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COVID-19 vaccine wait could leave Australia divided until coronavirus eradicated

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Victoria and New South Wales could remain closed off to the rest of the country until a vaccine is found for COVID-19, an expert has warned.  

Melbourne University professor Tony Blakely said it would be ‘absolutely mad’ if virus-free states opened their borders to parts of the country that were still struggling with the outbreak.  

‘You’d be mad to open your borders to someone like Victoria or even NSW at the moment,’ he told The Australian.

‘There is a real risk we are going to end up with a split country until we get a vaccine.’ 

A checkpoint is seen in Coolangatta, on the border of Queensland and NSW, on Thursday (pictured) as experts warned Australia could be divided for many months to come

A checkpoint is seen in Coolangatta, on the border of Queensland and NSW, on Thursday (pictured) as experts warned Australia could be divided for many months to come

A checkpoint is seen in Coolangatta, on the border of Queensland and NSW, on Thursday (pictured) as experts warned Australia could be divided for many months to come

On Friday, New South Wales recorded just seven new cases while Victoria continued its bad spell with 300 confirmed cases (pictured, a local goes for a walk at Bondi Beach on July 20)

On Friday, New South Wales recorded just seven new cases while Victoria continued its bad spell with 300 confirmed cases (pictured, a local goes for a walk at Bondi Beach on July 20)

On Friday, New South Wales recorded just seven new cases while Victoria continued its bad spell with 300 confirmed cases (pictured, a local goes for a walk at Bondi Beach on July 20)

On Friday, New South Wales recorded just seven new cases while Victoria continued its bad spell with 300 confirmed cases and seven more deaths – with 2,240 cases confirmed in the state in one week.   

Victoria has been isolated from the rest of the country as interstate travel bubbles are formed, with Sydneysiders also banned from some areas.  

The Northern Territory scrapped its mandatory 14-day quarantine for interstate travellers, except for those coming from Victoria and New South Wales.

Queensland has also blacklisted Victoria and almost 100 NSW suburbs, vowing to turn away residents at the state’s borders.

Tasmania is creating a travel bubble with South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory from August 7, after closing off in March.

Premier Peter Gutwein said borders with the other mainland states and territories would stay closed because of their higher COVID-19 case numbers. 

Melbourne University professor Tony Blakely (pictured) said it would be 'mad' if virus free states opened their borders to parts of the country that were still struggling with the outbreak

Melbourne University professor Tony Blakely (pictured) said it would be 'mad' if virus free states opened their borders to parts of the country that were still struggling with the outbreak

Melbourne University professor Tony Blakely (pictured) said it would be ‘mad’ if virus free states opened their borders to parts of the country that were still struggling with the outbreak

Defence personnel are seen at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland and New South Wales border on Thursday (pictured) after people from hotspots were banend

Defence personnel are seen at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland and New South Wales border on Thursday (pictured) after people from hotspots were banend

Defence personnel are seen at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland and New South Wales border on Thursday (pictured) after people from hotspots were banend

Professor Blakely observed the country was trying to suppress the rate of the virus rather than eradicate it.

This meant another outbreak of COVID-19 was always a possibility and border closures were going to be a reality until a vaccine was rolled out.

‘No other state in their right mind would want to open their borders to us because the chance of the virus jumping across and taking off is high,’ he said.  

Federal, state and territory governments agree suppression of the coronavirus, meaning zero community transmission, remains the strategic goal following a national cabinet meeting on Friday.

Victoria and Sydney are isolated from the rest of the country as interstate travel bubbles form (pictured, locals go for a walk along the Wan walking track in Melbourne on Friday)

Victoria and Sydney are isolated from the rest of the country as interstate travel bubbles form (pictured, locals go for a walk along the Wan walking track in Melbourne on Friday)

Victoria and Sydney are isolated from the rest of the country as interstate travel bubbles form (pictured, locals go for a walk along the Wan walking track in Melbourne on Friday)

They also agreed to tighten rules on testing truckies and freight movement over concerns drivers exempt from travel restrictions may spread the disease.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly flagged an announcement in coming days on a better way to co-ordinate action on outbreaks in aged care facilities.

His comments came as Aged and Community Services Australia chief executive Patricia Sparrow called on the federal government to ‘stop what’s happening’ in Victoria because it could easily happen in another part of the country. 

