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National Pen-Pal Service Launched To Help Elderly Stay Connected In Isolation

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A nationwide pen-pal program is being launched from Tuesday, encouraging Aussies in isolation to write to the elderly to lift their spirits.

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Coronavirus

Quarantine Love Story Reaches Second Base

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This pair shows quarantine is the perfect time for a bubbling romance.

Politics

Politics

Aussies Banned From Visiting Friends, Partners Under Two-Person Rules

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From Midnight Monday Australians will be banned from visiting friends and partners at their homes and rule-breakers have been warned they face big fines for ignoring the guidelines.

Love

Love

Australian Wedding Photographer Shoots Couple From The Car Park Following New Rules

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This past weekend, a Sydney couple said 'I do' in front of the groom's 90-year-old grandmother -- there to capture the moment was a photographer with an extraordinary lens and an ingenious plan.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Scott Morrison Announces 'JobKeeper' Payment To Keep Aussies Employed

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Businesses are being urged not to sack employees during the coronavirus crisis, with $750 a week per worker offered to subsidise wages as the economy takes a nosedive and workplaces close.

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Coronavirus

Australia Cracks Down On Foreign Investments To Stop Coronavirus 'Predators'

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All foreign investments in Australia will require approval as the government moves to protect the country's assets during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus

Aussie Vets Ready To Donate Ventilators To Help With Coronavirus Response

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Australia's largest pet care company has offered to donate all of its human-grade ventilators, as hospitals prepare for more COVID-19 cases.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Australians Asked To Give Up Their Vacant Homes To Help Healthcare Workers

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Find A Bed Au helped hundreds of Aussies who lost their homes during the devastating bushfires and now it's turning its attention towards the COVID-19 outbreak.

Health

Health

Can Coronavirus Spread Through Food?

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Australia’s leading health and research institutes are clarifying misinformation around fresh produce including fruit and vegetables.

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Coronavirus

Woolworths Launches $80 ‘Basic Box’ For Struggling Shoppers

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Woolworths has introduced an $80 ‘basic box’ of groceries which includes meals and some essential items.

National

National

$750 To Appear In Millions Of Aussie Bank Accounts From Tomorrow

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Millions of Australians will see an additional $750 appear in their bank accounts from tomorrow as the government starts rolling out its coronavirus stimulus package which includes an Economic Support Payment.

Saviour Buhagiar

Saviour Buhagiar

Why Do We Only Care If Young People Die?

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In a world struck by depressing new realities, one of the most confronting things would have to be the news about the effect of COVID-19 on our elders.

World

World

Boxer Slammed For 'Joke' Tutorial On How To Hit Women In Isolation

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British boxer Billy Joe Saunders has been slammed for his 'punching women in isolation tutorial', with experts warning violence will increase during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Man Charged After Breaking Isolation Laws Three Times, Caught Escaping Guarded Property

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A man who repeatedly broke mandatory self-isolation requirements has been arrested and will face a Sydney court today.

Exclusive

Exclusive

'We Pay Taxes And Need Help': Foreign Workers Stuck In Australia Plead For Support

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Foreign workers who are stranded in Australia without work or access to Centrelink are urging the government to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic.

National

National

Landlords With Loans Up To $10M Given Six-Month Payment Relief If They Let Tenants Stay

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Australian banks are expanding their business support package to all businesses with loans of up to $10 million from Monday.

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Coronavirus

Medical Workers Tricked Into Washing Hands With Only Water After Hand Sanitiser Stolen

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'Studio 10' health expert, Dr Andrew Rochford, has pleaded with the public to stop stealing protective supplies from hospitals as it risks the lives of medical workers and patients during the pandemic.

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Coronavirus

Residents Can Be Fined $1600 For Having Friends Over For Dinner Under New Coronavirus Laws

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Victorians will be slapped with hefty fines of more than $1500 if they're sprung having friends over for dinner, Victorian Premier Daniels Andrews has declared.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

'You Are Not Immune': Coronavirus Cases Rising In Young Adults

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COVID-19 cases are rising in young adults, who are the age group most likely to ignore the state's strict health measures, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday.

