2020

News.com.au

Border restrictions: Mark Keans told to choose which child to visit him in hospital with cancer

A Sydney father with terminal cancer has been asked to choose which of his children to see as only one of four will be able to cross the border to Queensland to visit their dying dad.

 


 

10/09/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 51 new coronavirus cases as the state death toll passes 700

Victoria has had another seven coronavirus deaths, taking the state toll to 701 and the national figure to 788.

 


 

10/09/2020

South China Morning Post

China-India border dispute: PLA bombers pictured close to troubled region

Images released by Central Theatre Command show at least three Xian H-6 bombers at base thought to be in Tibet . Western Theatre Command says its troops took part in a live-fire air-defence exercise in a ‘northwestern desert’, believed to be in Xinjiang.

 


 

10/09/2020

Food Mag

Australians feel pinch at grocery checkouts

New research from dunnhumby, a company that specialises in customer data science, reveals over a third of Aussies (35 per cent) have noticed the price of groceries across the country is increasing, with many feeling their money being stretched during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

10/09/2020

ABC News

'Died from' or 'died with' COVID-19? We need a transparent approach to counting coronavirus deaths

There's been confusion, however, over whether reported death statistics reflect those who've died from COVID-19, or those who've died with the virus. The COVID-19 death toll publicised daily on Australian state and territory government websites and reported to the press does not differentiate between the two.

 


 

9/09/2020

The New Daily

ABS data points to two-speed economic recovery

New data shows the Australian economy is experiencing a two-speed recovery, with payroll jobs in the month to August 22 falling by 2 per cent in Victoria and rising by 0.1 per cent in the rest of Australia.

 


 

9/09/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 11 deaths as new coronavirus infections spike

Victoria has recorded another 11 coronavirus deaths, taking the state toll to 694 and the national figure to 781, with a spike in new cases of 76.

 


 

9/09/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus case in Ipswich shuts St Edmund's College as eight new cases are recorded in Queensland

Queensland has recorded eight new cases of coronavirus suspected to be linked to existing clusters.

 


 

9/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: AstraZeneca pauses Oxford vaccine trial after unexplained illness

Company’s experimental Covid-19 shot has been seen as one of leading candidates to reach market. News sends AstraZeneca shares falling sharply, while rivals Moderna and BioNTech SE see their shares rise.

 


 

8/09/2020

ABC News

Australians urged to backpack in their own backyards and stop fruit going to rot

The horticulture industry warns of a looming labour shortage. Growers say the problem will get worse next year after working holidaymakers return home. Strawberry grower Di West is appealing to Australians' sense of patriotism to fill farm jobs.

 


 

8/09/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus Australia: Melbourne lockdown ‘longer than Wuhan’

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has taken aim at Victoria's roadmap, arguing it would have "profound mental health consequences".

 


 

8/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Chinese drug firm says hundreds of thousands have been given Covid-19 vaccines without a single case of infection

An official from China National Biotec Group says the evidence from an emergency use scheme suggests the products are working. Company is also confident its vaccines can offer protection for up to three years.

 


 

8/09/2020

SBS News

Victoria has recorded 55 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths

Victoria has recorded 55 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths in the past 24 hours, as Premier Daniel Andrews says restrictions are having "considerable success".

 


 

8/09/2020

ABC News

The global search for the COVID-19 vaccine will likely produce more than one winner

While we do not know when a COVID-19 vaccine will arrive, there are some indications we may need more than one shot. Experts say we may need a booster shot or a combination of vaccines could be administered. According to several experts, mutations of the SARS CoV-2 virus should not hinder the vaccine race.

 


 

8/09/2020

ABC News

How do pandemics usually end? And how will this one finish?

Just over 100 years ago, a new strain of influenza infected a third of the world's population — but within just three years, the threat of this deadly flu had all but passed. This was a time before modern medical care and even before humans understood what viruses were. So what's changed since then?

 


 

8/09/2020

ABC News

NSW is the 'gold standard' for COVID-19 management according to the PM — here's why

It's being dubbed Australia's coronavirus success story — open businesses, (mostly) open borders, and slow infection growth. Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday described NSW's test-and-trace strategy as the "gold standard" in COVID-19 suppression.

 


 

7/09/2020

SBS News

Mobile coronavirus testing launched in Angaston after positive wastewater test in Barossa town

More than 200 UN staff have been infected by COVID-19 in Syria as the global body steps up contingency plans to combat the fast spread of the pandemic in the country.

 


 

7/09/2020

SBS News

Over 200 UN staff in Syria test positive to coronavirus

SA Health will run a mobile coronavirus testing clinic set up in Angaston this week after wastewater from the Barossa Valley town returned a positive result for COVID-19 over the weekend.

 


 

7/09/2020

RT News

The 1% blunder: How a simple but fatal math mistake by US Covid-19 experts caused the world to panic and order lockdowns

In February, US Covid guru Anthony Fauci predicted the virus was ‘akin to a severe flu’ and would therefore kill around 0.1 percent of people. Then fatality rate predictions were somehow mixed up to make it look ten times WORSE.

 


 

7/09/2020

9 News

COVID-19's 'serious, long-term impact' can improve with time, early evidence suggests

COVID-19 can have lasting impacts on the body, but there is hope that patients can not only recover over time, but can do so more quickly with pulmonary rehabilitation, preliminary research suggests.

 


 

7/09/2020

9 News

Coronavirus Victoria: What you need to know about the 14-day case average and how the state's tracking

For restrictions to be lifted further on September 28, Melbourne must record an average of between 30 and 50 new cases over a 14-day period.

 


 

7/09/2020

ABC News

Queensland records two new cases of coronavirus as Ipswich Hospital cluster grows

Queensland has recorded two new cases of coronavirus overnight. Health Minister Steven Miles said one, a woman in her 30s, was a healthcare worker at Ipswich Hospital.

 


 

7/09/2020

ABC News

Vaccine experts 'surprised' over Government's 'optimistic' COVID-19 vaccine rollout timeline

Vaccine experts have cautioned against the Federal Government's plan to have a COVID-19 vaccine ready by January next year, saying the "surprising" and "optimistic" time frame means safety measures could be "short-circuited".

 


 

4/09/2020

9 News

Victoria records another 59 coronavirus deaths and 81 new cases

Victoria has recorded another 59 coronavirus deaths as the state government prepares to reveal its roadmap out of lockdown.

 


 

4/09/2020

9 News

South Australia eases coronavirus restrictions on weddings, funerals, bars and football crowds

South Australia will ease COVID-19 restrictions on wedding and funeral numbers, eating and drinking at bars and football attendance from midnight.

 


 

4/09/2020

9 News

Europe pushed the limit of how far to reopen, now it may be too late to prevent a second virus wave

Coronavirus cases in Europe are "almost back" to the levels seen in March when infection rates first peaked, scientists have warned as concerns grow over a potential second wave.

 


 

4/09/2020

9 News

Seven of eight state and territories working to have open borders by Christmas: PM

Seven of eight state and territories working to have open borders by Christmas, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

 


 

3/09/2020

9 News

Treasurer reveals plan to kickstart Australian economy from worst slump since Great Depression

The government is considering fast-tracking person tax cuts to boost the economy as Australia experiences its worst slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

 


 

3/09/2020

9 News

Congo sees increase in plague, at least 10 deaths this year

Congo is seeing an upsurge in cases of the plague, as the vast Central African nation also battles outbreaks of COVID-19 and Ebola.

 


 

3/09/2020

9 News

NSW records 12 new coronavirus cases including one in Parkes from an unknown source

New South Wales has recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hour reporting period, including one in the Central West region.

 


 

3/09/2020

9 News

Victoria records 113 new coronavirus cases, 15 more deaths

Victoria's tough COVID-19 measures are having the desired effect in containing the virus despite a rise in new cases today, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

 


 

3/09/2020

Reuters

U.S. CDC tells states to prep for COVID-19 vaccine distribution as soon as late October

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked state public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups as soon as late October, documents published by the agency showed on Wednesday.

 


 

3/09/2020

USA Today

Fact check: CDC's data on COVID-19 deaths used incorrectly in misleading claims

The claim: Only 6% of reported COVID-19 deaths were the result of the coronavirus

 


 

2/09/2020

CNBC

Fauci debunks theories of low CDC coronavirus death toll: ‘There are 180,000-plus deaths’ in U.S.

Fauci told the ABC program “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that the CDC guidance, last updated on Aug. 26, indicates that of the people who have died from the virus, “a certain percentage of them had nothing else but just Covid.” However, people with underlying illnesses also die from Covid-19, he said.

 


 

2/09/2020

ABC News

Two new cases of coronavirus recorded in Queensland, both linked to existing COVID-19 cases

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says two new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the state overnight. Ms Palaszczuk said the latest cases were linked to existing known cases and authorities were comfortable with the results. She said the cases in South East Queensland were "contained" and did not consider the current outbreak significant.

 


 

2/09/2020

7 News

Victoria coronavirus cases at 90 and six deaths as end of Stage 4 nears

Victoria has recorded a slight increase in coronavirus cases as the planned end for Stage 4 nears. On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed there had been 90 cases in the past 24 hours, which is more than a dozen more than a day earlier. There have also been six further deaths recorded.

 


 

2/09/2020

SBS News

Josh Frydenberg set to announce first Australian recession in almost 30 years

Figures for the June quarter are expected to show the worst economic growth in at least 60 years, with a contraction of around six per cent because of the coronavirus pandemic. The data will confirm a technical recession, after a 0.3 per cent decline in gross domestic product in the March quarter.

 


 

2/09/2020

ABC News

Epidemiologist calls for mass testing of Melburnians with no coronavirus symptoms

The State Government has stopped short of allowing people with no COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. A large proportion of COVID-19 cases are infectious but asymptomatic. Downsides to mass testing include the costs, and risk of clogging the sytem.

 


 

2/09/2020

ABC News

Western Australia posts warmest winter on record as dozens of towns break heat records

WA's mean maximum temperature was 2.38C above average. Dozens of towns broke heat records across the state. Statewide rainfall was 46 per cent below the seasonal average.

 


 

2/09/2020

South China Morning Post

China’s coronavirus epicentre Wuhan returns to life, but economic scars run deep

Months after Wuhan reported its last coronavirus infection, much of the city appears to have returned to normality. But interviews with dozens of local residents show deep psychological scars and economic damage still lingers.

 


 

1/09/2020

Reuters

Scientists see downsides to top COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China

High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.

 


 

1/09/2020

ABC News

Australia Post set to break parcel delivery record, but service struggles with coronavirus demand and delays

But the service is struggling to keep up with demand and is plagued with delays, particularly in Victoria where online shopping is booming but the workforce is limited by the lockdown.

 


 

1/09/2020

SBS News

Despite travel bans, fruit pickers from the Pacific will arrive in the NT this month

Australian farmers have been given the green light to recruit seasonal workers from the Pacific and Timor Leste. It's a relief for workers and farmers, they tell SBS News.

 


 

1/09/2020

SBS News

Victoria records another 70 coronavirus cases and 5 deaths as vote looms on state of emergency

The Victorian parliament is on Tuesday likely to vote to extend the state of emergency, which Daniel Andrews initially wanted to extend by 12 months.

 


 

1/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: mass Covid-19 testing set to begin in Hong Kong as more than 553,000 sign up amid arguments over scheme

Hong Kong confirmed nine new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the day before the start of mass testing to identify invisible coronavirus carriers in the city, but arguments continued over the effectiveness and safety of the scheme.

 


 

1/09/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus may survive on outdoor surfaces for longer in autumn, US study suggests

Researchers find it could linger for up to a week outside in lower temperatures and humidity – more than the one to three days in summer. That could ‘potentially contribute to new outbreaks’ in northern hemisphere, they warn in non-peer-reviewed pape.

 


 

31/08/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus Australia: Mental health crisis looms as COVID-19 impacts all aspects of life

A major crisis is brewing in the shadow of coronavirus that will impact millions of Australians, even if they don’t catch the disease themselves, for years to come.

 


 

31/08/2020

ABC News

How do coronavirus antibody treatments work and what do they mean for COVID-19?

Much of the world's attention has been captured by the race for a coronavirus vaccine.

 


 

31/08/2020

9 News

Queensland private school closed after student tests positive

A Queensland private school will remain closed today after a student tested positive for coronavirus on the weekend.

 


 

31/08/2020

ABC News

China doubles down on Australia trade dispute with further probe into wine subsidies

China has escalated further its trade dispute with Australia by initiating a second investigation into Australian wines in less than a month, this time focusing on subsidised products.

 


 

31/08/2020

9 News

Sydney CBD cluster fears did not materialise, NSW reports 10 new cases

NSW recorded 10 new cases of coronavirus overnight, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian claiming the CBD cluster was now under control.

 


 

31/08/2020

ABC News

COVID-19 and the consequences of cascading and compounding disasters

First the fires, then storms, then floods, then COVID, the more floods and more storms. 2020 has been rough. Not just here but abroad, too.

 


 

31/08/2020

Zero Hedge

2020's Economic Destruction Due To The State's COVID Response Will Pale In Comparison To What's Coming!

Concerning economics in the United States today, the hierarchy begins with the top tier of self-proclaimed elites, those in central and high level banking, those in the large corporate world, those at the top of the ‘healthcare’ pyramid, and those controlling monetary and economic policy above the level of government, including the class running the large tax exempt foundations. While government is below this level, it is nonetheless responsible for the economic carnage because it is the initiator and enforcer of policies meant to enrich the few at the top at the expense of the many. This could never be more evident than it is today.

 


 

31/08/2020

Reuters

Mutated coronavirus strain found in Indonesia as cases jump

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A more infectious mutation of the new coronavirus has been found in Indonesia, the Jakarta-based Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology said on Sunday, as the Southeast Asian country’s caseload surges.

 


 

28/08/2020

Zero Hedge

Science Is Not About Consensus

Newsflash; real science is based on facts not “consensus”. I’m sick and tired of idiots beating me over the head with pseudoscience instead of sticking to the cold, hard facts. Show me the hard data that standing six feet from someone is necessary.

 


 

28/08/2020

9 News

Senior Chinese diplomat casts doubt on coronavirus originating in China

Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi has cast doubt on coronavirus originating in China during an address in Oslo, Norway.

 


 

28/08/2020

ABC News

The Victorian branch of Pauline Hanson's One Nation says we should follow the COVID-19 approach of Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. Here's why that's problematic

CoronaCheck is RMIT ABC Fact Check's weekly email newsletter dedicated to fighting the misinformation infodemic surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

 


 

28/08/2020

9 News

Weather forecast Australia: More fire danger for WA and a warm weekend for Sydney

Victoria was buffeted by severe storms overnight, and today there are more severe fire warnings for WA — continuing this week's trend for extreme weather around the country.

 


 

28/08/2020

9 News

Yarra Valley Water issues tap water warning to 88 Melbourne suburbs after disaster storm

A mega 250,000 Melbourne households are unable to drink tap water this morning after a power outage during a destructive storm caused untreated water to enter the supply system.

 


 

28/08/2020

Summit News

Two Sydney schools closed after positive COVID-19 cases

Two Sydney schools were closed today after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19.

 


 

28/08/2020

7 News

Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes impassioned plea about interstate borders

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made an impassioned plea about the impact on everyday Australians of the nation’s interstate border closures.

 


 

28/08/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: Victoria records 113 new cases, 12 lives lost all linked to aged care

Victoria has today recorded 113 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 further deaths. The latest numbers indicate a drop in the number of daily fatalities after the state recorded 23 deaths yesterday.

 


 

28/08/2020

7 News

Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes impassioned plea about interstate borders

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made an impassioned plea about the impact on everyday Australians of the nation’s interstate border closures.

 


 

28/08/2020

Summit News

Australia: Authorities Give Themselves Power to Remove Children From Parents to Ensure COVID Compliance

Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 amends the Emergency Response Act 2004 to create new powers during “declared emergencies.”

 


 

28/08/2020

RT News

‘Famine of biblical proportions’ looms over humanity due to Covid-19, UN food chief warns

The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to a calamity of epic scale, with millions facing starvation worldwide, the head of the UN’s hunger-fighting body has warned.

 


 

27/08/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus testing in Melbourne went down — here's why some Aussies are avoiding the swab

On Wednesday, New South Wales announced it had carried out more than 25,000 tests, with Queensland conducting more than 20,000 tests. In contrast, Victoria only recorded 13,480.

 


 

27/08/2020

9 News

Foreign government deals at risk of being scrapped as PM seeks to boost powers

In an unprecedented show of constitutional powers, the Morrison Government is legislating new laws which would see a raft of deals with foreign governments wiped out. The Foreign Relations Bill, which has been propelled by national security fears, will give the foreign minister powers to review and cancel existing agreements set up by state governments, local councils and public universities.

 


 

27/08/2020

7 News

Woman may have caught coronavirus from airplane toilet, researchers say

Researchers say they have evidence that a woman caught coronavirus on a flight - perhaps in the plane’s toilet. The 28-year-old woman was among about 300 South Koreans evacuated from Italy at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in Milan in March, the researchers wrote in a US Centers for Disease Control publication. “On the flight from Milan, Italy, to South Korea, she wore an N95 mask, except when she used a toilet,” they wrote.

 


 

27/08/2020

SBS News

Queensland prisons in full lockdown after trainee officer contracts coronavirus

Prisons across Queensland have been placed into lockdown after an officer who helped to train employees tested positive to coronavirus.

 


 

27/08/2020

ABC News

Victoria coronavirus cases rise by 113 as state records 23 further COVID-19 deaths

Today's figures are down from 149 cases and 24 deaths on Wednesday. It comes as the State Government compromises on its 12-month extension to state of emergency laws.

 


 

26/08/2020

9 News

Australians researchers test breakthrough antibody therapy to defeat virus

Australian researchers are working on a coronavirus antibody program that could treat and prevent COVID-19, especially among the elderly and vulnerable.

 


 

26/08/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 24 deaths and 149 new coronavirus cases on second deadliest day of pandemic

Victoria has suffered a sharp rise in coronavirus deaths with 24 new fatalities, taking the state toll to 462 and national figure to 549.

