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Doctor reveals how controversial app helped track down hundreds linked to Sydney coronavirus cases

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Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer says the controversial COVIDSafe app has helped track down hundreds of coronavirus contacts. 

Dr Nick Coatsworth confirmed the tracking app had pinpointed more than 500 COVID-19 contacts in Sydney since Victoria’s second wave jumped the border. 

‘That involved some 544 contacts in the west of Sydney, being identified through the app,’ he said.

‘And of those, two of those tested positive in the short space of time afterwards.’  

Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth (pictured) revealed the controversial COVIDSafe app was able to identify 544 coronavirus contacts in Sydney's west

Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth (pictured) revealed the controversial COVIDSafe app was able to identify 544 coronavirus contacts in Sydney's west

Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth (pictured) revealed the controversial COVIDSafe app was able to identify 544 coronavirus contacts in Sydney’s west

Dr Coatsworth said the COVID-19 cases of greatest concern to health officials were those that could not be traced back to their source and the COVIDSafe app helps to overcome that issue

Dr Coatsworth said the COVID-19 cases of greatest concern to health officials were those that could not be traced back to their source and the COVIDSafe app helps to overcome that issue

Dr Coatsworth said the COVID-19 cases of greatest concern to health officials were those that could not be traced back to their source and the COVIDSafe app helps to overcome that issue

COVIDSafe, which has been downloaded about seven million times, uses Bluetooth to create a digital log of phones in the area. 

But Dr Coatsworth said more people needed to downlaod and activate the app.

‘We want that application activated on your phones. If you’ve got an iPhone, an Android, if you’ve downloaded the app, get on right now and activate it,’ he said.   

NSW recorded 10 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, including a healthcare employee in northern Sydney.

Meanwhile Victoria recorded 394 new COVID-19 cases and 17 more deaths on Sunday, its deadliest day yet. 

The latest victims include two people in their 50s and take the state’s death toll to 210 and the nationwide tally to 295.

Ten of the 17 deaths were linked to aged care outbreaks while more than 2700 confirmed Victorian cases still have no known source. 

Dr Coatsworth's comments came as NSW recorded just 10 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, including a healthcare employee in northern Sydney (an airline passenger pictured being screened by police)

Dr Coatsworth's comments came as NSW recorded just 10 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, including a healthcare employee in northern Sydney (an airline passenger pictured being screened by police)

Dr Coatsworth’s comments came as NSW recorded just 10 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, including a healthcare employee in northern Sydney (an airline passenger pictured being screened by police)

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said the small number of cases that couldn’t be tracked to their origin were of particular concern.

‘Even large numbers in known contained outbreaks are, to a certain extent, less significant than the smaller number of cases where we simply can’t find the circumstance or the point of origin,’ Mr Andrews told reporters. 

Meanwhile Queensland experienced its fourth straight day with no new cases.  

Dr Coatsworth said until a vaccine was developed Australia only has ‘two blunt tools’ to tackle the virus, extreme social distancing and stage four restrictions. 

‘As we prepare, as we trial vaccines, as we prepare for the possibility of a vaccine, we must at the same time keep our distance,’ he said.  

Dr Coatsworth said until a vaccine was developed Australia only has 'two blunt tools' to tackle the virus, extreme social distancing and stage four restrictions (people pictured in Sydney's CBD)

Dr Coatsworth said until a vaccine was developed Australia only has 'two blunt tools' to tackle the virus, extreme social distancing and stage four restrictions (people pictured in Sydney's CBD)

Dr Coatsworth said until a vaccine was developed Australia only has ‘two blunt tools’ to tackle the virus, extreme social distancing and stage four restrictions (people pictured in Sydney’s CBD)

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Scott Morrison reveals the first states to welcome Kiwis as part of the trans-Tasman travel bubble

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NSW and South Australia are set to be the first states to welcome New Zealand tourists as part of a travel bubble.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday the arrangement will initially be only one-way, allowing Kiwis to fly across the Tasman.

‘We’ll be able to move on that very soon,’ he told 5AA radio.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) said NSW and South Australia are set to be the first states to welcome New Zealand tourists as part of a travel bubble

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) said NSW and South Australia are set to be the first states to welcome New Zealand tourists as part of a travel bubble

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) said NSW and South Australia are set to be the first states to welcome New Zealand tourists as part of a travel bubble

The arrangement will initially be only one-way, allowing Kiwis to fly across the Tasman (pictured, Sydney International Airport on September 29)

The arrangement will initially be only one-way, allowing Kiwis to fly across the Tasman (pictured, Sydney International Airport on September 29)

The arrangement will initially be only one-way, allowing Kiwis to fly across the Tasman (pictured, Sydney International Airport on September 29)

‘New Zealanders being able to travel to Australia – that’s good for Australian tourism.’

The prospect of Australians travelling to New Zealand is further away.

Mr Morrison said South Australia and NSW would be the first to benefit because they have already removed domestic borders.

‘That would take a lot of pressure off at the airports for hotel quarantine, which frees up more places for Australians to come home,’ he said.

