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The coronavirus: its impact written in hospitals and shopping malls

Beyond the arrival gate, the broader impact of the fight against the virus was being played out in the nation’s shopping malls. Michael Hill. Village Roadshow. Athlete’s Foot. Tarocash. Lovisa. Some of the biggest names in corporate or retail Australia. And some of those to stand down or let go …

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Australia, a nation snap-frozen by the coronavirus pandemic

What will change the way the country is run in the future is the example of the Ruby Princess, the boat the Commonwealth didn’t think to stop. There is an irony here because primary responsibility rests with the NSW health and port authorities, which allowed the 2700 passengers to disembark …

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Has Australia’s coronavirus response been too slow off the mark?

“The exercise showed that societies are more fragile than perhaps we were expecting,” says Heslop, from the university’s school of public health and community medicine. “What you ended up with were strategic dilemmas all the time about where and how to allocate resources … and how best to use very …

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Inside Morrison’s expert medical advice circle

It was the first time Morrison had spoken publicly about this little-known new virus. He told Sky viewers he’d been advised it was “not at the sort of extreme level” of SARS but it was “still early days”. “There’s an incident response group that has already been stood up here …

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Call to enlist personal trainers, flight attendants as hospital workers

Ms Verhoeven also called on the federal government to give overseas nurses qualified to practice in Australia an exemption from travel bans, subject to the same 14-day quarantine as citizens returning from abroad. Loading She said there were many such nurses in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and New …

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Relief for renters and business in next phase of stimulus

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the next tranche of the economic plan would require banks to “make arrangements” with customers to help them through a halt to business that could last six months or more. “Part of that plan, that we’ll be announcing, will be to seek to hibernate Australian …

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Dramatic arrest after police van rammed in Windsor

Three men carrying a baseball bat and machete have been arrested after ramming a police van three times, police say. The dramatic arrest unfolded in Windsor, in Melbourne’s inner south-eastern suburbs, after police officers allegedly spotted a car with false plates. A police van followed the vehicle down Earle Street …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison announces further COVID-19 self-isolation restrictions, Victoria lockdown foreshadowed by Daniel Andrews

Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen The latest federal update on COVID-19 shows a rise in the crucial number of locally acquired cases with “no known link” – the category officials are watching closely to determine community transmission. The national tally, as at 4pm on Friday, found there were …

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Royal Exhibition Building could be used as a giant COVID-19 hospital

Loading Victoria’s government is bracing for up to 2000 intensive care admissions at the peak of the pandemic here, expected in late May or early June. The state only had about 475 ICU beds before the crisis developed, compared with about 875 in NSW and morgue capacity is also expected …

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ASX rout resumes with dramatic late sell-off

Australian stocks snapped a three-day winning streak in spectacular fashion on Friday, giving up early gains of more than 2 per cent to close deep in the red. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 tumbled 270.9 points, or 5.3 per cent, to 4842.4, erasing much of the rebound in the previous three …

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