Coronavirus update: ‘Serious danger’ of spread as hundreds flee quarantine
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Coronavirus update: ‘Serious danger’ of spread as hundreds flee quarantine

Hundreds of people flee quarantine centres in Zimbabwe and Malawi, sparking fears of a surge in cases which may overwhelm the weak health systems of the African nations, meanwhile, South Koreans are returning to strict lockdown measures, after 79 new cases were announced.This story will be regularly updated throughout Friday.Friday’s key moments:Hundreds flee quarantine in…

Coronavirus to ‘dwarf’ Australia’s aid resources as DFAT announces plan to redirect funding
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Coronavirus to ‘dwarf’ Australia’s aid resources as DFAT announces plan to redirect funding

The spread of COVID-19 will “dwarf” Australia’s aid resources and force a rethink of how to help and maintain a strategic presence in the region, according to a new government strategy. Key points:Australia’s aid money will need to be redistributed because of COVID-19Australia’s focus will be more directly aimed at the Pacific, Timor-Leste and Indonesia$280…

NRL season makes stunning return as Parramatta outclasses Brisbane
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NRL season makes stunning return as Parramatta outclasses Brisbane

The NRL season has made its much-anticipated return following its coronavirus-enforced suspension, with Parramatta posting a 34-6 victory over the Broncos at Lang Park in Brisbane.Key points:The NRL played its first match since March 22 following the coronavirus shutdownThe Eels scored six tries to one against the Broncos to remain unbeatenThe NRL is confident it…

NSW to ease coronavirus restrictions for wedding, funerals and religious services
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NSW to ease coronavirus restrictions for wedding, funerals and religious services

The New South Wales Government has announced coronavirus restrictions at religious services, weddings and funerals will be relaxed from June 1.Key points:Premier Gladys Berejiklian said worshippers would still need to adhere to the four-square-metre ruleNSW Health has created a checklist to help places of worship tailor a safety planPeople who are unwell have been urged…

Coronavirus outbreak on Fremantle live export ship doubles in size as more crew test positive
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Coronavirus outbreak on Fremantle live export ship doubles in size as more crew test positive

There have been six new cases of COVID-19 confirmed among crew members of the Al Kuwait livestock carrier currently under quarantine in Fremantle Port.Key points:Dozens of crew from the Al Kuwait are now under quarantine in Perth hotelsThe fate of the 56,000 ship to be loaded on the vessel is unclearWA now has 18 active…

Gyms and fitness centres are being stretched as the way we exercise may have changed for good
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Gyms and fitness centres are being stretched as the way we exercise may have changed for good

As sales of home gym equipment skyrocket during the coronavirus pandemic, the fitness industry remains confident people will largely return to their pre-pandemic exercise routines at gyms and fitness studios.Key points:There are fears one in 10 gyms and fitness centres may never reopenGyms and trainers are worried some people may not return after COVID-19Many fitness…

SA backtracks after blaming Victoria for coronavirus blunder
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SA backtracks after blaming Victoria for coronavirus blunder

South Australia’s public health chief has apologised for mistakenly claiming Victorian health counterparts left SA Health in the dark about the state’s latest coronavirus case.Key points:SA Health earlier said a “critical” detail had not been passed on from VictoriaIt has since backtracked, blaming the confusion on an “administrative oversight”The UK resident tested positive to COVID-19…

US coronavirus death toll passes 100,000
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US coronavirus death toll passes 100,000

The United States has passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, representing more than 28 per cent of the global death toll from the pandemic.Key points:The US death toll is the highest in the worldDonald Trump has been criticised for his response and has clashed repeatedly with ChinaLockdown measures have emerged as…

Blackwater coronavirus death remains a mystery as link to nurse investigated
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Blackwater coronavirus death remains a mystery as link to nurse investigated

The death of Nathan Turner, 30, has sparked a major health emergency in Blackwater, with a special COVID-response team sent to the town in an effort to trace the source of his infection.Key points:Blackwater man Nathan Turner is the youngest person to die with coronavirus in AustraliaA Rockhampton nurse who tested positive for coronavirus earlier…

This couple caught coronavirus on the Ruby Princess but can’t wait to cruise again
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This couple caught coronavirus on the Ruby Princess but can’t wait to cruise again

Ursula Steinberner and Leon Sharp were passengers on the Ruby Princess cruise ship in March and both of them caught coronavirus.Key points:Ruby Princess passengers Ursula Steinberner and Leon Sharp are keen to set sail on a cruise ship againOvation of the Seas passengers Cathy and Bill Kleinmuelman already have their next cruise bookedThe cruise industry…