National

National

Bands, Comedians Still Reeling From Coronavirus Cancellations

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Australia's entertainment industry has already suffered a $316-million body blow, with artists saying they're in "a horrible position" after cancelled gigs and no prospect of venues reopening.

World

World

Spain’s Coronavirus Death Toll Rises By 838, Marking The Nation's Deadliest Day

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The coronavirus death toll in Spain climbed by 838 overnight to 6528, following the PM's announcement that all non-essential workers must stay at home.

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Coronavirus

Public Gatherings Limited To Two People To Stop Coronavirus Spread

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Australians will be banned from meeting in groups of more than two, as the government orders even tighter coronavirus rules in the face of case numbers continuing to grow.

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Coronavirus

How To Look After Your Mental Health Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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One in five Australians already battle a mental illness and it is feared that number will increase amid tough social distancing restrictions, job losses and the need for self-isolation caused by the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus

Australia's Daily Growth Rate Of Coronavirus Infections 'Has Slowed'

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At least 16 Australians have now died after contracting COVID-19 but the prime minister says the "strong" rate of infections is slowing.

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Coronavirus

New Coronavirus Phone App, WhatsApp Group Launched By Government To Share Official Warning

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Following the lead of other nations, the Australian government will deliver coronavirus information and public health advice through WhatsApp and an Apple app.

Crime

Crime

Masks, Sanitiser, Gloves Stolen From Hospitals, Leaving Authorities 'Mortified'

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Health workers are going without essential hygiene items because thieves are stealing them from hospitals, leaving doctors and nurses at coronavirus risk.

National

National

NSW Woman Accused Of Speeding Through SA Border And Coughing On Cops, To Face Court

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A New South Wales woman will face court after allegedly speeding through a South Australian border checkpoint and coughing in the faces of two police officers.

Lisa Portolan

Lisa Portolan

Don't Let The Pandemic Stop You Finding Love Online

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“I was on the line at the supermarket, having finally secured a pack of toilet paper, when my phone just started pinging at me."

Parenting

Parenting

'They're Refusing': Some Australian Children Aren't Eating In Fear Of Coronavirus

7 min read

As a parent of a child with a restricted diet, I've been on the receiving end of a number of raised eyebrows.

National

National

Federal Government To Expand Mental Health Help With $1.1 Billion Coronavirus Program

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Australians will be able to consult their GP over the phone and access new coronavirus-specific mental health support as part of a new $1.1 billion package.

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Coronavirus

Overseas Arrivals To Australia Will Be Placed Into Law-Enforced Quarantine From Today

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Thousands of people flying into Australia have begun being shuttled to makeshift quarantine facilities across the country as Australia turns to law-and-order to fight Covid-19.

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Coronavirus

Dozens Remain On Coronavirus Cruise Ship Docked In WA, While The Healthy Begin Flying Home

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Dozens of people from the Artania cruise ship are awaiting coronavirus test results, while hundreds of healthy people have begun flying home.

Politics

Politics

Polls Shut: Queenslanders Cast Their Vote As Coronavirus Cases Jump

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Queenslanders headed to the polls today as the number of coronavirus cases climbed and Brisbane hotels prepared to quarantine people returning from overseas.

Good News

Good News

Young Boys Had To Cancel Their Birthday Parties, So Neighbours Stepped In

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A community in Perth hasn't let new social distancing measures dampen the spirits of two young boys who were forced to cancel their birthday parties this weekend due to coronavirus.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Hospital Turns Scuba Masks Into Ventilators As Supplies Run Low

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A hospital in northern Italy has desperately resorted to utilising scuba masks, as ventilators run low and the country's coronavirus deaths climb.

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Coronavirus

The Mystery Behind Germany's Low Coronavirus Death Rate

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Compared to other countries, the number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus in Germany has been surprisingly low.

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Coronavirus

You Can No Longer Go To The Dentist Except In An Emergency

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The Federal government has ordered all dentists to adhere to strict guidelines, which includes turning away more patients and only treating cases that meet "emergency" criteria.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Hefty On-The-Spot Coronavirus Fines Kick In Across The Country

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People and businesses across Australia now face steep fines for breaching self-isolation, quarantine and mass-gathering rules, as authorities step up enforcement to manage the spread of COVID-19.

