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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.

 


 

30/04/2020

SBS News

This is why children in schools have been largely unaffected by coronavirus

As some states' schools prepare to reopen their doors from early May, epidemiologists say there's more and more evidence that children typically do not spread COVID-19.

 


 

30/04/2020

SBS News

NT will be first in Australia to lift major coronavirus restrictions and here's what will be open

The Northern Territory will be the first government to lift major coronavirus restrictions, creating a national test case for life returning to normal. NT chief minister Michael Gunner has announced pubs and restaurants will reopen on 15 May, while public swimming pools, fishing with friends and golf will restart on Friday.

 


 

30/04/2020

SBS News

US hits one million coronavirus cases as lockdown restrictions ease worldwide

The US now accounts for almost one third of the entire world's known cases of coronavirus, while other countries have reported falling infection numbers and are planning their way out lockdown.

 


 

30/04/2020

SBS News

US says remdesivir trial is 'proof' that a drug can treat coronavirus

US medical expert Anthony Fauci says the antiviral remdesivir shows "clear-cut" benefits in treating COVID-19.

 


 

30/04/2020

ABC News

Unrecognisable: Historic photos show Australia in shutdown

One day, future generations will look back at the history we're living right now, captured in these photos of a nation in shutdown.

 


 

30/04/2020

ABC News

Hospital staff 'worked with coronavirus symptoms', Ruby Princess 'likely' cause of Tasmanian outbreak

Some staff infected with coronavirus worked in Tasmanian hospitals for several days while experiencing symptoms, an investigation into a cluster in the state's north-west has found.

 


 

30/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus may lurk deep in lungs after patients recover, study suggests

Postmortem of woman finds she had undetected traces in lungs after testing negative three times and being discharged from hospital. As WHO investigates why some recovered patients test positive again, the medical community works to assess any lasting effect on the body.

 


 

29/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus particles linger in the air in medical settings, research shows

Two hospitals in Wuhan were tested during the central Chinese city’s disease outbreak, adding to understanding of how the virus spreads. While some areas showed traces of the virus, levels in ICUs and uncrowded public spaces were low.

 


 

29/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus case sends Sunshine Hospital staff into quarantine as childcare centre closed

Two dozen staff from the Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne's west have been sent into quarantine after a patient tested positive for COVID-19. The patient who, required emergency surgery on Thursday, developed a mild cough over the weekend, and returned a positive test result.

 


 

29/04/2020

BBC News

Coronavirus: Trump orders meatpacking plants to stay open

US President Donald Trump has ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the nation's food supply amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

29/04/2020

SBS News

Coronavirus vaccine breakthrough as Queensland scientists raise high levels of antibodies in testing

Early tests of The University of Queensland's COVID-19 vaccine have shown it can raise high levels of antibodies that can neutralise the deadly virus.

 


 

29/04/2020

SBS News

Australia reaches important virus figure

"Health Minister Greg Hunt has hailed an important milestone in the national battle against coronavirus, with just one new case of community transmission.

 


 

29/04/2020

ABC News

Think of coronavirus as a test run: Australian military leaders warn we must prepare for worse

"We saw three main possibilities of that happening: the increasing and escalating effects of climate change and natural disasters; a global power conflict, probably between America and China; and finally a pandemic — one with a much greater death rate than what we're seeing with the COVID crisis," Ms Durrant said.

 


 

29/04/2020

ABC News

NSW coronavirus restrictions could be reintroduced if people don't behave, Premier warns

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned the planned easing of NSW's coronavirus social-distancing lockdown this week will be scrapped if people don't behave.

 


 

28/04/2020

BBC News

Coronavirus alert: Rare syndrome seen in UK children

NHS doctors have been warned to look out for a rare but dangerous reaction in children that may be linked to coronavirus infection.

 


 

28/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Australia warns China against using ‘economic coercion’ to discourage coronavirus probe

Australia made a ‘principled call’ for an independent review of the Covid-19 outbreak first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, foreign minister says.

 


 

28/04/2020

ABC News

Fighting the invisible enemy

For more than two decades, Dr Jason Roberts has been routinely peering into microscopic netherworlds and observing the behaviours of some of nature’s most deadly nano-sized insurgents.

 


 

28/04/2020

ABC News

The one COVID-19 number to watch

The vast array of data on the coronavirus pandemic can feel overwhelming, as we all try to make sense of how fast COVID-19 is spreading around the world and the relentless daily count of new cases and deaths.

 


 

28/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: why so few deaths among Singapore’s 14,000 Covid-19 infections?

The tiny Lion City now has more infections than any other Southeast Asian nation, yet its death rate is just a fraction of that of its neighbours.

 


 

28/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Ships filled with jet fuel to petrol wait in Singapore Strait amid slump in oil demand

About 60 tankers are anchored off Singapore, with some being used to store fuel at sea while others are sitting out the Covid-19 pandemic.

 


 

28/04/2020

Reuters

GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler target May 18 U.S. restart date: WSJ

(Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N), Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU.N) are targeting May 18 to resume some production at their U.S. factories after shutting down plants in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Wall Street Journal reported.

 


 

28/04/2020

Reuters

British Airways considers slashing about 800 pilot jobs: Sky News reporter

(Reuters) - British Airways (ICAG.L) is planning to launch a consultation that could result in cutting about 800 of its 4,500 pilot jobs, a Sky News reporter tweeted here on Monday.

 


 

28/04/2020

Reuters

Europe restarts car factories amid uncertain demand

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaking giant Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) resumed production at its biggest factory on Monday as part of a broader industry drive to get back to work in Europe, where the coronavirus pandemic has hammered demand and pushed up inventory levels.

 


 

27/04/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: Chile to introduce controversial 'virus-free' ID

The documents would be given to people to allow them to return to work, Deputy Health Minister Paula Daza said. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is "no evidence" that people who contract coronavirus are immune from being infected again. The body said "immunity" certificates could help the virus spread.

 


 

27/04/2020

Business Insider

More than 1.3 million Australians have already downloaded the government's COVID-19 tracing app

The federal government’s COVIDsafe app has been downloaded by more than 1.33 million Australians in just 12 hours. The tracing app is intended to be used by health departments to identify those who have come into contact with a confirmed coronavirus case. It requires 10 million downloads to be entirely effective.

 


 

27/04/2020

SBS News

Children in Spain allowed outside to play for the first time in six weeks

After six weeks stuck at home, Spain's children were allowed out to run, play or go for a walk as the government eased one of the world's toughest coronavirus lockdowns.

 


 

27/04/2020

SBS News

Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street after coronavirus recovery

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is back at his Downing St office after recovering from COVID-19. He returned on Sunday evening, after spending a week in hospital and two weeks recovering in his country home.

 


 

27/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Wuhan declared free of Covid-19 as last patients leave hospital after months-long struggle against coronavirus

Queensland and Western Australia are relaxing some stay-at-home coronavirus measures, marking the first winding back of lockdown restrictions in Australia.

 


 

26/04/2020

SBS News

Australia is starting to lift some coronavirus restrictions. What are other countries doing?

A highly anticipated report into the spread of COVID-19 in classrooms, relied on by the Federal Government to fast-track the reopening of schools, indicates the disease has very limited transmissibility between students, and from students to teachers.

 


 

26/04/2020

ABC News

NSW Health report tracking coronavirus cases in schools finds no teachers infected by students

A highly anticipated report into the spread of COVID-19 in classrooms, relied on by the Federal Government to fast-track the reopening of schools, indicates the disease has very limited transmissibility between students, and from students to teachers.

 


 

26/04/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: UK hospital deaths pass 20,000

Another 813 people have died with coronavirus in UK hospitals, bringing the total to more than 20,000, the Department of Health has announced.

 


 

26/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus latest: global death toll hits 200,000; British PM expected back at work on Monday

The global death toll has continued to grow at a rate of 3-4 per cent per day over the past 10 days.

 


 

26/04/2020

SBS News

'No evidence' people with coronavirus are immunised, says WHO

The World Health Organization has warned that recovering from coronavirus might not protect people from reinfection as the death toll from the pandemic approached 200,000 around the globe.

 


 

25/04/2020

7 News

US study reveals common medical conditions in sickest COVID-19 patients

People with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are at greater risk for complications from coronavirus, according to a large study of patients hospitalised with the illness it causes.

 


 

25/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: China’s mask, gown markets in chaos as shortages of vital raw materials sow more mayhem

Prices for surgical gowns and masks have soared, sources said, due to shortages in vital materials such as melt-blown non-woven fabric. Industry sources also point to surge in poor quality equipment, lacking in the sorts of raw materials vital to ensure masks are effective.

 


 

25/04/2020

SBS News

US coronavirus death toll tops 50k as some states eye reopen

A handful of US states have taken the first steps towards loosening coronavirus restrictions as the nation's death toll passes 50,000.

 


 

25/04/2020

SBS News

Anzac Day in 2020 like the 1919 commemorations during the Spanish flu pandemic

Anzac Day in 2020 is reminiscent of 1919, when Spanish flu was ravaging the world and marches and parades were forbidden.

 


 

24/04/2020

Zero Hedge

The Data Is In... Stop The Panic & End The Total Isolation

The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now desperate for sensible policymakers who have the courage to ignore the panic and rely on facts. Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function.

 


 

24/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus outbreak may have started in September, say British scientists

The first outbreak of the coronavirus could have happened further south of the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where it is widely thought to have originated, and as early as September 2019, according to a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge.

 


 

24/04/2020

Reuters

U.S. food banks run short on staples as hunger soars

Food banks nationwide are squeezed between short supplies and surging demand from needy families as the coronavirus pandemic has put more than 26 million Americans out of work.

 


 

24/04/2020

SBS News

Scientists uncover evidence coronavirus could trigger diabetes in healthy adults

Coronavirus may be triggering diabetes in typically healthy adults. Elderly Australians with diabetes are also at an increased risk from coronavirus, a study released on Friday shows.

