Victoria recorded 270 new coronavirus cases yesterday, its third-highest daily total. The state's Chief Health Officer has warned the state's ongoing surge of coronavirus cases will result in at least 200 people requiring hospital care within the next fortnight.

The number of cases associated with Sydney's Crossroads Hotel has grown to 30, and the cluster is now genomically linked to the Melbourne outbreak. Today, a Woolworths at Bowral and a pizza store in Belfield have been forced to close following positive cases, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has ruled out a city-wide lockdown. Click here to read the full SMH article.

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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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