Australia calls on younger people to get virus tests as reopening accelerates

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state said on Saturday it recorded just three new cases of the coronavirus the previous day and urged younger people to get tested as it prepares to further loosen restrictions on pubs and restaurants. New South Wales (NSW), which includes the city of Sydney, is home to nearly half Australia’s roughly 7,100 coronavirus cases

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Australia says 'winning' against coronavirus, eases lockdown

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state said on Tuesday it will relax some restrictions on movement, as beaches reopened amid hopes a policy of widespread medical testing will help sustain a decline in new cases of the coronavirus. Bondi Beach and two neighbouring beaches in Sydney were reopened to local residents on Tuesday after being closed a month ago

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Australia calls on G20 nations to end wet wildlife markets over coronavirus concerns

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia has called on G20 nations to end wet wildlife markets over concerns they pose a threat to human health and agricultural markets, a move which could further strain ties with China after Canberra called for an international inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic which originated in China was thought to have started in a wet

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Australian authorities take cluster approach to contain coronavirus

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities will open a pop-up coronavirus testing clinic next to Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Wednesday as health workers try to contain clusters of infections across the country. While strict lock-down measures are now in place in Australia, outbreaks of the disease have been detected in some communities, including Bondi, which made headlines in March when thousands

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Uniting to ‘survive’: Australian sports join forces to seek government help

The country’s seven major sports are uniting behind a push for assistance from the government to “ensure that sport survives the current situation” as they contemplate crippling losses and, in some cases, the prospect of extinction. With the professional football codes having all suspended their seasons, they face varying levels of economic distress, without content to satisfy broadcast partners and

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Australia to impose 14-day self-isolation for all international arrivals

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will impose 14-day self-isolation on international travelers arriving from midnight Sunday and ban cruise ships from foreign ports for 30 days, mirroring restrictions in nearby New Zealand aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the new measures after a meeting with a newly formed national cabinet, dubbed the coronavirus

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Australian home minister Peter Dutton tests positive for coronavirus

(Reuters) – One of Australia’s highest-profile ministers, Peter Dutton, who is in charge of home affairs, said he had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday and was admitted to hospital in the northeastern state of Queensland. Australia has recorded 156 infections and three deaths from the flu-like disease, but authorities expect a rapid increase in coming weeks, with the arrival

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Tax office accuses multinationals of failing to inform public about Australian operations

One of the Australian Taxation Office’s most senior officials has hit out at multinational corporations and other big companies for failing to properly inform the public about the tax positions of their Australian operations. Speaking to Guardian Australia as the ATO prepares for its annual release of tax transparency data later this month, second commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn said would be

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Another heat record goes in Australia

A dry winter and early heat are not a good combination. Fulfilling the forecast promise, Perth, in Australia’s west, has beaten a 122-year-old temperature record. On Saturday, the thermometer reached 40.4 degrees Celsius (104.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in the city and was even higher at the airport. This beats the previous record for this month, indeed for the whole of spring,

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