Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announces website to register for permission to leave home

Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announces website for general public to register for permission to leave home Registration on https://dxbpermit.gov.ae/home is mandatory for members of public seeking permission to go out for essential purposes Employees in exempted vital sectors do not need to register, but need to present a letter from their employer […]

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'Early Leave' initiative launched for private sector employees during precautionary measures period

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, in cooperation with the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the General Civil Aviation Authority, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, has launched the ‘Early Leave’ initiative. The initiative aims to enable residents who work in the […]

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World of work changing rapidly; dedication at home, workplace and everywhere has to continue: Mohammed bin Rashid

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, stated that the UAE is forging ahead with the implementation of all planned national projects and valued added initiatives aimed at ensuring decided life for all Emiratis and residents alike. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed made the statement while chairing […]

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Hunting for gold really not a hot prospect in times of self-isolation, authorities warn

Prospecting may seem like the perfect activity for those self-isolating in the outback, but authorities are warning that those engaging in the pastime could be at risk of breaching coronavirus restrictions. Key points: Police and local government leaders want prospectors in WA to stay at home The WA Government stopped issuing “Miner’s Rights” — required […]

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Brenda and her son travelled to Argentina before a pandemic was declared. Now they can't get home

Australians stuck in Argentina are pleading for a Government lifeline amid the extraordinary mass stranding of travellers around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic. Key points: Dual citizen Brenda has called on the Australian Government to help her and her son fly home from Argentina Matt Chinery is stranded in India and wants the […]

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UAE, UK sign MoU on transit flights for British citizens during COVID-19 emergency

As part of the UAE’s efforts to intensify international cooperation amid COVID 19 pandemic, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on transit flights for British nationals during the COVID-19 emergency period. The memorandum was signed by Khalid […]

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Dubai to conduct round-the-clock sterilisation, enforce strict restrictions on movement across the emirate; legal action to be taken against violators

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, in coordination with the Command and Control Centre for Combating COVID-19, today announced the extension of the sterilisation programme to 24 hours a day across all areas and communities in the emirate to protect the health and safety of the community. The Committee also announced intensified restrictions […]

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UAE President issues federal decree appointing Mouza Al Suwaidi Undersecretary at Ministry of Community Development

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a federal decree of 2020 appointing Mouza Ibrahim Mohamed Al Suwaidi Undersecretary at the Ministry of Community Development. Al Suwaidi boasts over 22 years of experience in the field of Information and Communications Technology, which she initiated at the Department of Economic Development before […]

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If you get coronavirus, could you sue? A test case is about to find out

Related Story: End date for NSW’s tough coronavirus enforcement laws revealed Related Story: Can we blame bats for coronavirus? What about pangolins? The health and economic devastation caused by the coronavirus is unmistakable and the legal fallout from the contagion could also be severe — resulting in the largest negligence class action in Australia’s history. […]

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The critical decisions about who will live or die during the coronavirus peak may be left to NSW doctors

Related Story: I’m a doctor at Italy’s hardest-hit hospital. I had to decide who got a ventilator and who didn’t The NSW Government has given little to no guidance to frontline doctors who may have to choose which critically ill COVID-19 patients live or die, members of the health ministry’s own advisory group have warned. […]

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Cancer centre braces for worst-case scenario, patients may have to wait for operations

Related Story: Melbourne hospital sends 100 staff into self-isolation amid deadly COVID-19 cluster Related Story: ‘There’s not going to be enough beds’: Hospital staff react to seeing COVID-19 modelling One of Australia’s most prestigious oncology centres is preparing for massive impacts from the coronavirus pandemic with a worst-case scenario seeing all but the most urgent […]

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Victorian Year 12s may have to study into 2021 to get university entry score, Premier says

Related Story: How these high school students are dealing with the uncertainty around Year 12 and coronavirus Related Story: Free rooms offered to all Victorian healthcare workers who engage with patients, including cooks and cleaners Victorian Year 12 students may have their school year extended into 2021 to obtain the score they need for entry […]

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Can plumbers and builders still visit – and can police issue fines? Lockdown Q&A

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s medical director , told the country on Tuesday that “green shoots” could be seen in the Covid-19 data. However, the Prime Minister has warned that things will get worse before they get better, and the national lockdown will remain in place for several weeks yet. I’m Daniel Capurro, The Telegraph’s […]

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Cyclone Harold bears down on Vanuatu

Related Story: Month’s worth of rain pummels Melbourne as ex-tropical cyclone Esther hits the state Related Story: Regional Australia cops brunt of rainfall from ex-tropical cyclone Esther Disaster officials in Vanuatu are urging communities, many of them in remote locations, to shelter as a tropical cyclone is forecast to intensify to a category five in […]

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Chief Medical Officer 'increasingly confident' Australia can stay on top of coronavirus

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says he is “increasingly confident” Australia will avoid the kind of devastation the coronavirus has caused in countries like Italy and the United States. Key points: Brendan Murphy says Australia is succeeding at “flattening the curve” His biggest concern remains community transmission, which accounts for 10 per cent of cases […]

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Police reveal 15 reasons that will get you through WA checkpoints — and the excuses that won't fly

A proposed “script” for police officers manning road checkpoints between WA’s regions reveals the “commonsense” directions informing who should be allowed through and who should be turned back. Key points: Non-essential travel has been prohibited to limit the spread of COVID-19 Dozens of checkpoints have been set up across the state to monitor motorists Hundreds […]

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Homicide detectives launch criminal probe into coronavirus ship deaths

Police have launched a criminal investigation into whether the operator of the Ruby Princess downplayed potential coronavirus cases before thousands of passengers disembarked in Sydney last month. Key points: A 17-minute triple-0 call was made from the vessel the day before passengers disembarked in Sydney Police said Carnival Australia said COVID-19 was not an issue […]

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NSW Police homicide squad launches criminal investigation of Ruby Princess coronavirus deaths

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has announced a criminal investigation into the operator of the Ruby Princess cruise ship after the death of 10 passengers from coronavirus. Ten passengers have died from COVID-19 since the vessel docked in Sydney last month and hundreds more have been confirmed as infected. The Police Commissioner said information about […]

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Justin Langer vows to 'never, ever' take cricket for granted again amid coronavirus shutdown

Related Story: Can Australia’s sporting powers learn to work together, or will the code wars continue? Related Story: Duckworth-Lewis co-inventor Tony Lewis dies If the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent global shutdown of sport has taught Australian cricket coach one thing, it’s to never take the game for granted again. Key points: Justin Langer says people […]

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'It's not a game': Tasmanian Premier frustrated over public ignoring coronavirus measures

The Tasmanian hospital where staff members have tested positive for coronavirus has stopped admissions and begun an outbreak investigation. Tasmania COVID-19 snapshot Confirmed cases: 82 Deaths: 2 What do I do if I think I have coronavirus?If you think you might have COVID-19 because you feel unwell with a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness […]

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'There will be a lot of death': Donald Trump predicts 'toughest' weeks ahead as US coronavirus toll mounts

US President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that the country could be headed in to its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy back on track. “There will be […]

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