 


 

26/08/2020

9 News

Premier vows to bring 'full force of the law' as investigation launched into superyacht family

The Queensland premier has vowed to bring "the full force of the law" on anyone found to be breaching the state's strict health exemption rules.

 


 

26/08/2020

ABC News

Five mystery coronavirus cases confirmed in NSW

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says there has been six new coronavirus infections in her state in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

 


 

26/08/2020

9 News

NSW records six new COVID-19 cases, one in hotel quarantine

There are six new cases of coronavirus in NSW, one in isolation in hotel quarantine. The other five are locally acquired without a known source, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said today.

 


 

26/08/2020

SBS News

Hong Kong researchers report first case of coronavirus reinfection

There are concerns in Hong Kong after researchers there uncovered what they believe is the first case of COVID-19 reinfection.

 


 

25/08/2020

Zero Hedge

Let's Follow The History Of Science Instead

Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden is only the most high-profile politician to promise voters that he will “listen to the scientists,” mandate masks, and shut down the economy again if they so advise.

 


 

25/08/2020

Reuters

Qantas to cut up to 2,500 jobs as it outsources ground handling in Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) said on Tuesday it planned to cut up to 2,500 jobs by outsourcing its Australian ground handling operations to lower costs as it braces for a A$10 billion ($7.17 billion) hit to revenue due to the pandemic this financial year.

 


 

25/08/2020

SBS News

Yes, it has been raining a lot. But that doesn't mean Australia's drought has broken

Heavy rain in parts of Australia in recent months has raised hopes Australia’s protracted drought is finally over. But determining whether a region has recovered from drought is a complex undertaking.

 


 

25/08/2020

ABC News

South Australia to reverse coronavirus travel restrictions on Victorian border towns

South Australia's tough new border restrictions intended to combat the spread of coronavirus from Victoria will be relaxed just days after coming into effect, the SA Premier has confirmed.

 


 

25/08/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus hard lockdown of Melbourne public housing towers left residents feeling like 'criminals', inquiry hears

Victoria's hard lockdown of some of Melbourne's most vulnerable residents last month left the community feeling anxious, fearful and as if they were being "treated like criminals".

 


 

25/08/2020

9 News

Queensland man who attempted multiple illegal border crossings gets 200 hours community service

A Queensland man has been handed 200 hours of unpaid community service for breaching the state's COVID-19 health directions.

 


 

25/08/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 148 new coronavirus cases, eight deaths as battle to extend state of emergency looms

Victoria has recorded 148 new cases of coronavirus and eight more deaths, as it becomes increasingly unlikely Premier Daniel Andrews' bid to extend the current state of emergency for 12 months will pass parliament.

 


 

25/08/2020

ABC News

About '70 to 80pc' of Victorian healthcare workers with COVID-19 caught it at work, Government reveals

The Victorian Government says about "70 to 80 per cent" of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 during the state's second wave of infections caught it at work.

 


 

25/08/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: Queensland COVID-19 clinics overwhelmed as thousands rush to be tested

Coronavirus testing clinics in Brisbane have been overwhelmed as thousands of Queenslanders heed health advice to get tested after a number of new cases were identified at the weekend.

 


 

25/08/2020

9 News

High-risk coronavirus locations revealed in Victoria

A list of high-risk locations for contracting coronavirus in Victoria have been revealed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

 


 

25/08/2020

9 News

South Australia reinstates border 'buffer' with Victoria

The "buffer" zone between the South Australia-Victorian border will be reinstated, in a string of changes made to the state's coronavirus restrictions.

 


 

24/08/2020

ABC News

Convalescent plasma coronavirus treatment granted emergency use authorisation in US by FDA

US President Donald Trump has claimed credit for the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of the use of convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients in treating the disease.

 


 

24/08/2020

Business Insider

A swarm of locusts of biblical proportions is threatening the food supply of 20 million people in East Africa

Swarms of locusts in East African countries are threatening the food supply of more than 20 million people at a time when food is already scarce because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

24/08/2020

ABC News

Do I need to wear a mask in Queensland? Five key points from Dr Jeannette Young's coronavirus press conference

There are now 10 cases linked to the outbreak at a Brisbane youth detention centre, bringing Queensland's number of active COVID-19 cases to 18.

 


 

24/08/2020

ABC News

Where are the Queensland COVID hotspots, how many cases are there, and which symptoms mean I need a test?

Queensland's coronavirus cluster is growing, and authorities are trying to stem the outbreak before it gets out of control.

 


 

24/08/2020

9 News

Victoria virus cases drop to lowest point in seven weeks, 15 new deaths

Victoria has reported 116 new coronavirus cases, its lowest level since July 5, and 15 deaths in the past 24 hours.

 


 

24/08/2020

SBS News

South Korea had largely controlled the coronavirus outbreak but it's now under tight restrictions again

South Korea ramped up coronavirus restrictions on Sunday to try to contain a growing outbreak, as many countries around the world battled worrying surges in infections.

 


 

24/08/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: China has been using Covid-19 vaccine candidate on key workers since July, health official says

China has been administering Covid-19 vaccine candidates to selected groups of workers, including medical staff and border inspection officials, for more than a month, a senior health official said on Sunday.

 


 

24/08/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus update: Top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci praises Australia's COVID-19 response

Top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci says Australia is among the countries held up as an example of those that have managed COVID-19 the right way.

 


 

21/08/2020

9 News

Victoria records 179 new cases, lowest daily total in more than a month

Victoria has recorded another day of decline coronavirus case, with 179 new cases diagnosed in the past 24 hours.

 


 

21/08/2020

9 News

Red eyes and conjunctivitis new symptoms of COVID-19

Doctors are noticing a number of new signs emerge in patients presenting to hospital with COVID-19, Dr Carmel Crock from the Royal Victorian Ear and Eye Hospital in Melbourne has told Today.

 


 

21/08/2020

South China Morning Post

Into the unknown: virus hunters and their quest to stop the next pandemic

For months, the World Health Organisation has been preparing an international mission to China to find the origins of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

 


 

21/08/2020

9 News

NSW records just one new coronavirus case

New South Wales has recorded just one new case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

 


 

21/08/2020

SBS News

Greg Hunt won't rule out stripping welfare benefits from people who refuse coronavirus vaccine

Health Minister Greg Hunt has refused to rule out a proposal to strip welfare from people who refuse a coronavirus vaccine.

 


 

21/08/2020

ABC News

How far do coronavirus testing swabs go up your nose?

Most of us have heard a horror story about COVID-19 testing, where it feels like the swab goes right through to the person's brain.

 


 

21/08/2020

9 News

No new coronavirus cases in Queensland after detention centre scare

No new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Queensland overnight, with authorities breathing a sigh of relief after a scare at a Brisbane juvenile detention centre.

 


 

20/08/2020

ABC News

China, Russia, the US and UK have all picked COVID-19 vaccine 'winners' — this week is Australia's turn

A COVID-19 vaccine — the thing that will bring back some semblance of normality to Australian lives. And yesterday — according to the Federal Government, at least — it got that little bit closer.

 


 

20/08/2020

Business Insider

'We're an airline that can't really fly': Qantas has reported a full-year loss of $1.96 billion, as COVID-19 continues to slam the airline industry

Qantas has reported a statutory loss of $1.96 billion for the last financial year. CEO Alan Joyce lamented the fact that, despite a strong first half year, the global pandemic had meant the airline “can’t really fly to many places”. He claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic had punched a $4 billion hole in revenue.

 


 

20/08/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus Victoria: 240 new cases, 13 deaths recorded

The new figures came after Premier Daniel Andrews said Victoria‘s lockdown is at risk of being extended because of a major issue facing the state, despite falling case numbers.

 


 

20/08/2020

7 News

Brisbane youth detention centre worker confirmed as positive, tracing underway

A woman worked at a Brisbane detention centre while sick before testing positive for coronavirus. The 76-year-old woman’s diagnosis was confirmed by Queensland government said on Thursday, sparking urgent contract tracing.

 


 

20/08/2020

South China Morning Post

China-India border dispute: advanced fighter jets sent to nearby airbases

Two J-20s seen at Hotan airbase in China’s Xinjiang region, while India has deployed five new Rafales to Ladakh, according to media reports. As tensions remain high, the two neighbours are seeking to gain the advantage on the roof of the world.

 


 

20/08/2020

ABC News

Scott Morrison walks back mandatory coronavirus vaccination comments

Mr Morrison said on Wednesday morning he would expect the vaccine would be as "mandatory as possible". He has now walked back those comments, saying nobody will be forced to be vaccinated.

 


 

20/08/2020

ABC News

Sweden took a gamble with its herd immunity coronavirus strategy. Was it worth it?

Sweden's coronavirus suppression strategy was an experiment that few other nations dared champion. The country's approach has been more liberal than the lockdowns imposed in neighbouring countries or, indeed, around the world.

 


 

20/08/2020

Microsoft News

Thousands die unrelated to COVID and ‘none have resulted in lockdowns’

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released a report listing the causes of death in Australia, all of which have not resulted in lockdowns, according to Sky News host Paul Murray.

 


 

19/08/2020

Business Insider

Australia's trade partnership with China may have just passed its peak, as wine exports become the latest dispute

China’s commerce ministry commenced an investigation into allegations that Australian producers were ‘dumping’ wine into the Chinese market at artificially low prices. While federal MPs, including Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, dispute the allegations, the investigation opens a 12-month window for the Chinese government to take action against Australian exports.

 


 

19/08/2020

ABC News

COVID-19 symptoms are most likely to appear in a specific order, research finds

There are many reasons why coronavirus is difficult to control, but the fact it mimics the symptoms of other common viruses, including the flu, presents a major hurdle. But new evidence suggests there is a certain order in which COVID-19 symptoms appear, and researchers hope their findings will enable earlier testing.

 


 

19/08/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: developing a vaccine is one problem to solve, getting people to use it is another

Vaccination hesitancy may harm the chances of reopening communities. Medical experts say rapid vaccine development is causing public anxiety but wide-scale immunisation may be the only route back to a safe society.

 


 

19/08/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 216 coronavirus infections and 12 deaths as spotlight falls on testing rate

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has cautioned that lower testing rates might be linked to a recent run of lower case numbers.

 


 

19/08/2020

7 News

Study finds coronavirus droplets can be spread by flushing public urinals

A new study suggests flushing public urinals can spread coronavirus. The research, conducted in China, found that flushing a urinal causes an “alarming upward flow” of droplets. Some of those may be COVID-19 particles.

 


 

19/08/2020

ABC News

Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal to produce Oxford University-AstraZeneca candidate if approved

The Australian Government has signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to secure Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine, if trials prove successful. If it is successful, Australia will be able to manufacture it domestically. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged to make the vaccine free for all Australians.

 


 

19/08/2020

SBS News

Scott Morrison says a coronavirus vaccine would be 'as mandatory as you can possibly make it'

Scott Morrison says a coronavirus vaccine will be "as mandatory as you can possibly make it" for Australians if a trial is successful.

 


 

18/08/2020

ABC News

Victoria records another 17 deaths amid sharp drop in new coronavirus case numbers

Victoria has recorded 222 new COVID-19 cases, its lowest figure in a month, while 17 more deaths take the state toll to 351 and the national figure to 438.

 


 

18/08/2020

ABC News

Perth Royal Show cancelled as WA phase 5 eased restrictions pushed back in WA by two months

The new phase 5 date of October 24 remains "tentative", the WA Premier says. Next month's Perth Royal Show has been cancelled based on health advice. WA has one new COVID-19 case after a returning resident tested positive.

 


 

18/08/2020

7 News

Only three new coronavirus cases reported across New South Wales

New South Wales has reported three new coronavirus cases overnight from more than 13,000 tests. Two of the cases were locally transmitted and one was diagnosed in a returned traveller.

 


 

17/08/2020

ABC News

Auckland's coronavirus cluster grows by 12 as calls intensify to postpone New Zealand's election

New Zealand's deputy PM Winston Peters has sided with the opposition to ask Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to postpone the country's election.

 


 

17/08/2020

ABC News

Auckland's coronavirus cluster grows by 12 as calls intensify to postpone New Zealand's election

New Zealand's deputy PM Winston Peters has sided with the opposition to ask Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to postpone the country's election.

 


 

17/08/2020

ABC News

Two men fined for breaching ACT coronavirus self-isolation requirements

Two men have been fined $1,000 for flouting the ACT's COVID-19 isolation rules in separate incidents over the weekend.

 


 

17/08/2020

SBS News

How climate change is spreading current diseases and could expose new epidemics

Global warming is boosting the spread of tropical diseases as mosquitoes travel to temperate regions. If it melts the world's permafrost, it has the potential to unleash pathogens trapped for centuries.

 


 

17/08/2020

9 News

Sydney high school closed, trial HSC exam postponed after student tests positive

A top Sydney selective school has been forced to close and HSC trial exams have been put on hold after a student tested positive for coronavirus.

 


 

17/08/2020

9 News/p>

France records highest one-day rise since May; New Zealand reports 13 new cases

France has recorded its highest one-day rise in coronavirus infections since May, New Zealand is reporting 13 new cases and vacationers to Italy are now undergoing mandatory screenings upon arrival.

 


 

17/08/2020

9 News

Hambleton House care home residents to be evacuated by tonight after major quarantine breach

Residents at a Melbourne special accommodation facility are due to be evacuated by tonight after a breach in coronavirus restrictions.

 


 

17/08/2020

9 News/p>

NSW records seven new cases of coronavirus

New South Wales has recorded seven new cases of coronavirus. Six of those were community transmission while one was a returned traveller from overseas, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed.

 


 

14/08/2020

9 News

Queensland records two new cases of coronavirus

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 after four days of no new infections.

 


 

14/08/2020

9 News/p>

Top doctors confirm there is 'no evidence' you can get COVID-19 through food

Health experts say there's no evidence the coronavirus can be transmitted through food.

 


 

14/08/2020

9 News

Trump rejects call for masks for all Americans from US presidential candidate Joe Biden

US presidential candidate Joe Biden is calling for an America-wide protective mask mandate, citing health experts' predictions that it could save 40,000 lives from coronavirus over the next three months.

 


 

14/08/2020

9 News/p>

Coronavirus data Victoria: How many COVID-19 cases in your suburb and postcode

Suburbs in Melbourne's west have the greatest number of active coronavirus cases, health data has revealed.

 


 

14/08/2020

9 News

Victoria records 372 new virus cases, 14 additional deaths

Victoria has recorded 372 new virus cases and 14 additional deaths, health authorities have confirmed.

 


 

14/08/2020

9 News

Coronavirus spreads outside of Auckland as boy, six, tests positive

Virus hunters in New Zealand are racing to determine whether the mystery outbreak after 100 days COVID-free could have been freighted into the country in frozen food or even remain frozen in a cold storage facility for weeks.

 


 

14/08/2020

Reuters

Into the fog: How Britain lost track of the coronavirus

To tackle the invisible virus, doctors and health specialists first needed to find it. But with few tests, little contact tracing and a government culture of secrecy, they lost sight of the enemy.

 


 

14/08/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus latest: more than 750,000 dead as Europe struggles with second virus wave

The total number of people killed by the coronavirus pandemic around the world passed 750,000 on Thursday, with some countries toughening control measures as caseloads once again creep up.

 


 

13/08/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus New Zealand: Virus hunters investigate frozen food risk

Virus hunters in New Zealand are racing to determine whether the mystery outbreak after 100 days COVID-free could have been freighted into the country in frozen food or even remain frozen in a cold storage facility for weeks.

 


 

13/08/2020

7 News

Victoria records 278 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths

Victoria has reported fewer than 300 coronavirus cases in 24 hours, for the first time in more than a fortnight.

 


 

13/08/2020

ABC News

Locust and coronavirus crises are threatening to drive large-scale famine in Africa

The arrival of locusts is an ominous and eerie sight. It's like a cloud has moved across the sun. The sky starts to darken, you hear a "clackety-clack" sound, and millions of locusts fly overhead.

 


 

13/08/2020

ABC News

Hand washing and social distancing decline in WA, sparking warnings of complacency

In July just 38 per cent of WA residents always practiced physical distancing. Adherence to hand hygiene guidelines has fallen sharply in recent months. Officials warn virus threat has not been eliminated in WA.

 


 

12/08/2020

News.com.au

New Zealand lockdown: Stage 3 restrictions after new coronavirus cases

Three colleagues of one of the new cases in New Zealand have been isolated after showing symptoms of COVID-19.

 


 

12/08/2020

7 News

Panic buying breaks out in New Zealand after mystery coronavirus cases emerge

Panic buying has broken out in Auckland after four mystery coronavirus cases were diagnosed in New Zealand’s largest city, the country’s first confirmed cases in 102 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the shock news and plans to plunge the city’s 1.6 million residents into a snap stage three lockdown during a late-night press conference on Tuesday.

 


 

12/08/2020

South China morning Post

Coronavirus vaccine pre-orders top 5 billion in worldwide scramble for supplies

From Japan to Brazil, nations move to secure vaccines, while Russia claims world first with Sputnik V. Trump announces US$1.5 billion deal with Moderna for 100 million doses.

 


 

12/08/2020

South China morning Post

Coronaviruses are widespread among bats and rats sold for food, study warns

Study by Vietnamese researchers highlights how wild animal trade increases risk of humans becoming infected by diseases such as Covid-19. Coronaviruses were found in 58 out of 70 sites studied in the south of the country.

 


 

12/08/2020

SBS News

Auckland to go back into lockdown after New Zealand records first community coronavirus cases in 102 days

Residents in New Zealand’s largest city will go back into at least three days of lockdown after the country recorded four new coronavirus cases with no known source of infection.

 


 

12/08/2020

SBS News

Victoria records another 21 deaths and 410 new coronavirus cases on deadliest day of pandemic so far

Another 21 people have died and 410 Victorians have contracted coronavirus. The record number of deaths, tweeted by the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, takes the state toll to 267 and the national toll to 352.

 


 

12/08/2020

Reuters

Putin hails new Sputnik moment as Russia is first to approve a COVID-19 vaccine

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move Moscow likened to its success in the Cold War-era space race.

 


 

11/08/2020

7 News

Coronavirus vaccine could be available earlier than expected

Australia’s acting chief medical officer says he’s hopeful a coronavirus vaccine will be available soon.

