Headlines

agfest page header 2019

  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Global virus increase a single-day record -sharenews

    Global coronavirus cases have risen by more than 500,000 for the first time, a record one-day increase as countries across the Northern Hemisphere report daily spikes. Global daily COVID-19 cases have risen by nearly 25 per cent in less than two weeks as the…
  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Melbourne positive case sparks test blitz

    A new coronavirus case in suburban Melbourne has sparked a major contact tracing blitz, with more than 90 people affected. A young girl who attended the Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Bundoora is a confirmed positive case. She is linked to the ongoing…
  • SA Border Control 20200324001459069555 600x400

    SA cautious on Vic virus restrictions

    South Australia will look for an extended period of no mystery community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria before relaxing border restrictions. Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, who also heads up the state's transition committee, says that may involve up…
  • coronavirus update

    Half a million US virus cases in past week -sharenews

    Nearly half a million people in the United States have contracted COVID-19 in the past seven days as cases and hospitalisations set fresh records. More than 5600 people died from the virus nationwide in the past week, with hospitalisations shooting up 13 per…
  • sydney 2651711 640

    Border to open to NSW on Nov 6

    Tasmania's border will open to New South Wales on Friday, November 6. Pending no major coronavirus outbreaks there, arrivals from NSW won't have to quarantine from that date. It'll join WA, South Australia, Queensland, the NT, ACT and New Zealand in being…
  • World health coronavirus outbreak and international public infectious disease and global deadly virus health risk and flu spread or coronaviruses influenza as a pandemic medical conceptin with 3D illustration elements.

    Virus jab may not be suitable for elderly -sharenews

    Elderly Australians may not be able to get a coronavirus vaccine if the medicine has not been trialled on such an age group. Department of Health secretary Brendan Murphy said older Australians were considered the most vulnerable and they would be the…
  • Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews 20200914001490541083 600x400

    Andrews outlines Vic home visit rules

    Home visits in Melbourne will be restricted to one per day as the city emerges from its lockdown. The day after announcing a widespread easing of the city's restrictions, Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Tuesday how its residents can visit each other in…
  • Daniel Andrews 20200803001483241220 original 600x400

    Victoria makes major restriction changes -sharenews

    Melbourne retail and hospitality businesses can finally reopen amid a major easing of the city's coronavirus restrictions. Premier Daniel Andrews, his voice croaking with emotion, has announced a raft of changes that will come into effect from midnight on…
  • Reunited 1

    Emotional scenes as families reunited

    Emily Myors hadn't seen her two young nieces Sadie and Nina for a year. But today she was reunited with them in a beautiful moment at Hobart Airport, as Tasmania has relaxed its hard border to all states and territories except NSW and Victoria. This morning's…
  • Daniel Andrews 20200803001483241220 original 600x400

    Pressure on as Victoria records zero cases

    Federal politicians on both sides of the aisle are applying pressure on the Victorian premier to lift coronavirus restrictions. Victoria recorded no new cases and no further deaths on Monday for the first time since early June. The number of mystery cases has…
  • coronavirus update

    US sees highest number of new virus cases -sharenews

    The United States has seen its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the past two days, keeping the pandemic a top election issue as Vice President Mike Pence travels the country to campaign despite close aides testing positive. The US reported 79,852 new…
  • concert

    Summer events to go ahead under new framework

    The Tasmanian Government has released a new plan aimed at allowing various events to go ahead over coming months. Speaking after National Cabinet on Friday, Premier Peter Gutwein said it's hoped the three-step framework will permit harness racing cups, the…
  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Vic records 5 new cases, suburbs on alert

    Victoria has recorded five new cases of coronavirus and no deaths as authorities work to contain an outbreak in Melbourne's north. The cases, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, bring Melbourne's 14-day rolling average to…
  • shutterstock 1692105757

    AstraZeneca vaccine trial volunteer dies -sharenews

    Brazilian health authority Anvisa says a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has died but adds that the trial will continue. Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that…
  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Nearly 300,000 US deaths during pandemic -sharenews

