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Australia records significant fall in new virus cases

Melbourne - Australia's virus-hit Victoria state reported a major drop in new coronavirus cases Thursday, but officials warned against complacency amid a "worrying" spread of the disease in regional areas outside Melbourne.

Australia's worst-hit state 'flattening' virus curve

Melbourne - Australia's worst-hit state of Victoria appears to be curbing a virus outbreak after a week of tougher restrictions, authorities said Wednesday, with new cases falling in recent days even as fatalities topped records.

Australia's northern region to face virus measures until 2022

Sydney - Australia's Northern Territory will be closed to visitors from virus hotspots for a further 18 months to protect its large and vulnerable Aboriginal population, authorities said Tuesday.

Australia arrests two for planning anti-lockdown protest

Melbourne - Australian police have arrested two men accused of planning an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, an unusual move to stop an event that authorities said would put "lives at risk".

Australia records deadliest day of pandemic so far

Melbourne - Australia's worst-hit state of Victoria reported 15 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, including a man in his 30s, making it the country's deadliest day of the pandemic to date.

Op-Ed: How do high priced face masks help anyone? Not at all.

Sydney - It’s wonderful tale of excessive prices, useless masks, and pharmacies and consumers paying way too much for essential PPE. Exactly what the world doesn’t need with an average infection rate of over 200,000 per day for the last month.

Virgin Australia closes budget offshoot, fires 3,000 staff

Sydney - Pandemic-struck airline Virgin Australia announced Wednesday it would close budget subsidiary Tigerair Australia and lay off 3,000 staff as it prepares to relaunch under new owners.

Beach SOS leads to rescue of sailors stranded on Pacific isle

Sydney - Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a tiny island in the remote Western Pacific were rescued after Australian and US warplanes spotted a giant "SOS" they had scrawled on the beach, officials said.

Australian city orders non-vital businesses shut to curb virus

Melbourne - Non-essential businesses in Australia's second-biggest city of Melbourne were ordered Monday to close for six weeks as officials struggle to control a growing coronavirus outbreak.

Global virus cases top 18 million as Australian city imposes curfew

Melbourne - The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide topped 18 million on Monday with the illness continuing its march, after Australia's second-largest city imposed a curfew to halt the spread.

Virus curfew imposed on Australia's second-biggest city

Melbourne - Australia imposed an overnight curfew on its second-biggest city Sunday and banned people from moving more than five kilometres from home in a bid to control a growing coronavirus outbreak that is infecting hundreds daily.

Virus curfew imposed in Melbourne as S. Africa tops 500,000 cases

Melbourne - Australia's second-largest city imposed an overnight curfew on Sunday to halt the spread of coronavirus cases, as South Africa's infection count topped more than half a million.

Major Australian city in virus 'limbo' as outbreak rages

Melbourne - Hopes that Australia may have escaped the worst ravages of the coronavirus pandemic were fast fading on Friday as a growing outbreak in its second-largest city has officials eyeing draconian measures to curtail the spread.

Australia unveils law forcing tech giants to pay for news

Sydney - Australia unveiled a draft law Friday to force Google and Facebook to pay news media for their content in a "world-leading" initiative sure to prompt a confrontation with the US digital giants.

Australia accused of failing scholar jailed in Iran

Sydney - Friends of a British-Australian academic jailed in Iran on spying charges launched a public campaign to win her freedom Thursday, saying that Australia's strategy of quiet diplomacy had failed.

Australia marks deadliest day of coronavirus epidemic

Melbourne - Australia on Thursday reported a record number of new coronavirus infections and its deadliest day of the epidemic so far following a spike in cases at elderly-care homes.

Rising pop star Brayden Dunbar teases new music video this summer

Australian pop sensation Brayden Dunbar has teased that he will be releasing a new music video next month. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Australia deploys disaster teams to virus-hit care homes

Melbourne - Australia is deploying disaster-relief teams to elderly care homes in Melbourne overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, officials said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Coastal erosion — Australia’s battered coasts are a warning

Sydney - Australia has been well aware of the risks of coastal erosion for years. Now, serious damage is causing a much-needed rethink of an emerging potentially ultra-expensive major problem which will affect global coastlines.

UK-Australian academic moved to harsh Iranian jail

Sydney - A jailed British-Australian academic has been moved to a notorious prison outside Tehran, Australian officials said Tuesday, issuing a blunt warning to Iranian authorities that they are responsible for her safety.
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