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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 737,000, NSW begins enforcement of Scott Morrison's social gathering restrictions:

March 30th, 2020

If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.


One controversial aspect of Trump's response to COVID-19 is right:

March 30th, 2020

Democratic nations need to maintain awareness of how China’s authoritarian system let the pandemic slip.


Early flu shots a 'risk worth taking':

March 30th, 2020

Australians are being urged to visit the GP for their influenza vaccine because the nation cannot afford a second health crisis.


'Don’t get too excited' about flattening COVID-19 curve, experts warn:

March 30th, 2020

Can Australians be excused for thinking we won’t be hit as badly by the coronavirus as other parts of the world? The short answer is "not just yet".


A learning revolution in the classroom? I don't think so:

March 30th, 2020

Nothing about what we are doing currently is as good as what we were doing a few weeks ago.


An economic hurricane is hurtling towards the South Pacific:

March 30th, 2020

Fiji will lose about a quarter of all jobs in the country, and Vanuatu will suffer even worse.


I'm an unemployed sex worker - applying for a job at Woolies won't be easy:

March 30th, 2020

Explaining a gap in your CV to a middle manager at Woolies is a daunting prospect.


'Kill the ATAR': Call to cancel exams amid coronavirus outbreak and as unscored VCE gains ground:

March 30th, 2020

Almost 4000 Victorian students graduated with an unscored VCE last year and educators are calling for the university ranking system to be dumped due to COVID-19.


Downer issuing missives from splendid isolation:

March 30th, 2020

How things have changed in the three weeks since Alexander Downer took to social media to complain about coronavirus "madness".


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, March 31:

March 30th, 2020

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


The online learning novelty is already wearing off, warn principals:

March 30th, 2020

Remote learning is a necessary stopgap but it should not become the new normal, warn principals.


Physical distancing rules are finally clear and should be observed:

March 30th, 2020

The rules around social distancing to prevent further contagion are finally clear. It is now up to all Australians to do the right thing.


Victoria enters 'new normal' in pandemic response:

March 30th, 2020

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has signalled a step-change in our pandemic policy response.


Please Explain podcast: retail sector on the brink of collapse:

March 30th, 2020

In today's episode of Please Explain, Dominic Powell and Tory Maguire reflect on the impact of the coronavirus on Australia's retail sector.


The scariest part about the coronavirus pandemic is speed:

March 30th, 2020

One of the most frightening aspects of the pandemic is the speed with which the implausible becomes normal, and the speed with which our assumptions are overturned.


Sherlock Holmes of family tree research:

March 30th, 2020

During a public debate about the 1701 Act of Settlement, Peskett said that without the act, the current heir to the British throne would be a divorced dog breeder and photographer living in Rome.


Crocodile Dundee actor dies from COVID-19:

March 30th, 2020

“Theatre somehow enabled me to bring all the things that mattered into focus,” Blum told The New York Times.


Remote Indigenous communities pay the price for big city panic buyers:

March 30th, 2020

Supermarkets in Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing have not been able to get enough staple items to service the more than dozen remote communities reliant on them.


As the day unfolded: Scott Morrison announces $130 billion 'JobKeeper' package to support Australian workers through COVID-19 pandemic:

March 29th, 2020

If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.


Home-school meets old-school in the time of COVID-19:

March 29th, 2020

The very worst of teaching online is you don’t look at a classroom of youthful faces. Instead, you confront your own face. Wrinkles and hair in all its appalling glory. It’s terrifying really.


World-first tool to help medicos detect COVID-19 could save 'thousands of lives':

March 29th, 2020

The program trains doctors to spot signs of COVID-19 in lung scans.


Government urged to pay for hotel rooms for self-isolating families:

March 29th, 2020

Dr Craig Dalton says the time has come to socially distance people within households and separate even mildly symptomatic people from their families.


After our period of 'hibernation' nothing will be the same again:

March 29th, 2020

Have any of us genuinely managed to wrap our heads around what’s happening yet? Our predicament shifts with every hour.


Report criticism ensures pool plans are hardly going swimmingly:

March 29th, 2020

Things are not going to plan with the proposed $60 million redevelopment of the harbourside North Sydney Olympic pool.


Our social safety net faces its biggest test in generations:

March 29th, 2020

The strength of the social safety net will determine how we get through this disaster, how quickly we bounce back and how prolonged the impacts become.


Target and superquiz, Monday, March 30:

March 29th, 2020

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


'No chance of fresh air': Sydney airport arrivals escorted to hotels:

March 29th, 2020

Australians being held in quarantine they are worried about spending the next two weeks without access to fresh air, laundry services or healthy meals. 