 


 

11/08/2020

ABC News

Shoalhaven residents assess damage after worst flood on NSW South Coast since 1991

The deluge prompted hundreds of calls for help to the SES, which performed 28 flood rescues. Tallowa Dam spilled about 20 years' worth of local water use in just 24 hours. More than 13,000 homes were without power at the height of the event.

 


 

11/08/2020

South China Morning Post

Worldwide coronavirus cases hit 20 million

It took about six months to reach 10 million infections, but just 43 days to double that tally. US, Brazil and India account for more than half of known cases.

 


 

11/08/2020

ABC News

NSW coronavirus cases are steady, but 'bad luck' could send it the way of Victoria

As Victorian coronavirus cases surged, NSW shut the border and held its breath, hoping it would not see a similar outbreak. It hasn't, yet.

 


 

11/08/2020

ABC News

Victoria's coronavirus cases are declining, but when are we likely to see restrictions eased?

Experts say Melbourne should aim for daily case numbers in the double digits before lifting restrictions. The number of mystery cases is still high, overwhelming contact tracers. Some countries are living with the virus in low levels without eliminating it.

 


 

11/08/2020

9 News

Student tests positive to virus, sparking fresh health alert on NSW south coast

A fresh coronavirus case has prompted a health alert for the New South Wales south coast, just weeks after the region was hit by the virus. A student at Batemans Bay High School has tested positive to COVID-19, forcing the closure of the school as authorities begin contact tracing.

 


 

11/08/2020

SBS News

Another 19 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria as the state records 331 new cases

Victoria on Tuesday recorded 331 new coronavirus cases, and another 19 deaths. It's the second day in a row of a record 19 deaths. It brings the state's toll to 247 and the national figure to 332.

 


 

10/08/2020

SBS News

Should I wear a mask? What happened to the app? Your latest coronavirus questions

More than six months on from the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Australia, people are still asking questions about the transmission, tracing, and treatment of the virus. Here, health experts give their advice.

 


 

10/08/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Australia has deadliest day as New Zealand records 100 days without a domestic case

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

 


 

10/08/2020

9 News

Interactive: Australia's coronavirus cases by numbers and hotspot locations

As the number of COVID-19 cases skyrockets around the world, Australia continues its daily battle against the virus.

 


 

10/08/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cluster linked to Tangara School for Girls grows as 50,000 come forward for testing

The cluster of coronavirus cases at a school in Sydney's north west has grown to nine, health authorities have confirmed.

 


 

10/08/2020

ABC News

Number of active coronavirus cases among Victorian health workers hits 1,065 as Premier orders more N95 masks

There are now 1,065 active cases of COVID-19 among healthcare workers in Victoria, according to Premier Daniel Andrews.

 


 

10/08/2020

ABC News

Key takeaways from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' latest coronavirus press conference

Victoria has recorded a record number of coronavirus deaths for the second consecutive day.

 


 

7/08/2020

9 News

More than 40 Victorian LGAs have mystery coronavirus cases

Forty-four local government areas across Victoria have been listed as hotspots for mystery cases of coronavirus.

 


 

7/08/2020

Reuters

U.S. lifts global health coronavirus travel advisory

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending U.S. citizens avoid all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead issued a raft of high-level warnings for individual countries.

 


 

7/08/2020

ABC News

Queensland police to show 'no leniency' on coronavirus border restrictions as long delays expected at checkpoints

Police are urging patience as they ramp up checks at the border ahead of the looming shutdown to New South Wales and ACT residents early on Saturday morning.

 


 

7/08/2020

9 News

SA Opposition Leader going into isolation after visiting school cluster

A coronavirus cluster at an adult education college in Adelaide has forced approximately 1100 staff and students into self-isolation.

 


 

7/08/2020

9 News

Anti-mask rally organisers arrested for planning Melbourne protest

The organisers of an anti-mask rally planned for Melbourne's CBD this weekend have been arrested.

 


 

6/08/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 471 new coronavirus infections while Melbourne's aged-care cluster balloons to 1500

Victoria has recorded 471 new coronavirus cases overnight, down from a record-breaking daily tally of 725 on Wednesday.

 


 

6/08/2020

7 News

Health Minister Greg Hunt's message to people giving fake details at pubs and restaurants

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has delivered an impassioned plea for people to stop giving false details when going out to restaurants, pubs and clubs during the coronavirus crisis. “Right now each of us has this extraordinary gift... your actions can help save lives, protect lives or inadvertently risk the lives of others,” he told Sunrise on Wednesday.

 


 

6/08/2020

9 News

Student tests positive to COVID-19, forcing NSW school and two football clubs into self-isolation

A school and two football teams in New South Wales have been linked to a confirmed case of coronavirus, forcing students and players into self-isolation.

 


 

6/08/2020

News.com.au

No overseas flights for ‘a few years’: Virgin boss

Virgin’s boss predicts the coronavirus pandemic will halt international travel for the airline until at least 2023 after 3000 jobs were cut.

 


 

6/08/2020

ABC News

How this Sydney aged-care home averted a coronavirus disaster

It's a stark contrast to the aged-care disaster unfolding in Victoria — a group of nurses clapping and dancing in a nursing home, celebrating a major win against the coronavirus.

 


 

6/08/2020

ABC News

Why was there a COVID-19 outbreak in Colac's abattoir, but not one in Warrnambool?

Last month, two abattoirs in south-west Victoria were visited by inspectors who later tested positive for COVID-19 and were contagious while on site, but only one of the cases led to a large outbreak.

 


 

5/08/2020

ZeroHedge

Destroying Western Media's "Swedish Public Health Disaster" Narrative In Two Simple Charts

Since the end of July, there have been a lot of completely false and misleading stories about the failures of Sweden’s no lockdown policy and Sweden officials’ choices to not tyrannically shut down businesses in Sweden, to only suggest that the elderly vulnerable population self-quarantine, and to allow for the complete normalization of life under the conditions.

 


 

5/08/2020

Business Insider

Woolworths is trialling its own contact tracing tool in Victoria and New South Wales

Woolworths is trialling a contact tracing system across some of its stores. It will involve customers voluntarily using a QR code to check in and register their contact details. The initiative is spread across 11 Woolworths supermarkets in Victoria and one in metro New South Wales.

 


 

5/08/2020

Business Insider

Deliveries of household essentials like bread and milk could be slashed by a third under Melbourne's stage four restrictions, logistics companies warn

Deliveries of household essentials like bread and milk to Melbourne supermarkets could be slashed by one-third if new rules that restrict staffing in warehouses go ahead, logistics companies have warned.

 


 

5/08/2020

ABC News

From sniffer dogs to sewage testing, scientists are finding new ways to detect COVID-19s

Let's take a look at how Australian researchers are exploring these less traditional tracing systems and how close we are to implementing them.

 


 

5/08/2020

ABC News

NSW health authorities confirm 12 new coronavirus cases

Health authorities in NSW have confirmed 12 new coronavirus infections with the source of one infection unknown. One of the cases was a returned traveller in hotel quarantine. Ten of the confirmed cases were locally acquired and linked to known clusters, authorities said.

 


 

5/08/2020

7 News

Postmenopausal women with low estrogen levels at higher risk of severe COVID-19, study finds

The study, led by researchers at King’s College London, found that high levels of estrogen may have a protective effect against coronavirus.

 


 

5/08/2020

SBS News

Queensland to close its border to all of NSW and ACT from Saturday

Queensland will shut its border to NSW and the ACT this week after people continued to dodge mandatory quarantine.

 


 

5/08/2020

News.com.au

Virgin Australia cuts 3000 jobs and axes Tigerair airline

Virgin Australia will shed about one-third of its workforce, kill off Tigerair and suspend long-haul international routes as rebrands as a “value airline”.

 


 

5/08/2020

ABC News

Victoria to report 725 new coronavirus cases

The ABC understands Victoria will report about 725 new coronavirus cases today. Many Victorian businesses will be forced to shut down from midnight tonight, with a quarter of a million workers told to stay at home. Those who still have jobs to go to will need to carry a permit on their way to work.

 


 

4/08/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus NSW: COVID-19 Sydney updates

NSW has recorded a spate of mystery cases in the past week, with a top doctor warning a rise in this number could spark harsher restrictions for the state.

 


 

4/08/2020

ABC News

Two new coronavirus cases confirmed in SA including possible community transmission

SA Health said the two new cases are both women in their 20s, with one of the cases possibly acquired through community transmission. The other is linked to the cluster identified yesterday at two schools in Adelaide — Roma Mitchell College and Thebarton Senior College. It is believed the woman had been to several places while infectious.

 


 

4/08/2020

ABC News

Victoria records 439 coronavirus cases as Daniel Andrews announces tougher penalties for breaches

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced tough new penalties for people who fail to self-isolate when required, as the state records 439 new coronavirus cases and 11 further deaths, all of which are linked to aged care.

 


 

4/08/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: Dozens test positive for Covid-19 on Norwegian cruise ship

At least 41 passengers and crew on a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19, officials say. Hundreds more passengers who travelled on the MS Roald Amundsen are in quarantine and awaiting test results, the company that owns the ship said.

 


 

4/08/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: WHO warns of long road ahead, may never be a ‘silver bullet’

The World Health Organisation said for now, stopping Covid-19 outbreaks comes down to basics like face masks, social distancing and testing.

 


 

4/08/2020

ABC News

Melbourne lockdown could cause coronavirus recession to last all year, economists warn

NAB warns there is a 50-50 chance the recession Australia is in will extend to the end of September. Others warn it may last all year Victoria is likely to see a further 10-15 per cent blow to its economy from the new, tougher lockdowns. The state accounts for nearly a quarter of Australia's GDP. Grattan Institute CEO Danielle Wood says the closure of childcare and schools will force many people out of the workforce.

 


 

4/08/2020

SBS News

Australia set to face food shortages due to Victoria's coronavirus restrictions

Victoria's massive scaling back of food manufacturing in an effort to stop the coronavirus spread is expected to affect Australia's food supply chain.

 


 

3/08/2020

9 News

NSW reports 13 new virus cases as premier faces calls to shut Victoria border

NSW has recorded 13 fresh cases of coronavirus overnight, including a new infection from Victoria, which could further destabilise the southern border.

 


 

3/08/2020

9 News

Woolworths liquor warehouse workers walk off the job amid coronavirus safety fears

More than 240 Woolworths liquor warehouse workers have walked off the job in Melbourne's south-west amid safety fears after an employee tested positive to COVID-19 last week.

 


 

3/08/2020

9 News

Why does coronavirus affect people differently?

We're now more than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic that has upended the lives of most people on the planet.

 


 

3/08/2020

ABC News

Adelaide students in self-isolation following school cases as south-east border crosser arrested

About 40 Adelaide students are in self-isolation after a woman with coronavirus attended two Adelaide schools.

 


 

3/08/2020

ABC News

Victoria has enacted a state of disaster to enforce coronavirus restrictions. Here's what that means

Six months after Victoria declared a state of disaster to deal with the summer's fires, the dramatic legislation has again come into effect to deal with the "public health bushfire" of coronavirus.

 


 

3/08/2020

Zero Hedge

Vaccine Hunt: Is Injecting Human Volunteers With COVID-19 Ethical?

In the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, an ethical debate is brewing over whether it's justifiable to deliberately infect healthy volunteers with the disease in the hopes of achieving a scientific breakthrough sooner, according to the South China Morning Post.

 


 

3/08/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus cases worldwide pass 18 million as hard-hit US enters ‘new phase’

Global coronavirus cases topped 18 million on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, with the pandemic adding a million reported infections about every four days.

 


 

3/08/2020

9 News

Panic buying concerns as Melbourne re-enters lockdown

Residents in Melbourne are being urged not to panic buy after the city went back into stage four restrictions.

 


 

3/08/2020

Zero Hedge

One Of The First Ships To Resume Cruising Is Having A COVID Outbreak

On second thought, maybe it was too soon. One of the first cruise ships in the world to resume sailing since the coronavirus-caused worldwide halt to cruising in March is experiencing a significant outbreak of the illness that already has sent several people to the hospital.

 


 

3/08/2020

9 News

Alarm after coronavirus outbreaks hit European mink farms

Coronavirus outbreaks at mink farms in Spain and the Netherlands have scientists digging into how the animals got infected and if they can spread it to people.

 


 

3/08/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: SA schools shut down amid new cases and concern over community transmission risk

Two South Australian schools have been shut down after someone who attended them tested positive to COVID-19.

 


 

31/07/2020

9 News

Border restrictions a re-emerging flashpoint as COVID-19 cases rise

New tensions are building between Australian states as premiers clash over plans to block travellers at risk of spreading coronavirus from growing hotspots.

 


 

31/07/2020

Reuters

As pandemic rages on, world economic recovery looks ever more shaky: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) - The world economic outlook has dimmed again, with still-rising coronavirus infections and the risk of renewed lockdowns increasing the chances that any rebound will reverse course, according to Reuters polls of over 500 economists globally.

 


 

31/07/2020

Zero Hedge

Florida, California Suffer Record COVID-19 Deaths As Texas Cases Top NY: Live Updates

Update (1740ET): In the latest example of a 'credible' mainstream media organization imputing racial factors that aren't really present, the "nonpartisan" investigative news organization Propublica reported Thursday that Hispanic Texans in the Houston area were bearing "the brunt" of the coronavirus outbreak in Houston.

 


 

31/07/2020

9 News

Weather forecast Australia: Severe frosts in Victoria, coastal wind warnings in several states

Several states are waking to a chilly morning, with the weekend's forecast likely to bring showers, strong winds and wild weather.

 


 

31/07/2020

9 News

With Greater Sydney a declared coronavirus hotspot tomorrow 8000 travellers are expected to flood into Queensland

Police expect 8000 people will fly into Brisbane today from interstate with people keen to get back before those borders close to people from Greater Sydney.

 


 

31/07/2020

9 News

Everybody in Victoria with coronavirus passing it on to another person on average

Everybody in Victoria with coronavirus is on average passing it on to another person, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

 


 

30/07/2020

7 News

Infectious Queensland teen has not disclosed her movements with contact tracers

Queensland health authorities have revealed one of two women who tested positive for coronavirus after returning from Melbourne has not assisted with contact tracing. Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young urged all Queenslanders to download the COVIDSafe app after one of three cases recorded on Wednesday refused to comply.

 


 

30/07/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus: New restrictions announced for Victoria after record case spike

Premier Daniel Andrews said mandatory face coverings would now apply in regional Victoria, as well as metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

 


 

30/07/2020

SBS News

'Far too many' Victorians are going to work while sick. Far too many have no choice

The casualisation of the Australian workforce creates huge vulnerability for workers and for the public's efforts to suppress COVID-19.

 


 

30/07/2020

ABC News

NSW Health records 18 coronavirus cases overnight

Two of those cases are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

 


 

30/07/2020

7 News

Queensland braces for community transmission coronavirus outbreak

Queensland is bracing itself for an outbreak of community transmission after three people tested positive to COVID-19 including two teens who returned from Victoria but did not quarantine.

 


 

30/07/2020

ABC News

Victorian coronavirus cases rise by 723 in new pandemic record

Victoria has confirmed a further 723 new cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths, Australia's highest daily totals since the pandemic started.

 


 

29/07/2020

Zero Hedge

US-China Military Conflict Deemed "Highly Likely" To "Almost Certain" Over Next 3 Years

A top independent Australia-based think tank which regularly advises the Canberra government has produced a "risk assessment" studying the likelihood of America and China going to war. Involving defense experts around the world, the study was undertaken on the heels of the US sending two carrier strike groups to sail through the South China Sea in provocative "freedom of navigation" operations.

 


 

29/07/2020

SBS News

Scores forced to self-isolate after 'reckless' Queensland women who travelled interstate test positive

Scores of people will have to isolate and a private school is closed after two women returning from Melbourne tested positive to coronavirus in Queensland overnight. The women, who flew back from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21 after travelling together, were active in the community for eight days before isolating.

 


 

29/07/2020

Zero Hedge

Opinion: 10 US COVID-19 Charts You Need To See

If you listen to the mainstream media, it’s safe to say you’re probably not getting a balanced picture of the USA’s coronavirus situation.

 


 

29/07/2020

Zero Hedge

Opinion: COVID-19 Shows America Is Vulnerable To Biological Terror, And Weaponized Viruses Are Surprisingly Easy To Make

Thanks to dramatic leaps in technology over the last couple of decades, it has become very easy to create and weaponize viruses, and once such a biological weapon is released we may never even know who attacked.

 


 

29/07/2020

News.com.au

Why JobSeeker, JobKeeper reductions could cause economic crisis

The worst is coming. There’s a fiscal cliff on the horizon for the economy and it will affect everyday Aussies and big businesses alike.

 


 

29/07/2020

7 News

WHO says coronavirus 'likes all weather'

A World Health Organisation official has described the COVID-19 pandemic as “one big wave” and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer since the infection does not share influenza’s tendency to follow seasons.

 


 

29/07/2020

SBS News

Army medics sent into Victoria's coronavirus-stricken aged care facilities amid staff shortages

Hospital staff and army medics are being sent into Victoria's aged care facilities as part of efforts to contain growing coronavirus outbreaks.

 


 

29/07/2020

ABC News

Queensland's Parklands Christian College closed after employee who travelled interstate tests positive for coronavirus

Parklands Christian College will undergo cleaning after Queensland Health confirmed a woman tested positive late yesterday after last week returning from interstate.

 


 

29/07/2020

ABC News

Queensland's Parklands Christian College closed after employee who travelled interstate tests positive for coronavirus

Parklands Christian College will undergo cleaning after Queensland Health confirmed a woman tested positive late yesterday after last week returning from interstate.

 


 

28/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Most Brazilian coronavirus strains had origins in Europe, study finds

Researchers from Brazil and Britain find 75 per cent of strains in country can be genetically traced to three groups from Europe.

 


 

28/07/2020

South China Morning Post

China’s worst floods in decades

Heavy rains are putting the Yangtze River at risk of repeating the devastating floods of 1998 which left more than 4,000 people dead and 14 million homeless. The latest natural disaster comes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and an escalating trade war with the US.