 


 

24/04/2020

SBS News

Australia ramps up coronavirus testing to include anyone with respiratory symptoms

Australia is planning to significantly boost its coronavirus testing regime to include anyone with acute respiratory symptoms. Following a national cabinet meeting on Friday, Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy announced all states and territories would expand their testing criteria to ensure any community transmission was being picked up.

 


 

24/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus has left Australian cities eerily empty

So far, 2020 has been a year like no other. A year no one expected, no one planned for, and no one quite knows what's next. Our camera crews captured these images from around the country that starkly illustrate just how much our lives have changed.

 


 

23/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus study points to vast number of cases under the radar in China

Researchers in Hong Kong find that Covid-19 definitions make big differences to the pandemic’s bigger picture. Mainland China might have had four times as many infections as official total if broader criteria used, team says.

 


 

23/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Flattening the curve won’t lead to coronavirus turning point, study finds

Projections by Chinese-US team indicate South Korea and New Zealand are among the best in the global crisis at balancing economics with disease controls. China has been effective in suppressing the epidemic quickly but the strategy comes at too high a cost, researchers say.

 


 

23/04/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: Germany's states make face masks compulsory

All of Germany's states have announced plans to make face masks compulsory to combat the spread of coronavirus. Mask use will be compulsory on public transport throughout Germany, and nearly all states will also make face coverings mandatory when shopping.

 


 

23/04/2020

Reuters

Alarmed as COVID patients' blood thickened, New York doctors try new treatments

Signs of blood thickening and clotting were being detected in different organs by doctors from different specialties. This would turn out to be one of the alarming ways the virus ravages the body, as doctors there and elsewhere were starting to realize.

 


 

23/04/2020

ABC News

'Atrocious timing' of COVID-19 means some northern WA tourism businesses may not survive

Tourism operators in Western Australia's north are facing "18 months of pain" with concerns the coronavirus pandemic could lead to bankruptcies and the crippling of popular tourist towns.

 


 

23/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus restrictions likely to be eased in reverse order, political sources say

As the nation's leaders begin charting a path out of the COVID-19 crisis — the curve having been sufficiently flattened — sources tell the ABC they're likely to wind back restrictions starting with the last ones imposed.

 


 

23/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus stay-at-home customers fuel spike in demand but businesses struggle to source stock

Two months ago, businesses around Perth started noticing supplies were being delayed and it was becoming difficult to obtain some parts after COVID-19 shut down factories in China. Now, several of those same businesses the ABC visited in February have seen a spike in demand from stay-at-home customers. But finding product for their stores has become even more difficult.

 


 

23/04/2020

SBS News

Warnings that Australia could experience a 'devastating' second wave of coronavirus

Australia has this week recorded some of its lowest daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the outbreak. As the country's pandemic curve flattens, state and federal governments have started to loosen some restrictions, with more set to be reviewed. But experts warn the danger has not yet passed and a "second wave" of viral infections could hit Australia hard in the months ahead.

 


 

22/04/2020

ABC News

Federal Government to spend $94 million stockpiling fuel in the US

Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the Government would take advantage of historically low fuel prices to build a "strategic fuel reserve", to be held initially in the United States. "We have full storages here in Australia, but in time we are exploring opportunities with the industry to establish local storage," he said.

 


 

22/04/2020

SBS News

UK coronavirus death toll may be 40 per cent higher than reported

The Office for National Statistics says its data shows the death toll in England and Wales due to COVID-19 was 41 per cent higher than the government recorded.

 


 

22/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus could cause famines in dozens of countries, UN's World Food Program says

WFP executive director David Beasley says "we could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries". He says the number of the world's hungry could nearly double by the end of the year. Mr Beasley warns a food shortage will leave those with weaker immune systems vulnerable to COVID-19

 


 

22/04/2020

SBS News

Singapore extends lockdown until 1 June to curb sharp rise in coronavirus infections

Singapore will extend a partial lockdown until June 1 to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.

 


 

22/04/2020

CNN

US CDC chief says there could be second, possibly worse coronavirus outbreak this winter

A second coronavirus outbreak could emerge this winter in conjunction with the flu season to make for an even more dire health crisis, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told The Washington Post in an interview.

 


 

22/04/2020

ABC News

Human coronavirus vaccine trials to start this week in the UK

The UK Health Minister said he had freed up an extra $39 million in funding for the trials. Oxford University will begin testing the vaccine in humans this week.

 


 

22/04/2020

SBS News

Confirmed coronavirus cases have now passed 2.5 million worldwide

The global coronavirus death toll has surpassed 170,000 with 2.5 million cases worldwide and the majority in Europe and the US.

 


 

21/04/2020

South China Morning Post

How the coronavirus disrupts food supply chains

The coronavirus is putting each link of the food supply chain under immense stress. From agricultural production and transportation to supermarket sales, governments around the world face tough political decisions to stem rising food costs and the real possibility of economic and humanitarian crises.

 


 

21/04/2020

ABC News

IVF and low-risk elective surgery to begin again as National Cabinet ditches coronavirus ban

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced elective surgery restrictions will start to be eased after this weekend.

 


 

21/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus attacks lining of blood vessels all over the body, Swiss study finds

Researcher says virus enters ‘defence line’ and causes circulation problems, which can lead to multiple organ failure. In addition to a vaccine, he suggests strengthening vascular health may be key to tackling Covid-19.

 


 

21/04/2020

7 News

Australia Post to reduce letter delivery services in metro areas during coronavirus crisis

Australia Post will reduce letter deliveries in metropolitan areas to just once every two days as part of a major service overhaul.

 


 

21/04/2020

World Economic Forum

These European countries are starting to lift their coronavirus lockdowns

As curves flatten and infection rates of the COVID-19 coronavirus start to fall, some European countries have started to lift their lockdowns and are easing their societies back towards some semblance of daily life.

 


 

21/04/2020

World Economic Forum

South Korea has started to ease its social distancing and lockdown rules

South Koreans are returning to work and crowding shopping malls, parks, golf courses and some restaurants as South Korea relaxes social distancing rules amid a continued downward trend in coronavirus cases.

 


 

21/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus latest: ‘worst still ahead of us’, WHO chief warns, as countries ease restrictions

The World Health Organisation chief warned on Monday that “the worst is yet ahead of us” in the coronavirus outbreak, reviving the alarm just as many countries ease restrictive measures aimed at reducing its spread.

 


 

21/04/2020

SBS News

Gladys Berejiklian confirms NSW students will start going back to school from May 11

School students in NSW will begin a staggered return to the classroom from May 11, leading up to a full-time return to face-to-face learning from term three.

 


 

21/04/2020

ABC News

Virgin Australia forced into voluntary administration after coronavirus restrictions crippled cash flow

In a statement to the ASX, the airline said the move would help "recapitalise the business" and ensure it emerged "in a stronger financial position on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis".

 


 

21/04/2020

ABC News

US oil price falls below $0 for the first time as storage facilities fill up and demand collapses

US crude oil has traded at negative prices for the first time in history, with demand for energy collapsing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The benchmark price for US crude plummeted to negative $US35.20 a barrel as traders sought to avoid owning crude with nowhere to store it.

 


 

20/04/2020

ABC News

Indonesia's health system is vulnerable to COVID-19. Why was it late to adopt social distancing?

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the archipelago comes as the majority Muslim nation prepares for the fasting month of Ramadan — starting this week — and the annual exodus of millions of people from Jakarta and major cities for their home villages.

 


 

20/04/2020

Reuters

UK not thinking of easing virus lockdown measures yet: minister

Britain is not considering lifting its lockdown imposed almost four weeks ago to control the coronavirus outbreak given “deeply worrying” increases in the death toll, a senior minister said.

 


 

20/04/2020

ABC News

Classrooms reopen in the Northern Territory, where there's been no coronavirus community transmission

The NT Government has told parents students are expected to attend school in term two. Exceptions may be made for some students to learn at home. The NT Education Minister said the NT was in a fortunate position because it has low coronavirus rates and no community transmission.

 


 

20/04/2020

SBS News

Jacinda Ardern wants New Zealanders to keep a diary to help with coronavirus contact tracing

After more than a week of low COVID-19 new cases, New Zealand looks likely to announce a lockdown overhaul on Monday.

 


 

20/04/2020

SBS News

US coronavirus death toll passes 40,000 as New York declares peak may be over

The US death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to more than 40,000, the highest in the world and almost double the number of deaths in Italy.

 


 

20/04/2020

SBS News

Minister promises coronavirus tracing app will be safe, says rebel MPs don't understand how it works

Government Services Minister Stuart Robert is confident enough Australians will sign up to a coronavirus contract tracing app for it to be effective.

 


 

19/04/2020

SBS News

South Korea reports lowest number of coronavirus infections in two months, relaxes some restrictions

South Korea is relaxing some social distancing rules as its new coronavirus cases fall, with a single-digit daily rise for the first time since 18 February.

 


 

19/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Can New Zealand really eliminate the coronavirus? Experts are divided

After a month-long lockdown, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has suggested her country could become the first to entirely eliminate the virus within its borders. It’s a strategy that has attracted attention in Australia, where there have been more deaths but fewer confirmed virus cases per capita than in its neighbour.

 


 

19/04/2020

ABC News

Restocking supermarket shelves after coronavirus panic buying doesn't happen overnight. Let's unpack why

The ripple effect of panic buying. Everyone is still playing catch up. Coles chief operations officer Matt Swindells said the panic buying phenomenon started a ripple effect that impacted every aspect of the supply chain. To get everything back to normal, "all of that has to be unpicked", Mr Swindells said. And that could take weeks.

 


 

19/04/2020

SBS News

Recovering from the coronavirus may not make you immune, experts warn

As the world waits for a successful coronavirus vaccine to be developed, scientists are still trying to determine whether or not a person can catch the virus twice.

