Recovered coronavirus patients test positive again in blow to immunity hopes

South Korea reported on Friday that 91 recovered coronavirus patients have tested positive for the disease again, raising questions over health experts’ understanding of the pandemic. The prospect of people being re-infected with the virus is of international con c ern, as many countries are hoping that infected populations will develop sufficient immunity to prevent a […]

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Coronavirus: 'Deadly resurgence' if curbs lifted too early, WHO warns

BBC Lifting coronavirus lockdown measures too early could spark a “deadly resurgence” in infections, the World Health Organization chief has warned. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries should be cautious about easing restrictions, even as some struggle with the economic impact. He said there had been a “welcome slowing” of the epidemics in some European […]

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US-Mexico border: Thousands of migrants expelled under coronavirus powers

BBC The US has expelled more than 6,300 undocumented migrants on its Mexico border using emergency powers to curb coronavirus spread, officials say. The 21 March public health measure lets officials override immigration laws, expediting removal processes. Critics say the order is being used as an extension of strict immigration policies. Meanwhile, the number of […]

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Coronavirus: German region eases Baltic coast travel ban

BBC A regional court in eastern Germany has ruled that locals can go to the popular Baltic coast this Easter weekend, despite the coronavirus lockdown. The Greifswald higher court said the regional government’s travel ban was “disproportionate” in curbing people’s local freedom. Germans from other regions remain banned from the coast. The Mecklenburg-West Pomerania government […]

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Here's how governments have agreed to help households pay bills during the coronavirus lockdown

Some household bills and fees could be delayed or waived for people facing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis after state and territory leaders reached an agreement on consistent rules to protect struggling households. Key points State and territory leaders have agreed on consistent rules for people experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic Essential […]

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NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin resigns after breaking coronavirus lockdown rules

Related Story: ‘The perception is horrible’: Minister sprung staying at holiday house fined by police, Premier orders him back to Sydney New South Wales Arts Minister Don Harwin has resigned after being caught out breaking the coronavirus lockdown regulations. Don Harwin was photographed at his Central Coast holiday home. He was fined $1,000 yesterday for […]

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Coronavirus: Teachers in Singapore stop using Zoom after 'lewd' incidents

BBC Singapore has suspended the use of video-conferencing tool Zoom by its teachers, after a “very serious incident” during a home-based lesson. Singapore closed its schools on Wednesday in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases. But one mother told local media that, during her daughter’s geography lesson, obscene images appeared on screen, before […]

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'It's terrifying': Aussie nurse on US coronavirus frontline warns against complacency

An Australian emergency nurse working in one of the United States’ coronavirus hotspots is urging Australians to continue to adhere to social-distancing measures to avoid the horrors she is witnessing in the US. Key points: Yanti Turang is helping to run a major hospital for coronavirus patients in New Orleans She’s also had experience working […]

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Australia 'on the cusp' of slowing coronavirus infections, Professor Paul Kelly says

Related Story: NRL season set to resume on May 28 as Nine Network accuses league of ‘mismanagement’ Related Story: Tracking the coronavirus spread: This chart shows how our hospitals are coping Australia could be “on the cusp” of slowing the infections of coronavirus to the point that the epidemic “dies out”, Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical […]

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Eleven more coronavirus cases in Tasmania as fourth person dies

Related Story: One number will tell us if Australia’s coronavirus outbreak is getting worse Related Story: Four more coronavirus cases confirmed after Easter police blitz warning Tasmania’s coronavirus tally reaches 122, with 11 more cases being confirmed on Friday, the acting director of Public Health says. Key points: “An elderly gentleman” has died in Tasmania’s […]

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Most coronavirus cases recorded in Tuggeranong, but inner south has highest infection rate

Related Story: For Joy, the coronavirus crisis does not feel new, only different Related Story: Intensive-care nurse at Canberra Hospital tests positive for COVID-19 as the ACT reaches 100 cases More than 6,000 Canberrans have tested negative to coronavirus, as data reveals Tuggeranong in Canberra’s south has more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any other […]

