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Mum of six has only seen her husband once this year because of Australia’s border closures

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A mum of six has slammed the Australian government for failing to use same day coronavirus testing which could remove the need for 14-day hotel quarantine. 

Cristina Williams lives with her four sons in Brisbane where she works in bio-medicine while her husband Mat lives with his two sons in Phoenix, Arizona, in the U.S.

The couple used to spend two weeks out of every month together, with one flying to meet the other on the opposite side of the world – until flights were grounded in Australia due to the pandemic.

As a result, the family have seen each other twice this year after Mrs Williams spent spent ‘hundreds of hours’ on the phone begging authorities to let her fly.

Eight failed applications, emails to ‘every government department’ and $50,000 on flights and quarantine hotels later, she was finally granted permission to leave the country to see her husband for one week in September.

Mrs Williams claims the government are actively keeping people locked in quarantine for 14 days because of their refusal to adopt same-day testing. 

Cristina and Mat Williams (pictured) live apart permanently and split their time between Phoenix in Arizona, in the U.S, and Brisbane in Queensland

Cristina and Mat Williams (pictured) live apart permanently and split their time between Phoenix in Arizona, in the U.S, and Brisbane in Queensland

Cristina and Mat Williams (pictured) live apart permanently and split their time between Phoenix in Arizona, in the U.S, and Brisbane in Queensland

Mrs Williams has four sons from a previous marriage and Mr Williams (second from the left) has two sons from a previous marriage

Mrs Williams has four sons from a previous marriage and Mr Williams (second from the left) has two sons from a previous marriage

Mrs Williams has four sons from a previous marriage and Mr Williams (second from the left) has two sons from a previous marriage

The couple knew their visits would become less frequent when the pandemic hit international shores, but didn’t think Australia would keep its borders closed for months while rejecting faster testing methods.

‘We see other countries implementing faster measures, but Australia still has this primitive 14-day quarantine.’

Countries in Europe, including Iceland, Germany, France and Greece have reopened borders with COVID-19 testing facilities in airports.

Results are issued within two days. If they are negative, the traveller is free to go – removing the need for quarantine beyond a a few days.

The Australian Government said in August that international passenger limits and a 14-day quarantine will continue indefinitely.

The couple have been married for three years and say their relationship works because they committed to living apart half the time

The couple have been married for three years and say their relationship works because they committed to living apart half the time

The couple have been married for three years and say their relationship works because they committed to living apart half the time

Mrs Williams is pictured with her four sons, left to right: Max 13, Jack 15, Cruz 12, Jett, 10

Mrs Williams is pictured with her four sons, left to right: Max 13, Jack 15, Cruz 12, Jett, 10

Mrs Williams is pictured with her four sons, left to right: Max 13, Jack 15, Cruz 12, Jett, 10

Mrs Williams says aiming for zero community transmissions before borders open is unrealistic.

‘International travel into the future will depend on testing, not immunisation. Immunisation even in best case scenarios is not 100 per cent effective.’

The frustrated  mum says it’s not realistic to think everyone can be held up at the border for 14 days for the foreseeable future.

‘I’m in the medical community and every medical person knows a vaccine is unlikely,’ she said.

‘So what’s the goal, Mr Prime Minister? What happens if there’s no vaccine, or if it doesn’t work properly? Because there’s a flu vaccine every year, but lots of people still get the flu.’ 

All six boys at their home in Phoenix, Arizona: Jett (Mat's son), Max, Jett (Cristina's son), Jack, Jacob and Cruz

All six boys at their home in Phoenix, Arizona: Jett (Mat's son), Max, Jett (Cristina's son), Jack, Jacob and Cruz

All six boys at their home in Phoenix, Arizona: Jett (Mat’s son), Max, Jett (Cristina’s son), Jack, Jacob and Cruz

After two applications, Mr Williams (left with his wife)was granted permission to travel to Brisbane in June where he had to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days

After two applications, Mr Williams (left with his wife)was granted permission to travel to Brisbane in June where he had to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days

After two applications, Mr Williams (left with his wife)was granted permission to travel to Brisbane in June where he had to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days

Mrs Williams also slammed the prime minister for his ‘immature’ request for all Australians overseas to ‘come home immediately’ and called on the leader to plan for the possibility that a vaccine doesn’t work.

‘Scott Morrison was talking to 20-year-old’s partying in Bali when he told Australians to “come home” – it’s a really immature assessment of why people are abroad,’ she said.

