Australia extends jobs support

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Australia will spend A$16.8 billion ($11.8 billion) to extend its wage subsidies for businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as a surge in new infections in the country’s southeast threatens to keep the economy in recession. The six-month…

Australia suffers 'disturbing' COVID-19 surge

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Australia’s Victoria state reported a record daily increase in COVID-19 cases on Friday while neighbouring New South Wales said it was banning dancing, singing and mingling at weddings as authorities struggle to contain a new wave of infections. Victoria,…

Tokyo declares coronavirus red alert

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Tokyo raised its coronavirus alert to the highest “red” level, alarmed by a recent spike in daily new cases to record highs, with Governor Yuriko Koike describing the situation in the Japanese capital as “rather severe”. The resurgence…

Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing

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Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 23 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday. Nine people were killed and more than 30 were missing in Myagdi district, 200 km (125 miles)…

China launches satellite for space environment study

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China successfully sent a satellite for space environment study and related technology experiments into the planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Xinhua news agency reported. The satellite, the second…

Australia closes Victoria-New South Wales border

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The border between Australia's two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), is to close after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne. The outbreak in Victoria's capital has seen hundreds of cases in the past two weeks - more…

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 160

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At least 162 bodies have been found after a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, officials say. Rescue work has continued all day for people still missing at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. A wave of mud and…

China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike

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China has reinstated a strict lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people, after a small surge in cases. The restrictions have come into force in Anxin county in Hebei province near the capital. After the pandemic emerged in…

Qantas to cut 6,000 jobs due to virus impact

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Qantas will axe 6,000 jobs as part of its plans to survive the coronavirus pandemic, the airline says. The cuts equate to about a fifth of the airline's workforce prior to the Covid-19 crisis. In March, it furloughed more than 80% of its…

South Korea confirms second wave of coronavirus

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Health officials in South Korea believe the country is going through a second wave of coronavirus, despite recording relatively low numbers. The country had been a success story in dealing with Covid-19, but now expects the pandemic to continue…

Australia targeted by 'state-based' cyber attacks

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Australia's government and institutions are being targeted by ongoing sophisticated state-based cyber hacks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. Mr Morrison said the cyber attacks were widespread, covering "all levels of government" as well…

New Zealand has eradicated coronavirus

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New Zealand appears to have completely eradicated the coronavirus -- at least for now -- after health officials said the last known infected person had recovered. The announcement was greeted with joy around the country and means the nation…

Malaysia set to reopen nearly all economic activities

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Malaysia said it would reopen nearly all economic activity and allow interstate travel starting June 10, lifting coronavirus restrictions imposed nearly three months ago as it moves to revive an economy battered by the pandemic. Prime Minister…

Japan aims to have coronavirus vaccines in use by June 2021

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Japan aims to put coronavirus vaccines into use by June 2021, the health minister said, as the country strives to be fully ready to host the Tokyo Olympics, originally planned for this summer but postponed by one year due to the pandemic. Drugmakers…