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Friday, July 31, 2020  

California posted its third straight day of record-high deaths in the state, the fourth time this month it has done so, according to The Los Angeles Times. Similarly, Texas reported a record-high death rate, The Hill reports, as southern states continue to drive the increase in cases across the country, says USA Today.

Official economic data out today showed the largest contraction in decades, Reuters reports, with the bulk of the slowdown coming in April and gradually improving in May and June.

People with disability: employer concerns - The Sydney Morning Herald

The 4.3 million people in Australia living with disability are twice as likely to be unemployed as the rest of the population. And if they happen to have a job, they’re disproportionately working fewer hours than they desire and for less pay. This unfortunate and unnecessary situation is perpetuated by employers’ pessimistic (and inaccurate) views. Click here to read the full SMH article. 

Two teenagers at centre of Queensland's COVID-19 scare identified - The Sydney Morning Herald

The two 19-year-old women who have triggered a public health alert in south-east Queensland after bringing COVID-19 into the state have been identified. Queensland Health has issued public health alerts for 11 locations across Brisbane's south and CBD where the two returned travellers went about their lives for a week before testing positive. 

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Men’s mental health and wellbeing - SBS Radio

Men are often taught to stay strong no matter what adversity they face in life. But dreams of resettlement in Australia can sometimes crumble when emotions get out of control and family relationships fall apart. 

Settlement Services International (SSI) project coordinator Jessica Harkins runs the Building Stronger Families program in partnership with Relationships Australia NSW for men over the age of 18 who have used violence or abusive behaviours in a domestic relationship. Click here to read the full SBS News article. 

Coronavirus LIVE: QLD border to close to Greater Sydney residents - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria recorded 295 new cases on Tuesday, its lowest daily increase in more than a week. The state saw nine additional deaths, including seven in aged care facilities. The Victorian death toll is at 92 and the national death toll is at 176.

In NSW, four Sydney schools have closed today after being connected to coronavirus cases. The state reported 19 new cases on Wednesday as Queensland announced it would be closing its borders to all Sydneysiders from Saturday. Click here to read the SMH live news feed.

 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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