SYDNEY SUBURBS DECLARED ‘COVID-19 HOTSPOTS’ BY QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT 

Campbelltown LGA 

Airds, Ambarvale

Bardia, Blair Athol, Blairmont, Bow Bowing, Bradbury

Campbelltown, Claymore  

Denham Court

Eagle Vale, Englorie Park, Eschol Park

Gilead, Glen Alpine, Glenfield

Holsworthy

Ingleburn

 Kearns, Kentlyn

Leumeah, Long Point

Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Minto Heights

Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse

St Andrews, St Helens Park

Varroville

Wedderburn and Woodbine

 

Liverpool LGA   

Ashcroft, Austral,

Badgerys Creek, Bringelly, Busby

Carnes Hill, Cartwright, Casula, Cecil Hills, Cecil Park, Chipping Norton

Denham Court

Edmondson Park, Elizabeth Hills

Greendale, Green Valley

Hammondville, Heckenberg, Hinchinbrook, Holsworthy, Horningsea Park, Hoxton Park 

 Kemps Creek

Len Waters Estate, Leppington, Liverpool, Luddenham, Lurnea

Middleton Grange, Miller, Moorebank, Mount Pritchard

Pleasure Point, Prestons,

Rossmore

Sadleir, Silverdale

Voyager Point,

Wallacia, Warwick Farm, Wattle Grove and West Hoxton

 

 Fairfield LGA

Abbotsbury

Bonnyrigg

Bonnyrigg Heights

Bossley Park

Cabramatta

Cabramatta West

Canley Heights

Canley Vale

Carramar

Cecil Park

Edensor Park 

Fairfield

Fairfield East 

Fairfield Heights

Fairfield West

Greenfield Park

Horsley Park

Lansvale

Mount Pritchard

Old Guildford

Prairiewood

Smithfield

St Johns Park

Villawood

Wakeley

Wetherill Park

Yennora

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Powerball draw: Australian is $10million richer after claiming entire first division prize  

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One lucky Australian is $10million richer after Powerball’s draw on Thursday night.

The winner claimed the entire first division prize of $10,307,848,53 in draw number 1265. 

The winning numbers were 5, 24, 15, 16, 14, 32 and 6, while the Powerball was 19. 

There is little known about the winner but it’s understood they purchased the ticket in either NSW or the ACT.  

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On July 30, a man from Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west took home $20million in the Powerball draw. 

The lucky winner said he would buy his parents a house and travel overseas when the coronavirus crisis settles. 

‘There will be a few little splurges when I first get the money. I want to buy a ski boat and there will be a new car,’ he said.

‘I have to spoil myself a little.’ 

More to come.  

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More than 20,000 Melburnians vow to stand at their front doors and unleash a collective scream

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Frustrated Melburnians have vowed to stand on their front porches and unite in a chorus of collective screams as a bizarre way to deal with lockdown restrictions.

Residents of the nation’s coronavirus capital pledged to figuratively stand together and unleash a communal scream at 7pm on Friday as a way of venting pent-up rage while the city endures its second week of stage four restrictions.

It draws on the success of last Friday’s event called ‘stand on your front porch and scream’ which attracted a 24,000-strong group of Facebook users who marked themselves as ‘attending’ on the social media event page.

Organiser Tess Roberts created the movement as a lighthearted way for isolated residents to deal with the horrors of the pandemic.

Last Friday's event called 'stand on your front porch and scream' which attracted a 24,000-strong group of Facebook users (pictured: one of the participants)

Last Friday's event called 'stand on your front porch and scream' which attracted a 24,000-strong group of Facebook users (pictured: one of the participants)

Last Friday’s event called ‘stand on your front porch and scream’ which attracted a 24,000-strong group of Facebook users (pictured: one of the participants)

‘Covid’s s**t. Everyone’s a bit sad. Just stand on your porch and scream until you feel a bit better. Let’s all unite in our shared depression,’ she wrote in the description.

Enthusiastic wailers joined forces in a cacophony of high-pitched shrieks, with many uploading videos of their efforts.

One social media user captured chilling footage of the night sky punctuated by the howls of defeated Australians.

‘I could hear screaming for blocks,’ he wrote on Twitter.

‘Joining in was pretty cathartic too. After a few minutes, but for the sound of rain drops, life returned to eerie silence.’

The movement prompted music legend Jimmy Barnes to released vocal tips for keen screamers.

Enthusiastic wailers joined forces in a cacophony of high-pitched shrieks, with many uploading videos of their efforts (pictured)

Enthusiastic wailers joined forces in a cacophony of high-pitched shrieks, with many uploading videos of their efforts (pictured)

Enthusiastic wailers joined forces in a cacophony of high-pitched shrieks, with many uploading videos of their efforts (pictured)

‘I start off a little bit low and then I get higher as I go,’ he explained.

