Australia’s Victoria reports 108 new coronavirus cases, biggest jump in over 3 months

SYDNEY - Australia’s second most-populous state, Victoria, reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases since late March on Saturday, forcing it to expand stay-at-home orders to two more suburbs and sending nine public housing towers in a complete lockdown.The southeastern state recorded 108

Coronavirus: Australia reports first death in a month

Australia's second most populous state on Wednesday said a man in his 80s died overnight from the coronavirus, the country's first death from the virus in more than a month, as the state logged a double digit rise in cases for the eighth straight day. Victoria state reported 20 overnight cases, Vic

New Zealand clears its last COVID-19 case

New Zealand has no active COVID-19 cases after the country’s final patient was given the all clear and released from isolation, health authorities said Monday.The milestone was “really good news” and an achievement the whole of New Zealand could take heart from, health department d

Australia probing US police assault on its journalists: Foreign minister

Australia is investigating a US police attack on two Australian television journalists outside the White House, the foreign minister said Tuesday, expressing “strong concerns” about the assault caught live on camera.“We have asked the Australian embassy in Washington, DC to investi

Australia searches for 2,700 cruise passengers

Australia issued an urgent call for 2,700 cruise ship passengers who disembarked in central Sydney to isolate themselves and contact authorities Friday, after four travelers tested positive for COVID-19. New South Wales authorities said they had deemed the New Zealand-bound Ruby Princess “low

Heavy rains dampen fires in Australia's Queensland state, cause flooding

Australia’s bushfire-stricken state of Queensland saw heavy rainfalls on Sunday dampening some of the fires that have razed 2.5 million hectares (1.2 million acres) of land since September, but the wet weather caused major flooding. Some areas received a quarter of the annual average rainfall

Smoke haze settles over Australian capital as bushfires burn

Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital Sunday 12-8-2019, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week. Australia is experiencing a horrific start to its fire season, which scientists say began earlier and is more ex

Australia warns of 'catastrophic' fires on Tuesday

Firefighters in Australia have given warnings of a “catastrophic” blaze for the Greater Sydney area on Tuesday 12-11-2019, with weather conditions set to worsen. A state-wide fire ban was put in place for all of New South Wales, Australia’s most populated state, for Monday and Tue

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