‘There are people who are overseas for medical treatment, with children being born, or because they have to work – wrapping up and coming home isn’t that simple for most people.’ 

Her trip to the US in September marked the second time the couple have been reunited after a disastrous first attempt three months prior.

After two applications, Mr Williams was granted permission to travel to Brisbane in June where he had to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

During that time, his wife claimed he wasn’t tested for COVID-19 or given a mental health assessment once.

‘He went downhill really fast and I was in tears everyday to authorities, asking if I could go into quarantine with him.

‘I even offered to start the quarantine period again when I got there, but they refused. He didn’t have fresh air or a window – it was shocking.’

She also asked health and border authorities why celebrities were allowed to fly in and out of the country when ordinary Australians weren’t.

 ‘I asked them why people like Dannii Minogue were allowed in from the U.S. and my husband wasn’t – what is more infectious about his blood than hers?’

The 48-year-old singer and her 10-year-old son, Ethan, were granted an exemption to fly to Australia on medical grounds. 

Ms Minogue and her son are reportedly quarantining at a private property on the Gold Coast.

Mrs Williams said her husband's mental health declined when he stayed in quarantine in Brisbane in June

Mrs Williams said her husband's mental health declined when he stayed in quarantine in Brisbane in June

Mrs Williams said her husband’s mental health declined when he stayed in quarantine in Brisbane in June

Pictured: A meal Mr Williams received in quarantine in Brisbane

Pictured: A meal Mr Williams received in quarantine in Brisbane

Mr Williams said he stopped opening the meals he received in Brisbane in quarantine because 'they were so bad'

Mr Williams said he stopped opening the meals he received in Brisbane in quarantine because 'they were so bad'

Mr Williams said he stopped opening the meals he received in Brisbane in quarantine (pictured) because ‘they were so bad’

Mrs Williams said: ‘They told me [Dannii Minogue] claimed medical exemption, which is interesting because that’s exactly what we said, and were were knocked back.’  

While the mother added she is lucky to have been able to visit her husband overseas, she expressed concern for people who aren’t as fortunate.

‘There are people who have been denied medical treatment because the borders are closed. 

Mrs Williams called on the government to consider faster testing and to lift the flight caps.

‘When I come back to Australia next week I’m bringing Mat with me because we need more time together, and I’m scared of being in quarantine for two weeks alone,’ she said.

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Bathurst 1000 coronavirus alert: NSW Health issues waring after COVID-19 was detected in sewage

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Thousands of racegoers are on high alert after health authorities issued a COVID-19 warning for the Bathurst 1000.   

Traces of the virus were found in sewage at the NSW town and could indicate an infection in someone who attended or worked at the race, a visitor to Bathurst, or a local resident, NSW Health said in a statement on Wednesday night. 

Attendees and locals are being urged to get tested for the virus if they are experiencing any symptoms.

Thousands of racegoers are on high alert after a warning from health authorities about COVID-19 at the Bathurst 1000 (Pictured: Cameron Waters celebrates on the podium during the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama)

Thousands of racegoers are on high alert after a warning from health authorities about COVID-19 at the Bathurst 1000 (Pictured: Cameron Waters celebrates on the podium during the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama)

Thousands of racegoers are on high alert after a warning from health authorities about COVID-19 at the Bathurst 1000 (Pictured: Cameron Waters celebrates on the podium during the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama)

Authorities are reviewing lists of anyone known to have had the virus who attended or worked at the race.  

NSW Health said they are conducting urgent investigations to pinpoint where the virus may have come from.

‘The sample comprises wastewater from over the past weekend, and could indicate current or a previous infection in someone who attended or worked at the Bathurst 1000 motor race, a visitor to Bathurst, or even a local resident,’ NSW Health said.

‘Visitors to and residents of Bathurst must be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear that you think might just be a cold.’

Former cricket WAG Kyly Clarke looks on during a photoshoot ahead of the Bathurst 1000 race at the weekend where she was supporting new partner Supercars driver James Courtney

Former cricket WAG Kyly Clarke looks on during a photoshoot ahead of the Bathurst 1000 race at the weekend where she was supporting new partner Supercars driver James Courtney

Former cricket WAG Kyly Clarke looks on during a photoshoot ahead of the Bathurst 1000 race at the weekend where she was supporting new partner Supercars driver James Courtney

New South Wales health has detected traces of coronavirus in raw sewage after the Bathurst 1000 in the Central West at the weekend

New South Wales health has detected traces of coronavirus in raw sewage after the Bathurst 1000 in the Central West at the weekend

New South Wales health has detected traces of coronavirus in raw sewage after the Bathurst 1000 in the Central West at the weekend

‘Symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19.