 


 

28/07/2020

9 News

Bushfires killed or displaced 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs

Almost three billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia's most recent summer bushfires. The figure is almost three times more than an earlier estimate released in January.

 


 

28/07/2020

9 News

Bushfires killed or displaced 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs

Almost three billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia's most recent summer bushfires. The figure is almost three times more than an earlier estimate released in January.

 


 

28/07/2020

ABC News

Victoria's coronavirus numbers continue to grow with 384 new cases and six deaths

Victoria has recorded 384 new coronavirus cases, and six more patients with COVID-19 have died. Mr Andrews also announced "with some regret" that elective surgeries would be cancelled, except for category one and the most urgent category two procedures.

 


 

28/07/2020

7 News

Coronavirus pandemic job losses shift from youth in hospitality to white-collar professionals

More than half the early coronavirus recession job losses were under-30s, but more older workers are now starting to feel the pain. Workers under 35 experienced almost zero growth in real wages following the global financial crisis. KPMG's chief economist warns older workers they may be overlooked for more tech-savvy younger hires in the pandemic recovery.

 


 

28/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus pandemic job losses shift from youth in hospitality to white-collar professionals

More than half the early coronavirus recession job losses were under-30s, but more older workers are now starting to feel the pain. Workers under 35 experienced almost zero growth in real wages following the global financial crisis. KPMG's chief economist warns older workers they may be overlooked for more tech-savvy younger hires in the pandemic recovery.

 


 

28/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cases aren't coming down despite Victoria's lockdowns. Experts seek to explain why

By now the case numbers were hoped to be dramatically lower, says Dr Philip Russo, president of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control. But the fact we only have a loose lid on infection doesn't come down to the Government's response; it's squarely on the public, Dr Russo says. "Clearly people aren't following the guidelines and perhaps there's a sense that they're not going to be bothered too much if they do get the infection," Dr Russo says.

 


 

27/07/2020

9 News

Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest, may be in danger of breaching

China's Three Gorges Dam is being tested to its limits as widespread flooding continues along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, with all of its major arteries already swamped.

 


 

24/07/2020

ABC News

Intensive care nurse's blunt warning over coronavirus risk to younger adults

A senior Melbourne intensive care nurse says hospitals are preparing for the prospect of deaths among younger Victorians as authorities battle to rein in the state's coronavirus cases.

 


 

24/07/2020

ABC News

Queensland ramps up coronavirus restrictions in licensed venues as two new cases recorded

After three weeks of being allowed to stand and consume drinks in licensed venues, Queenslanders will be again forced to sit by the state's Chief Health Officer.

 


 

24/07/2020

9 News

Niagara Falls tourist boats show difference in US and Canada's coronavirus approach

The Canada/United States border is expected to remain closed until at least August 21, but there's one region where American and Canadian tourists can still pass almost side by side - Niagara Falls.

 


 

24/07/2020

ABC News

Victoria coronavirus cases rise by 300 as six more deaths are recorded, more ADF personnel called in

Victoria has recorded 300 new cases of coronavirus overnight and six more deaths, taking the state's COVID-19 death toll to 55.

 


 

24/07/2020

South China Morning Post

US coronavirus cases pass 4 million in rapid acceleration

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in the United States passed 4 million on Thursday, reflecting a rapid acceleration of infections detected in the country since the first case was recorded on January 21, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed.

 


 

23/07/2020

7 News

Victoria's coronavirus cases could isolate the state and lead to Stage 4, expert warns

A leading epidemiologist has warned Victoria could be locked out of the rest of the country for two years as the state grapples with its coronavirus resurgence.

 


 

23/07/2020

ABC News

WA's coronavirus state of emergency may last all year as phase five restrictions remain in question

WA's Police Commissioner "can't say" when the state of emergency will end. The next easing of restrictions due on August 1 may be delayed again. There are calls for all airport interstate arrivals to be tested for COVID-19.

 


 

23/07/2020

ZeroHedge

Herd Immunity Threshold Against COVID-19 May Be Lower Than Believed: Researchers

A team of researchers from the University of Oxford’s Zoology Department, led by Professor Sunetra Gupta, produced a model that suggests as little as 20 percent of the population may need to be resistant to the virus to prevent a resurgence of an epidemic. The study, which was published on July 16, is yet to be peer-reviewed.

 


 

23/07/2020

ABC News

Flu deaths drop in Australia as coronavirus restrictions save hundreds of lives

Australia has not recorded any flu deaths since April, with only 36 deaths recorded this year compared to 430 in the same period last year. Experts say school closures, physical distancing, hand hygiene and border closures all played a part in reducing the number of flu cases. There was also an uptick in influenza vaccinations this year, with 2 million more doses being administered.

 


 

23/07/2020

ABC News

Warning over WA coronavirus hotel quarantine 'time bomb' as staff say rules repeatedly broken

Staff in WA's quarantine hotels say rule breaches are occurring regularly. Doctors say the reliance on private security contractors is alarming. The WA Premier says he has been advised the system is "working well".

 


 

23/07/2020

SBS News

Victoria's second-wave coronavirus lockdown will wipe $3 billion from Australian economy

The Morrison government is expected to reveal an "eye-watering" budget deficit and debt bill after tagging tens of billions of dollars for measures to support the economy through the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

23/07/2020

SBS News

Victoria's second-wave coronavirus lockdown will wipe $3 billion from Australian economy

The Morrison government is expected to reveal an "eye-watering" budget deficit and debt bill after tagging tens of billions of dollars for measures to support the economy through the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

23/07/2020

SBS News

Victoria's second-wave coronavirus lockdown will wipe $3 billion from Australian economy

The Morrison government is expected to reveal an "eye-watering" budget deficit and debt bill after tagging tens of billions of dollars for measures to support the economy through the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

22/07/2020

ABC News

Too soon to know if coronavirus is already spreading in WA, doctors warn

Currently there are no reports of COVID-19 community transmission in WA. But doctors warn it is not known for sure if the virus is in the community. People who travelled to WA before rules were tightened are seen as the biggest risk.

 


 

22/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Italy’s earliest coronavirus strains did not arrive from China, study suggests

Strains from Covid-19 patients in the Lombardy region ‘did not contain viral strains isolated in the first months of the outbreak in China’. One possible route to Italy was from Central Europe, where strains with similar mutations were detected, researchers say.

 


 

22/07/2020

7 News

Queensland police reveal hundreds missing during quarantine compliance checks

Police have revealed 387 people have been missing from mandatory self-quarantine at home during compliance checks since April.

 


 

22/07/2020

Business Insider

The RBA has directed the Australian government to spend its way out of the crisis, but warns there's no 'free lunch' in printing money

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has given the Morrison government the green light to increase debt levels and lock in a budget deficit this Thursday of more than $200 billion to support the economy during its recovery from the virus crisis.

 


 

22/07/2020

ABC News

Victorian coronavirus cases hit new record high with 484 cases, two more deaths

Two men in their 90s have died overnight, taking the death toll to 44. Premier Daniel Andrews warned the lockdown could be extended. He said nearly 90 per cent of people are not isolating when they first feel sick.

 


 

21/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus elimination or suppression? That's the multi-billion-dollar economic question

Many indicators of New Zealand's domestic economic activity are now back at or above pre-pandemic levels. But NZ is expected to take a much bigger initial economic hit from COVID-19 due to its tougher lockdown and greater reliance on tourism than Australia. Business leaders and Australia's National Cabinet still maintain that an "aggressive suppression strategy" is the best way to deal with coronavirus.

 


 

21/07/2020

ABC News

Are COVID-19 superspreaders more infectious than others? Is it their behaviour? Or is it in their biology?

Any of us could be superspreaders if we happen to be the first person in the right place at the right time, where there are conditions the virus likes - such as a crowded indoor environment with no ventilation.

 


 

21/07/2020

7 News

Spain's coronavirus rate triples in three weeks

The prevalence of the coronavirus in Spain has risen three-fold over the last three weeks as authorities struggle to contain a rash of fresh clusters, mainly in the Catalonia and Aragon regions, Health Ministry data indicates.

 


 

21/07/2020

Business Insider

The government will give JobKeeper a facelift, extending it for six months but splitting it into two tiers

The Morrison government will extend the JobKeeper and JobSeeker emergency payments for another six months, but both will be reduced after a Treasury review found they could act as disincentives to work as the economy recovers.

 


 

21/07/2020

SBS News

Oxford coronavirus vaccine is safe and triggers strong immune response, human trials show

The vaccine prompted no serious side effects and elicited antibody and T-cell immune responses, according to trial results published in The Lancet medical journal.

 


 

20/07/2020

Business Insider

One of Australia’s only surgical-grade face mask producers says it is worried about Melbourne's compulsory mask rule, as it is already struggling to meet demand

Victoria’s government made face coverings mandatory for people in Melbourne and the Mitchell shire from Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the rule is set to put a strain on surgical mask supplies.

 


 

20/07/2020

9 News

Pregnant Melbourne mum sick with coronavirus fights for life

Distressing video of a pregnant Melbourne mum critically sick with coronavirus and struggling to breathe has been shared by her husband, who has urged Melburnians to wear face masks in public.

 


 

20/07/2020

9 News

Victorian schools, including two in Geelong, shut down after coronavirus cases

Three Victorian schools outside the state's lockdown areas have closed due to COVID-19 cases.

 


 

20/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus Australia live news: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister Scott Morrison to provide updates

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison are expected to provided coronavirus updates before noon.

 


 

20/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong third wave: Carrie Lam steps up fight against coronavirus, with masks to be made mandatory in indoor public places and civil servants working from home

Hong Kong has stepped up its fight against the worsening coronavirus crisis, with the government to make the wearing of masks mandatory in indoor public places, while also ordering civil servants to work from home and ramping up quarantine facilities, as the city confirmed more than 100 new cases on Sunday.

 


 

20/07/2020

9 News

Everything you need to know about face mask rules in Victoria

Melbourne will become a mandatory mask zone on Wednesday at 11:59pm.

 


 

20/07/2020

9 News

Record China flooding impacts PPE supply chain to US as COVID-19 crisis deepens

Residents of Wuhan, China stayed indoors last week not because of another lockdown posed by a reemerging coronavirus threat, but because the worst flooding in decades has threatened their city.

 


 

20/07/2020

9 News

Rehabilitation centres set up to treat long-term coronavirus health effects

Professional diver Emiliano Pescarolo contracted coronavirus in March and spent 17 days in hospital in the Italian port city of Genoa before being discharged on April 10.

 


 

20/07/2020

9 News

Some young 'recovered' COVID-19 survivors still struggling with symptoms

Daniel Green is still hobbled by the severe coronavirus infection that struck him in March and left him coughing up blood.

 


 

20/07/2020

7 News

New coronavirus cases in NSW confirmed as state tries to contain outbreak

New South Wales has recorded 20 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, as the state tries to contain an outbreak.

 


 

17/07/2020

9 News

Coronavirus Victoria: New restrictions for exercise, recreational activity and shopping in Melbourne

Victorians in stage three lockdown are not allowed to leave their suburbs for exercise or recreational activities under a significant shift of restrictions.

 


 

17/07/2020

ABC News

Uncertainty looms for homeless Victorians in hotel accommodation during coronavirus crisis

Ask Wayne Clark if the hotel rooms he's been staying in for three months are better than the four rooming houses he'd lived in since August last year, and he'll simply say, "it was a godsend".

 


 

17/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Sweden’s PM defends coronavirus strategy, as herd immunity remains elusive

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he is in no doubt his country’s highly controversial strategy for fighting Covid-19 remains appropriate.

 


 

17/07/2020

WA Today

US records 66,000 new virus infections as Florida has biggest one-day rise in deaths

Florida got a nasty one-two punch of coronavirus news on Thursday: the state reported 156 more deaths and 13,965 more COVID-19 cases.

 


 

17/07/2020

Zero Hedge

Why Sweden Succeeded In "Flattening The Curve" And New York Failed

Coronavirus deaths have slowed to a crawl in Sweden. With the exception of a single death on July 13, no deaths in this nation of 10 million have been reported since July 10.

 


 

16/07/2020

7News

The coronavirus science that has doctors concerned

“It’s like we’re in a battle with something that we can’t see, that we don’t know, and we don’t know where it’s coming from,” said Vivian Castro, a nurse supervisor at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, just north of New York City, which struggled with its caseload this spring.

 


 

16/07/2020

News.com.au

Teenager in Mongolia dies of bubonic plague after eating marmot

A 15-year-old boy has died of bubonic plague in western Mongolia after eating marmot, as authorities impose quarantine measures.

 


 

16/07/2020

Off Guardian

Opinion: NHS Consultant Says Staff Are Being Silenced Over COVID19

 


 

16/07/2020

South China Morning Post

X-ray study on elderly coronavirus patients could pave way for accessible and inexpensive treatment: researchers

Study of 10 patients by Atlanta university found radiation therapy resulted in shorter hospital stays, better intubation rates and improved lung condition. Chinese radiation medicine professor says X-ray may be a remedy of last resort in some cases but there is no evidence it is justified for mass treatment.

 


 

16/07/2020

SBS News

Siberia heatwave was 'almost impossible' without climate change, scientists say

An extreme heatwave in the Arctic is a problem for the entire planet, say scientists, because the region regulates weather around the globe and contains much of the world's carbon-rich permafrost.

 


 

16/07/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus Australia live updates: Why Sydney cases are spreading so fast

It normally takes up to 14 days for coronavirus to start showing effects on the body, but authorities say Sydney's new cases are unusual.

 


 

15/07/2020

The Guardian

Scott Morrison says Australia cannot shut down to contain second wave of Covid-19

Prime minister says trying to eliminate virus not the ‘right strategy’ as he moves to reassure people income support will remain.

 


 

15/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: the disease Covid-19 explained

The Covid-19 outbreak caused China to put much of the country into lockdown but the virus has spread rapidly around the world. Many countries are quarantining travellers from overseas. Find out how it all began.

 


 

15/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus antibodies may not help with cure, after Dutch study sees harmful effect in ICU patients

Antibodies generated by the immune system to neutralise the novel coronavirus could cause severe harm or even kill the patient, according to a study by Dutch scientists.

 


 

15/07/2020

South China Morning Post

57 sailors in Argentina get coronavirus after weeks at sea, despite quarantine

Argentina is trying to solve a medical mystery after 57 sailors were infected with the coronavirus after 35 days at sea, despite the entire crew testing negative before leaving port.

 


 

15/07/2020

Zero Hedge

Squirrel Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague In Small Colorado Town

After a new case of the bubonic plague rattled the part of Mongolia near the Russian border, it appears the infamous plague strain responsible for killing between 50 million and 100 million Europeans during the 14th Century has now been discovered in Colorado, where a squirrel recently tested positive, according to local news reports.

 


 

15/07/2020

ABC News

Victorian coronavirus cases rise by 238 and a woman dies, police urge people to stop breaching restrictions

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews has pleaded with restriction rule-breakers to "please do better", after the state recorded 238 new coronavirus cases and another woman's death overnight.

 


 

15/07/2020

9 News

NSW records 13 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more linked to Casula pub outbreak

NSW has recorded 13 additional COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, 10 of whom are linked to the outbreak of cases from the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney's south west.

 


 

15/07/2020

9 News

How NSW Health found 'patient zero' of Sydney pub outbreak

Rigorous detective work, hours spent on the phone and a complex maze of contacts and locations have allowed NSW Health to discover "patient zero" of Sydney's latest outbreak at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula.

 


 

14/07/2020

ABC News

SA delays border reopening date for NSW and ACT amid coronavirus risk

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has announced that restrictions on travel from New South Wales and the ACT will no longer ease next week as planned because of the ongoing coronavirus threat.

 


 

14/07/2020

Zero Hedge

More Than Half Of COVID-19 Patients In New Study Have Heart Damage

While the mortality rate from COVID-19 is far lower than initially projected, the disease can leave people with a bevy of health problems of unknown duration; from fatigue, to lingering respiratory issues, to loss of taste and smell.

 


 

14/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cases in Victoria continue to rise with 270 new cases

Victoria's coronavirus crisis has worsened further after another 270 cases were detected in the past 24 hours, including more in aged care facilities.

 


 

14/07/2020

9 News

UK says it will make masks mandatory in shops following weeks of confusion

The British government has decided to require people to wear face coverings in shops, joining a long list of countries that have made masks mandatory under some circumstances in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

14/07/2020

Zero Hedge

Scientists Discover That One Big Assumption That Everyone Has Been Making About COVID-19 May Be Dead Wrong

Over the past several months, there has been a tremendous amount of debate about almost every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic. People have been eager to debate about the severity of the virus, they have been eager to debate about the wisdom of the lockdowns, and they have been eager to debate about the effectiveness of wearing masks. But the one thing that everyone could pretty much agree on is that eventually this pandemic would end.

 


 

14/07/2020

Reuters

WHO sounds alarm as coronavirus cases rise by one million in five days

(Reuters) - The number of coronavirus infections around the world hit 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by a million in just five days.

 


 

14/07/2020

ABC News

Israelis were told to 'have fun' after lockdowns eased. Now they're facing a coronavirus COVID-19 second wave

"Return to normal — get a cup of coffee and a glass of beer." That was what Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told citizens when he eased the country's coronavirus restrictions in late May.

 


 

13/07/2020

9 News

US official corrects 'no face mask' advice; Florida records highest single-day COVID-19 case increase; Italy sees new outbreaks

The US Surgeon General has backtracked on previous 'no face mask' advice by other officials, Florida has topped all other states for largest single-day COVID-19 case increases, and Italy is recording a string of new outbreaks.

 


 

13/07/2020

9 News

Coronavirus Victoria: Health authorities apologise for text message bungle

Health authorities have apologised for a bungle which saw incorrect text messages sent to Victorians in self-isolation saying they were free to leave COVID-19 quarantine before their 14-day period ended.

 


 

13/07/2020

Reuters

Coronavirus bringing record $1 trillion of new global corporate debt in 2020: report

LONDON (Reuters) - Companies around the world will take on as much as $1 trillion of new debt in 2020, as they try to shore up their finances against the coronavirus, a new study of 900 top firms has estimated.

