China coronavirus mutant strain spreads in Beijing
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China coronavirus mutant strain spreads in Beijing

China has gone into “wartime mode” as it battles against a second wave of coronavirus.The outbreak started at Xinfadi wholesale food market, Beijing’s biggest supplier of produce and meat.Traces of a “mutant strain” of coronavirus were reportedly found on a chopping board used to cut up salmon.See the Beijing locals rounded up and placed on…

Coronavirus: Vladimir Putin’s home has a walk-through COVID-19 disinfectant tunnel
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Coronavirus: Vladimir Putin’s home has a walk-through COVID-19 disinfectant tunnel

A special disinfectant tunnel has been installed in Russian president Vladimir Putin’s house to protect him from coronavirus, state news agency RIA-Novosti has reported.The walk-through facility has been built into Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.The Russian leader has largely been working from the house via videoconference during the COVID-19 pandemic, with only a few in-person…

Covid 19 coronavirus: Australian borders likely to stay closed until 2021
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Covid 19 coronavirus: Australian borders likely to stay closed until 2021

Plans for an imminent transtasman travel bubble appear to have suffered a setback, with the Australian Government warning that the country’s borders could remain shut until at least next year. As borders remained locked down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has again urged Australians to consider a holiday at…

More economic pain predicted for media
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More economic pain predicted for media

The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a significant increase in news consumption but the economic turmoil is forcing news businesses to accelerate their move to digital, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism says.The coronavirus lockdowns prompted a global rise in viewing of television and online news though concerns about misinformation remain high, with Facebook…

Coronavirus: Singapore to end most COVID-19 restrictions from Friday
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Coronavirus: Singapore to end most COVID-19 restrictions from Friday

Singapore will allow small gatherings and the reopening of restaurants and shops from June 19 in a major easing of the city-state’s coronavirus restrictions.Social gatherings of up to five people will be permitted from Friday, when the majority of activities resume after more than two months of restrictions, dubbed “circuit breaker” measures. Social distancing requirements…

Covid 19 coronavirus: Beijing reinstates virus controls as cases rise
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Covid 19 coronavirus: Beijing reinstates virus controls as cases rise

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Government freezes fees in bid to soften coronavirus blow
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Government freezes fees in bid to soften coronavirus blow

released earlier this month, means the average Canberra household’s annual electricity bill will fall by $43 next financial year. Businesses are likely to see a drop of between $66 and $265.Icon Water was allowed to increase prices by 1.5 per cent in 2020-2021 under rules set by the commission, but decided not to impose a…

Coronavirus update: US researchers say COVID has mutated to become ‘more infectious’
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Coronavirus update: US researchers say COVID has mutated to become ‘more infectious’

Researchers in Florida say they believe they have shown that the new coronavirus has mutated in a way that makes it more easily infect human cells.They say more research is needed to show whether the change has altered the course of the pandemic, but at least one researcher not involved in the study says it…

As the day unfolded: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 2.3 million, US death toll approaching 40,000, Australia’s death toll stands at 71
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As the day unfolded: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 2.3 million, US death toll approaching 40,000, Australia’s death toll stands at 71

SummaryThe global death toll from coronavirus has passed 165,000. There are more than 2.4 million known cases of infection but more than 611,000 people have recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally In Australia, the death toll stands at 71. About 50 people are in intensive careThe UK’s daily death toll dropped significantly for the…

New South Wales registers new coronavirus cases as announcement on restrictions easing is made
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New South Wales registers new coronavirus cases as announcement on restrictions easing is made

New South Wales has recorded nine new cases of coronavirus overnight as the premier announced restrictions are to be eased.Eight of the new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine and the ninth is a teacher at Laguna Street Public School in southern Sydney.It comes as the Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed that a string of…