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The $7.5BILLION infrastructure cash splash on new roads and rail projects

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More than $7.5billion will be spent on shovel-ready road and infrastructure projects as part of a plan to get 30,000 Australians back to work.

The spending bonanza will be included in the 2020/21 Budget handed down in Canberra on Tuesday night.  

The funding boost will be one of the most significant measures Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivers – pouring billions of dollars into major roads, bridges and rail networks across as the country.

‘We have been working closely with state and territory governments to invest in the infrastructure that is ready to go and can help rebuild our economy and create more jobs,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison said ahead of the Budget. 

‘These projects will keep commuters safe on the road, get people home to their loved ones sooner and provide better transport links for urban and regional communities.’  

More than $7.5billion will be spent on shovel-ready road and infrastructure projects as part of a plan to get 30,000 Australians back to work (stock)

More than $7.5billion will be spent on shovel-ready road and infrastructure projects as part of a plan to get 30,000 Australians back to work (stock)

More than $7.5billion will be spent on shovel-ready road and infrastructure projects as part of a plan to get 30,000 Australians back to work (stock)

New South Wales

The infrastructure cash splash will create an estimated 8,000 jobs in NSW, with the federal government forking out $2.7billion for projects across the state.  

Some $560million will be allocated to the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway, $360million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and $120million for the Prospect Highway upgrade in Sydney’s west.  

Other Sydney projects include a $60million upgrade to the M1 North Smart Motorway between ANZAC Bridget and Warringah.

Another $94million has been set aside for the Heathcote Rd upgrade between Hammondville and Voyager Point.

A further $43million will be provided for Bolivia Hill on the New England Hwy, $46.4m for Mulgoa Rd, and $63.5m for Dunheved Rd at Penrith. 

Some $15million has been set aside for the ‘planning’ of a faster rail network between Sydney and Newcastle.  

On the four-year pipeline is $560million allocated for the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway, $360million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and $120m for the Prospect Highway upgrade

On the four-year pipeline is $560million allocated for the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway, $360million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and $120m for the Prospect Highway upgrade

On the four-year pipeline is $560million allocated for the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway, $360million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and $120m for the Prospect Highway upgrade

Victoria

Infrastructure spending in Victoria is expected to generate 4,000 jobs across the state, with a $292million upgrade set for Barwon Heads Road near Geelong, and a $208million upgrade to Warrnambool rail line.

Another big ticketed item on the budget announcement will be a boost of $320million for upgrades of the Shepparton rail line.

Hall Road in Melbourne will receive an $84.5million upgrade as part of the federal government’s $1.1billion plan for Victoria.  

Commuters will also benefit from a $7.5million boost aimed at improving passenger services from northern Victoria to Melbourne.  

Additional funding includes a $7million upgrade to Bonang Road in rural Victoria and a $104million in upgrades to McKoy St-Hume Fwy intersection.

Commuters will also benefit from a $7.5million boost aimed at improving passenger services from northern Victoria to Melbourne

Commuters will also benefit from a $7.5million boost aimed at improving passenger services from northern Victoria to Melbourne

Commuters will also benefit from a $7.5million boost aimed at improving passenger services from northern Victoria to Melbourne

Queensland 

The federal government will fork out $1.3billion for road and rail infrastructure in Queensland.

Nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs are set to be created by the cash splash, which will go towards projects from the south-east corner to Cape York and across the NT border.

A $750million funding boost will be allocated to the second M1 between Loganholme and Nerang. 

Mr Morrison said the Coalition had worked closely with the Palaszczuk Government to invest in projects that were ‘ready to go’. 

‘As part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan we have invested an additional $1.7bn focused on shovel-ready projects across the state,’ he said. 

‘This latest investment will provide another boost to the local economy and is part of our plan to support an estimated 5,150 direct and indirect jobs across the state.’ 

A $750million funding boost will be allocated to the second M1 between Loganholme and Nerang

A $750million funding boost will be allocated to the second M1 between Loganholme and Nerang

A $750million funding boost will be allocated to the second M1 between Loganholme and Nerang 

South Australia

South Australia will receive a $625million cash injection from Tuesday’s Federal Budget, which is expected to get 2600 people back into work.