Pandemic will demand dramatic expansion of mental health system:

March 29th, 2020

The tremendous emotional strain many in our community are enduring from the pandemic will ripple though lives for years to come.


'Just wild': Mass caravan park closures shatter nomads' dreams:

March 29th, 2020

The closure of Australia's caravan parks forced one couple to travel 5500 kilometres in seven days, while full-time caravan park residents will have to hunker down for possibly months.


Australia's first virtual hospital rolls out for COVID-19 patients:

March 29th, 2020

Australia's first 'virtual hospital' for COVID-19 patients will be established within two weeks to treat coronavirus patients from their homes.


'Bewildered and confused': Doctors on flight say they were following orders:

March 29th, 2020

The doctors said there was 'confusion and misunderstanding' at Sydney airport after their flight arrived.


As the day unfolded: Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 30,000 as Spain records highest-ever daily toll:

March 28th, 2020

If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.


The perfect virus: two gene tweaks that turned COVID-19 into a killer:

March 29th, 2020

We thought we had bigger things to worry about than Chinese bat coronaviruses. It is now clear we made a massive mistake.


When virus cases start coming down, we can start looking up:

March 28th, 2020

There are more Glimmers of Hope in The Darkness.


Greatest disruption to education in decades could bring learning revolution:

March 28th, 2020

The greatest disruption to education in decades may also have major implications for the way students are taught in future, says NSW public schools boss Mark Scott


Fears of blood shortages as donations drop during coronavirus:

March 28th, 2020

Australia’s blood supply could face critical shortages if donations continue to fall as more people stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus.


'Show us the modelling, give us a time frame': Experts' plea to Morrison:

March 28th, 2020

"Uncertainty makes it difficult to plan - releasing modelling helps reduce uncertainty and improve trust."


'I have to tell everyone I'm positive': How coronavirus soured a Bondi Beach party:

March 28th, 2020

Guests at a Bondi Beach dance party were exposed to coronavirus as cases spike in Sydney's eastern suburbs.


Infectious disease doctor issues stark warning on virus risk to young:

March 28th, 2020

A Melbourne infectious disease doctor on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis is warning Australians coronavirus is not just an old person’s disease, as stark national figures show the highest number of people diagnosed so far are aged in their 20s.


Can Australia sustain a lockdown with no end?:

March 28th, 2020

Many experts say a full-blown lockdown is desirable and more bearable for people than the protracted semi-shutdown we are experiencing now.


COVID-19 crisis: what will Australia look like on the other side?:

March 30th, 2020

"We have gone to lengths we haven't seen since World War II in terms of government intervening in the economy," says economist John Daley, "and I don't think people will forget this in a hurry."


My fellow doctors should zip it and let the experts fight this virus:

March 29th, 2020

Do you have questions about COVID-19? Please, don’t ask your doctor.


Social media awash with fake treatments for coronavirus:

March 28th, 2020

Snake-oil sellers are exploiting fears about the deadly virus to flog useless, and sometimes dangerous, products.


'The messiest part': The inside story of how NSW schools responded to COVID-19:

March 28th, 2020

To shut down, or not to shut down. That was the vexed question behind closed doors that played out very publicly.


Alex spent 10 days in silent meditation. Outside, a pandemic was erupting:

March 29th, 2020

Australia had 128 coronavirus cases when Alex Sagal entered 10 days of silent meditation in Tasmania. There were more than 1300 when he turned his phone on again.


We should have had vaccine already: Australian expert who cracked virus code:

March 28th, 2020

The pandemic may have been prevented if governments had not become complacent about bat coronaviruses after SARS was defeated, Professor Edward Holmes says.


'Our biggest fear is getting ill': NSW couple stuck on ship where four passengers have died:

March 29th, 2020

Peter and Carole Burke from Port Macquarie are trapped inside their cabin on board the Zaandam off the coast of Panama, where four passengers died during a COVID-19 outbreak and 135 people are now ill.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, March 29:

March 28th, 2020

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Bunnings is 'packed' despite coronavirus warnings:

March 28th, 2020

Bunnings is full of shoppers and so lacking in social distancing some staff are afraid to attend, according to one worker.


Melbourne choir master guilty of child sex offences:

March 28th, 2020

A renowned musical director who built the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus into a world-class ensemble has been exposed as a child sex offender.


As the day unfolded: Boris Johnson diagnosed with COVID-19, Italy records nearly 1000 deaths in a single day:

March 27th, 2020

If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.


