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Australia coronavirus live news: TGA reveals fatal clotting case; one dead in Victoria floods Australia coronavirus live news: TGA reveals fatal blood clots case; one dead in Victoria floods
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The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, have confirmed students will be the first group to travel under a bubble arrangement to be established by the two countries, with Morrison stating it will happen “sooner rather than later”.
Lee confirmed students would be the first priority following talks between the two leaders in Singapore on Thursday.
The Singaporean prime minister said he had discussed with Morrison “how two-way travel can eventually resume in a safe and calibrated manner when both sides are ready.”
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The Australian Medical Association say they welcome the release of updated PPE guidelines aimed at protecting health care workers against aerosol transmission of Covid-19.
The association have been campaigning for healthcare workers to be provided with N95 face masks when interacting with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patients since last year, rather than the simple surgical mask that was previously the norm.
President Dr Omar Khorshid said the updated guidelines went a long way to addressing the concerns of medical professionals.
An important marsupial update:
The penis of an echidna has four heads but only two become erect at any one time. Now, Australian researchers have uncovered why.
Scientists discovered the marsupial has unusual reproductive anatomy that causes male echidnas to ejaculate from only two of their four penile heads at one time.
The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Sexual Development, found that echidna penises have similar features to those of other mammals, including platypuses, but also similarities to reptiles.
The scientists studied the internal anatomy of several echidnas that had been brought into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland with severe injuries and had to be euthanised.
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The New Zealand government has cited the 15,000 close contacts of Covid-19 as it extends a ban on Victorians using quarantine-free travel.
Covid-19 minister Chris Hipkins said New Zealand’s pause to “green zone” travel from Melbourne will continue until Thursday 17 June, reports Ben McKay from AAP.
But, New Zealand has begun allowing stranded Kiwis – those who were visiting the state when the lockdown hit – to Aotearoa.
Jacinda Ardern’s government has issued an exemption for NZ citizens and regular residents to travel home, deeming their fortnight spent in lockdown to be equivalent to a fortnight spent in mandatory isolation.
The returning Kiwis must also produce a negative Covid-19 test result in the 72 hours before their flight.
Hipkins said other wannabe trans-Tasman travellers and tourists from Melbourne must wait until the government lifts its ban, and restarts the bubble.
Hipkins said there were still three cases among the outbreak without an epidemiological link to overseas cases, and more than 15,000 close contacts identified that may be at risk.
Anyone that has visited a location of interest in Australia is also ineligible to travel to New Zealand within 14 days of the potential exposure event.
Just on those Victorian floods, reporters Naaman Zhou and Soofia Tariq have all the updates from across the state.Just on those Victorian floods, reporters Naaman Zhou and Soofia Tariq have all the updates from across the state.
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It’s finally Friday, which means no more lockdown for Melbourne!It’s finally Friday, which means no more lockdown for Melbourne!
It’s Matilda Boseley here, and rather than leave my house and take advantage of my newfound freedom, I’m excited to man the blog, and see out the week of news with you.It’s Matilda Boseley here, and rather than leave my house and take advantage of my newfound freedom, I’m excited to man the blog, and see out the week of news with you.
Although it must be said, it isn’t all good news today.Although it must be said, it isn’t all good news today.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has reported a 52-year-old NSW woman died from a blood clot in the brain, making her the second person to do so out of 3.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine delivered. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has reported a 52-year-old NSW woman died from a blood clot in the brain, making her the second person to do so out of 3.6m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine delivered.
Of the 48 confirmed and probable cases of people who have developed clots after receiving the vaccine, 31 have been discharged from hospital and are recovering. Fifteen remain in hospital.Of the 48 confirmed and probable cases of people who have developed clots after receiving the vaccine, 31 have been discharged from hospital and are recovering. Fifteen remain in hospital.
Chief medical officer Paul Kelly says Australia is getting very good at diagnosing and treating the condition, reducing the chances a blood clotting incident would be fatal.Chief medical officer Paul Kelly says Australia is getting very good at diagnosing and treating the condition, reducing the chances a blood clotting incident would be fatal.
Kelly urged people to be informed about the early symptoms of the extremely rare condition, but no dissuaded from coming forward to get the jab. Kelly urged people to be informed about the early symptoms of the extremely rare condition, but not be dissuaded from coming forward to get the jab.
Down south, the wild weather in Victorian that yesterday left more than 200,000 people without power, has claimed the life of one man, and put two volunteers in hospital.Down south, the wild weather in Victorian that yesterday left more than 200,000 people without power, has claimed the life of one man, and put two volunteers in hospital.
Police confirmed on Thursday evening that a man, thought to be in his 60s, was found dead at Woodside in South Gippsland.Police confirmed on Thursday evening that a man, thought to be in his 60s, was found dead at Woodside in South Gippsland.
A member of the public on Thursday afternoon alerted emergency services to a vehicle “almost submerged” in floodwaters, police said in a statement. Officers attended the scene and confirmed that a man had died.A member of the public on Thursday afternoon alerted emergency services to a vehicle “almost submerged” in floodwaters, police said in a statement. Officers attended the scene and confirmed that a man had died.
The circumstances of his death are being investigated and a report will be prepared for the coroner.The circumstances of his death are being investigated and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Two SES members were also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after separate tree-related incidents. Two SES members were also taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after separate tree-related incidents.
The massive clean up effort will continue today as the state experiences the tail end of the wild weather event.The massive clean up effort will continue today as the state experiences the tail end of the wild weather event.
Okay, with that why don’t we jump into the day.Okay, with that why don’t we jump into the day.
If there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or email me at matilda.boseley@theguardian.com.If there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or email me at matilda.boseley@theguardian.com.