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Live updates4mminutes agoFriFriday 10 JulJuly 2020 at 10:29pm

By Michael Doyle

Influx of holiday makers enter Queensland ABC News: Lucy Robinson


A surge of arrivals to Queensland are expected to face another lengthy wait at the border, a day after the state lifted coronavirus travel bans on most interstate visitors.

A major police operation will continue to screen arrivals including at the busiest border crossings at the Gold Coast, where tourism operators are banking on an influx of New South Wales school holiday revellers.

As of Friday, more than 314,000 people downloaded passes to enter Queensland within seven days.

25mminutes agoFriFriday 10 JulJuly 2020 at 10:08pm

By Michael Doyle

Should my children be wearing masks?


Hi Michael, good morning to you!Could you find any advice on children and masks. I’m worried for my kids (4 and 2 years) to be exposed to the virus. But I’ve heard masks are not advised for children under 12 given they do not provide adequate oxygen supply. I’m not sure the wider public are aware other than kids do not need to wear them, but they actually should not wear them. Thanks for shedding some light. Have a wonderful Saturday and thanks for the great blog!



Good morning Alex. 

The best I can do for you, is guide you to the most recent advice put out by the Australian Government’s Department of Health. 

The latest advice was published on Thursday and does not specifically mention children. 

Masks are still not generally recommended; however, if you are in a situation where you cannot social distance, a mask could provide some protection. 

If you considering what is best for your children, I would suggest having a chat with your GP.

Hope this helps, and thanks for your kind words about our blog. 

35mminutes agoFriFriday 10 JulJuly 2020 at 9:58pm

By Michael Doyle

What it was like in Melbourne’s public housing towersSupplied: Lisa Peters

Nurse Lisa Peters has written this piece about her experience over the past week, testing residents in two of Melbourne’s public housing towers. 

She has detailed how grateful and thankful many of the residents were, and the fear they have during this difficult time.

“I have so many wonderful memories of the past few days, all positive. I’d like the broader community to understand that sometimes media portrayals of what goes on are not necessarily true.”

51mminutes agoFriFriday 10 JulJuly 2020 at 9:42pm

By Michael Doyle

Key EventApproval granted to possible COVID-19 drug

Australia’s first COVID-19 treatment option, Remdesivir, has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The drug received provisional approval for use in adults with severe COVID-19 symptoms as a promising treatment option to reduce hospitalisation times.

However, it will not be available to everybody, and can only be used in adults and adolescents in hospital with severe infections.

While the approval is a major milestone in Australia’s struggle against the pandemic, it has not been shown to prevent coronavirus infection.

1hhour agoFriFriday 10 JulJuly 2020 at 9:25pm

By Michael Doyle

What you need to know about airborne spread ABC News: Patrick RoccaAfter an urgent plea from hundreds of scientists, the World Health Organization says it “cannot rule out” the risk of coronavirus spreading through the air in some indoor settings and has issued new advice.

While there is a lot of confusion about what you should and should not worry about, the ABC has put together this piece to help you out. 

1hhour agoFriFriday 10 JulJuly 2020 at 9:11pm

By Michael Doyle

Key EventNew record set for daily coronavirus cases


Global coronavirus cases have risen by 228,102 on Friday.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The previous WHO record for new cases was 212,326 on July 4. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 12 million on Wednesday marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 555,000 people in seven months.


Reporting by Reuters.

1hhour agoFriFriday 10 JulJuly 2020 at 9:00pm

By Michael Doyle

Good morning sunshine

A very good morning to you all, welcome back to the coronavirus blog for another day. 

Michael Doyle at your service, here to guide you through the news and updates throughout today. 

ICYMI, here is what made headlines overnight: 

Australia’s first COVID-19 treatment option, Remdesivir, has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods AdministrationGlobal coronavirus cases have risen by 228,102 in 24 hours on FridayAn advance team from the World Health Organization has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the coronavirusA business association in Spain says making people wear face masks will be bad for tourism 

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