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What Lockdown 2.0 Looks Like: Harsher Rules, Deeper Confusion

Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, is becoming a case study in handling a second wave of infections. There are lots of unanswered questions. By Damien Cave Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, grappling with a spiraling coronavirus outbreak in a country that once thought it had the pandemic beat, has now imposed some of the toughest restrictions in […]

Australia and NZ ban non-residents from entry

Australia and New Zealand will ban entry to all non-residents from Friday in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his nation’s order would come into effect from 21:00 on Friday (10:00 GMT). New Zealand’s will begin earlier – at midnight (11:00 GMT Thursday). The historic and far-reaching […]

Australia orders all arrivals to self-isolate

Australia’s prime minister has ordered a 14-day self-isolation for anyone arriving in the country to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus. “This is very important,” Scott Morrison said at a briefing, adding that the measure would take effect from midnight on Sunday (13:00 GMT). The measures mirror those announced by New Zealand on […]

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for virus

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Australia. Hanks and Wilson, both 63, sought medical advice after experiencing symptoms of a cold in Queensland, the actor wrote on Instagram. They will now spend time in isolation, he added. The US couple had […]

Why are people stockpiling toilet paper?

Perhaps the worst doomsday scenario is this: being stuck on the toilet and finding you’re down to the last square. At least that appears to be the nightmare prospect scaring many Australians right now, who have become the latest group to respond to coronavirus fears by buying toilet paper en masse. This is despite authorities […]

Australian summers ‘twice as long as winters’

Australia’s summers have become twice as long as its winters amid increasing temperatures driven by climate change, according to new weather data analysis. The Australia Institute found that summer across most of the country over the past 20 years was about a month longer than in the mid-20th century, while winters had become shorter. Between […]

BP worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back

A BP refinery worker in Australia has successfully won back his job after being sacked for parodying the company in a well-known Hitler meme. Scott Tracey used the popular meme, from the 2004 film Downfall, to portray scenes from company wage negotiations, posting it on a closed Facebook group. He later lost an unfair dismissal […]

Detective stood down over Baxter ‘victim blaming’

An Australian police detective investigating the murders of Hannah Clarke and her children has been stood down from the case over comments that were seen as “victim shaming”. Clarke and her children died when her estranged husband Rowan Baxter set their car on fire. He also died. In comments to the media on Thursday, Det […]

Three killed in ‘horrific’ Australia car fire

Three people, including children, have died after a car was allegedly set alight in the Australian city of Brisbane, authorities say. Queensland’s Police Minister Mark Ryan told parliament the “horrific incident” occurred in the city’s east. “Three people have died, including children, in a horrific incident at Camp Hill this morning,” he said. Queensland Police […]

Australians back home after coronavirus quarantine

More than 200 Australians have been flown back home after 14 days in quarantine on remote Christmas Island amid coronavirus fears. They were evacuated from China’s Hubei province – the epicentre of the deadly outbreak – on 3 February. With no cases reported during the minimum required time, they were taken to six cities across […]