‘I find having a good scream really lets out a bit of tension, so it’s a good thing to do.’

Participants of last week’s event shared their experiences of shouting into the ether.

‘My throat hurts but my heart is happy,’ one woman commented.

‘I just yelled out and in the faint distance heard a couple more voices,’ another said.

Not all screechers were from metropolitan Melbourne, with one woman from Dandenong on the city’s outer limits joining the movement.

‘I did it. I screamed so loud people’s lights started coming on, I could hear doors opening, I ran back into my house and I just laughed my head off. I felt so good, I felt free, I could hear a couple of other people down the road … I think I’ve scared them.’

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Participants of last week's event shared their experiences of shouting into the abyss (pictured)

Participants of last week's event shared their experiences of shouting into the abyss (pictured)

Participants of last week’s event shared their experiences of shouting into the abyss (pictured)

Not all screechers were from metropolitan Melbourne, with one woman from Dandenong on the city's outer limits joining the movement. Pictured: A participant who videoed their scream

Not all screechers were from metropolitan Melbourne, with one woman from Dandenong on the city's outer limits joining the movement. Pictured: A participant who videoed their scream

Not all screechers were from metropolitan Melbourne, with one woman from Dandenong on the city’s outer limits joining the movement. Pictured: A participant who videoed their scream

But not everyone was aware of the event and took to social media to ask others.

‘Does anyone else hear a tonne of screaming?’ they asked.

‘Weird…also it’s not in my head, it’s definitely in Brunswick East.’

The second ‘stand on your front porch and scream’ event will take place at the same time this Friday, and has been organised by Sean Icon McVeigh.

The 35-year-old hopes to continue the event each week.

‘Since the last event was a success, I thought, ‘Why not keep it going every Friday night at 7pm at least until the lockdown is over?’ he told news.com.au.

‘Just for fun and to get some of that frustration out because of this stupid COVID. It’s simple, all you have to do is go outside and scream and let it all out.’

Pictured: very quiet Bourke Street is seen on August 11 as Melbourne ploughs through its second week of stage four restrictions

Pictured: very quiet Bourke Street is seen on August 11 as Melbourne ploughs through its second week of stage four restrictions

Pictured: very quiet Bourke Street is seen on August 11 as Melbourne ploughs through its second week of stage four restrictions

Thursday's fatalities bring the state's toll to 275 and the national figure to 360. A record 725 new daily infections were recorded on August 5

Thursday's fatalities bring the state's toll to 275 and the national figure to 360. A record 725 new daily infections were recorded on August 5

Thursday’s fatalities bring the state’s toll to 275 and the national figure to 360. A record 725 new daily infections were recorded on August 5

The stage four restrictions were initially put in place for six weeks and are expected to be lifted in mid-September if the succeeded in getting daily case numbers back toward double figures. 

Virus fatalities on Thursday brought the state’s death toll to 275 and the national figure to 360.

Premier Andrews was confident Victoria’s second-wave COVID-19 curve was flattening but said that was dependent upon ‘literally hundreds of millions of individual choices and decisions’. 

While noting Victoria’s seven-day case average was falling, Mr Andrews acknowledged Stage 4’s effects would not be known until next week.

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Coronavirus denier ‘Bunnings Karen’ puts a ‘SPELL’ on Daniel Andrews to remove him as premier

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A coronavirus denier and self-described ‘psychic’ who slammed Daniel Andrews for his lockdown measures has cast a spell to remove him as Victorian premier.   

Lizzy Rose, dubbed ‘Bunnings Karen’, made headlines last month when she filmed herself clashing with staff at the hardware giant over mandatory face masks. 

Ms Rose, who uses her social media platform to spread dangerous conspiracy theories, shared a video of her performing a ‘vaccination burn’ to cast out the Victorian government, as well as mandatory jabs and face masks. 

‘Cast you and your agenda out. We say no to mandatory vaccinations against our will,’ she said in the footage posted on Sunday.