News

News

'I Knew That I Was Leaving': 90-Year-Old Coronavirus Survivor Shares Her Story

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Geneva Wood has lived a long and feisty life. The 90-year-old mother, grandmother and great-grandmother has lived through wars and recessions -- but she nearly died from coronavirus. 

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Coronavirus

‘Regional Aviation Has Been Smashed’: Millions Announced To Help Airlines

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The federal government will invest almost $300 million to help the regional aviation sector get through the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus

'Fortress Tasmania': Non-Essential Travellers To Be Quarantined From Midnight

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Any non-essential travellers who arrive in Tasmania will be quarantined for 14 days, in what the Tasmanian Premier said is the strongest border measures in the country.

Updated

Updated

R.M. Williams, Cotton On, Country Road Latest To Close All Stores

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Iconic Australian brand R.M Williams has become the latest retail store to shut its doors amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Entertainment

Entertainment

Cody Simpson, Montaigne And Other Stars Join Special Earth Hour Livestream

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A stellar line-up of Australian talent will present a livestream for the planet tonight, as landmarks around the country and the world switch off their lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm AEDT.

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Coronavirus

Sydney Man Accused Of Swiping 400 Toilet Rolls

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A Sydney man has been charged with helping to steal 400 rolls of toilet paper from restricted supermarket storage areas amid shortages of the product.

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Coronavirus

Four Die On Cruise Ship, Two Others Test Positive

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Holland America Line says four passengers have died on a cruise ship anchored off the coast of Panama.

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Coronavirus

'Infodemic' Of Coronavirus Fake News And Scams Plaguing Social Media

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Facebook and Twitter are battling mountains of scams, misinformation and racist hoaxes amid the coronavirus crisis, as crooks and far-right groups seek to exploit the pandemic.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.

National

National

Myer Closes All Stores, Stands Down 10,000 Staff Members

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Myer has announced it will shut down all of its stores for at least four weeks, becoming the latest retail business forced to close its doors amid the coronavirus outbreak.

National

National

Popular Melbourne Beaches Closed After People Flout Social Distancing Rules

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A number of Victoria's beaches have been closed and beachgoers told to move along after people defied social distancing rules put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Good News

Good News

People Are Sending Letters To Cheer Up A Lonely Grandmother In Isolation

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An international group of pen-pals, coordinated from Sydney, are making sure this grandmother doesn't get lonely in isolation.

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Coronavirus

Superdry, Hush Puppies Latest To Close After 30,000 Jobs Lost This Week

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Brand Collective is the latest victim of Australia’s retail collapse after an estimated 30,000 workers in the sector lost their jobs this week.

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Coronavirus

Leadership Experts Critique Scott Morrison’s Crisis Management

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Some of Australia’s leadership experts have weighed in on the PM’s performance during the coronavirus crisis, pointing out some missteps and his best moments of clarity.

National

National

Queenslanders Told To Vote Despite Social Distancing Warnings

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Long lines of voters waiting at pre-polling booths in Queensland has caused concern over social distancing and the spread of coronavirus.

Rain Morgan

Rain Morgan

What It’s Like To Be A Sex Worker Right Now

5 min read

I’m an independent sex worker, and have been working for almost four years.

National

National

Australians Arriving Home From Overseas Will Be Quarantined Immediately In Hotels

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Scott Morrison has strengthed self-isolation requirements of Australians arriving home from overseas, announcing mandatory quarantine in hotels for two weeks before they are allowed to return home.

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Coronavirus

Evangeline Lilly Offers 'Heartfelt Apology' For 'Arrogant' Coronavirus Comments

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After receiving backlash for 'insensitive' comments she made about the social distancing and self-isolation measures needed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Evangeline Lilly has now apologised.

Health

Health

Australian Shopping Centre Goes To Extreme Lengths To Stop Loitering

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A shopping centre in Sydney's Inner West is doing what they can to move shoppers along following increased self isolation measures and the closure of food courts.