The government will announce an extra $13.2million in funding for the Goodwood and Torrens rail junction projects in Adelaide. 

South Eastern Freeway safety upgrades will get a $28million boost, while the Victor Harbor Road upgrade will benefit from $12million. 

‘The substantial injection of funding delivered in this year’s Budget shows the Government is serious about laying the foundations for an infrastructure-led recovery from the economic shock of the global pandemic,’ Mr Morrison said.

The spending bonanza will be announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison when the Federal Government hands down its 2020/21 budget on Tuesday

The spending bonanza will be announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison when the Federal Government hands down its 2020/21 budget on Tuesday

The spending bonanza will be announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison when the Federal Government hands down its 2020/21 budget on Tuesday

Western Australia

The Federal Government has set aside $1.1billion in infrastructure funding to upgrade roads, replace bridges and build interchanges and create 6800 new jobs in Western Australia. 

Motorists will benefit from a $16million upgrade on the Broome-Cape Leveque Road. 

A further $88million will go toward the Reid Highway interchange with West Swan Road, and $70million for the Roe Highway widening and Abernethy Road upgrade.

A total of $56million will help upgrade the Karratha to Tom Price corridor, while $124.8million in funding will go to the Morley-Ellenbrook line for Metronet, and $80million for the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network.  

Tasmania

Tasmania will receive $350million in the Federal Budget infrastructure initiative that is expected to create 2,200 jobs in the state. 

Tasmania’s long-awaited Sorell causeway duplication will finally go ahead – with $187million set aside for the project.

The federal government’s package for the state will also include $65million towards the upgrade of the Tasman Bridge – and a $40million injection to improve the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Devonport.

Northern Territory 

The Morrison government will pledge $190million for highway upgrades in the Northern Territory in Tuesday night’s Budget.

About 1,000 jobs are expected to be created, with projects including a $120million of the Carpentaria Highway, which stretches from Daly Waters to Borroloola in the state’s north. 

Mr Morrison said a total of $240million would be spent in the Northern Territory, creating 1050 direct and indirect jobs. 

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Coronavirus Sydney: Urgent health warning after pupil tests positive

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An urgent health warning has been issued after a student at a Sydney school tested positive for coronavirus.

Students and staff at the Hoxton Park campus of the Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney’s west are being urged to isolate after the test result on Wednesday.

Contact tracing is underway and the school has been temporarily closed while it is being cleaned.

Principal Bruce Rixon said neither of the school’s other two campuses in Greenacre and Beaumont Halls have been affected.

Students and staff at the Hoxton Park campus of the Malek Fahd Islamic School (pictured) in Sydney's west are being urged to isolate after the student was diagnosed on Wednesday

Students and staff at the Hoxton Park campus of the Malek Fahd Islamic School (pictured) in Sydney's west are being urged to isolate after the student was diagnosed on Wednesday

Students and staff at the Hoxton Park campus of the Malek Fahd Islamic School (pictured) in Sydney’s west are being urged to isolate after the student was diagnosed on Wednesday

‘NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms to be tested at one of the Covid-19 testing clinics,’ Mr Rixon said.

Parents are expected to receive more information on Thursday morning.

‘Malek Fahd and its Hoxton Park campus will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure that the health and safety of all students and staff is maintained,’ NSW Health said.

The worrying news comes just hours after NSW Health issued a serious alert for several venues across Sydney.

Bondi Junction, one of Australia’s biggest Westfield shopping centres, was put on alert on Wednesday after a confirmed case visited for three hours.

Anyone who attended Westfield Bondi Junction, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on October 24 between 1.30pm and 4.30pm must monitor for symptoms. 

Meanwhile venues in Sydney’s west have also been put on high alert, including Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park and Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant in Liverpool.

The hours for the trampoline park are between 12pm and 1.50pm on October 25, while a positive case was at the restaurant on Sunday between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Anyone who visited the trampoline park or restaurant for more than an hour must immediately isolate for 14 days regardless of their test result. 