Lizzy Rose (pictured), dubbed 'Bunnings Karen', made headlines last month when she filmed herself clashing with staff at the warehouse giant over mandatory face masks

Lizzy Rose (pictured), dubbed 'Bunnings Karen', made headlines last month when she filmed herself clashing with staff at the warehouse giant over mandatory face masks

Lizzy Rose (pictured), dubbed ‘Bunnings Karen’, made headlines last month when she filmed herself clashing with staff at the warehouse giant over mandatory face masks

Ms Rose, who wore a black dress during the performance, was seen bent over a large black cauldron with a lit match held over a needle

Ms Rose, who wore a black dress during the performance, was seen bent over a large black cauldron with a lit match held over a needle

Ms Rose, who wore a black dress during the performance, was seen bent over a large black cauldron with a lit match held over a needle

‘We burn away your evil agenda. We, the awakened people, say no to mandatory vaccinations. We cast you out.’

Ms Rose, who wore a black dress during the bizarre performance, was seen bent over a large black cauldron with a lit match held over a needle.

She chanted: ‘We cast out your evil agenda of cruelty, deception and control.

‘You are to leave government, you are to walk away from your power and your position for we cast you out.

‘Hail and farewell Daniel Andrews and blessed be.’

The anti-masker dramatically threw the match and needle into the cauldron and raised her arms into the air. 

Ms Rose shared a video of her performing a 'vaccination burn' to cast out the Victorian government, as well as mandatory vaccines and face masks

Ms Rose shared a video of her performing a 'vaccination burn' to cast out the Victorian government, as well as mandatory vaccines and face masks

Ms Rose raises her arms as she casts a spell

Ms Rose raises her arms as she casts a spell

Ms Rose shared a video of her performing a ‘vaccination burn’ to cast out the Victorian government, as well as mandatory vaccines and face masks

Ms Rose uses her social media platform to spread dangerous conspiracy theories. She encourages her followers to stop wearing face masks

Ms Rose uses her social media platform to spread dangerous conspiracy theories. She encourages her followers to stop wearing face masks

Ms Rose uses her social media platform to spread dangerous conspiracy theories. She encourages her followers to stop wearing face masks

She then called for rain and ‘the heavens to open and bear down on us’.

‘Cleanse this government and all its ill will. Banish from state, territory, capital and the hill. Guardians of day and guardians of night,’ Ms Rose continued.

‘Great Mother Earth, in this cauldron of bounty, punish them, make them accountable by law, by honour. Make them hear and make them see and free our people.’

Ms Rose concluded by asking for restrictions, including mandatory masks, to be lifted and for the economy to be reopened.  

The self-proclaimed ‘witch’ uses her social media channels to encourage Victorians to stop wearing face masks. She has also filmed herself burning disposable face masks.

From 11.59pm on August 2, all Victorians have been required to wear a face covering when leaving their homes. Those who fail to follow the rule without a medical exemption can be fined $200.  

Despite stage four lockdown in Melbourne, Ms Rose has also bragged about breaking the restrictions to go for two-hour walks outside her 5km radius.  

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Lizzy Rose is a pagan witch who has filmed herself burning face masks in a fire pit

Lizzy Rose is a pagan witch who has filmed herself burning face masks in a fire pit 

Ms Rose famously recorded herself inside the Bunnings store in Maribyrnong, in Melbourne’s west, where she planned to buy plant pots and items for her ‘Viking fire pit’.

Armed with a medical certificate exempting her from wearing the mandatory masks, she fronted confused staff members.

‘I went shopping in my local Bunnings where I’ve spent thousands of dollars over nearly 18 years and was rudely illegally denied customer service due to not wearing a facial mask, despite the fact that I produced a legal medical certificate of exemption,’ she posted after the stunt.

‘Management called the police, stating to police that my exemption was ‘bogus’ which is completely untrue.

‘This is absolutely disgusting treatment of a customer and a direct contradiction to Mr Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria’s, instructions stating that no person with a medical exemption is to be refused service, goods or products.’

The video showed Ms Rose referring to masked customers as ‘zombies’ as she walked without a mask through the aisles.

‘People are so very silly,’ she said. ‘And they’re so silly and it’s so very sad that they’re not evolved enough to see.’

Ms Rose then argued with a checkout operator before turning the video off.

Ms Rose famously recorded herself inside the Bunnings store in Maribyrnong, in Melbourne's west, where she planned to buy plant pots and items for her 'Viking fire pit'

Ms Rose famously recorded herself inside the Bunnings store in Maribyrnong, in Melbourne's west, where she planned to buy plant pots and items for her 'Viking fire pit'

Ms Rose famously recorded herself inside the Bunnings store in Maribyrnong, in Melbourne’s west, where she planned to buy plant pots and items for her ‘Viking fire pit’ 

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