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Australian COVID-19 cases rise 2.5pc; Global cases pass 1.26 million

LiveUpdated Apr 6, 2020 – 7.31am, first published at 7.17amKey PointsAustralian COVID-19 cases are up 139, or 2.5 per cent, to 5687.Globally there are 1.26 million cases and more than 68,400 people have died.For a daily update straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter, Need to know, here.5 mins ago – 7.31amBronx Zoo tiger…


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ASX set to drop as virus cases multiply

Mar 30, 2020 – 5.39amAustralian shares are expected to fall, reflecting in part more selling on Wall Street over the weekend, as the global number of coronavirus cases and the death toll leapt higher.ASX futures were up 6 points or 0.1 per cent to 4834 at 3.59pm on Friday in New York. After the closing…


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Morrison’s $1.1b boost to Medicare, charities

Mar 28, 2020 – 10.30pmThe Morrison government has announced another $1.1 billion in health and social support amid disturbing signs domestic violence is already on the rise as the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc.Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt will unveil on Sunday a series of initiatives including an initial $150 million help victims…


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US, European stocks drop

Mar 28, 2020 – 6.07amShares ended lower in the US even after Congress approved a $US2 trillion rescue plan for the economy amid widespread disruption because of the coronavirus outbreak there.As of Friday afternoon in the US, there were more than 97,000 confirmed cases and almost 1500 deaths in the country.For the latest news on…


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QLD cruise passenger dies, bringing country’s death toll to nine

LiveUpdated Mar 26, 2020 – 8.24am, first published at 7.34amKey PointsA Queensland man has died from COVID-19, taking the country’s death toll to nine.COVID-19 cases in Australia are up by 380 to 2431.For a daily update on the pandemic, subscribe to our newsletter, Coronavirus: Need to Know, here.11 mins ago – 8.24amRestrictions in NSW will tightenAaron PatrickNSW…


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Haircuts limited to 30 minutes; Olympics postponed to 2021

LiveUpdated Mar 25, 2020 – 8.28am, first published at 7.25amKey PointsGlobal cases of the virus have topped 395,000.COVID-19 cases in Australia are up by 580, or 34.5 per cent, to 2262.The Tokyo Olympics has been postedponed to next year.For a daily update on the pandemic, subscribe to our newsletter, Coronavirus: Need to Know, here.7 mins…


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Boris Johnson finally puts Britain into three-week lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 – 7.58amLondon | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has bowed to the inevitable and sent his country into COVID-19 lockdown, restricting outdoor movement to essential shopping, medical needs, solitary exercise and unavoidable travel to work.Police will have the powers to break up gatherings of more than two people (excepting families), and all…


Australia’s COVID-19 cases jumps 25.7pc; Interest rates at record low

Australia’s COVID-19 cases jumps 25.7pc; Interest rates at record low

LiveUpdated Mar 20, 2020 – 8.31am, first published at 7.23amKey PointsAustralia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases increased 25.7 per cent yesterday to 710Interest rates are at a record low 0.25 per centASX expected to rise this morning5 mins ago – 8.31amUS could reach 200,000 cases in 20 to 30 daysTimothy MooreA Morgan Stanley modelling of how widespread…



Australian cases jump 24pc in a day; AFL season kicks off tonight

Australian cases jump 24pc in a day; AFL season kicks off tonight

LiveUpdated Mar 19, 2020 – 8.28am, first published at 7.33amKey PointsConfirmed virus cases in Australia jumped 24 per cent to 565 yesterdaySchools to remain openAFL season will kick off tonight7 mins ago – 8.28amSchool debatingRobert BoltonDan Tehan, education minister says schools will stay open because that is the advice the government is getting.He says the…