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Asia Today: Australian capital free of known virus cases

Asia Today: Australian capital free of known virus cases

Health
The Australian Capital Territory has become the first of the country’s eight states and mainland territories to declare itself free of all known cases of the coronavirusByThe Associated PressApril 30, 2020, 8:35 AM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBANGKOK -- The Australian Capital Territory has become the first of the country’s eight states and mainland territories to declare itself free of all known cases of the coronavirus. Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said the territory surrounding the capital city Canberra was free of any recorded infection on Thursday for the first time in seven weeks after the last patient recovered. There have been 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canberra and three patients have died. ACT has a population of only 420,000,
Coronavirus cruise ship finally leaves Australian port

Coronavirus cruise ship finally leaves Australian port

Health
A cruise ship that is the subject of a criminal investigation after it became Australia’s largest single source of coronavirus infections is departing the country's shoresBy ROD McGUIRK Associated PressApril 23, 2020, 10:06 AM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCANBERRA, Australia -- A cruise ship that is the subject of a criminal investigation after it became Australia’s largest single source of coronavirus infections set off from the country's shores Thursday a month after it was ordered by police to leave. The Ruby Princess has been linked to 19 deaths in Australia and two in the United States. Australia has recorded 75 coronavirus deaths. A government inquiry is underway into why 2,700 passengers and crew were allowed to disembark in Sydney on March
Australian beach closed after hundreds gather in defiance of ‘social distancing’ rules

Australian beach closed after hundreds gather in defiance of ‘social distancing’ rules

World
Australia's most popular beach has been closed after hundreds of people gathered there on Friday in defiance of "social distancing" rules.Prime Minister Scott Morrison had asked Australians not to gather in groups of more than 500 outdoors, while an indoor limit was set at 100. It was also advised that people stay at least 1.5m away from each other.So Friday's scenes at Bondi Beach in Sydney sparked anger from many, including Australia's health minister Greg Hunt. Mr Hunt told reporters that those pictured on the beach had been "putting others at risk". ...
Mud wasp nests used to date ancient Australian rock art

Mud wasp nests used to date ancient Australian rock art

Science
Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Researchers have used mud wasp nests to narrow the age range of Aboriginal rock art in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Previous surveys suggested some Kimberley painting were 16,000 years old, but the latest findings proved the Aboriginal rock art was much younger. "This is the first time we have been able to confidently say Gwion style paintings were created around 12,000 years ago," Damien Finch, doctoral student at the University of Melbourne, said in a news release. "No one has been able present the scientific evidence to say that before." For the study, published this week in the journal Science Advances, scientists collected and analyzed 100 mud wasp nests from rock art sites. "A painting beneath a wasp nest must be older than the nest, and a painting on...
Australian Open: Karolina Pliskova & Elina Svitolina beaten in third round

Australian Open: Karolina Pliskova & Elina Svitolina beaten in third round

Sports
2020 Australian OpenVenue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 FebruaryCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.Second seed Karolina Pliskova and fifth seed Elina Svitolina both fell to straight-set defeats in the third round of the Australian Open.Czech Pliskova, who won the Brisbane International in the build-up to the tournament, lost 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Ukrainian Svitolina was thrashed 6-1 6-2 by resurgent two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Muguruza needed just 68 minutes to blast past Svitolina.Former world number one Muguruza won the French Open ...