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Coronavirus

Thousands More Jobs Go As Rip Curl, Kathmandu Close In Coronavirus Retail Crumble

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Kathmandu has announced it will close 175 stores, including Rip Curl outlets, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Life

Life

Uber Eats And Airbnb Offer Free Meals And Accommodation To First Responders

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In a bid to support the heroes on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, two major companies are offering their support in the form of free meals and accommodation.

Georgia Love

Georgia Love

Saying Goodbye To A Loved One In A COVID-19 World

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Saying goodbye is never easy.

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Coronavirus

Domestic Violence Spikes During Coronavirus As Families Trapped At Home

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A new survey has found COVID-19 is already hitting Australian homes in dangerous ways, and there are urgent calls for the Federal government to step in as domestic violence is expected to get much worse.

Pets

Pets

'Dogs Working From Home' Is The Insta Account You Need In Your Isolated Life

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One of the silver linings of being in self isolation is the extra time we get to spend with our pets.

National

National

Coles Customers Must Now 'Pack Their Own Bags' To Restrict Coronavirus Spread

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Coles is telling its customers to pack their own bags and groceries to help stem the spread of coronavirus.

National

National

Aussies Are Trying 'Virtually Everything' To Stay Sane Indoors

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Australians are getting cabin fever and it appears they're doing everything they 'virtually' can to keep occupied as the coronavirus continues to grip the nation and force people inside.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Police Flooded With Calls To Report Non-Isolators As Premier Warns Of Community Spread

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The NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said a rising number of Australians are calling to dob-in people who are not complying with self-isolation requirements.

Crime

Crime

Man Who Planned To Blow Up A Hospital During Pandemic Killed In Shootout

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A US man frustrated with government action to stop the spread of the coronavirus was planning to bomb a hospital, according to the FBI.

National

National

The Window For Stranded Australians Wanting To Flee South And North America Is Closing

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Australians have been warned time and flight options are running out if they want to flee the US, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to take hold.

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Coronavirus

There Are Now More Than Half A Million Coronavirus Cases Worldwide

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The number of people infected with coronavirus has reached 500,000 as economies around the world reel from the impact of widespread lockdowns.

National

National

Australia's ICU Beds Will Be Over Capacity In Just One Week, Study Says

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A new study forecasting the capacity of Australian hospitals to treat people in intensive care units (ICU) will be exceeded in about a week.

National

National

First COVID-19 Infringements Issued In NSW After New Laws Kick In

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A woman who breached quarantine regulations after returning from Bali is one of five people in NSW who have been handed infringement notices for flouting coronavirus public health orders.

National

National

Cruise Passenger Australia’s 13th Coronavirus Death

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A Perth man in his 70s has become Australia's 13th coronavirus fatality.

National

National

Overseas Travellers Filmed Ignoring Social Distancing Rules At Airport

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Hundreds of travellers were filmed packing out Sydney Airport’s international arrivals on Thursday as they waited to pass through border security – many not following social distancing rules.

Parenting

Parenting

The Sweet Reasons Teddy Bears Are Popping Up In Australian Windows

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In a heartwarming display of community spirit, Aussies are placing teddy bears in their windows to brighten the days of local children.

Career

Career

'It's Impossible': Hairdressers Choose To Stay Closed Despite Backflip On 30-Minute Rule

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This morning, Scott Morrison announced he was lifting the 30-minute appointment rule he imposed on hairdressers and barbers on Tuesday night in response to the spread of coronavirus.

Views

Views

How 'Ambulance Australia' Is Keeping Me Sane During The Coronavirus Crisis

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Last week, I started watching 'Ambulance Australia'.

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Coronavirus

Drivers Stuck In Queensland Border Traffic Say It's 'Just Like An RBT'

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Not since 1919 has the border between Queensland and NSW effectively been closed.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

The Future Of Funerals Under New Social Distancing Rules

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Funerals will be completely transformed under new social distancing measures that limit services to just 10 people.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

'I Still Call Australia Home': Isolated Aussies Sing Together From Their Balconies

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After a stressful week brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, Australians have lifted each other's spirits, jamming out to an iconic national song from their balconies in Sydney.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

The Big Issue's Oldest Vendor Struggling To Sell Magazines As Pandemic Clears Streets

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The Big Issue vendor Louis is larger-than-life and loves his job. But as the coronavirus pandemic empties the Melbourne streets, he's struggling.