 


 

13/07/2020

South China Morning Post

How serious is Hong Kong’s third wave of Covid-19 infections and what can be done to beat it?

Barely two weeks since people began returning to Hong Kong’s gyms and cinemas, and venturing out for dim sum in larger groups as social-distancing regulations were eased after the apparently successful containment of Covid-19, the coronavirus has returned with a vengeance.

 


 

13/07/2020

South China Morning Post

WHO remains tight-lipped on experts sent to investigate coronavirus in China

A World Health Organisation advance team is in the Chinese capital this weekend but few other details have been released about a mission that could lay the groundwork for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

13/07/2020

7 News

WA records new and historical cases of COVID-19

Two people in Western Australia have been infected with coronavirus, while another two historical cases have just been reported.

 


 

13/07/2020

7 News

Victoria's coronavirus cases rise by 177 after horror weekend

Victoria has recorded more than a week in triple-digit coronavirus cases with another spike after the weekend.

 


 

13/07/2020

7 News

Half a dozen NSW venues placed on alert as pub COVID cluster grows

Cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney’s southwest have risen again as New South Wales recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

 


 

13/07/2020

7 News

5000 deaths a day: Globe reaches sobering COVID milestone

The World Health Organisation has reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.

 


 

13/07/2020

7 News

US pathologist finds blood clots consistently throughout autopsies on COVID-19 patients

Autopsies on people who died of the coronavirus are helping doctors understand how the disease affects the body.

 


 

10/07/2020

9 News

Queensland border reopens with stricter rules in place, 20km northern NSW gridlock anticipated by authorities

Queensland's borders have officially reopened to travellers from all states and territories except Victoria after months of a strict coronavirus lockdown.

 


 

10/07/2020

7 News

Clive Palmer challenge to WA's closed borders to be heard in Federal Court next week

Western Australia’s determination to keep its borders closed to all states, not just virus-plagued Victoria, is set to be scrutinised by the nation’s highest court.

 


 

10/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Jack Ma encourages more AI cooperation as Elon Musk says Tesla is close to L5 autonomous driving

Alibaba Group Holding founder Jack Ma said the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of artificial intelligence and digital technologies across a range of industries, including health care and farming.

 


 

10/07/2020

South China Morning Post

WHO issues new coronavirus guidance, but stops short of confirming airborne transmission

The World Health Organisation on Thursday released new guidelines on the transmission of the novel coronavirus that acknowledge some reports of airborne transmission of the virus that causes Covid-19, but stopped short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air.

 


 

10/07/2020

South China Morning Post

‘Unknown pneumonia’ deadlier than coronavirus sweeping Kazakhstan, Chinese embassy warns

The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has warned of a deadly “unknown pneumonia” after the former Soviet republic reported a spike in pneumonia cases since June.

 


 

10/07/2020

Reuters

Oil dips, heading for weekly loss as virus cases rise

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Friday after steep falls in the previous session and were set for a weekly decline on worries renewed lockdowns following a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States and elsewhere will suppress fuel demand.

 


 

10/07/2020

7 News

Victorian public housing tower forced to stay in lockdown as cases spike

Residents in a public housing tower in Melbourne will be stuck inside for another nine days amid fears a quarter of them could have coronavirus.

 


 

10/07/2020

7 News

US Marine tests positive to coronavirus upon arrival to Northern Territory

A United States Marine has tested positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Australia for a military exercise.

 


 

9/07/2020

World Economic Forum

Locusts are putting 5 million people at risk of starvation – and that’s without COVID-19

A second crisis is ravaging an area of Africa that’s already grappling with the impact of COVID-19: locusts.

 


 

9/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Tokyo reports 224 new infections, a daily record for Japanese capital

Tokyo has recorded 224 new cases of coronavirus infection on Thursday, public broadcaster NHK said, marking a new daily record in Japan’s capital since the crisis began.

 


 

9/07/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: Hundreds flee Victoria for South Australia before midnight border lockdown

A man faces being fined after it's believed he allegedly tried to cross the border from Victoria into South Australia last night without permission.

 


 

9/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus: Hundreds flee Victoria for South Australia before midnight border lockdown

A man faces being fined after it's believed he allegedly tried to cross the border from Victoria into South Australia last night without permission.

 


 

9/07/2020

ABC News

Redgum firewood in short supply due to cold snap and coronavirus stockpiling

Woodyards are reporting a shortage of redgum as more people are working from home and cold weather puts pressure on the supply chain of the favoured firewood.

 


 

9/07/2020

ABC News

ACT records another coronavirus infection a day after three Canberrans became first cases in a month

Another Canberra resident has tested positive for coronavirus, a day after three people became the ACT's first known cases of COVID-19 in a month.

 


 

9/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cluster at Melbourne's Al-Taqwa College grows to 113, but how it started remains a mystery

Faikha Schroeder was enjoying the first day of school holidays when she received a text message — one of her teaching colleagues at Al-Taqwa College, in Melbourne's outer west, had tested positive for COVID-19.

 


 

9/07/2020

9 News

Icy roads, frost and severe weather on the way next week

States could begin to see early signs of more severe weather on the way with snow and thunderstorms possible for parts of southeastern Australia today.

 


 

8/07/2020

ABC News

NSW-Victoria coronavirus breach after Melbourne Jetstar flight lands in Sydney where passengers aren't screened for COVID-19

Passengers on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney last night disembarked without being screened by NSW Health officials, in a major breach of the state's coronavirus protocols.

 


 

8/07/2020

ABC News

Long-term effects of coronavirus mean returning home from ICU is not the end of it

"We're just now getting to large numbers of people recovering and getting back to life and we're starting to see these long haul survivors, as they self-describe, who are still suffering for months with symptoms ongoing," Canadian neurologist Dr Rick Swartz said.

 


 

8/07/2020

Zero Hedge

Opinion: "Crunch Time" Arrives And... Was Everyone Wrong About The Coronavirus?

One week ago, when looking at the growing divergence between the number of new coronavirus cases in the US and shrinking number of fatalities, we referred to Nordea's strategist Andreas Steno Larsen, who observed that "we are entering “crunch time” on fatalities since they should start to rise in early July given the lead/lag structure versus new cases." Well, one week later, we decided to follow up on the current status and... there is still no spike in fatalities at either the federal level...

 


 

8/07/2020

Reuters

WHO acknowledges 'evidence emerging' of airborne spread of COVID-19

The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.

 


 

8/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus spread in high-density towers comes from proximity, shared spaces and even ventilation, researchers say

Melbourne's high-density housing towers went into a strict lockdown over the weekend. Scientists say there are numerous reasons these living arrangements spread COVID-19 faster. Air flow, proximity, ventilation and plumbing have all been considered as contributing factors.

 


 

7/07/2020

SBS News

Metropolitan Melbourne put into six-week lockdown after surge of 191 new coronavirus infections

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne will go back into lockdown from midnight Wednesday as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

 


 

7/07/2020

7 News

Coronavirus may have been laying dormant around the world, rather than originating in China, expert claims

Coronavirus may have already been around, laying dormant across the globe before thriving in favourable environmental conditions, one expert claims.

 


 

7/07/2020

SBS News

New report finds clear trend of viruses jumping from animals to humans

Experts say there is a clear upward trend in the number of viruses moving from animals to humans, and further outbreaks are likely if no action is taken.

 


 

7/07/2020

SBS News

'Mammoth task': Australian Defence Force to help NSW patrol Victoria border

The Australian Defence Force will assist in what Gladys Berejiklian describes as a "mammoth task" to patrol the NSW-Victoria border when it closes tonight in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

 


 

7/07/2020

News.com.au

10th Melbourne public housing tower in Richmond at risk of lockdown

A 10th Melbourne public housing tower is at risk of being locked down after an infected worker reportedly visited a building in Richmond.

 


 

7/07/2020

7 News

Alan Jones lashes Australia’s virus response on debut Sky News TV show

Alan Jones has returned to broadcasting with a scathing assessment of Australia’s coronavirus response on his debut TV show weeks after he retired from radio. But while some welcomed his return, other viewers accused him of not doing his research. The 79-year-old said he has always been in the “cohort that was in danger” of COVID-19.

 


 

6/07/2020

SBS News

'It's horrific': Residents of Melbourne's locked-down towers are struggling to receive essential supplies

Residents in Melbourne's nine locked-down public housing towers have told SBS News they are struggling to receive essential supplies as they adapt to an initial five-day lockdown without warning.

 


 

6/07/2020

7 News

Concerns raised as Qantas and Jetstar staff hired to help at Victoria's quarantine hotels

Airline staff have been recruited to help coordinate activities with returned travellers being housed in quarantine hotels in Victoria.

 


 

6/07/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: WA doctors to test Perth children in bid to uncover why they might not contract COVID-19

Western Australian doctors are leading the way in coronavirus research as they shift the focus onto children.

 


 

6/07/2020

7 News

Coronavirus update: Victoria cases surge, Australia records 94 new COVID cases

Australia reported 94 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and 74 of those were in Victoria.

 


 

6/07/2020

7 News

New coronavirus cases confirmed in NSW as state prepares to close border with Victoria

New cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in NSW as the state prepares to close its border with Victoria.

 


 

6/07/2020

9 News

Victoria hit with record number of coronavirus cases, one death

Victoria has recorded its largest amount of coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, with 127 cases detected overnight and one fatality.

 


 

6/07/2020

ABC News

COVID-19 hotspot fears as Byron Bay bush doof leaves authorities 'dumbfounded'

Authorities say they are "dumbfounded" and "disappointed" in the organisers and attendees of a dance party that saw more than 1,000 people gather on a private property at Wilson's Creek, near Byron Bay, in a gross violation of statewide coronavirus rules.

 


 

6/07/2020

ABC News

Australian share traders cautious as surging COVID-19 cases hit confidence

The Australian share market has risen back into positive territory despite surging COVID-19 infections in Victoria, and across the world, hitting investor sentiment.

 


 

2/07/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus affects the blood vessels as well as the lungs. Understanding this may be key to treating it

In the global fight against this coronavirus, researchers are looking at how existing medications used to reduce risk of heart disease, including statins and blood thinners, can help to treat COVID-19.

 


 

2/07/2020

Live Science

New flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in pigs. Here's what that means.

Scientists in China are warning that they have identified a new flu virus in pigs that could possibly cause a future flu pandemic. The virus, called G4 EA H1N1, is a genetic mix of the H1N1 "swine flu," which caused a flu pandemic in 2009, and other flu viruses.

 


 

2/07/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus may be able to directly infect heart cells, study suggests

Researchers in California have established a possible explanation for why some patients develop cardiac complications. Virus able to enter lab-grown heart cells, change their gene expressions and multiply.

 


 

2/07/2020

SBS News

Police on patrol in Victoria as lockdown begins for 300,000 in coronavirus hotspots

More than 300,000 Victorians have entered lockdown for a second time as other states have warned they are not welcome to visit.

 


 

1/07/2020

SBS News

Victoria records 73 new coronavirus cases as 36 Melbourne suburbs set for lockdown

The leaders of several Melbourne suburbs facing lockdowns tonight have expressed their frustration at residents who have refused tests as Victoria records 73 new coronavirus infections.

 


 

1/07/2020

ABC News

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews warns entire state could go back into lockdown if coronavirus cases continue to rise

Mr Andrews said if Victoria could not quickly get the outbreak under control, more postcodes would be locked down. He warned there would be enforcement in locked down local areas.

 


 

1/07/2020

BBC News

Why soil is disappearing from farms

The dirt beneath our feet is getting poorer and on many farms worldwide, there is less and less of it. Without sufficient soil, our ability to grow food is threatened.

 


 

1/07/2020

ABC News

Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for 'poorer, more dangerous' world and rise of China

Mr Morrison will commit $270 billion to defence spending over the next 10 years. The ADF is expected to grow by 800 people over that time. He will argue the Indo-Pacific is the "epicentre" of rising strategic competition.

 


 

01/07/2020

SBS News

Victoria coronavirus outbreak: International flights into Melbourne diverted as hotel quarantine inquiry begins

International flights into Victoria have been diverted for two weeks after a "very significant" number of new COVID-19 cases were linked to quarantine hotels.

 


 

30/06/2020

BBC News

Koalas face extinction in New South Wales by 2050, report finds

Koalas will be extinct in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) by 2050 unless there is urgent action, an inquiry has found. The once-thriving marsupial has been ravaged by habitat loss, disease and climatic events in recent years.

 


 

30/06/2020

Consent Factory

Opinion: The New (Pathologized) Totalitarianism

It was always going to come to this … mobs of hysterical, hate-drunk brownshirts hunting down people not wearing masks and trying to get them fired from their jobs, “no mask, no service” signs outside stores, security staff stopping the mask-less from entering, paranoid pod people pointing and shrieking at the sight of mask-less shoppers in their midst, goon squads viciously attacking and arresting them …

 


 

30/06/2020

South China Morning Post

China’s military becomes world’s first to use experimental coronavirus vaccine

Candidate developed by the PLA and CanSino Biologics added to armed forces’ list for one year. Proposed vaccine still to go through phase three clinical trials and cannot be used on civilians.

 


 

30/06/2020

SBS News

South Australia scraps plan to lift border restrictions on 20 July amid Victoria coronavirus spike

South Australia has scrapped a plan to lift all its remaining border restrictions next month amid the spike in coronavirus cases in Victoria. Premier Steven Marshall says the 20 July date to lift quarantine measures for Victoria, NSW and the ACT has been abandoned on the latest health advice.

 


 

30/06/2020

SBS News

Hundreds of federal workers are heading to Victoria to help fight 'public health bushfire'

Eight hundred federal workers will head to Victoria to help in its fight against coronavirus after the state recorded its highest case numbers in months.

 


 

30/06/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus outbreak in Victoria could be slowed by 'ring-fencing' Melbourne's COVID-19 hotspots, says expert

Victorian authorities are considering a range of localised lockdown measures. WHO advisor Mary-Louise McLaws said China had proved such measures could be effective. Some mayors are pushing for better education in multicultural communities instead.

 


 

29/06/2020

The Socialist

Eco-destruction and plagues

Raging fires in Australia and a plague of locusts in east Africa dominated global news at the start of 2020. These rapidly receded in consciousness as the COVID-19 pandemic erupted onto the world, already made dangerously vulnerable by capitalism. The climate devastation was mounting around the world. The world’s economy was tottering on the edge of a major recession. Now these factors are piled one upon the other.

 


 

29/06/2020

ABC News

Victorian coronavirus cases rise by 75 as second infection peak continues to grow

TVictoria is experiencing a "concerning" upward trend in coronavirus infections, with 75 new cases identified overnight.

 


 

29/06/2020

Al Jazeera News

'We're facing a double pandemic': UN body warns of 'mega-famines'

The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the world faces "mega-famines" if enough funds are not pledged to combat the ripple effects of coronavirus pandemic on the world's most fragile countries, which are already grappling with food insecurity.

 


 

29/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Global coronavirus death toll hits 500,000 as number of cases surges over 10 million

Global coronavirus death toll surpassed 500,000 on Sunday, with the total number of cases standing at more than 10 million, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease in the last seven months.

 


 

29/06/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus Australia live news: Victorian Chief Health Officer says masks 'need to be considered' for the public

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton warns the state is "right at the edge' of being able to control the current coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne.

 


 

29/06/2020

Reuters

The pace of death

Coronavirus-related fatalities continue to pile up as the world passes half a million deaths. More than 4,700 people are dying each day, based on an average from June 1 to 27.

 


 

26/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Hong Kong among places urged by world aviation body to test incoming travellers prior to flight to avoid surge in imported cases

The global trade body for airlines has urged Hong Kong and other places with strict quarantine rules to ensure that travellers flying in from high-risk countries are tested for Covid-19 first before boarding flights to avoid the influx of imported cases that the city is currently facing.

 


 

26/06/2020

9 News

Sydney high school closed over COVID-19

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in NSW, including a 12-year-old student from Camden High School, which prompted the school's closure for cleaning.

 


 

26/06/2020

Reuters

Australian leaders meet to discuss coronavirus plans amid new outbreak

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian federal and state leaders met on Friday to discuss the country’s next steps in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a day after the country reported its biggest one-day rise in new infections in more than two months.

 


 

26/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Beijing’s coronavirus outbreak

Just when China’s capital was thought to be coronavirus-free, a second wave of infections has been traced to a wholesale market in Beijing. Here’s what happened:

 


 

26/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Explainer | Which Asian labs are working on antibody treatments in the fight against Covid-19?

The deadly coronavirus pandemic has sent scientists around the world racing to identify potential treatments, as Covid-19 cases continue to soar.

 


 

26/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: face masks save lives, Japanese study says

Wearing a face mask could reduce the risk of dying from Covid-19, according to a study by researchers in Japan.

 


 

26/06/2020

9 News

Thirty fresh virus cases in Victoria

Victoria has recorded 30 COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 1947 after clocking 33 new cases a day earlier.

 


 

26/06/2020

End of the American Dream

Really Bizarre Things Are Happening All Over The Globe

Just when you think that 2020 has been filled with enough trouble, even more stuff starts happening. Coming into this week, we were already dealing with a new COVID-19 surge which has pushed the number of daily cases to the highest levels we have seen so far, a global economy which is in the process of imploding all around us, massive civil unrest in U.S. cities from coast to coast, and giant swarms of locusts that are wiping out farms all the way from eastern Africa to parts of India. Unfortunately, now we have several more items to add to our growing list.

 


 

25/06/2020

NY Times

After the Pandemic, a Global Hunger Crisis

The loss of income caused by the pandemic could increase the number of people suffering acute hunger to more than quarter a billion by December.

 


 

25/06/2020

9 News

Test blitz unveiled as 33 new cases in Vic

Victoria has recorded another 33 COVID-19 cases, prompting a suburban testing blitz in 10 localities to regain control of the spread of the deadly virus.

 


 

25/06/2020

Strategic Culture Foundation

NATO 2030: How to Make a Bad Idea Worse

Just when you thought the leaders of NATO could not push the limits of insanity any further, something like NATO 2030 is announced.