 


 

18/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: global logistics show glimmer of recovery, but Chinese exporters still struggling with delays

Logistics networks have been thrown into disarray by the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving Chinese exporters struggling to get their products overseas. Airports in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing have suffered the largest declines in cargo capacity throughout Asia, according to Kuwait-based Agility Logistics.

 


 

18/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: drugs including remdesivir may prove effective before vaccine is available, South Korean expert says

Effectiveness of Gilead’s remdesivir and other repurposed drugs may be proven in 3 to 4 months, a leading coronavirus expert says. ‘Not very optimistic’ about seeing a vaccine within 18 months.

 


 

18/04/2020

SBS News

42-year-old cruise worker becomes youngest person to die from coronavirus in Australia

A crew member from the coronavirus-plagued Artania cruise ship has died in a Perth hospital, taking Western Australia's toll to seven. Health Minister Roger Cook said the 42-year-old man from the Philippines died at Royal Perth Hospital on Thursday, becoming the youngest person to die after contracting coronavirus in Australia.

 


 

18/04/2020

SBS News

WHO says many countries to follow China in revising COVID-19 toll as global deaths top 150,000

The World Health Organization said Friday that many countries would likely follow China in revising up their death tolls once they start getting the coronavirus crisis under control.

 


 

18/04/2020

ABC News

AMA concerned 'everyday disease' could outstrip coronavirus toll unless routine health care resumes

Private hospitals should be allowed to resume routine care, including procedures that detect cancers, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says, or it fears the public health impact could be greater than the toll from coronavirus.

 


 

18/04/2020

ABC News

Radiologists sharing CT scans, X-rays in global effort to prevent COVID-19 deaths

A 30-year-old woman, seemingly healthy and with no coronavirus symptoms, presented to an imaging department in Iran, after losing a relative to COVID-19. Under routine protocols this patient would not be given a chest scan, but in this instance, doctors made an exception.

 


 

17/04/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: from Norway to Vietnam, seafood market sinks as demand dries up

Just one kilogram of freshly caught squid a day was almost enough to live on for Thai fishermen like Wisut Boonnak. Now the catch has halved in price and he is spending more time on village duties.

 


 

17/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: G20 agrees to debt freeze for poorest countries amid pandemic

With the global economy plunged into the worst recession in a century, the Group of 20 nations on Wednesday announced a one-year debt standstill for the world’s poorest nations as they struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

17/04/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: UK lockdown extended for 'at least' three weeks

Lockdown restrictions in the UK will continue for "at least" another three weeks as it tackles the coronavirus outbreak, Dominic Raab has said. The foreign secretary told the daily No 10 briefing that a review had concluded relaxing the measures now would risk harming public health and the economy.

 


 

17/04/2020

ABC News

Modelling shows coronavirus being suppressed as Australia prepares to start surveillance testing

The modelling suggests that currently every 10 people infected with the virus will infect just five others. But without physical distancing and other control measures, those same 10 people would infect 25 others.

 


 

17/04/2020

ABC News

One-third of Australia's wineries could go under because of coronavirus pandemic, industry warns

"We've got 2,600 wineries at the moment and 30 per cent of that we could lose," said Tony Battaglene, chief executive of Australian Grape and Wine.

 


 

17/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus isolation measures are reducing all flu-like diseases, not just COVID-19

Flu-like symptoms fell from a peak of 1.6 per cent to a low of 0.3 per cent. The incidence of these symptoms in the community at the same time last year was 1.8 per cent. That's a difference of 1.5 percentage points (83.3 per cent) and represents a historic low for the survey.

 


 

16/04/2020

SBS News

Coronavirus testing to be fast-tracked in select Indigenous communities

The federal government says waiting times for testing results will be cut down to around 45 minutes.

 


 

16/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus restrictions to remain in place for at least four weeks, Scott Morrison says

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says coronavirus restrictions will run for at least another four weeks, as the Government moves toward "a road out" of the coronavirus crisis. Mr Morrison said the restrictions would need to stay in place until improved testing and tracing was implemented and state and territory governments increased their capabilities to respond to local outbreaks.

 


 

16/04/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: Australia's economy faces unprecedented setbacks

Australia knows what's coming. Number crunching by UBS Asset Management has forecast a budget deficit here next year of A$300bn, or 16% of national income. Australia could suffer more than others because of the unfolding of two of its key exports: tourism and education.

 


 

16/04/2020

ABC News

US economy faces deep recession because of coronavirus, retail sales fall by record amount

There's more evidence the US economy is in a deep recession because of government lockdowns and business shutdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

 


 

16/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus symptoms can start off as just a dry cough, but once the virus hijacks your body things can go wrong fast

From a fever and a dry cough, to needing a ventilator, to no symptoms at all — the extremes of COVID-19 can be unpredictable.

 


 

16/04/2020

SBS News

Shoppers stay home as coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease in Europe and China

Sluggish sales at reopened stores in China and across Europe suggest business won't necessarily bounce right back when the coronavirus crisis eases.

 


 

15/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Does air con help spread coronavirus? Chinese study of 3 families in a restaurant suggests so

Direction of airflow from air-conditioning ventilation found to be the key factor in what was believed to be droplet transmission. Restaurants advised by the researchers to increase the space between tables.

 


 

15/04/2020

SBS News

Coronavirus death toll in the United States hits 25,000 after doubling in one week

US deaths from the coronavirus have topped 25,000, doubling in one week, according to a Reuters tally as officials debated how to reopen the economy without reigniting the outbreak. The United States, with the world's third-largest population, has recorded more fatalities from COVID-19 than any other country.

 


 

15/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus lockdowns could end in months if Australians are willing to have their movements monitored

The battle against coronavirus is going hi-tech, with Australians to be asked to download a phone app that will monitor their movements — but only with their express permission.

 


 

15/04/2020

ABC News

Scott Morrison urges teachers to open schools amid coronavirus so parents can put 'food on the table'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged teachers not to force parents into a decision between home schooling their children and "putting food on the table" as the country deals with the threat of coronavirus.

 


 

15/04/2020

Reuters

Trump halts World Health Organization funding over handling of coronavirus outbreak

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has instructed his administration to at least temporarily halt funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, at a White House news conference, said the WHO had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable.” He said the group had promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak of the virus than otherwise would have occurred.

 


 

15/04/2020

South China Morning Post

China’s initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan spread twice as fast as we thought, new study suggests

Each carrier was infecting 5.7 people on average, according to US researchers, who say previous estimate had used incomplete data. Latest data based on cases whose origin could be traced more clearly, in provinces that had test kits and ample health care capacity.

 


 

14/04/2020

7 News

Coronavirus cases in New South Wales stabilise as new hotspots are identified

New South Wales Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has warned people living in 12 areas most at risk from coronavirus to “call their GP” and get tested. “In those areas we have identified cases of COVID-19 where there are no clear links to clusters,” Dr Chant said, adding they want to ensure there is not a community transmission in those areas.

 


 

14/04/2020

7 News

Coronavirus fears for two aged care facilities after infectious nurse worked six straight days

An aged care nurse is at the centre of the shutdown of two health facilities after she worked six straight days while infectious. One elderly resident at Angilcare’s Newmarch House in Caddens has already contracted the virus with fears more will follow.

 


 

14/04/2020

South China Morning Post

The coronavirus mutation that threatens the race to develop vaccine

A coronavirus strain isolated in India carried a mutation that could upend vaccine development around the globe, according to researchers from Australia and Taiwan. The non-peer reviewed study said the change had occurred in part of the spike protein that allows the virus to bind with certain human cells.

 


 

14/04/2020

CNN

Hundreds of thousands return to work as Spain relaxes coronavirus lockdown

Around 300,000 nonessential workers are estimated to have gone back to their jobs in Spain's Madrid region on Monday as the country began a partial lifting of lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

 


 

14/04/2020

SBS News

WHO urges caution over return to normality

The head of the WHO says coronavirus restrictions should not be lifted yet, and only eased when its possible to quickly identify and isolate new cases.

 


 

14/04/2020

ABC News

Unemployment rate predicted to reach 10 per cent amid coronavirus pandemic, pushing Australia into recession

Unemployment is set to soar to its highest rate in almost three decades, with 1.4 million Australians expected to be out of work. New Treasury figures forecast the jobless rate will double in the June quarter from 5.1 per cent to 10 per cent, all but confirming Australia will enter a recession as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

14/04/2020

ABC News

The race to be ready

By staying home, Australians have bought the health system precious time to prepare for the COVID-19 peak. Now, those racing to get our hospitals ready are cautiously optimistic.

 


 

13/04/2020

SBS News

Manufacturers say 'make Australia make again' as experts warn of flaws in nation's supply chain

Experts have warned of potentially deadly flaws in Australia's medical supply chain as a group of manufacturers rush to build more than 2,000 much-needed ventilators. A consortium of 30 manufacturers have come together to produce the components and assemble the ventilators by the end of July, issuing a plea to politicians: "make Australia make again".

 


 

13/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Unmasked: the quality dangers in China’s new coronavirus-induced boom industry

Surging international demand for personal protective equipment has lured new players into the lucrative industry. But not all entrants can meet the standards required in the country and overseas.

 


 

13/04/2020

SBS News

Australia's coronavirus testing has expanded - but some negative tests can be wrong

Testing for coronavirus has been expanded to try to limit community transmission of COVID-19, with health experts and academics working to ensure tests are as reliable as possible. But false-negatives can still occur.

 


 

13/04/2020

CNN

One of the largest pork processing facilities in the US is closing until further notice

One of the country's largest pork processing facilities is closing until further notice as employees fall ill with Covid-19. The closure puts the country's meat supply at risk, said the CEO of Smithfield, which operates the plant. "The closure of this facility, combined with a growing list of other protein plants that have shuttered across our industry, is pushing our country perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply," the meat processor's chief executive, Kenneth Sullivan, said in a statement Sunday.

 


 

13/04/2020

ABC News

Tasmania closes two hospitals to 'stamp out' coronavirus outbreak in the north-west

All staff and members of their households — more than 1,000 people — will go into quarantine for two weeks.