‘After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received. ‘ 

Sewage testing for molecular markers of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, started in July, adding another tool in the fight against the global pandemic.

There is no evidence COVID-19 is transmitted via wastewater systems. 

The four-day Bathurst 1000 typically attracts crowds of 200,000 people to the race track at Mount Panorama.

But COVID-19 restrictions meant organisers limited the event to only 4000 people per day, or a total of 20,000 between October 15-18.

Camping was banned this year, with spectators limited to viewing the race from reserved seating at the bottom of the mountain. 

The four-day Bathurst 1000 typically attracts crowds of 200,000 people to the race track at Mount Panorama

The four-day Bathurst 1000 typically attracts crowds of 200,000 people to the race track at Mount Panorama

The four-day Bathurst 1000 typically attracts crowds of 200,000 people to the race track at Mount Panorama

But COVID-19 restrictions meant organisers limited the event to only 4000 people per day, or a total of 20,000 between October 15-18

But COVID-19 restrictions meant organisers limited the event to only 4000 people per day, or a total of 20,000 between October 15-18

But COVID-19 restrictions meant organisers limited the event to only 4000 people per day, or a total of 20,000 between October 15-18

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Coronavirus Melbourne: Islamic school closes after student infected

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An Islamic school in Melbourne has closed after a student was diagnosed with coronavirus.

A Year 5 pupil from East Preston Islamic College in the city’s north tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after attending classes on Monday and Tuesday.

The boy’s siblings had been recently diagnosed with the deadly disease.

East Preston Islamic College (pictured) closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19

East Preston Islamic College (pictured) closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19

East Preston Islamic College (pictured) closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19

‘He had other siblings that were cleared of the virus on the 17th [of October],’ college principal Ekrem Ozyurek said, as reported by The Age. 

Mr Ozyurek thought there had been a miscommunication among the family to send the child to school while considered a close contact. 

‘We’re not trying to find a fault in this one,’ he said. ‘The best thing is to see what we can do from now on.’

The school has been in contact with the Department of Health, with Mr Ozyurek opting to temporarily close. 

‘I’m hoping and praying that the classroom teacher has not picked up anything,’ Mr Ozyurek said.

Preston and Heidelberg community members were texted on Wednesday and advised to be immediately tested if they have any symptoms.

Medical staff test motorists at a Melbourne drive through coronavirus testing facility on August 13

Medical staff test motorists at a Melbourne drive through coronavirus testing facility on August 13

Medical staff test motorists at a Melbourne drive through coronavirus testing facility on August 13

Victoria recorded three new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with no deaths as pressure mounts on Premier Daniel Andrews to reopen the state.

The latest figures brought Melbourne’s daily case average to 6.2, while the number of mystery cases from October 5-18 also fell to ten. The corresponding figures for regional Victoria remain steady at 0.4 and none.

As community transmission continues to decline, residents and businesses are losing patience with Victoria’s strict lockdown restrictions.  

Managing directors and CEOs of Australia’s biggest companies – who collectively employ 200,000 people- have called on the premier to immediately lift Melbourne’s lockdown, arguing the measures are ‘unsustainable’ and hurting the community.

In an open letter, seven leaders of Coca-Cola Amatil, Commonwealth Bank, BHP, Newcrest Mining, Wesfarmers, Orica and Incitec Pivot said it is ‘critical to Victoria’s economic future’ to reopen before November 1.

Victoria has recorded three new cases on Wednesday. Pictured: People wearing masks walking through Melbourne's CBD on Monday

Victoria has recorded three new cases on Wednesday. Pictured: People wearing masks walking through Melbourne's CBD on Monday

Victoria has recorded three new cases on Wednesday. Pictured: People wearing masks walking through Melbourne’s CBD on Monday

‘The current situation is not sustainable. Victorians are hurting badly, personally and economically,’ the letter to Mr Andrews read. 

‘Our state is facing social and economic challenges of an unprecedented scale, and which will take many years to resolve. All this raises serious questions about how we will attract future talent to Victoria.

‘We urge you now, in light of the excellent recent progress, to permit the careful and staged return to the workplace of office workers and the small businesses that provide services to them.’

Melburnians are currently required to work from home unless they have a permitted worker permit, which only includes essential industries. Regional Victorians do not need a permit unless they travel to Melbourne for work. 