 


 

25/06/2020

Asia Times

Covid-19 will accelerate march of the robots

They have been compared to quantum leaps in humanity’s historic journey. But they are more like Grand Canyon-style jumps in our evolution.

 


 

25/06/2020

ABC News

Do I need to get my family tested every time one of us has a runny nose this winter?

Ian Mackay, who specialises in virology, says it's not out of the question that the current outbreaks in Melbourne could be traced back to children who were never tested.

 


 

25/06/2020

ABC News

ADF to send 1,000 personnel to assist Victoria in coronavirus response

The bulk of the ADF personnel will help with hotel quarantine. Others will assist with logistics and testing. The assistance was requested by Victoria following a spike in the number of new cases.

 


 

25/06/2020

SBS News

IMF forecasts economic turmoil as global infections near 10 million

The International Monetary Fund saying the coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented decline in global activity and warns governments not to cut off support too soon.

 


 

24/06/2020

ABC News

The chance of a La Nina forming has doubled, Bureau of Meteorology says

There is now twice the chance of a La Nina developing in 2020. Drought-breaking rain is considerably more likely in a La Nina year.

 


 

24/06/2020

SBS News

Greg Hunt warns Melbourne COVID-19 spike has potential to cause second wave

Health Minister Greg Hunt has warned a spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne has the potential to cause Australia's second wave of infections. "We're very concerned about the Victorian cases, whilst it's being well-managed, it can go one of two ways – we can get it under control or the numbers can continue to spike which would be a real issue."

 


 

24/06/2020

ABC News

Victoria records coronavirus death as cases rise by 20 and the state's reproduction number climbs to 2.5

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told ABC Radio Melbourne the reproduction number, or R0 number, in Victoria had risen from below one to 2.5 in the past week.

 


 

23/06/2020

BBC News

Arctic Circle sees 'highest-ever' recorded temperatures

Temperatures in the Arctic Circle are likely to have hit an all-time record on Saturday, reaching a scorching 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, a Siberian town. The record still needs to be verified, but it appears to have been 18C higher than the average maximum daily temperature in June.

 


 

23/06/2020

Reuters

Coronavirus cases soar in big countries, especially Brazil, WHO says

Coronavirus cases are soaring in several major countries at the same time, with “worrying increases” in Latin America, especially Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

 


 

23/06/2020

ABC News

Stay-at-home orders for Victoria's coronavirus hotspots under 'active consideration'

Jenny Mikakos said reimposing stay-at-home directions in hotspots was under "active consideration". The surge in infections in Victoria has prompted Queensland to add more locations to its list of declared COVID-19 hotspots.

 


 

22/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Beijing doubles testing capacity as Pepsi plant closes due to confirmed cases

Beijing has more than doubled it coronavirus testing capabilities to 1 million people a day, as the authorities pull out all the stops to contain the outbreak.

 


 

22/06/2020

ABC News

Residents of Victoria's coronavirus hotspots should stay home, Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says

People living in six Melbourne local government areas identified as coronavirus hotspots should not be travelling interstate or regionally, in order to avoid spreading the virus, the nation's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says.

 


 

22/06/2020

ABC News

Australian share market falls on fears of coronavirus second wave

The Australian share market has fallen in early trade as concerns about a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit travel and consumer stocks, but mining stocks rallied.

 


 

22/06/2020

ABC News

World Health Organization reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 183,000 new cases detected in the past 24 hours.

 


 

19/06/2020

ABC News

Firefighters and farmers fear 'horrific' bushfire season for Scenic Rim with increased risk of grass fires

Volunteer firefighters in Queensland's Scenic Rim region, west of the Gold Coast, say they are concerned this year's bushfire season will be "just as bad" as last year's, as the region's farmers struggle to recover from the drought.

 


 

19/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Beijing market outbreak investigation zeroes in on seafood stalls

Authorities are looking closely at seafood stalls in a market at the centre of a new coronavirus cluster in Beijing, with a top health expert saying there were similarities to the situation in Wuhan at the start of the outbreak last year.

 


 

19/06/2020

9 News

Coronavirus cases grow in Victoria and NSW, as Melbourne's Stamford Plaza Hotel cluster surges

The coronavirus outbreak at Melbourne's Stamford Plaza Hotel continues to surge, with another four people testing positive overnight.

 


 

18/06/2020

SBS News

New coronavirus cluster in Beijing prompts concern for the rest of the world as infections spike in India, US

China has raised its emergency warning to its second-highest level and cancelled more than 60 per cent of the flights to Beijing amid a new coronavirus outbreak in the capital.

 


 

18/06/2020

South China Morning Post

There may be no immunity against Covid-19, new Wuhan study suggests

Researchers behind the non-peer-reviewed paper ran antibody tests on samples from hospital workers who were exposed to infected patients at early stage of outbreak. Only 4 per cent of 23,000 had antibodies – but they estimated at least 25 per cent could have contracted the disease.

 


 

18/06/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cases in Victoria rise by 18, including third Black Lives Matter protester

Six of the new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine. One is linked to a known outbreak, and eight have been detected through community testing. Three cases are still under investigation.

 


 

17/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Beijing municipal government orders partial lockdown for city and elevates emergency response amid latest outbreak

Next three days ‘crucial’ to contain infections linked to city food market, a top Chinese epidemiologist says. 32 new cases in the country linked to Xinfadi market as Sichuan province traces contacts of woman who travelled from Beijing.

 


 

17/06/2020

Daily Mail

Victoria sees biggest coronavirus spike in more than a month

Victoria has recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19. A Gladstone Park childcare centre has closed after a worker was diagnosed. It is the fourth Victorian school to close this week after students tested positive.

 


 

17/06/2020

Reuters

Show me the data: U.S. doctors skeptical of reported COVID breakthrough

The report on Tuesday of a powerful treatment for the new coronavirus brought skepticism along with optimism among U.S. doctors, who said the recent withdrawal of an influential COVID-19 study left them wanting to see more data.

 


 

16/06/2020

Reuters

Global coronavirus cases reach over 8 million as outbreak expands in Latin America

Global cases of the novel coronavirus reached over 8 million on Monday, as infections surge in Latin America and the United States and China grapple with fresh outbreaks.

 


 

16/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Beijing battles ‘explosive coronavirus outbreak’ as food market cases mount

Scientists struggle to track source of cluster linked to massive food wholesale centre. Mass testing and strict lockdowns imposed in some parts of the capital while other cities order isolation for travellers from Beijing.

 


 

15/06/2020

The Guardian

‘Rolling emergency’ of locust swarms decimating Africa, Asia and Middle East

Unseasonal rains have allowed desert pests to breed rapidly and spread across vast distances leaving devastation in their wake.

 


 

15/06/2020

BBC News

Coronavirus: World risks 'biblical' famines due to pandemic - UN

David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), said urgent action was needed to avoid a catastrophe.A report estimates that the number suffering from hunger could go from 135 million to more than 250 million.

 


 

15/06/2020

Reuters

Beijing steps up coronavirus measures as dozens of cases emerge from a food market

BEIJING (Reuters) - After weeks with almost no new coronavirus infections, Beijing has recorded dozens of new cases in recent days, all linked to a major wholesale food market, raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease.

 


 

15/06/2020

South China Morning Post

‘Disinfecting non-stop’ as Italy faces two new coronavirus outbreaks

Yellow police tape – a familiar sight across Italy since the coronavirus began sweeping the country in March – reappeared over the weekend outside a Rome squat where around 15 new cases have emerged.

 


 

15/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Europe reopens many borders but not to Americans nor Asians

Europe is taking a big step toward a new normality as many countries open borders to fellow Europeans after three months of coronavirus lockdowns – but even though Europeans love their summer holidays, it is not clear how many are ready to travel again.

 


 

12/06/2020

9 News

Thousands to attend Perth Black Lives Matter protest despite WA government's urges to postpone

More than 8000 people are planning to go ahead with a Black Lives Matter protest in Perth over the weekend, despite urgent warnings from the premier for it to be postponed.

 


 

12/06/2020

9 News

Thousands to attend Perth Black Lives Matter protest despite WA government's urges to postpone

More than 8000 people are planning to go ahead with a Black Lives Matter protest in Perth over the weekend, despite urgent warnings from the premier for it to be postponed.

 


 

12/06/2020

9 News

Can this super-simple device stop virus spreading on airplanes?

It's not flashy or futuristic, but it's simple, cheap and apparently effective: British aircraft interior company RAS Completions says its new personal protection shield could help protect fliers from COVID-19.

 


 

12/06/2020

Reuters

Fears of second U.S. coronavirus wave rise on worrisome spike in cases, hospitalizations

(Reuters) - About half a dozen states including Texas and Arizona are grappling with a rising number of coronavirus patients filling hospital beds, fanning concerns that the reopening of the U.S. economy may spark a second wave of infections.

 


 

12/06/2020

Reuters

Oil prices extend slump as U.S. coronavirus cases climb

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices slid early on Friday, extending heavy overnight losses on a surge in U.S. coronavirus cases this week that has raised the prospect of a second wave of the outbreak slamming demand in the world’s biggest consumer of crude and fuel.

 


 

12/06/2020

SBS News

Sydney school closed after 'probable' coronavirus case

A school in Sydney's eastern suburbs has temporarily closed as NSW Health investigates a probable coronavirus case as police warn they will fine protesters.

 


 

12/06/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: NSW looking to further ease restrictions

New South Wales is looking to further ease its coronavirus restrictions despite health authorities remaining on high alert for new outbreaks.

 


 

11/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Major changes in disease control at coronavirus ground zero in China

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei will overhaul the provincial disease control agency to address failures exposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

11/06/2020

9 News

Travel between Queensland and New Zealand on the cards as early as next month

High level talks are underway between the Queensland Government and New Zealand to open up a travel bubble from as early as next month.

 


 

11/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Cat drug shows promise against coronavirus in lab tests, Chinese researchers say

A drug used to treat an infectious disease in cats effectively stopped the replication of the pandemic coronavirus in laboratory tests, according to Chinese researchers.

 


 

11/06/2020

Reuters

Australian officials warn Black Lives Matter protesters of potential arrest

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian officials warned supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement on Thursday they could be fined or arrested if they breach coronavirus restrictions to take part in public protests.

 


 

11/06/2020

SBS News

EU set to allow tourists in as virus grinds down global economy

Europe has accounted for just less than half of the world's coronavirus death, plunging the continent into an economic crisis.

 


 

11/06/2020

9 News

Black Lives Matter: Man who attended Melbourne protest diagnosed with coronavirus

A demonstrator who attended the Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne last Saturday has tested positive for coronavirus as fears over a potential outbreak from the mass gathering continue to grow.

 


 

10/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Genetic testing firm 23andMe shows certain blood types are less likely to contract coronavirus

The company in April launched a study using the millions of profiles in its DNA database to shed light on the role genetics play in the disease. Preliminary results from more than 750,000 participants suggests type O blood is especially protective against the coronavirus.

 


 

10/06/2020

Reuters

Coronavirus patients most infectious when they first feel unwell: WHO

Studies show people with the coronavirus are most infectious just at the point when they first begin to feel unwell, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Tuesday.

 


 

10/06/2020

ABC News

David was a fit and healthy 17-year-old when struck down by a mystery coronavirus-linked disease

Many young people are developing MIS-C, a disease linked to COVID-19. David Vargas was 17 years old when he was admitted to hospital in New York. After testing positive to COVID-19, he was diagnosed with MIS-C.

 


 

10/06/2020

Fox News

UN warns 'food systems are failing' amid coronavirus pandemic

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday that nearly 50 million more people are expected to enter “extreme poverty” due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has also impacted global food distribution.

 


 

09/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus vaccine could be ready for emergency use within months, says Chinese expert Zhong Nanshan

Respiratory diseases specialist says developing herd immunity will cost millions of lives, so only the only way to defeat Covid-19 is to inoculate people. Zhong says vaccines for use in emergencies could be ready by autumn but large-scale use could be up to two years away.

 


 

09/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Half of Singapore’s coronavirus cases show no symptoms, joint head of task force says

‘Based on our experience, for every symptomatic case you would have at least one asymptomatic case,’ Lawrence Wong said. Wong was explaining the city state’s cautious approach to reopening following a two-month lockdown to curb infections.

 


 

08/06/2020

Reuters

Global coronavirus deaths top 400,000 as outbreak grows in Brazil, India: Reuters tally

(Reuters) - Global deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 400,000 on Sunday, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally.

 


 

08/06/2020

South China Morning Post

China’s exports drop in May as coronavirus pandemic hits overseas demand

China’s exports declined in May, as demand dried up in major overseas markets hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with experts predicting that shipments would continue to decline in coming months until the virus is brought under control and the global economy gets back on its feet.

 


 

08/06/2020

ABC News

Socceroos keeper Mitch Langerak tests positive for coronavirus ahead of J-League restart

Socceroos goalkeeper Mitch Langerak is facing a stint on the sidelines after testing positive for coronavirus at J-League club Nagoya Grampus.

 


 

05/06/2020

ABC News

COVID-19 testing in WA schools unlikely to find asymptomatic cases, researcher says

The lead researcher for a COVID-19 study that will see school students and teachers across Western Australia tested is not expecting to find many asymptomatic cases hiding in classrooms.

 


 

05/06/2020

9 News

'Don't go': Prime Minister Scott Morrison tells people not to attend Black Lives Matter protests over coronavirus fears

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told people not to participate in Black Lives Matter protests across the country this weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

05/06/2020

9 News

Prep student among latest Vic virus cases

A Victorian prep student has tested positive to coronavirus, forcing the school to close, as community transmission continues in Melbourne's inner west and north.

 


 

05/06/2020

9 News

UN urges for a free coronavirus vaccine, calling it a 'moral imperative'

More than 6.5 million people worldwide have been confirmed infected with coronavirus and more than 386,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 


 

05/06/2020

Reuters

Novavax gets U.S. defense funding for its COVID-19 vaccine

(Reuters) - Novavax Inc said on Thursday the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will give the late-stage biotech company up to $60 million to fund the manufacturing of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

 


 

04/06/2020

ABC News

Asymptomatic coronavirus cases account for 15pc of COVID-19 infections: study

The latest research suggests about 15 per cent of people with COVID-19 will never develop symptoms. The Australian research team also found people without symptoms are less likely to spread the illness. Another study found staying more than a metre from an infected individual reduces the transmission risk to 3 per cent.

 


 

04/06/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus recession leaves 1.4m Australians in mortgage stress, almost 100,000 could default after JobKeeper ends

Young families and first-time buyers are among those most exposed to defaulting on their home loans. There are fears the situation will worsen when the JobKeeper subsidy and mortgage repayment holidays are removed. Analysts predict a spike in unemployment could trigger debt servicing problems and forced sales.

 


 

04/06/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus Kimberley travel restrictions set to be eased as grey nomads prepare to head north

Moves are underway to reopen the Kimberley and let visitors back in. Hard-hit tourism operators say the influx of travellers will bring relief. But WA's ongoing interstate border closure is continuing to cause anguish.

 


 

03/06/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus may damage testicles without entering cells, study finds

Analysis of patient samples from Wuhan shows virus caused ‘ballooning changes’ and damage to cells that produce sperm. Researchers believe this could have been the result of the virus binding to an enzyme on the cell surface.

 


 

03/06/2020

SBS News

Wuhan records only 300 positive coronavirus cases from extensive testing of nearly 10 million

Chinese authorities claim to have largely brought the virus under control but Wuhan officials - wary of a second wave - launched the programme after new infections emerged for the first time since the city re-opened in April following more than two months in lockdown.

 


 

03/06/2020

Business Insider Australia

Australia is in its first recession in 29 years, as the feeble state of the economy becomes undeniable

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg confirmed the country is in a recession on Wednesday. The acknowledgement comes after the first quarter GDP figures show the economy shrunk 0.3% largely before businesses were even shut by the government. With another contraction in the realm of 8.5% forecast for the June quarter, Australia has entered its first recession since 1991.

 


 

03/06/2020

SBS News

Australia is now in a recession for the first time in 29 years

The March quarter national accounts show Australia's economy shrank 0.3 per cent at the start of the year, but was cushioned by exports and government spending.

 


 

02/06/2020

Reuters

Japan allows saliva-based tests to boost coronavirus detection

Japan’s government said on Tuesday it has approved saliva-based tests for the new coronavirus, offering a safer, simpler way to diagnose infection as well as boosting the number of tests being carried out using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology.

 


 

02/06/2020

SBS News

Congo hit by second Ebola outbreak as it battles measles and coronavirus

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have announced a new Ebola outbreak in the western city of Mbandaka, 1,000 km from an ongoing outbreak that has killed over 2,200 people.

 


 

02/06/2020

Reuters

Distancing and masks cut COVID-19 risk, says largest review of evidence

Keeping at least one metre apart and wearing face masks and eye protection are the best ways to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to the largest review to date of studies on coronavirus disease transmission.

 


 

02/06/2020

South China Morning Post

The global downturn is bottoming out and optimists are right on the money

Germany and China are the workshops of the world, and the best places to see early shoots of recovery. The latest German business sentiment data and Chinese factory numbers suggest that better times might be around the corner.

 


 

02/06/2020

South China Morning Post

In Australia, stalled migration is bad news as faltering economy heads for first recession in 30 years

Net immigration is expected to fall 85 per cent in the financial year to June 2021, curbing demand for everything from cars and property to education and wedding rings. Immigration is a politically divisive topic in Australia but there is a broad consensus the country needs its 200,000 to 300,000 annual intake to grow consumption demand and fill skills shortages.

 


 

02/06/2020

SBS News

No evidence of coronavirus losing potency, WHO and other experts say

Health experts have questioned reports from a senior Italian doctor that the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic has been losing potency.

 


 

02/06/2020

SBS News

No evidence of coronavirus losing potency, WHO and other experts say

Health experts have questioned reports from a senior Italian doctor that the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic has been losing potency.

 


 

02/06/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus false positive result for Blackwater man Nathan Turner prompts apology from Queensland Premier

Both the Premier and Health Minister have apologised to Nathan Turner's family. It's the second time a false positive has been recorded in the central Queensland town.