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Postcards from lockdown: How Britain's oldest town is coping with coronavirus

Coronavirus Charity Appeal – compact puff to donate page – article embed Postcards from lockdown is a new series looking at how communities across Britain are coping during the coronavirus pandemic. It will be published every day for five days on Telegraph.co.uk ‘Breathe it in’ reads the roadside signs welcoming visitors to Eastbourne. Retirees have long […]

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'It's not fair to us': Residents dismayed by holidaymakers arriving in coastal towns

Related Story: SA Premier urges everyone to ‘be a good egg’ and stay home as third coronavirus death recorded Related Story: SA public and private hospitals ‘join forces’ as Premier declares Easter travel is ‘off’ Residents on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula have expressed dismay at the number of holidaymakers continuing to arrive in coastal towns, […]

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Australian Defence Force plane to deliver relief to Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Harold

An Australian Defence Force (ADF) plane will head to Vanuatu within days to deliver relief supplies to the small Pacific nation after it was devastated by this week’s Cyclone Harold. Key points: Destruction in some parts of Vanuatu is worse than that caused by 2015’s Cyclone Pam, aid groups say Authorities are concerned about the […]

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Q&A: How long will UK lockdown be extended for, and could further restrictions be enforced?

Coronavirus Article Bar with counter .. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been deputising for Boris Johnson while he remains hospitalised, has warned that it was still too soon for ministers to begin lifting the strict social distancing rules introduced last month. Mr Raab said that the lockdown measures will “have to stay in place until […]

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Queensland hoping to have one of the lowest coronavirus death rates in the world

Related Story: Queensland’s coronavirus timeline: How COVID-19 cases spread across the state Queensland’s rate of coronavirus infections continues to remain low, with 13 new cases since yesterday’s update, bringing the state’s total to 965. Health Minister Steven Miles said in the past week there were 93 new cases, down from the peak week in March, […]

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Queensland hopes to have one of the lowest coronavirus death rates in the world

Related Story: Queensland’s coronavirus timeline: How COVID-19 cases spread across the state Queensland’s rate of new coronavirus infections continues to remain low, with 13 new cases recorded overnight, as police charge a man for allegedly spitting at a nurse in a Brisbane fever clinic. The 52-year-old man was charged with serious assault of a public […]

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We need to endure Easter in a virtual monastery — but an exit strategy is already under debate

Remember how last year’s Easter felt bizarre because the country was in election mode? How normal that seems, now everything is surreal, with the nation “holidaying” in this peculiar, unpleasant limbo. As we contemplate the grimness we should also remember it could be much worse. It’s early days but we’ve dodged the horror of Italy, […]

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Ranger jailed for 'careful and methodical' online drug delivery scheme to empty properties across Darwin

A former Darwin council ranger, who used her job to scope out vacant properties for drug deliveries, has been sentenced in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for the “careful and methodical” supply of dangerous drugs. Key points: Kirsten Rose Strickland was seen by police collecting drugs from empty Darwin properties while driving a City of […]

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'Kindness, resilience': History shows us that optimism is vital to flattening the curve

“One thing I’ve learned in life is, money can be a very lonely companion. Kindness matters most.” Those are words of advice from 96-year-old Joy Wheatley, who has witnessed multiple crises, including World War II and the Great Depression — events that were devastating, but united many people against a single challenge. She said alongside […]

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Would you move out of your home during the coronavirus crisis to help those in need?