Mr Andrews said he will have more to say later this week about easing restrictions ahead of schedule.

Business leaders have called on Premier Daniel Andrews to reopen the state as rates of community transmission continue to decline

Business leaders have called on Premier Daniel Andrews to reopen the state as rates of community transmission continue to decline

Business leaders have called on Premier Daniel Andrews to reopen the state as rates of community transmission continue to decline

‘It’s very important that we see this thing off properly, so Sunday will be a day where we can have more to say,’ he said. 

Retail and hospitality businesses were to remain closed until November 1, but it appears that may be brought forward by a week. 

The state’s death toll remains at 817 and the national figure is 905. Victoria has had only one death in the past week.

Residents of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have been trapped at home since the second lockdown began on July 9.

The city’s second lockdown is currently in its 15th week, although Mr Andrews eased some restrictions on Sunday.

Under the new rules, groups of up to 10 people from two households can gather outdoors and tennis courts, skate parks and golf courses will reopen.

Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders.

Mr Andrews eased some restrictions on Sunday, permitting groups of ten from two households to gather outdoors and some sporting areas and hairdressers to reopen. Pictured: A man visiting a barber on Monday after some lockdown measures were lifted

Mr Andrews eased some restrictions on Sunday, permitting groups of ten from two households to gather outdoors and some sporting areas and hairdressers to reopen. Pictured: A man visiting a barber on Monday after some lockdown measures were lifted

Mr Andrews eased some restrictions on Sunday, permitting groups of ten from two households to gather outdoors and some sporting areas and hairdressers to reopen. Pictured: A man visiting a barber on Monday after some lockdown measures were lifted

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JS Health: Jessica Sepel shares THREE simple tips for glowing skin 

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Australian nutritionist Jessica Sepel has shared her tips on how to achieve glowing skin from the inside out.

The Sydney JS Health founder shared the insight on her website and recommends drinking plenty of water everyday, getting enough sleep and eating nutritious omega-3 fatty food to nourish the skin.

While it’s important to assist the skin through store-bought products or prescriptions, it’s just as essential to maintain a well-balanced diet in order to prevent breakouts.

Nutritionist Jessica Sepel (pictured) recommends drinking plenty of water every day, getting enough sleep and eating nutritious food to nourish the skin

Nutritionist Jessica Sepel (pictured) recommends drinking plenty of water every day, getting enough sleep and eating nutritious food to nourish the skin

Nutritionist Jessica Sepel (pictured) recommends drinking plenty of water every day, getting enough sleep and eating nutritious food to nourish the skin

Drink plenty of water

First Jessica recommended drinking at least two litres of water each day to hydrate the body and prevent or assist with flaky skin.

‘Water plays a really important role in digestion, absorption of nutrients, and removing toxins from your body,’ Jessica said.

‘Drinking more water flushes these toxins out, and boosts the moisture of your skin – so you can get the glowing skin you’ve always wanted.’

Drinking plenty of water will also keep other bodily organs hydrated, including the kidneys and blood vessels.

Jessica's first recommendation involves drinking at least two litres of water each day to hydrate the body and prevent or assist with flaky skin

Jessica's first recommendation involves drinking at least two litres of water each day to hydrate the body and prevent or assist with flaky skin

Jessica’s first recommendation involves drinking at least two litres of water each day to hydrate the body and prevent or assist with flaky skin

Get enough sleep each night

It’s also essential to get enough sleep each night in order for the skin cells to reform and heal any damaged areas. 

‘When we sleep, our skin repairs itself from damage, inflammation and harmful chemicals it’s been exposed to throughout the day,’ Jessica said.

‘Sleep also enhances collagen production, to prevent fine lines and signs of ageing.’

It’s optimum for adults to have between seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to keep the skin healthy.

Jessica also recommends consuming foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and getting between seven to nine hours of sleep each night

Jessica also recommends consuming foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and getting between seven to nine hours of sleep each night

Jessica also recommends consuming foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and getting between seven to nine hours of sleep each night 

Eat more healthy fats

Jessica also strongly recommends consuming foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids to not only help with skin conditions, but to also prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Foods such as fish, nuts, avocado and olive oil ‘provide hydration and elasticity’ to the skin as well as help reduce inflammation in the body.

This is beneficial to those who suffer from eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, which are three irritating skin conditions. 

‘Omega-3 can improve your skin barrier function, to keep moisture in and irritants out,’ Jessica said.

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