 


 

02/06/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus false positive result for Blackwater man Nathan Turner prompts apology from Queensland Premier

Both the Premier and Health Minister have apologised to Nathan Turner's family. It's the second time a false positive has been recorded in the central Queensland town.

 


 

02/06/2020

ABC News

Victoria's coronavirus cases rise by 10 as aged care home and kindergarten go into lockdown

A carer at Reservoir's Embracia aged care and a kindergarten teacher at Macleod Preschool both tested positive to coronavirus.

 


 

31/05/2020

9 News

The coronavirus restrictions easing from tomorrow

More coronavirus restrictions will ease across Australia from tomorrow with businesses reopening in three states.

 


 

31/05/2020

ABC News

Children are back at school — but what about coughs and colds amid coronavirus?

Runny noses are common in young children, and usually nothing to worry about.

 


 

31/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus state of emergency extended in Victoria as cases two clusters continue to rise

More than 509,000 Victorians have been tested for coronavirus as the Health Minister announces the state of emergency has been extended by three weeks until June 21.

 


 

31/05/2020

South China Morning Post

China building secure facilities to fast track coronavirus vaccine production

China is laying the groundwork to begin manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines as soon as they are given the green light.

 


 

31/05/2020

Reuters

Global coronavirus cases surpass 6 million

(Reuters) - Global coronavirus cases surpassed 6 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as Latin America reported a grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from the disease.

 


 

30/05/2020

Reuters

England risks COVID-19 resurgence by ending lockdown too soon, scientific advisers say

LONDON (Reuters) - England risks losing control of the coronavirus pandemic again and is at a “very dangerous moment” as it starts to ease out of the COVID-19 lockdown, senior scientific and medical advisers warned on Saturday.

 


 

29/05/2020

ABC News

Victoria toughens coronavirus work-from-home directives to keep people out of offices for June

Victoria is moving from a work-from-home advisory to an order, which means it carries penalties. It only applies to people who have already been working at home during the pandemic. The move is aimed at keeping office workers off the public transport network.

 


 

29/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus restrictions eased in WA with almost all businesses set to reopen under new rules

Indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people will be permitted. Up to 300 people will be allowed in some venues, subject to spacing rules. Galleries, beauty services, gyms, theatres and cinemas may reopen.

 


 

28/05/2020

Reuters

U.S. coronavirus deaths top 100,000 as country reopens

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns.

 


 

28/05/2020

SBS News

Bureau of Meteorology announces wet winter outlook for 2020

Health authorities say a 30-year-old man who died in central Queensland did not have any connection to a Rockhampton aged care nurse who tested positive.

 


 

28/05/2020

ABC News

Bureau of Meteorology announces wet winter outlook for 2020

There is a more than 70 per cent chance of above average rainfall for much of inland Australia. Cropping regions have received welcome rain, but it is a long way until the end of the season.

 


 

27/05/2020

Zero Hedge

Here Is The Best Advance Indicator If A Second Wave Of Coronavirus Is Coming

a team of researchers from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. published a paper earlier this month on their studies of SARS-CoV-2 concentrations in the sewage in the Greater New Haven area. In the abstract of their report, the team determined that "when adjusted for the time lag, the virus RNA concentrations were highly correlated with the COVID-19 epidemiological curve (R2 =0.99) and local hospital admissions (R2 =0.99).

 


 

27/05/2020

SBS News

A 30-year-old Queensland man has died from coronavirus

The man is Australia's youngest COVID-19 victim and the first confirmed case from his central Queensland community.

 


 

27/05/2020

SBS News

Concerns for WA port workers who boarded ship before COVID-19 outbreak confirmed

Fremantle Port workers boarded a live export ship before a COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed, and there are concerns they and their families have been exposed.

 


 

27/05/2020

ABC News

Australian coronavirus experts reveal how safe it is to visit shopping centres

Recent research suggests 1.5 metres may not be enough distance between people. To date there have been no known outbreaks of coronavirus in shopping centres. Masks could be of benefit if you are likely to get distracted when shopping.

 


 

27/05/2020

ABC News

Woman diagnosed with coronavirus 80 days ago still showing symptoms

A leading virologist says the two month incubation period of two recently diagnosed coronavirus cases is "incredibly rare". A woman diagnosed 80 days ago says the virus has caused severe long-term damage to her body. Infectious disease nurses told Debbie Kilroy she may experience symptoms for up to six months.

 


 

26/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus outbreak on live export ship Al Kuwait docked in Fremantle as six test positive for COVID-19

Six crew members of a livestock carrier docked in Fremantle have tested positive for coronavirus, with the WA Government revealing details of an outbreak on board the ship.

 


 

26/05/2020

9 News

WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining

GENEVA (Reuters) - Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

 


 

26/05/2020

Reuters

WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

 


 

26/05/2020

SBS News

Two Sydney schools evacuated after students test positive for coronavirus

Students have been sent home from two schools in Sydney's eastern suburbs after pupils tested positive for coronavirus.

 


 

26/05/2020

SBS News

Coronavirus: China's top diplomat urges US to cooperate over fighting pandemic

The first Australian human trials of a coronavirus vaccine are about to kick off with more than 100 volunteers.

 


 

25/05/2020

9 News

Coronavirus: China's top diplomat urges US to cooperate over fighting pandemic

The United States should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, the Chinese government's top diplomat Wang Yi says.

 


 

25/05/2020

Reuters

Americans pass pandemic holiday on beaches, in parks as death toll nears 100,000

(Reuters) - Americans sunbathed on beaches, fished from boats and strolled on boardwalks this holiday weekend, but the occasional person wearing a mask was a constant reminder that the world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

25/05/2020

Reuters

China reports three new coronavirus cases after first day with none

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China recorded three new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland for May 23, following the first day with no new cases since the outbreak began, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on Sunday.

 


 

25/05/2020

9 News

Coronavirus infections shut down world's deepest gold mine

The world's deepest gold mine has been temporarily closed after 164 workers were found infected with coronavirus, the BBC reports.

 


 

25/05/2020

ABC News

Australian shares jump on coronavirus recovery, putting aside US-China tension

Australian shares have kicked off the week higher as optimistic investors focused more on the COVID-19 economic recovery, rather than concerns about rising US-China tensions.

 


 

22/05/2020

9 News

State-by-state: What's re-opening and what isn't around Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled the National Cabinet's three-stage plan to reopen Australia, economically and recreationally, from the COVID-19 lockdown.

 


 

22/05/2020

9 News

'China needs Australia': Deputy PM adamant trade war will be resolved

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack remains adamant China will continue to accept Australian exports, as federal politicians dig in their heels on a COVID-19 investigation amid tariff threats.

 


 

22/05/2020

9 News

Health experts say it's safe to fly in the middle seat on planes

Australia's top medical experts say it is safe to sit in the middle seat on planes filled to capacity as aircrafts prepare to take to the skies across Australia once again.

 


 

22/05/2020

9 News

Coronavirus world updates: US unemployment edges towards 40 million, Trump refuses to wear face mask

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the US has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday, even as states from coast to coast gradually reopen their economies and let people go back to work.

 


 

22/05/2020

ABC News

NSW coronavirus death toll climbs, bringing Australia's total to 101, as Government urges more testing

The NSW coronavirus death toll has climbed to 50 following the death of an 80-year-old Sydney woman, bringing Australia's total to 101.

 


 

22/05/2020

SBS News

Australia's research ship checking Hobart air quality amid coronavirus shutdown

Tasmanian scientists are collecting data on Hobart's air quality using the CSIRO's research vessel Investigator while the ship is stuck in port due to the coronavirus restrictions.

 


 

22/05/2020

ABC News

Victoria coronavirus cases rise by 12, including another five linked to Cedar Meats cluster

Victoria has recorded another 12 coronavirus infections, including five linked to an outbreak at the Cedar Meats abattoir.

 


 

22/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus restrictions are being relaxed in SA, but what does this mean in practice?

Coronavirus restrictions in South Australia are easing from today and people are feeling more comfortable venturing out of their homes, but a big topic for many is when they can go to the pub for a drink.

 


 

21/05/2020

SBS News

World Health Organization concerned for poorer countries after most single day infections yet

The World Health Organization has expressed concern about the rising number of new coronavirus cases in poor countries, even as many rich countries have begun emerging from lockdown.

 


 

21/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years, UN says

Crisis will erase all progress of past six years, according to report Six out of 10 children globally not getting education due to school closures.

 


 

21/05/2020

ABC News

Bees starved by drought will cause crops to fail if left to die, warn Queensland beekeepers

The Queensland Beekeepers' Association warns food production is at stake if bees can't be kept alive through winter to pollinate crops. Drought and bushfires have caused unprecedented food shortages for bees and Queensland's honey production is expected to be down 90 per cent in 2020.

 


 

21/05/2020

ABC News

Why do rich countries have such high coronavirus death tolls?

The worst-hit countries are amongst the most mobile and are home to some of the world's busiest airports, handling hundreds of millions of passengers each year. The affluence that allowed for this international travel undoubtedly spread the virus quickly and efficiently. The lower levels of travel to low to middle-income countries could help explain why they were able to escape the virus, at least in the early days of the pandemic.

 


 

21/05/2020

Zero Hedge

US Deaths Projected To Triple By Year-End Regardless Of Social Distancing: Study

"COVID-19 infection is deadlier than flu — we can put that debate to rest," said Anirban Basu, University of Washington health economist who authored the study which found that based on the infection fatality rate, 1.3% of those who show symptoms of COVID-19 die, which makes it 13x more deadly than a bad influenza season.

 


 

21/05/2020

Zero Hedge

China's Newest COVID-19 Outbreak Shows Virus May Be Mutating

A flood of new research has been published, and scientists have discovered more discouraging signs of mutation in samples of the virus. And yet, medical experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci have seemed at times overly eager to dismiss these mutations, and claim - without evidence - that there was no reason to believe the virus was evolving and changing in a way that might complicate efforts to create a vaccine.

 


 

20/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: how severe lung infections knock out a key immune defence

Scientists say that a type of cell that kills harmful organisms can be paralysed, making patients more vulnerable to other diseases. But there is a trigger for reviving the cells, raising implications for treatment, they say.

 


 

20/05/2020

SBS News

Regional NSW travel to recommence on 1 June

Recreational regional travel within NSW will be allowed again from 1 June under a relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

 


 

20/05/2020

Business Insider

Lockdowns cut daily carbon emissions in April to 17% below last year's average — but that only gets us back to 2006 levels

Lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic have had an extreme, unprecedented environmental impact. In April, global carbon emissions per day were 17% lower than they were on average the year prior, a new study found. A drop in emissions from cars, buses, trucks accounts for 43% of the decrease.

 


 

20/05/2020

ABC News

Queensland woman diagnosed with coronavirus two months after returning from India

Health authorities in Queensland are trying to understand how a woman in Brisbane acquired COVID-19 after returning from overseas two months ago.. The woman — who lives on Brisbane's north side — was diagnosed with the virus overnight.

 


 

20/05/2020

ABC News

The coronavirus pandemic will change the way we work, with both men and women to reap the benefits

Rigid workplace structures have traditionally been a major barrier for women who, like Ms Calderon, don't want to give up their career due to caring responsibilities. But that has started to change in recent years and some believe an accelerated shift to workplace flexibility could be a silver lining to come out of a pandemic that has disproportionately affected female workers.

 


 

20/05/2020

ABC News

Mirabai twice thought she was clear of COVID-19. But she has just returned a third positive test

Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar first tested positive to COVID-19 in March. In late April she was told she was clear to leave isolation. Since then she has tested positive to COVID-19 twice more.

 


 

19/05/2020

SBS News

France sees 70 coronavirus cases linked to schools days after students returned to classrooms

Seventy new coronavirus cases have been linked to schools in France, a week after a third of the country's students returned to the classroom.

 


 

19/05/2020

Reuters

Coronavirus vaccine from Moderna appears safe, shows promise in data from eight people

Moderna Inc’s (MRNA.O) experimental COVID-19 vaccine, the first to be tested in the United States, produced protective antibodies in a small group of healthy volunteers, according to very early data released by the biotech company on Monday.

 


 

19/05/2020

SBS News

World Health Organization agrees to independent virus probe after Australia's push

Australia's push for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic has been vindicated globally with widespread backing of the probe, including from China. More than 110 countries at the World Health Assembly on Monday night backed a resolution calling for an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation of the international response to the pandemic.

 


 

19/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus patients with even mild cases of COVID-19 are taking months to recover and suffering extreme fatigue

Many patients who contract COVID-19 are experiencing effects for many weeks. Some are complaining of severe fatigue. St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney is undertaking a 12-month study into the effects of the virus

 


 

19/05/2020

South China Morning Post

T cells found in healthy people before pandemic may help fight coronavirus, study says

US researchers find helper and killer immune cells that can target the virus in samples from volunteers taken from 2015 to 2018. They are likely to have had mild flu-like symptoms in the past caused by other strains, according to the scientists.

 


 

18/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus exposure closes 12 McDonald's restaurants in Victoria after delivery driver tests positive

A dozen McDonald's restaurants across Melbourne's north and west have been closed and hundreds of workers asked to self-isolate after a delivery driver tested positive for coronavirus.

 


 

18/05/2020

9 News

China vulnerable to second coronavirus wave due to lack of immunity: top adviser

China still faces the "big challenge" of a potential second wave of COVID-19 infections, the country's top respiratory authority has warned, with the lack of immunity among the community a serious concern as the race to develop a vaccine continues.

 


 

18/05/2020

9 News

WA eases lockdown restrictions: Everything you can and can't do from today

From today, Western Australia is relaxing a number of lockdown restrictions as the state moves toward phase three of the COVID-19 recovery plan.

 


 

18/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus latest: vaccine hopes dampened as WHO meets; US economy could shrink 30 per cent

On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the US and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting Covid-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop.

 


 

17/05/2020

ABC News

The coronavirus new normal facing Australians in a world still gripped by pandemic

A Brisbane gym is enacting strict social distancing measures. Most pools are likely to remain closed as it's too costly to reopen. City eateries are reconfiguring their dining spaces to low patronage.

 


 

17/05/2020

ABC News

The coronavirus economic crisis has hit different sectors of business in very different ways

Payroll data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) between March 14 and April 18 showed a 5.9 per cent drop in retail sector jobs in WA and an 8.6 per cent drop in wages. But Daniel Kiely, a principal research fellow at the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, feared the Federal Government's JobKeeper program could be masking the full extent of the economic damage done by COVID-19 to many sectors.

 


 

16/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: eight Covid-19 vaccine candidates are in clinical trial, WHO says

Another 110 vaccine candidates are in various stages of development, as governments around the world scramble to contain the virus. Pharmaceutical firms and health institutes in countries including the US, China and Germany have led the development to treat Covid-19 patients.

 


 

15/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus case in Rockhampton nursing home, centre in lockdown after nurse tests positive

A nurse has tested positive for coronavirus at a Rockhampton aged care home forcing it into lockdown as authorities try to figure out who she has been in contact with.

 


 

15/05/2020

ABC News

Victoria records another 21 coronavirus cases as McDonald's and Cedar Meats outbreaks grow

Victoria has recorded another 21 new cases of coronavirus overnight, including two infections linked to an outbreak at the Fawkner McDonald's restaurant and one case linked to the Cedar Meats cluster.

 


 

15/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: call for Hong Kong Covid-19 survivors to donate plasma, which tests show kills infection

The Hong Kong Red Cross has appealed to recovered Covid-19 patients in the city to donate blood plasma to help those still sick with the disease, saying it can dramatically improve their condition.

 


 

15/05/2020

News Corp Australia

Malaria drug no help for COVID-19: studies

Patients given the malaria drug touted by US President Donald Trump as a potential treatment for COVID-19 did not improve significantly over those who did not, according to two new studies published in the medical journal BMJ.

 


 

15/05/2020

9 News

Virus app users should update for safety

Tech experts are urging Australians to not just download but update the coronavirus contact tracing app to avoid a problem where it could be disabled.

 


 

15/05/2020

9 News

Doctors in Italy find link between rare child disease and COVID-19

Doctors in Italy have become the latest to raise the alarm over a worrying spike in children getting sick with a rare but serious inflammatory syndrome they say is tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

15/05/2020

9 News

Young COVID-19 patient suffers cardiac arrest after infection from mystery illness

A young girl in the US survived cardiac arrest after she fell ill with COVID-19 and the mystery toxic syndrome crippling infected children.

 


 

14/05/2020

9 News

New Zealanders return to the streets, work as coronavirus restrictions ease further

After 51 days of strict adherence to stay-at-home orders, New Zealanders are returning to a life closer to normal.

 


 

14/05/2020

ABC News

Unemployment rise 'devastating' for Australians hit by coronavirus restrictions, PM Scott Morrison says

Prime Minister says unemployment figures 'shocking' but not unanticipated. The Federal Treasurer says women make up the majority of job losses. Warnings there will be more bad news in the months ahead as the impact of coronavirus shutdowns becomes clearer.

 


 

14/05/2020

Daily Mail

International travel from Australia may not get back to normal for another three years, says top air transport boss

International travel could take at least three years before it returns to normal. Top travel boss Alexandre de Juniac says the industry won't recover until 2023.

 


 

14/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cluster at Victorian McDonald's continues to grow, with two more close contacts diagnosed

There are now eight cases of coronavirus associated with the McDonald's cluster at Fawkner and three new cases at Cedar Meats Australia. Four of the McDonald's cluster cases are staff and four are relatives of one individual.

 


 

14/05/2020

ABC News

Experts worried people delaying medical tests due to coronavirus will create 'tidal wave' of diagnoses

The Cancer Council says up to one in 10 Australians have put off cancer screening during the pandemic. Cancer screening services for breast, bowel and cervical cancers are currently operating. GPs are urging people not to avoid them, saying their practices are "probably safer than going to your local supermarket".

 


 

14/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Cats with no symptoms spread coronavirus to other cats in lab test

Scientists behind experiment say it shows need for more research into whether virus can spread from humans to felines then back to humans. Health experts, however, note that just because animal can be deliberately infected in lab does not mean same can happen ‘under natural conditions’.