The prime minister explained states insisting on quarantine for domestic travel would not be included in the bubble.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week

‘We can’t have New Zealand tourists coming and taking up those quarantine places in those states,’ he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week.

‘There is a chance that we could have Australia simply open to New Zealand because of our status and where we are right now, which is pretty good,’ she told AAP on Wednesday.

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AC/DC announces new album with Brian Johnson returning four years after he quit

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After months of speculation, legendary rock band AC/DC has finally announced their new PWRUP album. 

The band had teased the big news for days, by uploading short clips of a neon lightning bolt to Twitter and Instagram. 

On Thursday, AC/DC finally shared what appeared to be their new album cover, confirming the return of lead guitarist Angus Young, 65, bassist Cliff Williams, 70, and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, 63. 

Back in black! Legendary rock band AC/DC have finally announced their new PWRUP album

Back in black! Legendary rock band AC/DC have finally announced their new PWRUP album

Back in black! Legendary rock band AC/DC have finally announced their new PWRUP album

Also present on the cover is vocalist Brian Johnson, 72, who previously quit the band in 2016 due to hearing problems, and drummer Phil Rudd, 66. who left the group in 2014 amid legal troubles. 

In the black-and-white photo, Angus rocks his trademark schoolboy outfit. 

A release date for the new record has yet to be announced.  

Back again! AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust. Pictured: Brian and Angus in 2000

Back again! AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust. Pictured: Brian and Angus in 2000

Back again! AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust. Pictured: Brian and Angus in 2000

AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust.  

Brian’s hearing problems forced him to leave the band mid-tour in 2016.

He was temporarily replaced by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, who served as vocalist for the band’s remaining concerts.

Exciting! A release date for the new record has yet to be announced. Pictured: Brian Johnson (left) and Angus Young (right) in London on July 4, 2015

Exciting! A release date for the new record has yet to be announced. Pictured: Brian Johnson (left) and Angus Young (right) in London on July 4, 2015

Exciting! A release date for the new record has yet to be announced. Pictured: Brian Johnson (left) and Angus Young (right) in London on July 4, 2015

Doctors had advised the frontman to either quit performing live or face the possibility of ‘total hearing loss’.

‘That was the darkest day of my professional life,’ Brian said of the diagnosis at the time.

AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.

Following the death of lead singer Bon Scott from acute alcoholic poisoning at the age of 33 in 1980, Brian Johnson was hired to replace him.  

Rhythm guitarist Malcolm was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and retired to a Sydney nursing home. 

He died on November 18, 2017 at the age of 64.    

Throwback! AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Pictured (left to right): Simon Wright, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California

Throwback! AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Pictured (left to right): Simon Wright, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California

Throwback! AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Pictured (left to right): Simon Wright, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California

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The reason fire crews were delayed in putting out a house blaze that injured a woman and two kids 

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A family caught in an inferno are lucky to be alive after fire crews were forced to tunnel into bitumen to access hydrants that were covered during recent road works.

A woman in her 30s and two young girls suffered injuries after their Coorparoo home, in Brisbane, went up in flames just after 3am on Friday morning. 

The mother was rushed to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with severe leg burns, while the father, 32, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.  

Their daughters were taken to Brisbane’s Children Hospital, where the five-year-old was treated for burns to the arm and the three-year-old with smoke inhalation. 

A women, aged in her 30s, and two young girls were injured when their Coorparoo home went up in flames just after 3am on Friday morning. Pictured: Emergency services at the scene

A women, aged in her 30s, and two young girls were injured when their Coorparoo home went up in flames just after 3am on Friday morning. Pictured: Emergency services at the scene

A women, aged in her 30s, and two young girls were injured when their Coorparoo home went up in flames just after 3am on Friday morning. Pictured: Emergency services at the scene 

The family of four escaped out of a window with the help of neighbours as the blaze engulfed their Kitchener St home, 9News reports. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Inspector Rohan Wilschefsk said it was lucky everyone escaped before firefighters arrived as road resurfacing last week had blocked the hydrants.  

‘The pavement had gone over the top of the fire hydrants so when the crews arrived they were unable to find them or get access to them,’ he told the Courier Mail.  

 ‘It wasn’t until urban utilities came and told where the hydrants were located that we were able to dig them up and get access to those hydrants.’

‘We were just lucky enough that everybody go out before we got here.’ 

Inspector Wilschefsck said crews had to stretch their hoses to other hydrants in neighbouring streets, causing delays.

Despite their best efforts, the home was completely destroyed alongside two other units within the apartment block and an adjacent house was also damaged. 

The four families left homeless are being assisted by the Fire Service to find accommodation. 

Police have set up a crime scene and the blaze is being treated as suspicious.  

Investigations remain underway. 

The inferno (pictured) destroyed four properties, leaving several families now homeless

The inferno (pictured) destroyed four properties, leaving several families now homeless

The inferno (pictured) destroyed four properties, leaving several families now homeless 

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