 


 

13/04/2020

ABC News

How farmers and essential agricultural workers are protecting food security during COVID-19

Human biosecurity is at the forefront this season. COVID-19 restrictions and risks of shutdown in the event of an infection are a challenge for horticulturalists whose businesses rely on itinerate and seasonal labour.

 


 

13/04/2020

ABC News

Boris Johnson discharged from hospital after stint in intensive care with coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from a London hospital where he was treated in intensive care for COVID-19.

 


 

12/04/2020

SBS News

India to extend world's largest pandemic lockdown for two weeks

The three week lockdown is due to end Tuesday. But with the death toll rising, several chief ministers from India's 29 states and territories have been pressing Modi to prolong restrictions for the 1.3 billion population.

 


 

12/04/2020

ABC News

The coronavirus curve has flattened and now most Australians have changed the question they want answered

It's the question most house-bound stir-crazy Australians will no doubt be asking over this unusual Easter weekend: when will life return to normal?

 


 

12/04/2020

Reuters

In grim milestone, United States logs world's highest coronavirus death toll

The United States surpassed Italy on Saturday as the country with the highest reported coronavirus death toll, recording more than 20,000 deaths since the outbreak began, according to a Reuters tally.

 


 

11/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Deadly coronavirus comes in three variants, researchers find

Types A, B and C are all derived from the pathogen first found in bats but have evolved in different ways, according to a report by British and German geneticists. Findings show the virus has become well adapted to human transmission and mutates as it spreads, Chinese epidemiologist says.

 


 

11/04/2020

Reuters

WHO says looking into reports of some COVID patients testing positive again

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was looking into reports of some COVID-19 patients testing positive again after initially testing negative for the disease while being considered for discharge.

 


 

11/04/2020

SBS News

New York buries coronavirus dead in mass graves

New York City officials have hired contract labourers to bury the dead in its potter’s field on Hart Island as the city’s daily death rate from the coronavirus epidemic has reached grim new records.

 


 

11/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: why there’s no quick fix for a Covid-19 vaccine

You might think money wouldn’t be an issue in trying to solve the biggest problem facing the world right now. You’d be wrong. Big Pharma firms have the funds but lack the motivation; public bodies have the motivation but lack the cash.

 


 

11/04/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: 'Deadly resurgence' if curbs lifted too early, WHO warns

Lifting coronavirus lockdown measures too early could spark a "deadly resurgence" in infections, the World Health Organization chief has warned. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries should be cautious about easing restrictions, even as some struggle with the economic impact.

 


 

11/04/2020

Reuters

PM Johnson up and walking in COVID-19 recovery as UK deaths near 9,000

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was back on his feet in his recovery from COVID-19 on Friday as Britain recorded its deadliest day yet in the coronavirus pandemic, with 980 more deaths taking the country’s overall toll to nearly 9,000.

 


 

11/04/2020

Reuters

Global coronavirus death toll hits 100,000, cases over 1.6 million

The number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus reached 100,000 on Friday, as the tally of cases passed 1.6 million, according to a Reuters tally. The toll has been accelerating at a daily rate of between 6% and 10% over the past week, and there were almost 7,300 deaths globally reported on Thursday.

 


 

10/04/2020

South China Morning Post

South Korean scientists map coronavirus genome, paving way for vaccine and better tests

A team led by V. Narry Kim, one of the country’s most prominent researchers, has shed more light on the virus that causes Covid-19. She says the breakthrough will help scientists understand how it replicates and escapes the human defence system.

 


 

10/04/2020

South China Morning Post

‘Cut back on the back-patting’: Singapore’s coronavirus response loses its shine as critics speak out

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s government faces escalating criticism over a surge of infections at foreign worker dormitories. Meanwhile, many citizens seem to be flouting tough ‘circuit breaker’ measures aimed at containing a resurgence in community transmissions.

 


 

10/04/2020

ABC News

The one COVID-19 number to watch

There’s one number that can tell us quickly and clearly whether the coronavirus outbreak is getting better or worse. It’s called the growth factor. The main thing to understand is this — to be sure we’re staying on top of the outbreak, we must keep this number below one.

 


 

10/04/2020

ABC News

Easter is 'the most important weekend' in Australia's coronavirus fight as police warn of fines

Health Minister Greg Hunt warned the Easter weekend was not a time to ease the restrictions. "As we go into Easter with welcome news for Australia, the virus does not take a holiday, therefore none of us can relax what we do," he said.

 


 

10/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus to cause worst economic downturn since Great Depression, IMF forecasts

The coronavirus pandemic will push the global economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says. "We anticipate the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression," Ms Georgieva said, speaking ahead of next week's virtual meetings of the 189-nation IMF and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank.

 


 

10/04/2020

SBS News

Global coronavirus death toll reaches 90,000 as US overtakes Spain

The coronavirus death toll in the US has surpassed that of Spain's as the global death toll exceeds 90,000. US deaths due to coronavirus topped 15,700, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the pandemic might be nearing a peak.

 


 

10/04/2020

CNN

Detroit hospital workers say people are dying in the ER hallways before help can arrive

A Detroit hospital has been so overwhelmed by the influx of Covid-19 patients that at least 2 people have died in its emergency room hallways before help can arrive, health care workers there told CNN.

 


 

10/04/2020

Reuters

UK PM Johnson leaves intensive care, remains under observation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday evening as he continues to recover from COVID-19, but he remains under close observation in hospital, his office said on Thursday.

 


 

09/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Symptom-free Covid-19 patients must be reported within two hours, China says

New guidelines aim to limit risk posed by healthy carriers to virus containment. Some cases may be pre-symptomatic and will go on to show symptoms later.

 


 

09/04/2020

9 News

'Something out of a horror film': New York doctor explains the coronavirus situation

A doctor in New York described the situation in the iconic city as something out of a "horror film".

 


 

09/04/2020

Sky News

Coronavirus: Vaccine hopes boosted as scientists find virus has 'low shielding'

UK scientists say the coronavirus is "hit and run" and not as well shielded from the immune system as some others - meaning it could be easier to develop a vaccine.

 


 

09/04/2020

Reuters

UK's Johnson 'improving' as he fights COVID-19 in intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition is improving and he is able to sit up in bed and engage with clinical staff, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday as Johnson remained in intensive care battling COVID-19.

 


 

09/04/2020

Reuters

Speed of coronavirus deaths shocks doctors as New York toll hits new high

New York, the hardest hit state in America, on Wednesday reported its highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day with even veteran doctors and nurses expressing shock at the speed with which patients were declining and dying.

 


 

09/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Big pool of coronavirus cases going undetected, German researchers say

Widespread testing and isolation of infected people ‘needed to stop renewed outbreak’. About 6 per cent of cases identified worldwide, study estimates.

 


 

09/04/2020

SBS News

Federal parliament gives green light to $130 billion JobKeeper scheme

Federal parliament ticked off on the historic JobKeeper scheme on Wednesday night, paving the way for $1500-a-fortnight payments for coronavirus-hit employees. The tax office will give businesses with a 30 per cent fall in turnover due to coronavirus $1500 for each worker a fortnight, with payments expected to reach employers in the first week of May.

 


 

09/04/2020

9 News

'Guinea pig' states set to trial easing of virus restrictions

Western Australia and South Australia could be the likely locations for a plan like to monitor how successful lifting the restrictions would be. Both states have some of the lowest number of virus cases on the mainland making them the most likely to be flagged for a possible trial. The plan would likely involve lifting restrictions on playgrounds, cafes and restaurants sooner and give other states more confidence in doing so.

 


 

08/04/2020

South China Morning Post

China’s consumers are starting to binge on travel, cosmetics again in signs economy is reviving

Bookings for domestic travel, hotels have risen on Trip.com, while online transactions on Pinduoduo surge. Gains may not recover to last year’s levels just yet with the global economy facing the threat of recession, analysts say.

 


 

08/04/2020

7 News

Wuhan, China ends its 76-day lockdown

As of just after midnight on Wednesday, the city’s 11 million residents are now permitted to leave without special authorisation as long as a mandatory smartphone application powered by a mix of data-tracking and government surveillance shows they are healthy and have not been in recent contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus.

 


 

08/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus preparations leave casual nurses facing Centrelink queue as surgeries cancelled

There are fears casual and agency nurses could emerge as unexpected additions to the Centrelink queue, with their hours slashed as hospitals prepare for the worst of COVID-19.

 


 

08/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus data modelling has Australia in good position, but COVID-19 'here to stay'

The experts behind some of the modelling used to determine Australia's coronavirus response say the country is in a "lucky" position — but the fight against COVID-19 will continue, as the virus is "here to stay".

 


 

08/04/2020

SBS News

Three children removed from Sydney quarantine hotel 'for COVID-19 treatment'

Three children were on Tuesday taken to hospital from a Sydney hotel where a number of people have been placed in quarantine after returning to Australia. They were transferred by ambulance from the Hilton hotel in central Sydney at about 10pm on Tuesday to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital "for COVID-19 treatment", the ABC reported.

 


 

07/04/2020

Zero Hedge

And just like that; everyone stopped laughing at preppers

A criticism of the failure by some people to prepare while mocking preppers…. kinds like the children’s story of the Three Little Pigs…. and the Big Bad Wolf is Covid-19…A wise man believes; Be optimistic, but also be prepared for all possibilities...

 


 

07/04/2020

ABC News

Boris Johnson admitted to London intensive care unit after coronavirus symptoms worsen

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Mr Johnson's office said he was conscious and did not require ventilation at the moment.

 


 

07/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus deaths in Australia climb, NSW Premier says social-distancing to stay 'until vaccine is found'

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned the state's tough coronavirus social-distancing restrictions will stay "until a vaccine is found", after Australia's death toll climbed to 44.