 


 

13/05/2020

Zero Hedge

NY Reports 93 Children Sick With 'Mysterious COVID-19-Linked Respiratory Syndrome'

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Gov Andrew Cuomo have repeatedly warned about the growing number of children affected by a mysterious, possibly COVID-19-linked respiratory syndrome this week, and Newsday reported Tuesday afternoon that the number of children infected statewide has climbed to 93.

 


 

13/05/2020

Reuters

UK's COVID-19 death toll tops 40,000, worst in Europe

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales brought the United Kingdom’s official death toll to 38,289 as of May 3, according to a Reuters tally of death registrations that also includes Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 


 

13/05/2020

ABC News

A hard end date to coronavirus stimulus JobKeeper, JobSeeker packages could sink economy in September, warn experts

The Government says more than 1.4m people are receiving JobSeeker, while JobKeeper covers businesses employing 5.5m workers. The Grattan Institute estimates the Government will be injecting $120b into the economy between July and September, or 25 per cent of GDP.

 


 

13/05/2020

SBS News

Government's 1.5 million COVID-19 antibody tests 'not accurate enough

Australian National University Professor Carola Vinuesa, one of the report's co-authors, says the tests are not useful. "At the moment, the quality does not seem to be good enough for these tests to be deployed in large scale," she told the newspaper. "The sensitivity is not very good. They are not useful in being able to say 'you were infected'."

 


 

13/05/2020

SBS News

NSW records community-transmitted coronavirus cases as death toll rises to 98

NSW recorded six new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, including three authorities fear were caught within the community.

 


 

13/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus restrictions are easing but that doesn't mean the pandemic is over, health experts warn

"What we're trying to avoid is what people are referring to as a 'second wave' — a really large outbreak coming on the back of our success in preventing the initial outbreak from getting out of control in Australia."

 


 

13/05/2020

ABC News

CBA completes bank results with third quarter update, flags $1.5b coronavirus hit

The Commonwealth Bank sets aside a large pile of cash to cover expected COVID-19-related losses, as Australia's biggest home lender warns of a potential 32 per cent house price crash in a worst-case "prolonged" economic downturn.

 


 

12/05/2020

ABC News

Travel to Australia down by 60 per cent due to coronavirus restrictions

Overseas visitor arrivals fell by 60 per cent in March, compared to the same month in 2019, with every state and territory recording dramatic falls.

 


 

12/05/2020

ABC News

Mystery transmission highlights concerns over COVID-19 complacency in the Kimberley

Contact tracing teams have been unable to identify the origin of three of the Kimberley's 17 COVID-19 cases. Doctors say it highlights the need to avoid complacency as WA moves to reduce restrictions.

 


 

12/05/2020

ABC News

WA coronavirus case at Perth's Pan Pacific Hotel as latest arrivals set to leave Rottnest Island quarantine

The man was a contact of someone who was in quarantine at the hotel. The Premier says it is a reminder WA is "not out of the woods yet". Rottnest Island is set to stay a quarantine facility for arrivals in WA.

 


 

12/05/2020

ABC News

Tasmania's post-coronavirus deficit to be 'significantly north of half a billion dollars', Premier says

Tasmania's net debt is forecast to be as high as $2 billion at the end of the next financial year. The Premier will give an update on the coronavirus's financial impact on Friday. He has defended the staged reopening of the economy, saying lives have to protected.

 


 

12/05/2020

Australian Associated Press

Avoid crowds to hamper coronavirus spread

Australians have been warned mingling in groups or abandoning social distancing measures could spark fresh coronavirus outbreaks. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said complacency could cause major problems as state governments gradually ease restrictions on the economy and society.

 


 

12/05/2020

Australian Associated Press

No new coronavirus cases recorded in NSW

The state recorded zero new cases over the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday from some 6048 tests, with the state’s total remaining at 3053.

 


 

12/05/2020

SBS News

Second wave of coronavirus infections in Germany and South Korea a cautionary tale for Australia, experts warn

Health experts have warned that second waves of COVID-19 infections in Germany and South Korea should act as a cautionary tale for Australia. Both countries successfully flattened their pandemic curves and relaxed some coronavirus restrictions, only to see a spike of infections in recent days. It comes as Australia starts to loosen its own restrictions and moves towards a "new normal" by July.

 


 

12/05/2020

ABC News

Victoria outlines coronavirus plan to get school students back to classroom learning

State school students in prep and grades one, two, 11 and 12 will resume classroom learning on May 26. Grades three to 10 will return to school campuses on June 9. All specialist schools will fully reopen on May 26.

 


 

12/05/2020

ABC News

States will pay dearly if coronavirus restrictions are forced to return, Frydenberg warns

Thousands of jobs are expected to return as restrictions ease, boosting state economies. Monthly economic output could increase by $9 billion when stage three restrictions ease. The main driver of the recovery will be from increased demand and the reopening of schools.

 


 

12/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus latest: WHO warns countries are ‘driving blind’, as US deaths top 80,000

Chile backtracks on ‘immunity cards’ amid backlash; Turkey orders four-day lockdown. Ghana president says one person infected 533 at fish factory.

 


 

11/05/2020

Reuters

Mainland China reports 17 new COVID-19 cases amid new infections in Wuhan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported 17 new COVID-19 cases in the mainland on May 10, rising from a day earlier and marking the highest daily increase since April 28, highlighting the difficulty in stamping out the disease.

 


 

11/05/2020

Reuters

No end to lockdown yet but 'careful' easing begins, British PM Johnson says

LONDON (Reuters) - The coronavirus lockdown will not end yet, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, urging people to “stay alert” to the risks as he outlined plans to begin slowly easing measures that have closed much of the economy for seven weeks.

 


 

11/05/2020

SBS News

NSW records just one new coronavirus case as students begin return to classrooms

NSW students will return to classrooms for one day of face-to-face teaching per week, with the full-scale resumption of schooling expected at the end of May.

 


 

11/05/2020

SBS News

More than 90 per cent of Tokyo's hospital beds for COVID-19 patients are now occupied

The Japanese Health Ministry says more than 90 per cent of hospital beds secured for COVID-19 patients in the capital Tokyo have already been occupied.

 


 

10/05/2020

SBS News

Coronavirus spread accelerates again in Germany just days after restrictions eased

The spread of COVID-19 has accelerated again in Germany after restrictions were eased, with outbreaks at meat processing plants triggering an "emergency brake".

 


 

10/05/2020

SBS News

It's up to 'mobile, active adults' to keep coronavirus at bay, says CMO Brendan Murphy

Australia is in a privileged position to be one of few countries to "successfully suppress" COVID-19, but now is not the time to be complacent, the country's top medical professor warns.

 


 

10/05/2020

SBS News

Conspiracy theorists flout social distancing rules at Melbourne coronavirus lockdown rally

A group of conspiracy theorists have been arrested after defying lockdown laws and holding a rally against vaccinations and 5G at Victoria's state parliament.

 


 

10/05/2020

ABC News

Staying home during COVID-19 and rainy conditions in SA spur surge in demand for native plants

Rain and coronavirus restrictions mean nursery sales are blooming. Some nurseries have noticed a 70 per cent increase in customer numbers.

 


 

10/05/2020

ABC News

Post-COVID-19 wave of regional migration predicted as people seek simpler life, get back to basics

The Real Estate Institute says regional areas could see an influx of new residents. Agents are reporting an increase in interest in rural and regional properties.

 


 

10/05/2020

ABC News

WA coronavirus restriction easing not enough for pubs, beauticians, tourism industry

Pubs say it may not be viable to reopen for just 20 patrons. The Tourism Council is worried about the impact of keeping the Kimberley region closed.

 


 

8/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Explainer | The likely reason some South Korean patients tested positive for Covid-19 again

South Korean health authorities raised new concerns about the novel coronavirus after reporting last month that dozens of patients who had recovered from the illness later tested positive again.

 


 

8/05/2020

ABC News

Charting the COVID-19 spread in Australia

To date, state and territory health authorities have reported 6,912 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, including 97 deaths.

 


 

8/05/2020

9 News

Woolworths stores return to normal trading hours from Monday

Woolworths stores around the country will return to normal trading hours from Monday.

 


 

8/05/2020

South China Morning Post

University of Hong Kong study finds eyes are ‘important route’ for coronavirus, up to 100 times more infectious than Sars

Researchers from HKU’s school of public health reveal the coronavirus is up to 100 times more infectious through the eyes and airways than Sars.

 


 

8/05/2020

ABC News

Australia's Chief Veterinary Officer calls for new regulations on wildlife markets to prevent future pandemics

Australia is leading an international push to introduce new regulations and standards for wildlife markets in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

 


 

8/05/2020

ABC News

WA prepares to relax coronavirus restrictions despite recording first COVID-19 case in nine days

Western Australia's roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions will be laid out in full by the end of the weekend as the state recorded one new case overnight, breaking its eight-day streak of no positive tests.

 


 

8/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Blood thinners may help sickest Covid-19 patients survive, US study finds

Blood thinners could improve the survival rate among the most severely ill Covid-19 patients, according to a hospital study in New York City.

 


 

8/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Sperm containing coronavirus raises possibility of sexually transmitted Covid-19, Chinese study shows

Chinese researchers have found Covid-19 in the sperm of a small number of men, raising the possibility that the virus could be spread via sex.

 


 

7/05/2020

ABC News

National Cabinet unlikely to make rapid changes on coronavirus restrictions when it meets on Friday

National Cabinet will likely agree to ease restrictions in four-week increments, rather than all at once. This will allow monitoring of the impact each change has on infection risk.

 


 

7/05/2020

South China Morning Post

US coronavirus study says suppressing body’s initial immune response may help in fight against Covid-19

‘A short regimen of a proper immunosuppressant drug applied early in the disease process may improve a patient’s outcome,’ paper’s co-author says. But immunologist says move would be ‘very dangerous because you’re crippling your body’s ability’ to clear the infection.

 


 

7/05/2020

SBS News

Australia's suicide rate could surge due to economic fallout of coronavirus

New modelling which shows Australia’s suicide rate could soar as a result of the affects of coronavirus has prompted calls for urgent action to meet the mental health challenge facing the nation.

 


 

7/05/2020

SBS News

Brooklyn pier turned into morgue amid virus deaths

Usually the 39th Street Pier in New York is a ferry terminal and venue for live music performances. However, the pier is now home to a fleet of refrigerated morgue trucks as the city deals with thousands of dead from the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

7/05/2020

SBS News

South Korea gives a glimpse into life on the other side of the coronavirus crisis

South Korea endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside China but is one of the first countries to get on top of the pandemic.

 


 

7/05/2020

ABC News

'New mechanism for stroke?': Blood clotting in coronavirus patients has experts looking at role of viruses in causing stroke

A growing body of evidence is painting a grim picture of how coronavirus can wreak havoc from one end of the body to the other. It's well established that COVID-19 affects the respiratory system and targets the lungs. But several studies and anecdotal evidence suggest the disease may also cause super-charged blood clotting that damages vital organs, including the kidneys, heart and brain.

 


 

6/05/2020

ABC News

South Australia marks two weeks with no new coronavirus cases in 'exciting day' for state

There have been no new positive cases of coronavirus in SA for a fortnight. Two people are still infected and another two are in hospital still recovering from the effects of COVID-19.

 


 

6/05/2020

ABC News

Researchers find new coronavirus strain 'more contagious', potentially impacting COVID-19 vaccine search

The research found the newer strain of coronavirus, or the 'G-strain', may allow people to be infected a second time. It also found the second strain spread faster, possibly meaning it was more contagious The research, which has not been peer-reviewed, has divided the scientific community with one expert saying he was "sceptical".

 


 

6/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cases in NSW rise as authorities investigate five mystery infections

More than half of yesterday's infections had an unknown source.

 


 

6/05/2020

SBS News

Australians recovering from coronavirus can donate blood plasma to create new treatment

People who have recovered from COVID-19 in Australia can donate their plasma to contribute to the development of a potentially lifesaving treatment.

 


 

6/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus numbers have put Australia's growth factor back above one — should we be worried?

Australia has done an incredible job of getting our coronavirus outbreak under control.But for the first time in more than a month, the 'growth factor' for COVID-19 cases has risen above one. That is, we have more new cases this week than we did last week.

 


 

6/05/2020

ABC News

Victoria records 17 new coronavirus cases as meatworks COVID-19 cluster grows

Victoria has recorded another 17 cases of COVID-19, including four new diagnoses linked to a cluster at a meat processing facility. There are now 49 coronavirus cases associated with Cedar Meats Australia, the majority of which are direct workers at the abattoir.

 


 

5/05/2020

Business Insider

ANearly one million Australian jobs have been lost since coronavirus restriction kicked off, official figures show – and women have been disproportionately affected

Initial Australian job losses have been quantified by the ABS, with 7.5% of jobs disappearing in the first month of the government’s social distancing measures. Applied to the entire labour force, it suggests nearly one million people lost their job between 14 March and 18 April.

 


 

5/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Italy baffled by unexplained surge in deaths during coronavirus crisis

Country recorded 50 per cent more fatalities than usual in March, suggesting pandemic toll could be double official figure. Not knowing real numbers complicates planning for government as Italy eases out of world’s longest lockdown.

 


 

5/05/2020

BBC News

Coronavirus: France's first known case 'was in December'

A patient diagnosed with pneumonia near Paris on 27 December actually had the coronavirus, his doctor has said. Dr Yves Cohen told French media a swab taken at the time was recently tested, and came back positive for Covid-19.

 


 

5/05/2020

SBS News

Australia is losing $4 billion every week the current coronavirus restrictions stay in place

Australia's economy will take a $50 billion hit in the June quarter but things could get a lot worse if restrictions to deal with the coronavirus stay in place. As the nation's leaders start planning baby steps towards normality, its bean counters have calculated the economic cost of the health measures. Treasury has estimated Australia's economy will shrink by between 10 and 12 per cent by June, equivalent to $50 billion.

 


 

5/05/2020

ABC News

Newmarch House coronavirus cluster grows after three more staff test positive

More than 60 staff and residents at the facility have been infected. Staff there are being tested for COVID-19 daily. Fifteen people have died at the Caddens nursing home where a staff member worked six shifts last month despite displaying mild coronavirus symptoms.

 


 

5/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cases up by 17 in Victoria, including another 11 cases linked to Melbourne meatworks

It brings the total number of COVID-19 cases linked to the cluster at Cedar Meats abattoir to 45.

 


 

5/05/2020

ABC News

When it comes to coronavirus testing, not all tests are created equal

The ABC has found not all diagnostic tests currently approved for use are considered accurate or reliable.

 


 

5/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Quarantine centres better than self-isolation for halting coronavirus, experts say

Isolating at home is too reliant on personal compliance, study finds. ‘Fangcang’ isolation shelters built in Wuhan, China’s initial epicentre, were more effective in cutting transmissions.

 


 

4/05/2020

ABC News

What's it like to recover after coronavirus puts you on a ventilator in intensive care?

How does your body learn to breathe again when a machine has been doing it for you?

 


 

4/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus most likely to be passed on in early stages of illness or before symptoms appear, Taiwan study says

Those who came into contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases just before or soon after symptoms appeared were most likely to become infected. Researchers say findings highlight the importance of early contact tracing and tracking as well as social distancing.

 


 

4/05/2020

ABC News

One hundred days of the coronavirus crisis

For now, Australia appears to have kept the virus in check and avoided a full-blown coronavirus crisis. This data shows how we did it.

 


 

4/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus pandemic shakes up Australian workplaces, as businesses prepare for the other side

Alison Pennington, a senior economist at The Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work, said it was easy to see how the pandemic work regime could compound inequality in Australia.

 


 

4/05/2020

SBS News

Sydney school closes after student tests positive to coronavirus

A Sydney school has closed for intensive cleaning and contact tracing after a student tested positive to the coronavirus. Just days after term 2 began, Warragamba Public School will be "non-operational for on-site learning" on Monday, with all students undertaking at home learning.

 


 

4/05/2020

Reuters

Oil prices lower on U.S.-China trade tension

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell in early trade on Monday, paring last week’s gains, on worries the global oil glut may persist as U.S.-China trade tension could hold back an economic recovery even as coronavirus pandemic lockdowns start to ease.

 


 

4/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus is focusing attention on how fragile global supply chains can be, so how will Australia respond?

The economic shutdown has focused much attention on supply chains.

 


 

4/05/2020

Reuters

Global coronavirus cases surpass 3.5 million, although rate slowing

For now, Australia appears to have kept the virus in check and avoided a full-blown coronavirus crisis. This data shows how we did it.

 


 

3/05/2020

SBS News

After seven weeks in lockdown, people in Spain have finally been allowed outside to exercise

People in Spain have been finally allowed outside to exercise after a large coronavirus outbreak forced people into a seven-week lockdown.

 


 

3/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus case sees Victorian Government shut school

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said a teacher at Epping's Meadowglen Primary School had tested positive to the virus. Ms Mikakos said the school would be shut down for three days to enable cleaning and contact tracing.

 


 

3/05/2020

SBS News

Possible infection control breaches investigated as 14th resident dies at Sydney's Newmarch House

A 14th resident of the Newmarch House aged care home in western Sydney has died after becoming infected with COVID-19.

 


 

2/05/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus more likely to kill men and the obese, study says

British researchers link being male or obese to lower Covid-19 survival rates in largest study conducted outside China. Obese people could be at greater risk because they have reduced lung function and their immune systems may overreact.

 


 

2/05/2020

SBS News

Tas outbreak under control, no new cases

Tasmania could soon reopen green spaces after bringing a COVID-19 outbreak in the northwest under control.

 


 

2/05/2020

SBS News

New coronavirus outbreak at Melbourne meat facility

A new coronavirus outbreak has been uncovered in a Melbourne meat processing facility, as authorities warn Victoria's progress in fighting the pandemic remains "incredibly fragile".

 


 

2/05/2020

ABC News

Remdesivir authorised as coronavirus treatment by US in 'important first step'

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved emergency use of experimental anti-viral drug remdesivir to treat patients with COVID-19.

 


 

2/05/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus pandemic exposes fatal flaws of the 'just-in-time' economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some of the downsides of the "just-in-time" economy — a defining feature of capitalism during the past three to four decades.

 


 

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