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China will face ‘a reckoning’ over virus, Britain warns

Loading Asked why Britain was so far behind some other countries in the scale of its testing regime, Gove said: “The first case of coronavirus in China was established in December of last year, but it was also the case that some of the reporting from China was not clear …

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LIVE Coronavirus updates: What you can and can’t do in Victoria

The Australian government has seen a strong uptake following the release of its COVID-19 app and What’s App channel today. As of 5.40pm EDT, the app had 460,000 downloads (410,000 iOS and 50,000 Android) and for WhatsApp, they had more than 220k users and sent over 1.25 million messages. You …

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Spider crabs are marching into the bay, and divers want a fishing ban

But it has also made spider crabs a target for recreational fishers, leading to heated stand-offs last year between local divers and fishers, who in some cases were hauling bucket-loads of crabs out of the water. Great Spider Crabs in the shallows of Port Phillip in 2016. Picture supplied by …

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Melbourne choir master guilty of child sex offences

He first came to Melbourne in 1999 as the former music director of the Brighton Festival Chorus and built the Melbourne Chorale, the forerunner of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, into an internationally-acclaimed ensemble. Throughout his career, he performed with choirs and orchestras in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, the Royal …

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Ardern ‘devastated’ by childbirth stories as first coronavirus death occurs

Loading The country has reported 514 cases of COVID-19. As part of the lockdown, hospitals are maintaining strict access rules on their wards, with mothers denied some support during childbirth, and afterwards. Ms Ardern, who gave birth to her first daughter in June 2018, said hearing of the experiences of …

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Diesel runs dry: Carlton great squeezed by coronavirus crunch

Williams, 56, took up the skills coach role with Carlton last year after having held a similar position at Essendon. He worked closely with Blues co-captain Patrick Cripps, helping the star midfielder hone his craft. Williams has also privately mentored Brisbane Lions star Lachie Neale and Fremantle champion Nat Fyfe …

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‘Just wild’: Mass caravan park closures shatter nomads’ dreams

After three months of kite surfing and beach living, last Sunday they left Western Australia’s Karijini National Park and regained phone reception to discover the state would be closing its borders in three days. “We were like, ‘All right, we need to go home, we don’t want to be stuck …

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‘He spat on his credit card’: Retail workers fear shoppers behaving badly

Mark, who works in an Aldi supermarket in Melbourne’s south-east, said: ‘‘One elderly man sneezed into his hand, then wiped his nose with his hand, then wiped his pants, and proceeded to pay in cash. I sanitised my hands after that”. Mark said some customers come too close to ask …

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Government boosts COVID-19 healthcare, counselling and information services

A separate $1.1 billion package unveiled by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday aims to help people who are “anxious, stressed and fearful” about risks to their health and safety during the crisis. From this week, people will be able to consult with GPs, specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other health …

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Coal mining allowed under Sydney water reservoir for first time in 20 years

Loading National Parks Association mining projects science officer Peter Turner said the last time one of Sydney’s storages was undermined by coal operations was the Cataract reservoir in about 2000. Subsidence caused by the collapsing rock after coal has been removed can create cracks that reach the surface and can …

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