 


 

07/04/2020

ABC News

Victoria's coronavirus cases increase to almost 1,200, schools set to reopen next week

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews has announced schools will reopen next week as the state's coronavirus death toll rises to 11. State schools will reopen on Wednesday but students who can learn from home, must do so, Mr Andrews said.

 


 

06/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus can remain on face masks for up to a week, study finds

Pathogen that causes Covid-19 is gone within three hours from surfaces like printing and tissue paper, but can last for days on banknotes, stainless steel and plastic, researchers from University of Hong Kong say. But virus is no match for household disinfectants, bleach or frequent hand washing with soap and water

 


 

06/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo tests positive

Four-year-old female named Nadia has developed dry cough but is expected to recover. This is the first known case of Covid-19 being detected in a tiger anywhere in the world

 


 

06/04/2020

SBS News

Australian experts develop immunity test for COVID-19

Australian scientists have made a test to check who is likely to develop coronavirus. The test will indicate who remains infectious and the severity of COVID-19 if a person was to get it.

 


 

06/04/2020

SBS News

Singapore quarantines 20,000 migrant workers amid spike in new virus cases

Singapore has reported 120 new coronavirus cases, by far its highest daily rise, and quarantined nearly 20,000 migrant workers in their dormitories. Of Sunday's new cases, 116 were locally transmitted and many were linked to two dormitories that house migrant workers, who will now have to stay in their rooms for 14 days.

 


 

06/04/2020

Reuters

Boris Johnson hospitalised for tests after persistent coronavirus symptoms

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, though Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government.

 


 

05/04/2020

CNN

The mystery of why the coronavirus kills some young people

Younger people are far less likely to die, but there is an unusual pattern that seems to be emerging. As Dr. Anthony Fauci said, it is what makes the coronavirus such an "unusual disease."

 


 

04/04/2020

Reuters

"They just sedate them"; coronavirus overwhelms Spain's care homes

As Spain struggles desperately to cope with almost 120,000 coronavirus infections, it barely has the strength to help its overwhelmed care homes and their elderly residents, singularly vulnerable to the respiratory disease.

 


 

04/04/2020

7 News

Coles and Woolworths introduce coronavirus measures to limit number of customers inside stores

Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths are dramatically escalating their social distancing policies by introducing a limit on the number of customers inside stores. From Monday until the foreseeable future, shoppers will be forced to wait in cordoned off queues outside until people inside leave.

 


 

04/04/2020

SBS News

More flights to get stranded Australians home amid coronavirus restrictions

Stranded Australians will be able to access regular flights home from London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Auckland for the next four weeks, Foreign Minister Marise Payne says. Qantas and Virgin Australia will operate the services, which have been organised after talks with the federal government.

 


 

04/04/2020

SBS News

Tasmanian hospital staff positive for coronavirus

Contract tracing is underway after two staff at a Tasmanian hospital tested positive for coronavirus.

 


 

04/04/2020

CNN

Trump announces new face mask recommendations after heated internal debate

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration was now recommending Americans wear "non-medical cloth" face coverings, a reversal of previous guidance that suggested masks were unnecessary for people who weren't sick.

 


 

04/04/2020

SBS News

Singapore moves to close schools, workplaces in response to coronavirus pandemic

Singapore will close schools and workplaces while people are being told to stay home, as the city-state ramps up its attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus. All preschool and student care centres will also be closed, but will provide limited services for children of parents who have to continue working and are unable to make alternative care arrangements.

 


 

03/04/2020

Fluent Woof

Can Dogs Get Coronavirus (COVID-19)? What We Know So Far

In the midst of all the events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, what about our pups? Can dogs get Coronavirus?

 


 

03/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus data shows our isolation regime is a marathon, not a sprint

Australia is only a few days into its latest regime of strict self-isolation measures designed to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but already, many people are asking — when will they end? Not before late July at the very earliest, modelling from the University of Sydney suggests.

 


 

03/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: lockdowns must last six weeks to bring pandemic under control: researchers

American academics say their study of 36 countries suggests that 45 days of aggressive intervention required to rein in an outbreak. Other factors include the size of the country, cultural greetings, temperature, humidity, and latitude.

 


 

03/04/2020

South China Morning Post

Cats more susceptible to Covid-19 than dogs but pet lovers have ‘no cause for alarm’: researchers

Infection and transmission study finds kittens may be more susceptible than older cats. Feline transmission may occur through respiratory droplets as in humans.

 


 

03/04/2020

ABC News

Scott Morrison says the coronavirus curve is flattening. Are we turning the corner?

As the spread of the COVID-19 virus wreaks havoc, the question of how Australia is faring compared to other countries — and what might lie ahead — is being much discussed. But with the numbers changing by the day, and with countries fighting and tracking the disease in different ways, the figures can, at best, only tell us so much. At worst, the data has the potential to mislead.

 


 

03/04/2020

SBS News

Brazil reports first Indigenous coronavirus case in the Amazon

The 20-year-old woman works for the public health system in the municipality of Santo Antonio do Ica, near the Colombian-Brazilian border. She works with a doctor who tested positive for the virus last week after returning from holiday, authorities said on Wednesday.The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled fears about the possible impact for Indigenous peoples in the Amazon, who are particularly vulnerable to imported diseases.

 


 

03/04/2020

Reuters

Global coronavirus cases surpass one million

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Thursday with more than 52,000 deaths as the pandemic further exploded in the United States and the death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to a Reuters tally of official data.

 


 

02/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus sees WA close its borders from midnight on Sunday to stop COVID-19 spread from eastern states

The WA Government will introduce a "temporary closure" of its interstate border effective from midnight on Sunday, with the WA Premier saying the state's isolation was its best defence against the threat of COVID-19 spread. "WA is in a unique position, our isolation is our best defence, and we need to use it to our advantage," Mark McGowan said.

 


 

02/04/2020

ABC News

Childcare centres to be free for parents during coronavirus pandemic, Scott Morrison announces

Child care will become completely free so parents can continue working during the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced. The Federal Government will spend an estimated $1.6 billion to fund the radical — but temporary — overhaul of the struggling sector, which has been pleading for a bailout as parents pull kids out of care.

 


 

02/04/2020

7 News

Threat of coronavirus second wave prompts China lockdown - again

Residents in a region of central China have been ordered back into their homes and are only being allowed to leave with a special permit, over fears of a second wave of COVID-19 in the region.

 


 

02/04/2020

CNN

Iceland lab's testing suggests 50% of coronavirus cases have no symptoms

(CNN)There's a lot about Iceland that other countries could envy: Its spectacular natural surroundings, its place among the world's happiest countries, and, now, its large-scale testing for the novel coronavirus, which could influence how the world understands the outbreak.

 


 

02/04/2020

BBC

Australian scientists begin tests of potential vaccines

Scientists in Australia have begun testing two potential coronavirus vaccines in "milestone" lab trials. The vaccines, made by Oxford University and US company Inovio Pharmaceutical, have been cleared for animal testing by the World Health Organization. Australia's national science agency will assess if the vaccines work, and if they would be safe for humans.

 


 

02/04/2020

Reuters

Chinese scientists seeking potential COVID-19 treatment find 'effective' antibodies

A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are “extremely effective” at blocking the ability of the new coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could be helpful in treating or preventing COVID-19.

 


 

02/04/2020

CNN

Asia may have been right about coronavirus and face masks, and the rest of the world is coming around

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and national boards have announced a new sub-register that aims to fast-track the return of recently-departed health personnel. The register will run for 12 months and cater to doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists who have stopped practising in the last three years so they can return to the COVID-19 frontline more quickly.

 


 

02/04/2020

SBS News

More than 40,000 retired health professionals to be reinstated in fight against coronavirus

Hong Kong (CNN)In the coming weeks, if they have not already, your government is likely to begin advising you to wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus. For those living in Asia, such announcements will be a vindication of a tactic that has been adopted across much of the region since the beginning of the crisis and appears to have been borne out by lower rates of infection and faster containment of outbreaks.

 


 

01/04/2020

Today Online

Covid-19 patient’s mild symptoms but long illness may point to ‘chronic’ mutation: Researchers

Chinese researchers have raised the possibility that a new subtype pathogen of Covid-19 that has low toxicity but with prolonged ability to infect others might have occurred after observing a rare case in which the disease appeared to be “chronic”, pointing to the possibility of a mutation. The researchers warn there may be more “chronic infected patients” who carry the infection into their surroundings and trigger an outbreak.

 


 

01/04/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus infection rates begin to fall, but 'flattening the curve' may mean WA is locked down even longer

The stream of COVID-19 cases in WA has slowed to a trickle in recent days, but WA Health Minister Roger Cook has made it clear the fight is not over — it is just beginning.

 


 

01/04/2020

SBS News

Teenager dies in London after positive coronavirus test as UK toll jumps

A 13-year-old boy with no apparent underlying health conditions has died in London after testing positive for coronavirus, his family says.

 


 

01/04/2020

Reuters

Australian authorities take cluster approach to contain coronavirus

Australian authorities will open a pop-up coronavirus testing clinic next to Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Wednesday as health workers try to contain clusters of infections across the country.

 


 

01/04/2020

SBS News

Know your rights as Australia goes into stage three shutdown

Rights groups have called for Australians to understand their rights as social distancing restrictions ramp up and new penalties are introduced to enforce them.

 


 

01/04/2020

SBS News

US coronavirus death toll surpasses China's official count

More than 800,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide and more than 40,000 have died, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

 


 

01/04/2020

Reuters

Germany reports 5,453 additional coronavirus cases, 149 more deaths

BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen to 67,366 and 732 people have died of the disease, statistics from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday.

 


 

01/04/2020

Perth Now

Coronavirus crisis: Health Minister Roger Cook reveals WA has 28 new COVID-19 cases, bringing State total to 392

A four-year-old child is one of 28 new WA cases of coronavirus, bringing the State’s total to 392.

