Coronavirus updates LIVE: COVIDSafe downloads top 5 million as Scott Morrison flags road to economic recovery, global COVID-19 cases surpass 3.5 million as Australian death toll stands at 97

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Queen Elizabeth II has called Scott Morrison to offer her 'very best wishes to all Australians' during the coronavirus pandemic, and to discuss the nation's bushfire and drought recovery efforts. Follow our live coverage here:

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Mr Brandis said that Queen Elizabeth II spoke with the Prime Minister about Australia's progress in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the nation's efforts in bushfire and drought recovery.Bill Gates donates $10m to Australian trial of immune-boosting vaccine

Bill Gates has donated $10 million to an Australian trial of a vaccine that researchers hope will prevent severe cases of COVID-19 in at-risk groups such as healthcare workers and the elderly.Credit:Professor Curtis said it is hoped the BCG vaccine could be used as a stop-gap booster against coronavirus until a specific COVID-19 vaccine is developed – estimated to be 12 to 18 months away but with no guarantees.

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Liz, there is a bungalow in honululu just waiting for a catch up with our PM UK is having a bad time at moment - hope they bounce back soon. 👍🇦🇺❤️🇬🇧👸🏼👑 Whatever happened to the bushfire assistance? Thoughts and prayers.... thank Lizzi ScottMorrisonMP I am not qualified to say this, Mr Morrison, Prime Minister, but well done, Sir for your persistent efforts through one after the other calamity & difficult times! Your greatness is commendable and is appreciated!

In the announcements of “things that never happened”, it was reported today that her Majesty the Queen called ... Lick his dill Lizzy on the side plate Nice to know we’re not forgotten 3. Yet she didn't call him to inform him he was fired when he pissed off to Hawaii in the last crisis... empty sentiments Lizzy

did she ask him where is the bushfire relief fund he promised that he raided from NDIS but never got paid? Did she ask him how many deaths he is planning as acceptable to balance the BOOKS what is the cost of a life? How many ppl in 90's like her will die?

Coronavirus Australia live blogUPDATE: A Sydney school has closed for intensive cleaning and contact tracing after a seven-year-old student tested positive to the coronavirus. Latest updates here: Given current position, low city density by global standards, median age 37, and that we are an island, you'd have to be irrationally pessimistic to think we cannot keep death rate (currently 3ppl per Million) below the 1990s road toll (100 ppl per Million). auspol Fkn idiots. Nuff said. Selfish and typical

Whoopee do. Our British 'head of state' calls our PM and gives us her best wishes. Tug the forelock. Curtsy. And bring on the republic.

Coronavirus live updates: Daily testing of staff at aged care home beginsDaily testing of staff will begin today in a western Sydney aged care home to help stop infection rates from rising. 9News Be kind, they must be sad and worried not seeing their families. GladysB it’s inhumane so it needs to be handled in a delicate way, imho Can’t believe this is just starting now! Daily testing of staff in all aged care facilities should have been in place from the beginning of the outbreak. But late now that should have been done six weeks ago when found out that a workers was infected it's incompetence on the Anglicare organization they should be sued and shut down ..Religious bullshit

Coronavirus Australia live coverage:As national cabinet meets again today to discuss ending coronavirus lockdowns, the federal government has released draft legislation outlining harsh penalties for misuse of the COVIDSafe contact tracing app in a bid to allay public concerns about data and privacy. ScottMorrisonMP how to self identify as an idiot auspol ScottMorrisonMP Are apple users still having the issue that they can't download or what ever the issue was

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Australians download COVIDSafe app more than 4.5 million times, global COVID-19 cases climb past 3.5 million as nation's death toll stands at 96Carriageworks, the Eveleigh-based contemporary arts performance space, has become Sydney's first major arts company to call in administrators as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc across the industry Generally people have very little idea on the damage being done in the arts&entertainment industry. It’s a bit of a slaughterhouse and the JobKeeper help normally doesn’t apply. Unfortunately Many industry businesses won’t survival Damn, great venue, feck!!!

Coronavirus live updates: Fines of $63,000, five years jail for COVIDSafe breaches; Latrell Mitchell tested for COVID-19; Newmarch death toll climbs; New Zealand records no new casesAustralians are being urged to download the COVIDSafe app as coronavirus cases decline, in order for the government to relax restrictions. 9News Government n media working hand in hand once again ...'do this or the restrictions will stay....'you want to go to the pub or enjoy footy again then download this!' pass I have downloaded covidsafe. I don't really trust the government but moving towards easing restrictions is the way we must head The UK, Sweden, US and soon India use a 'Symptom Tracker' rather than a 'People Tracker' App which seems more privacy friendly.

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Global death toll nears 250,000; 4.5 million download COVIDSafe app; Trump administration forecasts higher death rateIf you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. More spending. More debt. information about testing has been negative as if it is a terrible ordeal and this could put people off being tested. I was tested and it took probably less than a minute and was 500% better than going to the dentist.

