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COVID-19 Update 8 June

08 June 2020 In: Health, Economy, General

COVID-19 lockdown is lifting to help parents with school-age children but it will come at a cost. Free childcare in Australia will end on July 12, now that demand has returned to 70% of pre-pandemic levels. Education Minister Dan Tehan says that measures will be in place to protect facilities and families whose incomes have been harmed by the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. The number of new Australian COVID-19 cases dropped by 30% in the past…

COVID-19 Update 6 June

06 June 2020 In: Health, Family, General

COVID-19 restrictions are now lifting across Australia as the country begins to emerge from the coronavirus emergency. At one US dollar to 1.53 Aussie dollars, Australia’s currency has bounced back after hitting 17-year lows just six weeks ago. The Reserve Bank held official interest rates steady. It said the economy was going through its biggest economic contraction since the 1930s, but there were signs the worst was over. With COVID-19 cases now falling fitness facilities…

COVID-19 Family Issues

04 June 2020 In: Health, Family, General

COVID-19 Family Issues have been highlighted by the latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Women were almost three times as likely to have stayed at home to look after their children on their own than men (46 per cent* compared with 17 per cent*), according to the fourth ABS Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey Many parents made changes to their work arrangements to care for their children, including working from home (38 per…

COVID-19 Effect On Business

03 June 2020 In: Jobs, Health, Economy, General

COVID-19 has forced 70 per cent of Australian businesses to change how they operate, according to results from the fourth Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey on Business Impacts of COVID-19. ABS Head of Industry Statistics John Shepherd said that the survey also showed that seven in ten businesses (72%) had a decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Mr Shepherd said: “Businesses that had changed the way they operate were more than twice…

COVID-19 Lockdown Saved 14,000 Lives

03 June 2020 In: Health, Economy, General

COVID-19 Lockdown worked down under. Around 14,000 lives were saved in Australia by social distancing, mass testing and border restrictions. Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said social-distancing measures; border restrictions and an “aggressive public health response” had saved thousands of lives. Human trials for a US coronavirus vaccine have begun in Melbourne. Biotech company Novavax has partnered with Australian Nucleus Network for the trial that will involve 131 healthy participants. The COVID-19 vaccine, made in…

COVID-19: No Future Lockdown

26 May 2020 In: Health, Economy, Family

COVID-19: Australia is not expected to ever return to lockdown once restrictions to curb the coronavirus are lifted. That’s according to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt who predicts “localised rings of containment,” if a suburban, facility-based or regional outbreak occurs in future. Future state or territory shutdown will only happen if there is “systemic, state-wide” community transmission, which is “highly unlikely”, according to Mr Hunt COVID-19: back to school Full-time attendance at school is now…

COVID-19 Support In Australia

24 May 2020 In: Health, Family, General

COVID-19 Support In Australia: Coronavirus has created a wide range of challenges and affected society in many different ways. What are the key sources of support for people impacted by the current environment? Latest reports show that most common sources of support are: Family member; Private or public organisation or service and Friend or work colleague. During the period early-April to early-May One in ten adults (10%) sought support from others due to COVID-19, including 12%…

Australia Lockdown Relaxed

22 May 2020 In: Health, Economy, General

Australia Lockdown: From June 1, pubs, cafes and restaurants in New South Wales can host up to 50 patrons. Lifting of restrictions on beauty salons, gyms and yoga studios are expect to follow soon. While lockdown measures are slowly being eased across the country more than 70% of Aussies polled in a survey said they were concerned about the virus and lifting of restrictions. Australia Lockdown One of the world’s largest ratings agencies has forecast…

COVID-19 Lifestyle Changes

22 May 2020 In: Health, Family, General

COVID-19 Lifestyle Changes in Australia have seen more people turn into coach potatoes watching more TV and eating more snacks. One in five Australians (22%) said ion the past 4 weeks they were eating more snack foods such as chips, lollies, and biscuits; and Three in five Australians (58%) reported more time spent in front of their television, computer, phone, or other device. COVID-19 Consumption habits The survey asked respondents if their consumption of selected…

Australia Travel

20 May 2020 In: Travel, Health, General

Australia travel is increasingly possible within each state but wider travel remains on hold. Some international and inter-state passenger flights have resumed but most airline routes are halted with planes remaining grounded. Queensland will keep its borders closed until at least September, Western Australia and South Australia until the end of winter. Tasmania might stay closed until the end of the year, and even then only with a 14-day quarantine for visitors. Australia Travel is…

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