 


 

31/03/2020

7 News

Coronavirus face masks to be distributed in SA hospitals through vending machines

South Australia will trial the use of vending machines to distribute protective equipment to medical staff, including masks, to better keep track of supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

31/03/2020

7 News

Bali declares state of emergency as coronavirus escalates

Bali’s Government has declared a state of emergency on the holiday island in response to its increasing COVID-19 caseload.

 


 

31/03/2020

7 News

Coronavirus Australia update: GPS trackers could be fitted to West Australians who ignore self-isolation orders

West Australians who ignore self-isolating orders could be fitted with an electronic tracking device in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

 


 

31/03/2020

Yahoo News

Coronavirus: Austria, in a shift, requires mask-wearing in supermarkets to cut pandemic’s spread

Austrian officials announced on Monday that they were making the wearing of masks in supermarket mandatory in a bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak there, the first time a European government has taken such a step.

 


 

31/03/2020

ABC News

These five strategies have helped Singapore fight off the coronavirus outbreak. Can they keep it at bay?

When Singapore confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus in late January, the population started to panic. While Australians rushed for toilet paper, Singaporeans raided supermarkets for instant noodles.

 


 

31/03/2020

ABC News

What we can learn from the countries winning the coronavirus fight

See how coronavirus is spreading around the world — and what lessons we can take from the countries beating the virus.

 


 

31/03/2020

Reuters

U.S. spies find coronavirus spread in China, North Korea, Russia hard to chart

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. spy agencies seek to assemble a precise picture of the world’s coronavirus outbreaks, they are finding serious gaps in their ability to assess the situation in China, Russia and North Korea, according to five U.S. government sources familiar with the intelligence reporting.

 


 

31/03/2020

ABC News

Everyone is buying rice during the coronavirus crisis, but Australia's biggest rice company is struggling

Panic buying is adding to the pressure on rice supplies at a time when drought and water reform have led to one of the smallest crops in the industry's 70-year history in Australia.

 


 

30/03/2020

SBS News

There’s early signs Australia is flattening the coronavirus curve, but experts say it's not happening fast enough

As preliminary evidence suggests Australia’s strict new physical distancing measures are starting to slow the spread of coronavirus, experts have warned against showing any complacency.

 


 

30/03/2020

ABC News

Property market weakens amid coronavirus auction ban

About 40 per cent of the country's real estate auctions were withdrawn over the weekend as stricter social-distancing measures announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to fight the coronavirus pandemic slowed down property market activity.

 


 

30/03/2020

SBS News

Global coronavirus death toll passes 33,000 as 40 per cent of world's population asked to stay home

Spain broke another national record of daily coronavirus deaths Sunday as more than 40 per cent of the world's population was asked to stay at home to halt the deadly march of a disease that has claimed some 33,500 lives.

 


 

30/03/2020

SBS News

There are now 1,791 confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW, but new infections are 'stabilising'

NSW authorities have urged people to follow health guidelines and self-isolate as the number of confirmed cases in the state hits 1,791.

 


 

29/03/2020

SBS News

'This is radical': Gatherings in Australia reduced to two people in bid to slow coronavirus spread

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the size of gatherings in Australia will be further reduced from 10 to two people in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. The limit will not apply to households, education or employment, while skate parks and public playgrounds will also be closed.

 


 

29/03/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus pandemic prompts WA to consider hard border closure to restrict spread of COVID-19

Mr McGowan said the proposed restrictions would mean only West Australians would be allowed into the state, with exemptions for those travelling for essential purposes or on compassionate grounds.

 


 

29/03/2020

Perth Now

Coronavirus crisis: Australia death toll reaches 16 following overnight deaths in Queensland and Victoria

The number of Australian people who have died after contracting COVID-19 has now reached 16, following the death of two more people overnight.

 


 

29/03/2020

CNN

How Russia is using authoritarian tech to curb coronavirus

Moscow (CNN)Russia under President Vladimir Putin has pioneered authoritarian tech: Last year, the Kremlin leader approved measures that would enable the creation of a "sovereign" Russian internet, able to be firewalled from the rest of the world.

 


 

29/03/2020

Bloomberg

Trump Won’t Quarantine N.Y., China’s 45 New Cases: Virus Update

President Donald Trump said he’s not putting New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut under quarantine to stop the spread of Covid-19 in those hard-hit areas but will issue a “strong travel advisory.”

 


 

29/03/2020

News Corp Australia

Coronavirus: Young Australians warned they are transmitters, risking other lives by not social distancing

Young Australians are “transmitters of the virus” and have been warned they are putting other lives at risk after a number of house parties and social outings over the weekend.

 


 

29/03/2020

Perth Now

Aust increasingly using law in virus fight

Australian governments are now turning to police-managed quarantine measures and the threat of fines and jail to battle coronavirus, as the death toll reaches 14.

 


 

28/03/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Vietnam stockpiles rice as outbreak spreads and food security concerns grow

Traders believe the world has enough rice but transport disruptions due to India’s lockdown and Vietnam’s stockpiling could affect global supply. Prices could also rise if there is more demand, as Thailand is producing less rice due to a drought, says a Bangkok-based trader

 


 

28/03/2020

The Age

Victoria records biggest jump in virus cases as on-the-spot fines introduced

Victoria has recorded its biggest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, as the state government ushers in new on-the-spot fines for those flouting health directives in a bid to curb its spread.

 


 

28/03/2020

Bloomberg

U.S. Tops 100,000 Cases; Tokyo Set for Key Weekend: Virus Update

The U.S. is the first country to reach 100,000 coronavirus cases. Italy had its deadliest day.

 


 

28/03/2020

Bloomberg

The Workers Who Supply the World’s Food Are Starting to Get Sick

Poultry giant Sanderson Farms Inc. on Monday reported the first case of a worker at a major U.S. meat producer testing positive for coronavirus. The employee and six more from the McComb, Mississippi, plant were sent home to self-quarantine, with pay, but operations continued as normal.

 


 

28/03/2020

Perth Now

Myer closes stores, stands down 10,000 staff without pay in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Retail giant Myer will close all of its stores and stand down 10,000 staff without pay in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

28/03/2020

ABC News

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, will self-isolate in 10 Downing St

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating.

 


 

28/03/2020

Perth Now

WA man charged for allegedly failing to self-isolate after returning from Indonesia

A 61-year-old Carlisle man has been charged after allegedly failing to comply with a direction to self isolate after returning from overseas last week.

 


 

27/03/2020

7 News

Visual walkthrough of lung damage in ‘relatively healthy’ US coronavirus patient

This video shows the lungs of a man who had been asymptomatic just a few days earlier.

 


 

27/03/2020

Bloomberg

WHO Issues a Rare Public Scolding, Saying Countries Wasting Time

Governments should stop wasting precious time needed to fight the coronavirus after squandering an opportunity to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization’s head said.

 


 

27/03/2020

Bloomberg

Countries Starting to Hoard Food, Threatening Global Trade

It’s not just grocery shoppers who are hoarding pantry staples. Some governments are moving to secure domestic food supplies during the conoravirus pandemic.

 


 

27/03/2020

CNN

James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He's making 15,000 for the pandemic fight

Dyson has received an order from the UK government for 10,000 ventilators to support efforts by the country's National Health Service to treat coronavirus patients. Dyson said the company had designed and built an entirely new ventilator, called the "CoVent," since he received a call 10 days ago from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

 


 

27/03/2020

Today Online

A 600 per cent hike in the price of raw materials is hampering the production of masks

Amid rising demand in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Manufacturers told The Malaysian Insight that they are still producing the protective gear, but will stop once they run out of raw materials.

 


 

27/03/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: China to ban most foreign arrivals in effort to block contagion’s spread

Suspension order is set to take effect at midnight on Friday. Foreign ministry makes some exceptions, including for transit passengers.

 


 

27/03/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Italy’s dead overwhelm morgues as toll tops 8,000

TAn overwhelmed Italian city at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday sent more of its dead to nearby towns for cremation as the country’s world-leading toll topped 8,000.

 


 

27/03/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: US becomes nation with most cases

The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country with at least 82,404 positive tests. According to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US overtook China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589).

 


 

26/03/2020

Reuters

China's factories reopen, only to fire workers as virus shreds global trade

BEIJING (Reuters) - Shi Xiaomin, who used to export suits and blazers by the thousands to South Korea, the Netherlands and the United States, was luckier than many other Chinese factory owners.

 


 

26/03/2020

ABC News

New 'point-of-care' finger-prick tests for coronavirus are being rolled out. Here's how they work

Over 178,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in Australia and that number is growing rapidly by the day.

 


 

26/03/2020

7 News

Coronavirus and kids: Separating fact from fiction

Super immune or super spreader? Parents navigating the mixed messages surrounding coronavirus and its effect on children have some justification in feeling frustrated and worried.

 


 

26/03/2020

ABC News

WA parents asked to keep children home from school to prevent COVID-19 spread

The WA Premier has asked parents to keep children home from school if possible, with the last day of the current term brought forward to April 3.

 


 

26/03/2020

CNN

'That's when all hell broke loose': Coronavirus patients start to overwhelm US hospitals

The doctor, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity out of concern for his job, described a hospital that was woefully unprepared for an influx of Covid-19 patients that started roughly two weeks ago -- which has already stretched the hospital's resources thin and led to severely ill patients outnumbering ventilators.

 


 

26/03/2020

ABC News

Australian coronavirus death toll rises to 12 after third man dies in Victoria

A third man being treated for COVID-19 in Victoria has died in hospital, bringing the national coronavirus death toll to 12. At a press conference this afternoon, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed a third man, also in his 70s, had died from COVID-19.

 


 

26/03/2020

SBS News

Who is deemed an 'essential' worker under Australia's COVID-19 rules?

Pharmacies and supermarkets have been given special permissions to open 24 hours a day in NSW while Australia tackles the coronavirus crisis. Their workers are deemed essential, along with a range of other employees across the country.

 


 

26/03/2020

Perth Now

Australia’s COVID-19 death roll rises to 11

Two more Australians have died from coronavirus, taking the nation's death toll to 11. The two deaths are Victorian men in their 70s, the state's chief health officer confirmed on Thursday.

