Australasia Covid19 

Australia is defeating coronavirus but remains at risk of losing through an ‘economic own goal’

If handling pandemics was a sport, Australia has made it into the knockout stages of the coronavirus world cup. Despite the current localised outbreaks in Melbourne, half of Australia’s states and both territories are effectively coronavirus free, while there’s only a smattering of cases elsewhere. Economically too, Australia is among the world leaders, thanks to continued demand for our major commodity exports plus large and rapid economic stimulus that has buttressed consumer spending and kept at least 3 million workers attached to their employers, even if those businesses were shut…

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Australasia Covid19 

Victoria considers hotspot lockdowns as Queensland’s border announcement looms

Premier Steven Marshall says South Australia will not reopen it’s border with Victoria on the planned date of July 20. “We are very hopeful that Victoria will be able to bring their outbreaks under control but at this stage we cannot possibly lift that border on 20 July as we were hoping to do,” the Premier said. The Premier said he knew it would be a difficult decision for people who were planning travel around the 20th and that was why he was giving people as early notice as possible. “We…

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Asia Covid19 North America 

Trump to Retaliate Against Russia by Sending Jared Kushner to Advise Kremlin on Coronavirus Response

In an act of retaliation against the Russians for sponsoring Taliban attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Donald J. Trump is sending Jared Kushner to the Kremlin to offer advice on its coronavirus response, the White House confirmed on Monday. “To all those who thought that this President was not taking the Russians’ actions seriously, this response should speak for itself,” the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said. “The President had an array of responses to choose from, and the one he selected is by far the most punishing.”…

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Covid19 North America 

3 Die in New Mexico After Drinking Hand Sanitizer, Officials Says

Whether the products involved in the deaths were among those listed in the advisory is under investigation, according to the Health Department. Brandon Warrick, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico who is certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology and addiction, said that in nearly a decade of working at poison centers, the recent spate represented the largest number of methanol poisoning cases that he had observed. Dr. Warrick, who works at the New Mexico Poison Control and Drug Information Center, said that the cases stretched across two…

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Australasia Covid19 

Surge in Covid-19 cases fuels second wave of panic buying in Australia

Supermarkets in Australia have reintroduced rationing after a surge in Covid-19 cases led to shoppers bulk buying goods on Friday. Fears about a second wave of coronavirus created panic in the southern half of the country, where customers were seen stockpiling products including toilet roll, pasta, rice and flour. Outlets Woolworths and Coles, which together account for two-thirds of Australian grocery sales, said they were once again limiting key purchases to one or two packs per person after photos circulated on social media showing empty shelves in stores. The bulk…

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