12.Queensland schools in limbo Frank Chung Reopening Queensland’s schools has been linked to the success of the easing of COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions over the long weekend.AAP 17:56 Parts of the world are starting to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the new coronavirus will pose significant risks until vaccines are developed, the WHO's top emergencies expert says.Infected teacher rejected for tests Frank Chung A coronavirus-infected teacher who led to the shutdown of a Melbourne school says he was rejected for testing three times.

16am Queen sends 'best wishes' to Australia in call with PM George Brandis, Australia's High Commissioner to the UK, said that the Queen had sent her "best wishes" in a conversation with Scott Morrison earlier today. Mr Brandis said that Queen Elizabeth II spoke with the Prime Minister about Australia's progress in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the nation's efforts in bushfire and drought recovery. The reopening would be based on whether the current easing of stay-at-home restrictions had an upward effect on case numbers with the review to occur by May 15. "Her Majesty sends her very best wishes to all Australians," the former senator wrote on his Twitter account. "At a global level the situation is still very, very serious but the pattern of the disease and the trajectory of the virus is very different in different parts of the world right now," he said. Advertisement Bill Gates donates $10m to Australian trial of immune-boosting vaccine By Michael Fowler Bill Gates has donated $10 million to an Australian trial of a vaccine that researchers hope will prevent severe cases of COVID-19 in at-risk groups such as healthcare workers and the elderly. “Once schools open more we will create a lot more mobility … parents taking kids to school, teachers in the classroom, kids going to and from school. The billionaire Microsoft founder's funding, the largest single donation to Australia’s COVID-19 research effort so far, comes after weeks of discussions between the Melbourne-based lead researcher, Professor Nigel Curtis, and Mr Gates' scientific advisers. He believes he caught the deadly virus back in mid-March at a bar, along with other members of his family, including his nine-year-old granddaughter.

Professor Nigel Curtis is leading the trial of a vaccine to boost the body's immune response to COVID-19.” From Saturday, residents were free to travel up to 50km from their home to shop, visit a park or even go to the drive-in.  Although they may not appear to have a big problem yet, the availability of tests remains an issue. Credit: Jason South The trial is testing an immune-boosting vaccine typically used against tuberculosis called BCG. It will now expand internationally to the Netherlands and Spain with the aim of testing the vaccine’s effect on 10,000 healthcare workers worldwide. The easing of restrictions came as the state recorded just one new positive COVID-19 test on Sunday to take the total to 1035. Professor Curtis said it is hoped the BCG vaccine could be used as a stop-gap booster against coronavirus until a specific COVID-19 vaccine is developed – estimated to be 12 to 18 months away but with no guarantees. Reported with AAP. More 12. Of the active cases, 46 are in the southeast, but there will be no easing of restrictions in rural regions, Mr Miles said. Mr Tehan withdrew his comments later that same day.

00am Even a small return to normal in Italy could unleash a second and more deadly wave in some cities By Bevan Shields London: Even a small 'return to normal' in Italy could unleash a second wave of deaths that far exceeds what some cities have already experienced, according to new modelling that highlights the difficulties in reviving economies while controlling the coronavirus pandemic. Italy is taking its first cautious steps out of a nationwide lockdown it introduced two months ago. Mr Miles said the government was hesitant to ease measures in rural regions “because it’s difficult enough to ensure everyone is aware of the restrictions when they are consistent, state-wide”. Credit: Bloomberg Italy implemented the world's first nationwide lockdown two months ago, but is now gently easing the restrictions as the number of deaths, hospital admissions and confirmed cases fall. New modelling by a highly influential team of researchers from the Imperial College London has warned that a 20 per cent increase in 'mobility' over the next eight weeks could trigger a second wave of the pandemic that might claim more lives in certain provinces than the first phase, which has so far killed 30,000 people. He said the government would consider easing restrictions in rural areas if they had four weeks of no new cases and the earliest that appeared likely was the end of the month. "The impact of COVID-19 on Italy has been tragic but the response taken to limit the impact of the disease has been successful and disease control has been substantively achieved," said the report's lead author, Dr Samir Bhatt. Victoria’s coronavirus tally sat at 1406 as of Monday.

12. “We ordered these machines as part of our surge planning when we were anticipating the worst and Queensland could look like New York City today,” he said.00am Global death told exceeds 251,000 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Matt Bungard here, taking you through developments overnight. The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 251,000. There are nearly 3.

6 million known cases of infection but more than 1.1 million people have recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. In Australia, the death toll stands at 97 and there are 6847 confirmed cases. On Monday: Australia's death toll increased by one, to 97. Qantas boss Alan Joyce has said the airline’s budget arm Jetstar could cut airfares on the Sydney to Melbourne route as low as $19 to stimulate passenger demand once COVID-19 travel restrictions ease.

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