 


 

26/03/2020

SBS News

Australia's coronavirus testing criteria expanded

Other groups who are now eligible for testing, after showing fever or acute respiratory symptoms, include: health workers, aged care workers, identified hotspots; and high-risk settings such as detention centres where two cases have been reported.

 


 

26/03/2020

SBS News

Three billion under lockdown as UN warns the coronavirus threatens humanity

More than three billion people are living under lockdown measures to stem the spread of the killer coronavirus that the United Nations warned Wednesday is threatening all of humanity.

 


 

26/03/2020

SBS News

Social distancing appears to have slowed New York's coronavirus epidemic

New York's governor on Wednesday said there were tentative signs that restrictions were slowing the spread of the coronavirus in his state, even as the public health crisis deepened in hard-hit New Orleans and other parts of the United States.

 


 

26/03/2020

BBC

Spain’s death toll surpasses China’s

Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed the official figure from China, becoming the second highest in the world.

 


 

26/03/2020

Reuters

New Zealand wakes up to eerie silence as coronavirus lockdown begins

New Zealand started a one-month compulsory lockdown on Thursday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with warnings from authorities to stay at home or face huge fines and even jail time.

 


 

26/03/2020

Reuters

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus, Queen Elizabeth in good health

Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus but is in good health and is now self isolating in Scotland with mild symptoms.

 


 

25/03/2020

SBS News

New commission set up to navigate Australia's virus response

A new commissioner will advise Australian governments on what should be done to tackle the social and economic effects of coronavirus. Sweeping closures of businesses and a clampdown on travel have led to tens of thousands of job losses, with at least 800,000 more expected.

 


 

25/03/2020

SBS News

Almost all elective surgery suspended across Australia to ease pressure on hospitals

All elective surgery other than the most urgent procedures will be put on hold to free up capacity in hospitals dealing with coronavirus. State and federal leaders have agreed to indefinitely suspend all category three and most category two surgeries from midnight.

 


 

25/03/2020

SBS News

First known US child virus death was teen 'in good health'

Young people can also succumb to coronavirus, the mayor of Los Angeles has warned, after the virus claimed a healthy teen in California.

 


 

25/03/2020

Perth Now

Coronavirus: Stage two lockdown could happen in Australia tomorrow as eighth death revealed

The second stage of radical restrictions could be in place in Australia tomorrow as authorities deal with the fallout of infected passengers disembarking from the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

 


 

25/03/2020

News Corp Australia

Star Entertainment Group stands down 90 per cent of staff after casino shuts

Thousands of Australians have found themselves out of work today as the coronavirus crisis deepens.

 


 

25/03/2020

Perth Now

Virgin Australia stands down 8000 workers amid coronavirus crisis

Virgin Australia has stood down 80 per cent of its workforce, amid the coronavirus crisis and extensive Government travel bans.

 


 

25/03/2020

Reuters

Moscow's coronavirus outbreak much worse than it looks, Putin ally says

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The mayor of Moscow told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the Russian capital far exceeded the official figures, as Putin donned a protective suit and respirator to visit a hospital.

 


 

25/03/2020

Reuters

Italian coronavirus deaths jump, dashing hopes that worst was over

ROME (Reuters) - Fatalities in Italy from coronavirus have surged in the last 24 hours, the Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday, dashing hopes the epidemic in the world’s worst hit country was easing after more encouraging numbers in the previous two days.

 


 

25/03/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus cases in NSW rise past 1,000, two children infected

Another record rise in new cases has pushed NSW's COVID-19 infections past 1,000, but the Premier insists "some" degree of control is being maintained over the virus. The state has recorded its first two cases of coronavirus in children under 10, after a two-month-old boy and seven-year-old girl tested positive yesterday.

 


 

25/03/2020

SBS News

Scott Morrison tells Australians to stay home unless 'absolutely necessary' to go out

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to stay home except for essential trips, ordering more businesses to close to stop people gathering. On Tuesday, Mr Morrison told Australians to only leave the house when "it is absolutely necessary you go out".

 


 

25/03/2020

SBS News

China to lift Hubei lockdown as new COVID-19 cases slow

The Chinese province where the coronavirus pandemic began is relaxing its lockdown but other regions are clamping down amid a jump in new cases from overseas.

 


 

25/03/2020

BBC

Coronavirus spreading in New York like 'a bullet train'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pleaded for medical supplies, warning Covid-19 is spreading in his state faster than "a bullet train". New York now has over 25,000 confirmed virus cases and at least 210 deaths.

 


 

25/03/2020

SBS News

India's 1.3 billion people to go into 'total lockdown' as virus cases soar

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the country has to go into "total lockdown" for 21 days to combat the spread of coronavirus or risk going back 21 years.

 


 

24/03/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus infections in NSW pass 800, Australia's eighth death confirmed

Health authorities in NSW have confirmed Australia's eighth coronavirus death — a female passenger in her 70s who had been on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

 


 

24/03/2020

SBS News

Health workers get special shopping hours

Doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital workers and firefighters will have exclusive access to Coles during the first hour of trade on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 


 

24/03/2020

SBS News

The COVID-19 pandemic is 'accelerating', WHO warns as global death toll passes 15,000

"The pandemic is accelerating," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference. He said it took 67 days from the beginning of the outbreak in China in December for the virus to infect the first 100,000 people worldwide. In comparison, it took 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and just four days for the third 100,000 cases, he said.

 


 

24/03/2020

SBS News

NSW records 149 new coronavirus cases in biggest daily jump

New South Wales has reported 149 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the highest one-day jump since the outbreak began. The new cases bring the state's total number of confirmed cases to 818, NSW health authorities said on Tuesday morning.

 


 

24/03/2020

CNN

People in the West are ignoring advice to stay home. That's because it's too confusing, one expert says

In these times of extraordinary global turmoil, the weekend came as a welcome break for many. But anyone looking at the cyclists and runners crowding New York's parks, hikers thronging Britain's beauty spots and groups hanging out at California's busy beaches would have no clue that a dangerous pandemic has the world in its grip.

 


 

24/03/2020

BBC

Strict new curbs on life in UK announced by PM

From this evening people must stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from essential work. Shops selling non-essential goods are being told to shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are to be prohibited.

 


 

23/03/2020

South China Morning Post

Should China count recovered coronavirus patients who test positive again?

Hubei health official says the cases aren’t considered new but the people will be sent back to hospital for observation. Estimates vary but Guangdong says about 14 per cent of those discharged test positive again

 


 

23/03/2020

South China Morning Post

Tokyo 2020: Canada and Australia pull out of Olympics as coronavirus crisis deepens

Canada and Australia have pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as both countries pushed for a year postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The moves came after the IOC announced a four-week deadline to decide the fate of the Games, which are set to start on July 24, although it said cancellation was not an option.

 


 

23/03/2020

SBS News

UK calls in the army as people told to stay home

Britain has sent in the army to deliver protective equipment to hospitals and told people to stay at home and heed warnings over social distancing or the government would bring in more extreme measures to stop the coronavirus spread.

 


 

23/03/2020

SBS News

Federal parliament to shut until August as coronavirus causes revised schedule

Federal parliament will shut shop until August after the government revised its sitting timetable due to coronavirus.

 


 

23/03/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus update: New test that gives results in 15 minutes due to arrive soon, expert says

A rapid-diagnostic test for COVID-19 has been approved for use in Australia and could be in use within a week, according to one expert.

 


 

23/03/2020

SBS News

NRL season suspended due to coronavirus

The NRL has confirmed it will suspend its season indefinitely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

23/03/2020

Perth Now

Coronavirus crisis: WA records 20 new cases of COVID-19

Western Australia has reported 20 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, including many cruise ship passengers, Health Minister Roger Cook revealed today.

 


 

23/03/2020

7 News

The University of WA confirms a student has tested positive for coronavirus

The University of Western Australia has confirmed one of its students has returned a positive test for coronavirus.

 


 

23/03/2020

News Corp Australia

Coronavirus community noticeboard: What you need to know

The coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating impact on life within our communities nationwide. From travel to school announcements and business restrictions, here are the latest developments and updates for the coronavirus outbreak in your state.

 


 

23/03/2020

Perth Now

Coronavirus crisis: St Andrews Grammar School, Dianella first WA school to close after parent tests positive

St Andrews Grammar has become the first West Australian school to temporarily close after a parent of two students tested positive to coronavirus.

 


 

23/03/2020

7 News

Canada out, Australia set to follow: Tokyo 2020 in tatters after Olympics bombshells

Australia and Canada are poised to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics if the 2020 Games are not postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

23/03/2020

Reuters

Domestic travel, airline hubs the latest hit as coronavirus restrictions tighten

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Airlines cancelled more flights on Monday as Australia and New Zealand advised against non-essential domestic travel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) halted flights for two weeks and Singapore and Taiwan banned foreign transit passengers.

 


 

23/03/2020

7 News

‘Don’t take any chances’: a young mother’s stark coronavirus warning from her bed in ICU

A woman with COVID-19 in an English hospital has recorded a social media video pleading with people to “not take any chances.”

 


 

23/03/2020

7 News

UK specialists reveal crucial new COVID-19 symptom

British ear, nose and throat specialists say the sudden loss of taste and smell could be a crucial new symptom of coronavirus.

 


 

23/03/2020

SBS News

What you can and can't do under Australia's coronavirus shutdown

sbs.com.au/news/what-you-can-and-can-t-do-under-australia-s-coronavirus-shutdown.

 


 

23/03/2020

Perth Now

Game over! AFL about to shut down due to coronavirus concerns

West Coast and Melbourne will this afternoon play the final AFL game for at least two months after the league confirmed it would bring matches to a halt.

 


 

23/03/2020

CNBC

These charts show how fast coronavirus cases are spreading — and what it takes to flatten the curve

As U.S. public officials, health-care workers and epidemiologists struggle to track the course of the coronavirus pandemic, they are being hampered by a dearth of data on exactly how far and how fast the virus is spreading.