    The United States has seen nearly 300,000 more deaths than expected in a typical year since early January, indicating an undercount in deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a government study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…
  • Daniel Andrews 20200914001490541083 600x400

    Vic set to open up earlier than planned

    Premier Daniel Andrews says Victoria will open up earlier than planned after the state recorded a single case of coronavirus, which may be removed from the tally. Authorities are investigating whether the case recorded on Tuesday is active or if the person is…
  • pexels pascal renet 1089303 600x400

    SA opens border to travellers from NZ

    People travelling from New Zealand will be allowed to come to South Australia with no need to quarantine under revised COVID-19 measures. The state's transition committee on Tuesday decided to clear the way for direct flights from New Zealand and for…
  • World health coronavirus outbreak and international public infectious disease and global deadly virus health risk and flu spread or coronaviruses influenza as a pandemic medical conceptin with 3D illustration elements.

    Swiss tighten measures amid new virus wave -sharenews

    Switzerland has announced tighter restrictions to tackle a second coronavirus wave hitting the country, including a nation-wide obligation to wear masks and a ban on large scale public gatherings. Gatherings of more than 15 people in public places will be…
  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Victoria's route out of COVID restrictions

    VICTORIA'S PATHWAY OUT OF LOCKDOWN: The state government has mapped a new pathway out of lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria that depends on stamping out COVID-19 cases in the community which have an unknown source. METROPOLITAN…
  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Victoria's lowest coronavirus new cases number since June 9 -sharenews

    Victoria has had only two new coronavirus cases and no deaths, leaving the state toll on 816 and the national figure at 904. It is the lowest number of new cases in the state since June 9, when there were none. And in another promising sign ahead of Sunday's…

Stranded Australians could get ticket home -sharenews

airport 2373727 640

Thousands of Australians stranded overseas could soon return home under a deal to allow people to quarantine near Darwin.

The ABC reported on Thursday up to 1000 people a month would isolate at the NT's Howard Springs facility after returning home on commercial and charter flights.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed an announcement was imminent ahead of Friday's national cabinet meeting with state and territory leaders.

"There have been extensive preparations undertaken on that matter. We're in the final stages of concluding those arrangements," he told reporters in Cairns on Thursday.

More than 29,000 Australians have told the government they want to return home but are stuck due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The prime minister said more than a quarter of 4000 Australians considered to be vulnerable had returned home in recent weeks.

"We've been working now for some months as we've been getting more and more Australians home, particularly those in vulnerable situations," Mr Morrison said.

Special Qantas flights from London and India are expected to start from next week, while the federal government is also set to lift the cap on international arrivals.

Pressure is mounting on the Victorian government to lift restrictions after Melbourne's 14-day rolling average fell to 8.9 on Thursday and just six new cases were detected statewide.

After months of severe lockdown, Melburnians are anxiously awaiting an announcement on Sunday about what freedoms they could regain.

Mr Morrison claimed the federal government did not tell states what to do in their areas of responsibility despite a concerted campaign from senior ministers to end Melbourne's lockdown.

"I'm not here to give advice or instruction to premiers," he said.

Hours earlier, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg made the same demands of the Victorian premier for the fourth day running.

"My message to Daniel Andrews today, as is my message to him every day, is give Victorians back their freedom this Sunday," he told reporters in Adelaide.

Mr Morrison has also been a strident critic of school closures, travel restrictions and Victoria's plan out of lockdown at different stages during the pandemic.

NSW recorded more infections than Victoria for three consecutive days, sparking fears the state is on the cusp of an outbreak.

There were six new locally acquired cases in NSW on Thursday, down from 11 the previous day. A further five were detected in hotel quarantine.

The state government wants more than 20,000 people tested each day after the rate fell below 16,000.

Queensland on Thursday recorded one new case in a traveller who returned from Africa and Papua New Guinea, with 15 of the person's contacts now in isolation.

© AAP 2020

Where to Listen

lafm logo47AD rgb7BU rgb7SD cmyk