Hopes Victoria's preparedness could enable hospitals to cope with influx:

March 27th, 2020

The peak number of coronavirus patients requiring intensive care in Victoria should fall within the expanded capacity of our hospital system.


When isolating at home becomes a danger to life:

March 28th, 2020

For some women, being isolated in their homes during the pandemic with an abusive partner is a grave danger.


There's one thing the coronavirus has made very clear: I am now old:

March 28th, 2020

I am not without fear of dying. In this time of the virus, I have much greater fears.


Tablet interactive: Newbies to the 'hood as Murdochs make $60m move:

March 27th, 2020

Birthday billionaire Rupert Murdoch has bought a $60 million ''doer-upper'' in the English countryside.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, March 28:

March 27th, 2020

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Coronavirus? Not in my backyard:

March 27th, 2020

The current situation is a disaster of our own making, even if we don't want to admit it.


Is telling someone to pluck their nose hairs acceptable?:

March 27th, 2020

Is there a polite way to draw a friend's attention to their distracting hirsute nostrils?


Good Weekend letters to the editor, March 28:

March 27th, 2020

Want to chat? We'd love to hear from you. Send your letters to goodweekend@goodweekend.com.au.


A fractured nation faces its greatest foe:

March 27th, 2020

The states have lost patience with the Prime Minister on coronavirus. They're mounting their own fights their own way.


The Good Weekend Quiz: March 28:

March 27th, 2020

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with this week's Good Weekend quiz.


WA resources companies to stop flying NSW workers into the state from Monday:

March 27th, 2020

The move will impact about 400 to 500 workers and their employment arrangements will be managed individually by their respective companies.


Royal commission urges qualified staff to be deployed to aged care facilities:

March 29th, 2020

Restrictions on family visits to protect aged care residents from the coronavirus may be worsening loneliness and isolation among an already vulnerable group.


Man who died from COVID-19 was father to serving WA police officer:

March 27th, 2020

“We as a family are completely devastated ... he was a very fit, healthy and active man with no known underlying health issues,” Mr Daniel's family has stated.


More than $100 million on the way for charity sector:

March 27th, 2020

Social Services Minister Anne Ruston is working on a package to bail out not-for-profits buckling under the pressure of the coronavirus outbreak.


Another strange day in the life of a pandemic:

March 27th, 2020

Cafe habitues, gym-junkies and surfers are finding new ways to cope, or not.


Please Explain podcast: US surpasses China in COVID-19 cases:

March 27th, 2020

In today's episode of Please Explain, United States correspondent Matthew Knott and national editor Tory Maguire discuss how the coronavirus is impacting the United States of America and why Donald Trump's approval rating has never been higher. 


Companies rush to register 'COVID' and 'corona' trademarks:

March 27th, 2020

A raft of companies have applied to register trademarks in Australia including the words "COVID", "Corona" and "Quarantine".


'Drought, fire, flood - now this': fire-ravaged towns brace for coronavirus:

March 27th, 2020

The terror endured by South Coast residents during the bushfire crisis has been replaced by grinding anxiety and uncertainty borne out of the invisible pandemic.


'I'm clean and safe': Brothels close but sex workers still ply trade:

March 27th, 2020

Hundreds of advertisements for private sex workers are appearing online, some citing the extra measures escorts are taking to provide intimate services safely.


From the Archives, 1982: New star extends universe by 4500 million light years:

March 27th, 2020

In 1982, a quasar was discovered 20,000 million light years from Earth, making it the most distant object discovered, shattering the theory that the edge of the universe had been seen already.


Good Weekend Talks: Portrait of AFL boss Gillon McLachlan in a time of crisis:

March 27th, 2020

Listen to Konrad Marshall's intimate profile of Gillon McLachlan followed by a discussion of the AFL chief's handling of the pandemic with senior sports writer Michael Gleeson.


Sydney at 20 per cent of normal activity as other cities grind to a halt:

March 27th, 2020

Sydneysiders have cut their travel to 23 per cent of ordinary levels and Melbourne has cut it to 25 per cent, while movement in cities in lockdown such as Rome has dropped to as low as 4 per cent.


Testing time on the frontline: how a hospital is gearing up for the approaching virus storm:

March 27th, 2020

An infectious diseases physician explains why testing has been selective - and why it is about to be much broader as community transmissions increase.


Childcare, OOSH sectors facing collapse, fear they will never recover:

March 27th, 2020

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia said mass closures would begin early next week, as parents take their children out of centres and refuse to pay fees.


The vaccines that saved the rock 'n' roll generation, and many more:

March 26th, 2020

Vaccines have become so commonplace we think of them and pray for them only at times like this.


