News: Australia

Tour company worker ill after hosting coronavirus-infected pair

Thursday  15:43,   02 april 2020

One of the latest cases of coronavirus in Tasmania is an employee of a local tour company that hosted two interstate travellers who, after leaving the state, were found to be ill with the disease. Authorities announced on Thursday night that two of... >>>

Health workers 'overwhelmed' by support from public

Thursday  14:44,   02 april 2020

Inside the emergency department of Westmead Hospital in Sydney, in a small corridor linking the lunch room with the clinical space, is a growing wall of appreciation for the work medical teams are doing. People have begun to recognise that emergency >>>

South Australia set to open first dedicated coronavirus hospital

Thursday  14:34,   02 april 2020

Teams of tradies are working hard to turn Wakefield Hospital into South Australia's first dedicated coronavirus facility. Some rooms are on track to take their first patients after Easter if needed, with 130 beds in total to be made available,... >>>

Noah's Backpackers Hostel in Bondi closes down amid coronavirus cluster scrutiny

Thursday  14:24,   02 april 2020

Noah's Backpackers Hostel in Bondi shuts down after facing scrutiny earlier this week after people were seen on a balcony ignoring directives to practise physical distancing. Manager Dylan Tenbrink said negative media coverage and new... >>>

Race meets, sex work, garage sales banned under Tasmania's new coronavirus measures

Thursday  14:21,   02 april 2020

Sex work, food vans at farmers' markets and race meetings are some of the latest activities banned by Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein, as part of the ongoing effort to slow the spread of coronavirus in the state.Mr Gutwein said the farmers'... >>>

Dedicated COVID-19 field hospital for Canberra as part of $126m healthcare boost

Thursday  12:27,   02 april 2020

The new stimulus measures include $126 million for healthcare and incentives for landlords to provide rental relief.It builds on a $137 million package announced last month, to bring the total figure of ACT Government support to more than $350... >>>

'Don't you think I'm upset?': NSW Premier clashes with radio host over cruise debacle

Thursday  12:15,   02 april 2020

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and radio host Ben Fordham have clashed as questions about who is to blame for the Ruby Princess debacle continues.Since the cruise ship docked on March 19 and 2,700 passengers were permitted to disembark, seven... >>>

Trump is the virus: Australia pays the price for being America’s best buddy

Thursday  11:51,   02 april 2020

US media and politics shape Australia's politics, and the coronavirus data shows we're now paying the price.Before we had the Ruby Princess, Australia had the United States. The governmental dysfunction and chaotic health care of our... >>>

Teen charged over death of disabled man bailed because of COVID-19 concerns

Thursday  11:12,   02 april 2020

A 19-year-old man charged over the death of a disabled man is bailed after his defence team questions how he could be impacted by the coronavirus in custody. The 19-year-old man cannot be identified for legal reasons. In pictures: Coronavirus... >>>

Coronavirus exposes 'inherent problems' with globalisation

Thursday  11:08,   02 april 2020

Former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the "inherent problems" with globalisation.“What this has done is drive home to people, particularly the metropolitan elites, the importance of nation states,” he... >>>

Coronavirus sees WA close its borders from midnight on Sunday to stop COVID-19 spread from eastern states

Thursday  10:29,   02 april 2020

The WA Government will introduce a "temporary closure" of its interstate border effective from midnight on Sunday, with the WA Premier saying the state's isolation was its best defence against the threat of COVID-19 spread. "WA is in a unique... >>>

Westmead Hospital radiation therapists positive for COVID-19

Thursday  10:05,   02 april 2020

The positive tests have resulted in two cancer patients and roughly 20 radiation oncology staff going into quarantine. Two radiation therapists at Westmead Hospital have been diagnosed with COVID-19, sending two cancer patients and roughly 20... >>>

Manslaughter-accused bailed over COVID-19

Thursday  09:55,   02 april 2020

A teenager accused over the bashing death of a man with brittle bone disease in Victoria is being released from custody on bail because of coronavirus. A teenager accused of helping to kill a man with brittle bone disease in Victoria has been... >>>

Aussie fast-food packaging manufacturer pivots to make 20 million masks a month

Thursday  09:50,   02 april 2020

Australian packaging manufacturer Detmold will make 20 million masks a month and 145 million total to assist with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.The family-owned South Australian manufacturer make paper and cardboard packaging and carry... >>>

Wuhan burgers, bat wings and China Sea salt: Japanese restaurant comes under fire for its 'racist' takeaway menu

Thursday  09:18,   02 april 2020

Nobunaga Yakitori in Brisbane launched the new takeaway menu this week after the government banned dine-in service to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  The 'virus-free menu' was quickly slammed by customers, with dozens accusing the restaurant of >>>