 


 

22/03/2020

South China Morning Post

A third of coronavirus cases may be ‘silent carriers’, classified Chinese data suggests

More than 43,000 people in China had tested positive without immediate symptoms by the end of February and were quarantined. It is still unclear what role asymptomatic transmission is playing in the global pandemic.

 


 

22/03/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: Lombardy region announces stricter measures

The Italian region of Lombardy has introduced stricter measures in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Under the new rules announced late on Saturday, sport and physical activity outside, even individually, is banned. Using vending machines is forbidden.

 


 

22/03/2020

SBS News

Scott Morrison announces new restrictions and closures, but schools to stay open

Pubs, clubs and other non-essential indoor venues across Australia will close at midday tomorrow, as part of dramatic new measures to try to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

22/03/2020

SBS News

NSW to shut down non-essential services as Federal Government considers 'more draconian' measures

Restaurants, pubs, entertainment venues and some businesses will be forced to close across New South Wales over the next two days.

 


 

22/03/2020

SBS News

Federal Government advises against domestic travel, warns of more 'draconian' measures to enforce social distancing

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said authorities will be forced to use more draconian measures to enforce social distancing after some Australians failed to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously enough.

 


 

22/03/2020

SBS News

South Australia announces border measures requiring visitors to self-isolate for 14 days

South Australia will effectively close its borders in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Premier Steven Marshall announced on Sunday that anyone entering the state would be subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation period. The new measures will take effect from 4pm on Tuesday and will not impact the state's essential services, including the supply of food.

 


 

22/03/2020

SBS News

Almost one billion people ordered to stay home as coronavirus toll surpasses 12,000

Almost one billion people are confined to their homes worldwide as the global coronavirus death toll topped 12,000 and US states rolled out stay-at-home measures already imposed across swathes of Europe.

 


 

22/03/2020

Business Insider

A medical worker describes terrifying lung failure from COVID-19 — even in his young patients

One New Orleans-based respiratory therapist told ProPublica that at first, he thought the novel coronavirus wouldn't be much different from the flu. But after seeing COVID-19 patients, he said his perspective has completely changed.

 


 

21/03/2020

Reuters

Coronavirus stay-at-home directives multiply in major U.S. states

New Jersey’s governor was expected on Saturday to follow four other states - California, New York, Illinois and Connecticut - demanding that millions of Americans close up shop and stay home to slow the spread of coronavirus infections.

 


 

21/03/2020

SBS News

Bondi Beach to close a day after thousands flouted coronavirus social distancing advice

Sydney's Bondi Beach will be closed in line with the federal government's ban on gatherings of more than 500 people, a day after thousands of people were photographed flouting social distancing advice aimed at slowing the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

21/03/2020

7 News

Western Australia records spike in coronavirus cases as 26 more people are diagnosed

26 new cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in Western Australia overnight, taking the state’s total to 90.

 


 

21/03/2020

Perth Now

Tracking coronavirus’ global spread

Authorities in 171 countries and territories have reported more than 209,000 novel coronavirus cases worldwide since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization in December.

 


 

21/03/2020

News Corp Australia

Coronavirus Australia: COVID-19 cases in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA, Tasmania, ACT and NT

The number of coronavirus cases in Australia is doubling every three to four days and the death toll stands at seven after an 81-year-old woman died in a Sydney hospital.

 


 

21/03/2020

7 News

‘You are not invincible’: Health chief warns young people about coronavirus

UN health chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says young people around the world must face the reality that the novel coronavirus attacks them in large numbers, not only older generations.

 


 

21/03/2020

7 News

Italy tightens coronavirus lockdown as it records its deadliest day

Italy has imposed further draconian restrictions on public life in an increasingly desperate effort to halt coronavirus infections after the death toll leapt by 627 in a single day, by far the biggest 24-hour rise recorded anywhere.

 


 

20/03/2020

Perth Now

PM: "One person every four square metres"

Scott Morrison has announced new social distancing rules, an aged care boost and has postponed the federal budget until October because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

20/03/2020

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus infects faster and lasts longer than Sars, raising new containment challenges, Chinese studies suggest

Researchers found that on average, infected people expel virus particles from their bodies for a relatively long period of 20 days, even before symptoms appear. Findings indicate longer quarantine periods may be needed for patients, according to researchers from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital.

 


 

20/03/2020

News Corp Australia

Passengers on cruise ship off Sydney test positive for coronavirus

At least three people on a cruise ship off Sydney have tested positive for coronavirus.

 


 

20/03/2020

7 News

Australia’s coronavirus infections rising exponentially

Australia’s coronavirus curve is not flattening. According to state health departments, Australia has 832 coronavirus cases on Friday and confirmed community transmission in New South Wales and Western Australia.

 


 

20/03/2020

SBS News

NAPLAN tests cancelled for 2020 amid concerns over coronavirus spread

School students will not face national literacy and numeracy testing in 2020 because of the spread of coronavirus.

 


 

20/03/2020

Reuters

China reports record new coronavirus cases from abroad

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s coronavirus infections from abroad hit a new daily record while infected travelers reached an unprecedented number of Chinese provinces, pressuring authorities to hold the bar high on already tough custom rules and public-health protocols.

 


 

20/03/2020

9 News

Normal rules no longer apply: UN chief

The world's richest nations have poured unprecedented aid into the global economy as coronavirus cases ballooned in the new epicentre Europe, with the number of deaths in Italy outstripping those in mainland China, where the virus originated.

 


 

20/03/2020

9 News

Major banks to defer loan repayments for small businesses for six months

Australia's banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis for six months in an effort to free up cash.

 


 

20/03/2020

News Corp Australia

Coronavirus China: Dr Li Wenliang treated ‘inappropriately’ before death from COVID-19, Chinese officials admit

Police in China’s virus epicentre Wuhan acted “inappropriately” by punishing a doctor who blew the whistle on the outbreak that has now killed more than 9,000 worldwide, a Chinese government investigation found Thursday.

 


 

19/03/2020

ABC News

WA coronavirus community transmission begins as 17 new COVID-19 cases reported

Health Minister Roger Cook has confirmed the first cases of community transmission of COVID-19 have been recorded in Western Australia as 17 new cases in the state were confirmed overnight.

 


 

19/03/2020

ABC News

Queensland's COVID-19 cases rise 50 in one day taking total to 144

Queensland has confirmed 50 new coronavirus cases across the state, including patients in Townsville and Cairns, taking the state's total to 144. Queensland Health said the latest cases were split evenly between male and female patients, with ages ranging from one to 79

 


 

19/03/2020

Perth Now

Coronavirus crisis: Qantas to stand down most of 30,000 staff in savage international travel cuts

Qantas is suspending all international flights, will delay its $201 million interim payout, and is standing down two-thirds of its 30,000-member workforce until the end of May in the face of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

19/03/2020

SBS News

Guard working at Brisbane hotel housing refugees and asylum seekers tests positive for COVID-19

A guard at a makeshift refugee centre in Brisbane has tested positive to coronavirus, potentially exposing detainees to infection.

 


 

19/03/2020

SBS News

Australia set to introduce travel ban on all foreigners

From 9pm tomorrow, only Australian citizens, residents and their direct family members will be allowed into the country.

 


 

19/03/2020

SBS News

Sales of children's paracetamol to be restricted as Australia's COVID-19 cases hit 565

Children's paracetamol will be sold behind pharmacy counters and asthma medication Ventolin limited to one purchase per person to stop coronavirus hoarding.

 


 

19/03/2020

ABC News

RBA slashes interest rates to 0.25pc in emergency cut amid coronavirus pandemic

The Reserve Bank has cut interest rates to a record low 0.25 per cent and announced a money-printing program for the first time in its history to help prevent a coronavirus-driven recession.

 


 

19/03/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: Asian nations face second wave of imported cases

South Korea, China and Singapore are among the Asian countries facing a second coronavirus wave, spurred by people importing it from outside.

 


 

19/03/2020

7 News

The real reason Australian schools haven’t shut down during COVID crisis

Schools will stay open for now but health officials are keeping a close eye on the situation as the coronavirus spreads across Australia.

 


 

19/03/2020

SBS News

Australians could now face prison if they break new rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's declaration of a national biosecurity emergency means Health Minister Greg Hunt now has a broader range of powers to implement new controls to keep Australians safe.

 


 

19/03/2020

ABC News

Coronavirus deaths in NSW rise to five as City of Sydney closes gyms, pools

The City of Sydney has cancelled or postponed all non-essential events and closed gyms and aquatic centres because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

19/03/2020

SBS News

UK to close schools amid spike in coronavirus cases

Britain announced Wednesday it would be closing schools in the coming days to stem the spread of coronavirus, as the death toll topped 100 and Londoners braced for tougher measures to tackle the outbreak.

 


 

19/03/2020

7 News

Coronavirus Australia: Tasmania shuts down

The Tasmanian government has declared a state of emergency and placed tough new restrictions on mainland Australians seeking entry.

 


 

19/03/2020

CNN Business

GM, Ford and other automakers to halt production in the US

(CNN Business) - Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler will temporarily shut down production in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

 


 

19/03/2020

Reuters

Rattled world 'at war' with coronavirus as deaths surge in Italy, France

MADRID/BEIJING (Reuters) - Hundreds of millions of people faced a world turned upside down on Wednesday by unprecedented emergency measures against the coronavirus pandemic that is killing the old and vulnerable and threatening prolonged economic misery.

 


 

19/03/2020

Reuters

Russia deploying coronavirus disinformation to sow panic in West, EU document says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russian media have deployed a “significant disinformation campaign” against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters.

 


 

19/03/2020

CNN Business

The world's biggest carmaker is shutting down in Europe

London (CNN Business)Volkswagen is preparing to suspend production across Europe as the continent struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

 


 


 

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