Covid-19

FREE MELBOURNE: Shops, restaurants, and pubs reopen this Wednesday as lockdown laws ease

- October 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced the most significant easing of Melbourne’s coronavirus restrictions since the state went into “stage 3” lockdown on July 9. From 11.59pm on Tuesday night, retail, restaurants, cafes and bars will finally be able to open up in Melbourne. Gatherings of up to ten people outdoors are now allowed from… Read more »

Healthtech

Queensland biotech Microbio has developed a rapid Covid-19 test that can also tell if you are infectious

- October 26, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australian biotech venture Microbio announced this week that it has developed a new type of COVID-19 test with the potential to both determine if someone has the virus and also indicate whether they are infectious. The Brisbane-based startup says its InfectID-COVID-19-R test has been independently validated to identify the presence of the virus when still… Read more »

Coronavirus

‘CAUTIOUS PAUSE’: Victorian Premier puts Melbourne reopening on hold amid Covid-19 outbreak in city’s north

- October 25, 2020 3 MIN READ

Expectations that Victoria would begin to ease lockdown restrictions in Melbourne earlier than the planned have been put on hold by Premier Daniel Andrews as the state deals with a minor Covid-19 outbreak in the city’s Northern metro area. Andrews labelled it a “cautious pause”, but offered some hope that an announcement on easing could be… Read more »

Covid-19

Commonly asked questions about what you can and can’t do in Melbourne and Victoria right now

- October 21, 2020 4 MIN READ

Victoria recorded one new case of COVID-19 on Monday, another fantastic result that suggests the coronavirus outbreak there is now being well controlled. Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday the state was “well placed this weekend to be able to make very significant announcements about a further step to opening”. Yesterday there were 3 new… Read more »

News & Analysis

Victoria is easing lockdown restrictions – amid hopes to open up more ahead of November 1

- October 18, 2020 5 MIN READ

Melburnians will be able to roam up to 25km from their home from midnight tonight, with outdoor real estate auctions returning, as well as tennis courts, golf courses and skateparks reopening under a softening of Victoria’s lockdown restrictions announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday. The “third step” to reopen retail, hospitality, gyms, and personal… Read more »

News & Analysis

Melbourne is starting to lift restrictions ahead of schedule – here’s what you need to know

- September 28, 2020 2 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced an end to the curfew and a COVID-safe return to work for 127,000 Melburnians, as restrictions were eased at midnight Sunday night. He has also flagged a provisional early lifting of many other aspects of the lockdown on October 19. The downward trend in new COVID-19 cases has been… Read more »

Healthtech

Science says wearing a mask can dramatically reduce your risk of catching Covid-19

- September 22, 2020 2 MIN READ

Tests of commonly available fabric masks by scientists at Flinders University has concluded that they significantly reduce the number of aerosolised viruses a wearer could be exposed to. The study, published in Pathogens, found even the poorest performing mask filtered at least 50% of viruses. The viral filtration (VFE) was calculated for two sizes of… Read more »

News & Analysis

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE: Victoria aims to relax lockdown restrictions slowly with a festive season goal of stage 1

- September 6, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Victorian government today announced the eagerly anticipated roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown. It features several steps that reflect a much slower relaxing of restrictions than last time around. While the government has provided a provisional time frame for the various steps, it is data, not dates, that will determine when restrictions are actually eased.… Read more »

News & Analysis

THE LIST: What Victorian businesses must close or can stay open under new stage 4 covid-19 restrictions

- August 3, 2020 3 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced another 250,000 workers will be sent home from their workplace – to either work from home or without a job for the next six weeks – under tough new lockdowns in a bid to slow the state’s growing covid-19 numbers. “If we’re serious about driving this thing down – and… Read more »

News & Analysis

Australia’s unemployment rate will top 9% as we head to Christmas, Treasurer says

- July 23, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australia’s unemployment rate is predicted to hit 9.25% in the December quarter this year as the shockwaves from the Covid-19 pandemic continue to hit the national economy, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in updating the government’s budget figure In the Economic and Fiscal Update released today, the Treasurer said 700,000 jobs had been saved as a… Read more »

News & Analysis

JobKeeper and JobSeeker stay until March 2021 – but in a reduced two-tier scheme

- July 21, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Australian government’s lifeline to small businesses and the unemployed – JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments – will be extended past their original September cut-off date to continue to provide support during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Prime minister Scott Morrison announced today that the wage subsidy program and unemployment benefit schemes would extend for a further… Read more »

Opinion

COVIDSafe is a dud: it’s time Australia joined the international effort on contact tracing

- July 3, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the world. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told The Project the COVIDSafe app was “a great platform”. When it comes down to it, is the… Read more »