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Wednesday, June 4, 2020  

Continued protests around the U.S. have health officials carefully watching infection rates, though Bloomberg notes it is still too early to gauge the impact, if any, the large gatherings will have. Florida and Utah both reported rises in cases, The Hill and The Associated Press report, with the former notching the highest daily number of new cases in over a month. Dr. Anthony Fauci told a panel of the Journal of the American Medical Association the U.S. should have a "couple hundred million doses" of a COVID-19 vaccine, CNN reports, echoing statements from other federal officials.

Australia entered its first recession in nearly 30 years in Q1, Financial Times reports, as the global economic picture continues to take shape in a post-pandemic world. Italy said it would reopen its borders to international travellers, in an attempt to kickstart its tourism industry, CBS News says. The city of Las Vegas is hoping to do the same, but changes to everyday life have hit the city harder than most and it is expected to maintain a high level of unemployment through the end of 2020, says The Wall Street Journal.

Disability no barrier to entrepreneurship - Inside Small Business

Despite the perceived physical limitations, it has been revealed that persons with disability have the potential to fare well as self-employed workers and entrepreneurs if given the proper tools and opportunities. The research project was supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage Program and industry partners Settlement Services International (SSI) National Disability Services and BreakThru People Solutions. Click here to read the full article. 

Australia set to be part of Trump's G7 expansion - The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia is poised to join the world's most exclusive political organisation after US President Donald Trump called for an expansion of the Group of 7 nations without China in an attempt to build greater cooperation over restoring the global economy following the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read the full SMH article. 

 SSI in the News 

Governments must improve COVID-19 communications to CALD communities

Federation has joined with several community groups appealing for governments to effectively report COVID-19 directives to people with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. "Information is not reaching into many CALD communities in a way that actively engages the communities and individuals to enable them to fully understand what is required of them now and into the coming weeks of the COVID-19 response nationally," letters sent to federal, state and territory health ministers state.


Refugee doctor keen, but unable, to join coronavirus fight

Posted April 03, 2020 10:15:57 Tamer Antakly's medical specialty is the lungs - an organ among the most vulnerable to coronavirus. With more than three decades of experience, he's humble when he notes he could be "useful" in Australian hospitals battling a deadly pandemic. But he can't work in them.


How Coronavirus Is Creating Unique Challenges For Australia's Migrant Communities

For Australia's migrant communities and its international students, language barriers, the disruption of family structures and exclusion from economic aid are intensifying the already harsh challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. In Sydney, restaurant owner Vatsal Harshadkumar Shah saw that international students were struggling financially and weren't getting economic support from the government, so he responded by starting a free meal service.


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