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Rory thought he was healthy, then suddenly he was about to die

But it sparked the beginning of an incredible 20-person, almost 14-hour operation by Ambulance Retrieval Victoria, one of the longest they’ve done, to save Rory and bring him from Bairnsdale Hospital on life support to The Alfred in Melbourne. “They suspected I had COVID-19 because of my lungs. I don’t …

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Housing estate lockdown: What happened to ‘together’?

The residents living in the Flemington and North Melbourne public housing estates are frontline workers, nurses, construction workers, teachers and valued members of strong, resilient and caring communities who have been, like the rest of Victoria, self isolating, getting tested and supporting each other throughout this pandemic. It has been …

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No way out: Victorians barred from NSW after record infection day

Albury residents have been urged to get tested even if they have the mildest symptoms. Victoria’s return to school next week and the resumption of junior sport this weekend are also in doubt, as Premier Daniel Andrews flagged further announcements on restrictions to come. NSW Police will move from midnight …

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NAB staffer at Docklands office tests positive

“As a precaution, all colleagues who have been working at 700 Bourke Street over the past fortnight are asked to work from home for the next two weeks. “Given we plan to relocate colleagues from 700 Bourke Street to 500 Bourke Street from Monday, 13 July, we strongly encourage all …

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It will be hard, but there is a reason for all of this

Unhelpful angry outburstsSome current criticisms of the hard lockdown of high-rise public housing reflect a fair degree of misunderstanding of the seriousness of the risk.Perhaps those confined to quarters for five days could be encouraged to focus on the upsides rather than the obvious downside. The former include health protection, …

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Tower lockdown raises so many questions, with few answers

Loading From what we understand from the media, all residents will be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing and will have groceries delivered to them. Having been a former resident of the housing commission estate, I understand the magnitude of these tasks. Further complexity is added by the contagious nature of …

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‘Very scared’: Guest, workers raise alarm over airport quarantine hotel

“It has been remarkable to watch the situation in here become less safe, not more, despite a constant stream of media stories about COVID-19 outbreaks that can be traced to quarantine hotel security, and despite the Premier’s announcement of an inquiry,” she said Ms Clement, who has had work published …

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Barristers turn to other jobs, chambers empty, as pandemic hits legal profession

The abandonment of jury trials and adjournment of other hearings to stop the coronavirus spreading through the court system has caused an abrupt cessation of briefed work for self-employed defence and prosecution barristers. A Criminal Bar Association survey of members found that where 69 per cent of respondents were working …

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Anger at hard lockdown for towers without confirmed virus cases

The hard lockdown imposed on Saturday means residents of the towers are not allowed to leave their flats for any reason. Victoria recorded 74 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, a 19th consecutive day of double-digit growth on the back of Saturday’s 108 new cases, which was the state’s second-worst daily …

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