Parenting

Parenting

Parents, Please Stop Naming Your Babies After The Coronavirus

4 min read

The spread of coronavirus has already had a huge impact on the way we're currently living, both in Australia and across the world.

Life

Life

Prepare To See A Lot Of 'Ugly' Fruit On The Shelves At Woolies And Coles

2 min read

In the wake of the drought and coronavirus crisis, supermarkets are relaxing their specifications and allowing imperfect fruit and veg to fill our shelves.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Queensland, WA And SA Schools To Become Pupil-Free

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Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia have announced schools will become pupil-free ahead of the holidays as the states move towards majority online learning.

Antoinette Lattouf

Antoinette Lattouf

Why I’m Tossing Out The iPad And Teacher's Schedule For Homeschooling

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For many Aussie parents, the realisation that homeschooling was indefinite led to a panicked dash to the liquor store. And rightly so.

Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford

Australia's Debt-Fuelled Party Is About To Produce The Hangover From Hell

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Debt: it’s a four-letter word.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Victoria Records First Three Coronavirus Deaths As Cases Soar To 520

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Three men, all in their 70s, have died in Victoria after contracting coronavirus.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Flight Centre To Stand Down 3,800 Workers As Travel Bans Cripple Industry

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Flight Centre has announced it will temporarily stand down 3,800 Australian workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

National

National

Sydney Trains Releases Plan To Stay On Track During Pandemic

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Sydney trains will continue to operate but commuters are advised to consider options like working from home to reduce passenger numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Nightmare As 50th Birthday Leads To Nearly 30 Coronavirus Cases

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A birthday bash at a popular restaurant on the Sunshine Coast has caused a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

No Cruise Passengers Allowed Off Ships 'Until Further Notice' As NSW Flags Further Shudown

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Passengers will not be allowed to disembark from cruise ships in NSW, the state's premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Egypt Fumigates Pyramids In Bid To Fight Coronavirus

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The Giza Pyramids have been sterilised as part of Egypt's disinfection efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Coronavirus Rule Breakers Can Be Fined $1,000 From Today As New Laws Kick In

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NSW Police are now able to hand out on-the-spot fines to anyone who breaches public health orders or ministerial directions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Australia Coronavirus Death Toll Rises To Nine After Man Dies In Queensland

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Australia's death toll from the coronavirus has risen to nine after the death of a 68-year-old man in Queensland.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Mum Devastated Her 11 Children Couldn't Attend Father’s Funeral

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A Victorian family will be allowed to farewell their father together, after telling of their 'heartbreak' at having to choose which of the 11 children would be able to attend his funeral.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Kids Helpline Sees Surge In Coronavirus Related Calls

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Children as young as seven are turning to the Kids Helpline for support as they struggle to come to terms with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

Parenting

Parenting

I've Taken My Kids Out Of School: Here's What I'm Doing As An Ex-Teacher

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When I left the teaching profession eight years ago, I never thought for a minute I’d be back doing it again. Never.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Lengthy Delays Expected At Queensland Border From Midnight

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Lengthy delays are expected when Queensland's borders are closed at midnight on Wednesday.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Stranger Pays Nurse's Parking Fine In Act Of Coronavirus Kindness

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An Adelaide nurse who copped a parking fine after finishing her night shift has had an online stranger pay it for her, as the nurse's union calls for free and accessible parking for hospital staff.

Love

Love

How Not To Hate Your Partner If They Just Became Your Co-Worker In Self Isolation

7 min read

As the government continues to tighten measures around self isolation to control the spread of coronavirus, many of us are finding ourselves in situations we never have before.

Life

Life

9 Apps To Keep You Healthy, Happy And Mindful During Social Isolation

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Don't let cabin fever take over while you isolate indoors -- We've rounded up the best apps to keep your mind and body happy and your boredom at bay while you practise social distancing.