- There were 14 more COVID-19 cases detected on Thursday, an increase of 0.2 per cent to 6994. There are 595 active cases.
- The death toll stands at 98, with no fatalities reported on Thursday.
- Globally, more than 4.4 million people have tested positive for coronavirus and 301,160 have died.
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Women worse off amid COVID job losses
More than 325,000 women became unemployed in April, 55 per cent of all the jobs lost.
While women suffered a greater hit to jobs then men, the Australian Bureau of Statistics noted that women were far more likely than males to work part-time.
The reductions in hours worked were also greater for women than for men, with female hours reducing by 11.5 per cent, compared to a 7.5 per cent drop for male hours.
But the COVID-19 crisis has been especially harmful to part-time jobs.
Full-time employment decreased 220,500 in April but part-time employment plunged 373,800. They are the biggest monthly moves in the history of the ABS current data series, kept since 1978.
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AFL announcement expected today
The AFL is scrambling to keep the relaunch of their 2020 season on track, after South Australia Premier Steven Marshall backed his Chief Public Health Officer refusing to grant their state’s players any exemptions.
Western Australia – which like SA is refusing to exempt the AFL on mandatory 14-day quarantine rules – did budge on Thursday to allow the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers access to club facilities from May 18, with full training to be permitted seven days later.
The AFL had hoped to announce a June 11 restart on Wednesday but an announcement is now expected on Friday or next week as officials rework a fixture with the two SA clubs facing an interstate move to make a restart work.
Football heavyweights furiously debated on Thursday whether the season starter would be pushed back to June 18 or later but would require the SA teams moving to interstate hubs, with Queensland the favoured location.
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Here’s what you need to know this morning:
There were 14 more COVID-19 cases detected on Thursday, an increase of 0.2 per cent to the total 6994.
So far 6301 people have recovered, leaving 595 active cases. The death toll stands at 98, with no fatalities reported on Thursday.
Globally, more than 4.4 million people have tested positive for coronavirus and 301,160 have died.
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