Coronavirus diaries: How a Perth woman's bland food prompted her to get tested:

March 26th, 2020

On Monday, Jess, a fit Perth woman in her mid-20s, was added to the growing list of WA’s confirmed COVID-19 cases.


As the day unfolded: Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, Scott Morrison upgrades self-isolation restrictions for travellers:

March 26th, 2020

If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.


Tuberculosis vaccine could help protect health workers from COVID-19:

March 27th, 2020

A century-old vaccine used to prevent tuberculosis will be trialled on thousands of Australian doctors and nurses in an attempt to protect them from becoming infected with COVID-19.


A new spin on risky investing:

March 26th, 2020

A day after Prime Minister Scott Morrison had ordered all pubs, restaurants and even churches to be shuttered to stop the spread of the virus, punters were gathering to hear about stock opportunities.


'Jeff's Shed' earmarked for giant COVID-19 hospital and morgue:

March 27th, 2020

The conversion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre would follow the lead of other cities, such as London and New York.


DFAT warns ambassador after police report a failure to self-isolate:

March 26th, 2020

A diplomat returning to Australia did not self-isolate, prompting the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to warn the country's ambassador in Australia.


Target and superquiz, Friday, March 27:

March 26th, 2020

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Second developer flew 82 tonnes of medical supplies to China:

March 30th, 2020

A second Chinese property company based in Sydney flew more than 80 tonnes of medical supplies on a corporate jet to Wuhan in late February, at the time coronavirus was devastating the regional city.


Readers debate who to blame for toilet paper shortage:

March 27th, 2020

Our readers had mixed thoughts on whether our supermarkets were to blame.


Two weeks ago we were celebrating in Madrid. Now, home in isolation, I fear for Australia:

March 26th, 2020

A university student worries that Australia is making the same mistakes with coronavirus that she witnessed while on exchange in Spain.


Employers, unions do quick deals and push for the government to pay workers:

March 26th, 2020

Stimulus of the kind the government has proposed is pointless, says a leading retail CEO, adding wage subsidies such as those offered in New Zealand made more sense.


Waterfront seeks intervention by COVID-19 Commission:

March 26th, 2020

Former ACTU boss Greg Combet and retired Toll chief Paul Little are being urged back to the waterfront to resolve a COVID crisis on our docks.


Inside 'COVID Red': the dedicated coronavirus ICU at Sydney hospital:

March 26th, 2020

This is 'COVID Red' ICU - the purpose-built bastion for critically ill patients with COVID-19 and the front line for the doctors and nurses fighting to save them. 


Crisis looms for disabled, aged as home care workers confront coronavirus:

March 26th, 2020

When Grace Poland tumbled over, banging her head, twisting her leg and praying that someone would respond to her panic alarm, she felt anything but lucky. But that was six days ago.


Please Explain podcast: deep impact on the markets:

March 26th, 2020

How the coronavirus has impacted sharemarkets and super funds, and how the current crash compares to those before it.


Audio pioneer gave Australian artists global radio presence:

March 26th, 2020

Andrew McLennan helped give a voice to Australian artists, nationally and internationally.


Australian paedophile fights to stop police alerting Indonesia to convictions:

March 26th, 2020

Wilfred Mentink filed Federal Court proceedings in a bid to stop the AFP telling Indonesian officials about his travel plans and criminal history.


French illustrator co-created comic legend Asterix:

March 26th, 2020

The man born colour-blind and with six fingers on each hand became one of the world’s most acclaimed cartoonists.


'This is war': Professor says immediate lockdown will stop the spread of virus:

March 26th, 2020

Professor Brendan Crabb of Melbourne’s Burnet Institute said there should be “the strongest possible containment measures" for up to six weeks.


It took this virus to expose our meanest streak - the pitiful Newstart allowance:

March 26th, 2020

As the virus pushes many more Australians out of work, the government is finally acknowledging dole payments were never enough to live on.


Credibility: the missing link in our battle against coronavirus:

March 26th, 2020

What do we want the economy to bounce back to? It was already weak.


Hairdresser 'rulings' make a mockery of social distance messaging:

March 26th, 2020

This moment calls for a clear, consistent, uncompromising stance on social distancing that admits only the narrowest, most unarguably necessary exceptions.


Leaders can still build our trust to fight the virus - here's how:

March 25th, 2020

Trust arrives on foot and leaves on horseback: it's time for our leaders to be honest and frank.


Third man succumbs to coronavirus in Victoria as state reports first fatalities:

March 30th, 2020

A third man has died from coronavirus in Victoria, bringing the state's death toll to three in less than 24 hours.



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