Authorities have been cautiously optimistic that, with few exceptions, Australia has avoided the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However Australians are being urged not to give up physical distancing measures just yet, because the risk of a second outbreak is real and would hit vulnerable residents hard.
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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.