Queensland Police suspends multi-vehicle RBTs

“This approach will take immediate effect and remain in place until further notice,” Queensland Police said in a statement. “The decision has been made to minimise health risks to QPS officers and the community. “Road safety continues to be a significant priority for the QPS. The QPS will continue to undertake random breath and drug testing through high visibility mobile patrols. “The QPS is constantly conducting risk assessments and considering health advice to ensure officer and community safety as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.” It comes as the coronavirus infection toll…

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Why we need to keep schools open

Prime Minister Scott Morrison referenced the concept when questioned why such a decision was made and deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly said having no herd immunity against coronavirus made everyone susceptible. “The important issue of herd immunity that we talk about a lot in vaccination is exactly the challenge that we have at the moment,” Dr Kelly said. Herd immunity is where you hope millions get a mild dose of the virus and therefore immunise themselves collectively. But not everyone agrees with the idea. RELATED: Follow the latest coronavirus…

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Multiple states cancel Anzac services

Some services in Victoria will still be held, but with wide-ranging restrictions. Melbourne’s Anzac Day march is cancelled, while the dawn service at the Shrine Of Remembrance will go ahead with no crowd. RSL NSW said it was a difficult decision to cancel all public commemoration services across the state on April 25. “Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, we simply cannot allow such large gatherings as we see each year on Anzac Day to go ahead,” acting state president Ray James said in a statement today.…

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‘I was mortified’: Virus confusion hits airport

Some were told of the strict new rule where anyone arriving from overseas has to self-isolate for 14 days mid-flight or when they checked in, leaving them with nothing else to do but continue on their journey. For non-Australians it means holiday plans are ruined, with one German family with two children now stuck in isolation at a hotel for two weeks. Follow the latest coronavirus updates RELATED: Can I still go to the gym? RELATED: What are the coronavirus symptoms? An airport worker sanitises an information board.Source:Supplied But many…

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Researchers want to trial drug ‘cure’ for coronavirus on patients

University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson told news.com.au today they have seen two drugs used to treat other conditions wipe out the virus in test tubes. He said one of the medications, given to some of the first people to test positive for COVID-19 in Australia, had already resulted in “disappearance of the virus” and complete recovery from the infection. Prof Paterson, who is also an infectious disease physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said it wasn’t a stretch to label the drugs…

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Big Brother cast unaware of pandemic

The new season is currently being filmed in Sydney’s North Head and it is understood the cast have been inside the Big Brother house for about three weeks. According to the The Australian’s Media Diary, the housemates have limited access to mobile phones and information about the outside world and therefore are unaware how much the coronavirus outbreak has escalated. News.com.au has contacted Channel 7 to confirm these reports. The World Health Organisation only declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic on March 11, when the cast was believed already well…

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Peter Dutton’s handyman ‘anxious’ after shaking his hand

Brisbane handyman Brad Johns said he was disappointed he was not told Mr Dutton — who tested positive for the virus — could be symptomatic and was not informed when he was diagnosed. “I only found out through the news on Friday evening. That was the first I’d heard that he tested positive,” he told 7 News. “I’m actually quite anxious because I’ve been trying to get tested. “Because I’m not displaying any symptoms, everyone seems to be refusing tests due to a current shortage in the system.” RELATED: Six…

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Police say Christchurch timing prompted NSW terrorism arrest

Police told reporters this morning there was no imminent or direct threat to the public but that the ideology of the Christchurch attack had to do with the timing of police moving in. The deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people took place one year ago yesterday. After a Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) investigation, police took out search warrants in Sanctuary Point and the rural locality of Parma – both near the NSW south coast town of Nowra – this weekend, just hours before the anniversary.…

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Coronavirus stimulus package: When will you get your $750?

Last week, the government announced a $17.6 billion coronavirus stimulus package designed to combat the economic impacts of the deadly outbreak. RELATED: $2 food panic buyers don’t want to buyRELATED: Death toll rises to five as COVID-19 cases surge A staggering $4.8 billion of that will come in the form of $750 payments going directly to Australians on government benefits such as the Newstart and Carer’s allowance and Family Tax Benefits. WHEN WILL I GET MY MONEY? The good news is that if you’re eligible for the cash, you won’t…

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Man charged with assault after customers brawl in Sydney Woolworths

Footage from inside the supermarket shows large a groups of customers yelling as a melee breaks out at the Woolworths at Bass Hill. Staff members and customers appear to be trying to keep feuding parties apart in the shocking video. “He hit my dad,” a man can be heard yelling as he runs around the check-outs. A police spokeswoman told news.com.au a person had later been taken into custody over the incident. A man has now been charged over the incident.Source:Twitter Police called after customers brawl at Bass Hill Woolies…

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