More than 200 university students have moved out of their apartments in Brisbane so their building can be turned into crisis housing for people experiencing homelessness, so they are not exposed to coronavirus. Key points: More than 280 domestic and international students have moved out of a Brisbane apartment building The building is being converted […]

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Queensland's upcoming state election could be postal vote only

Queensland’s state election may be held entirely by postal vote amid the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says. Key points: The Attorney-General is discussing options with the Electoral Commission of Queensland State breakdowns on coronavirus ‘curve modelling’ will help the Premier decide how the election will be held A decision is expected in the next […]

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Wall Street enjoys best week since 1974 despite ballooning unemployment

Related Story: Coronavirus to cause ‘worst economic fallout since the Great Depression’: IMF Related Story: A complete societal breakdown looms if Scott Morrison gets coronavirus wrong Unemployment claims in the United States have skyrocketed again, while the Federal Reserve has injected $3.6 trillion worth of additional stimulus to minimise the economic fallout of COVID-19. Market […]

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Coronavirus to cause 'worst economic fallout since the Great Depression': IMF

The coronavirus pandemic will push the global economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says. Key points: IMF boss Kristalina Georgieva says there is no question 2020 will be an “exceptionally difficult” year Emerging markets and low-income nations across Africa, Latin America and much of […]

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'We just have to keep being boring': Why your coronavirus lockdown can't end

Related Story: ‘Exceptionally important development’: Under 100 new cases of coronavirus recorded Related Story: We’ve been told social distancing restrictions will remain until a vaccine. Do we know when that will be? Leading health experts believe the looming flu season means Australia’s tough social-distancing laws will not be lifted for several months, despite the NSW […]

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'I know it's halal': When you don't have to think twice about ordering lunch at work

Related Story: Controversial religious discrimination bill updated in a bid to gain support Related Story: ‘Religious privilege’: ACT says ‘extraordinary’ federal freedoms bill overrides human rights No matter which aged care organisation Jihan Lazki works in, as a physiotherapist she’s doing the same thing. She’s being kind to elderly patients, providing them with the best […]

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Had a call back from Centrelink, only for it to drop out? You're not alone

Frustrated jobseekers hoping for coronavirus welfare support say they are receiving long-awaited calls from Centrelink, only for the line to cut out, leaving them unsure of what to do next. Key points: Many hoping for JobSeeker welfare support are finding the system difficult to navigate Some are reporting phone calls with Centrelink staff are disconnecting […]

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On the 'most important weekend' in Australia's coronavirus fight, the warnings are firm

On a crucial weekend for Australia’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, leaders have warned there will be no tolerance for breaches of strict self-isolation measures. Key points: Health Minister Greg Hunt says Easter is the “most important weekend we may face in the whole course of the virus” State authorities will be strictly […]

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Could we soon face a 'second wave' outbreak in Australia?

Following the emergence and rapid spread of COVID-19, several countries have succeeded in bringing local outbreaks under control. The most dramatic of these is China, where large scale restrictions on people’s movement appear to have halted domestic transmission. South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan also had early success containing local outbreaks, using a combination of extensive […]

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Coronavirus update: IMF warns of 'worst economic fallout since Great Depression'

The head of the International Monetary Fund predicts coronavirus will lead to “the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression”, with only a partial recovery anticipated next year, if at all. This story is being updated regularly. You can also stay informed with the latest episode of the Coronacast podcast. Friday’s key stories: Worst recession […]

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One number can tell us whether Australia's coronavirus outbreak is getting worse

The vast array of data on the coronavirus pandemic can feel overwhelming, as we all try to make sense of how fast COVID-19 is spreading around the world and the relentless daily count of new cases and deaths. Helpfully, there’s one number that can tell us quickly and clearly whether the coronavirus outbreak is getting […]

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World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation is preparing to launch an appeal for more than $US1 billion [$1.5 billion] to fund operations against the coronavirus pandemic. Key Points: The World Health Organisation is seeking more funds in the battle against coronavirus The Organisation will release a plan in coming days The appeal comes in the same week […]

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Thursday evening news briefing: Coronavirus lockdown 'grace period is over', warn police

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Police ‘may search shopping’ to stop lockdown flouters A top police officer has warned his force will consider roadblocks and searchi ng shopping trolleys to stop lockdown […]

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US election Democratic candidates: Contenders for the primaries and 2020 presidential nomination

Joe Biden is now the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election after Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign.  Th e race to be named the Democrats’ official nominee began with some two dozen candidates with starkly different backgrounds, ideologies, strengths and weaknesses, but eventually whittled down to a two-horse race between the […]

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