0:00 – A primary school in Melbourne’s north has been closed down after a grade five student tested positive to coronavirus.
3:44 – Coronavirus, bushfires and the drought have taken a heavy toll on the New South Wales economy. The state’s Treasurer will today lay out what he calls a challenging set of numbers.
6:07 – Pressure is growing for several states to set a firm date to reopen their borders. At this stage Queensland looks set to welcome back interstate visitors from the 10th of July. But head of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, Sally Mlikota says it could take at least five years for tourist numbers to return to pre-covid levels.
8:20 – More than eight million people have now been infected by COVID-19 around the world, according to Johns Hopkins university. Although cases have been declining in some parts of the world, such as Australia and in Europe, there’s been a rapid increase in other regions, especially in Latin America.
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In This Story: Cairns
Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Population: 150,041 (2016).
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In This Story: COVID-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.
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In This Story: Melbourne
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. Population: 4.936 million (2018).
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In This Story: New South Wales
New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney, its capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Population: 7.544 million (Sept 2014)
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In This Story: Queensland
Queensland (QLD) is an Australian state covering the continent’s northeast, with a coastline stretching nearly 7,000km. Its offshore Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, hosts thousands of marine species. The city of Cairns is a gateway to the reef and tropical Daintree Rainforest. The capital, Brisbane, is flanked by the surfing beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.