Anyone who attended Westfield Bondi Junction (pictured), in Sydney's eastern suburbs, on October 24 between 1.30pm and 4.30pm must monitor for symptoms

Anyone who attended Westfield Bondi Junction (pictured), in Sydney's eastern suburbs, on October 24 between 1.30pm and 4.30pm must monitor for symptoms

Anyone who attended Westfield Bondi Junction (pictured), in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on October 24 between 1.30pm and 4.30pm must monitor for symptoms

NSW Health has warned attendees of three other venues to get tested if they experience COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Watsup Brothers kebab shop, Condell Park, between 5.30pm and 6pm on October 24
  • Ali Baba Charcoal Chicken in Auburn, between 1pm and 1.20pm on October 26 
  • Carnes Hill Marketplace between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday October 27

The cases that visited these sites will be included in Thursday’s numbers. 

Local Liberal MP Melanie Gibbons issued a statement saying the outbreak was concerning.

‘We are all starting to feel more comfortable but it’s still important to remember your 1.5m social distancing and hand washing/sanitising – and to get tested ASAP and stay home if you feel unwell,’ Ms Gibbons wrote.

Health authorities on Wednesday said NSW had entered a critical period in its fight against coronavirus, with concerns about low COVID-19 testing rates, undetected cases and people dropping their guard as the festive season approaches. 

Venues on high alert include Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park and Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant (pictured) in Liverpool

Venues on high alert include Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park and Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant (pictured) in Liverpool

Venues on high alert include Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park and Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant (pictured) in Liverpool

The hours for the trampoline park (pictured, lot where Flip Out is based) are between 12pm and 1.50pm on October 25, while a positive case was at the restaurant on Sunday between 2pm and 3.30pm.

The hours for the trampoline park (pictured, lot where Flip Out is based) are between 12pm and 1.50pm on October 25, while a positive case was at the restaurant on Sunday between 2pm and 3.30pm.

The hours for the trampoline park (pictured, lot where Flip Out is based) are between 12pm and 1.50pm on October 25, while a positive case was at the restaurant on Sunday between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Testing numbers have dropped in recent weeks, with only 14,382 tests conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.

Eight cases were diagnosed in the last 24 hours – with only one being attributed to community transmission. 

‘As we go into Christmas we know that people are going to be welcoming people into their homes … and household celebrations (and that will) present challenges for COVID transmission,’ Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said. 

Despite low case numbers NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people not to become complacent.

‘We want to make sure we get on top of this before we get into a season where people are more mobile and obviously in closer contact with each other,’ she said.

Despite low case numbers NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people not to become complacent

Despite low case numbers NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people not to become complacent

Despite low case numbers NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people not to become complacent

‘It’s really difficult not to let your guard down because it’s easy to think that we’re immune and the case numbers are low … (but) the virus is as contagious as ever, as dangerous as ever and it remains undetected in the community.’

She urged all businesses to get the QR code to electronically track any visitors to their venue ahead of the Christmas season. 

It has been 14 days since a locally acquired case with no known source was identified. 

There are currently 77 people being treated for COVID-19 in NSW, with only one person in the ICU.

Earlier on Wednesday, people in west, south west and north west Sydney were urged to monitor for symptoms after detection of the virus in sewage samples could mean the presence of known cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in recent weeks.

There are guidelines on the NSW Health website on how to participate safely in Halloween on Saturday, including using wrapped lollies, mask-wearing and maintaining social distancing. 

LOCATIONS WHERE POSITIVE CASE VISITED OCTOBER 28

Must isolate immediately:

  • Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park – 12pm to 1.50pm on October 25
  • Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant in Liverpool – 2pm to 3.30pm on October 25

Must monitor for symptoms:

  • Westfield Bondi Junction – 1.30pm to 4.30pm on October 24   
  • Ali Baba Charcoal Chicken in Auburn –  1pm to 1.20pm on October 26 
  • Carnes Hill Marketplace – 3.30pm to 4.30pm on October 27. 
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Coronavirus US: 94k children infected in two weeks, 800k in total

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Coronavirus infections among American children make up 11 percent of all cases in the US, a new report finds.

As of October 22, 792,188 youngsters have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Only about 100,000 children had tested positive by the end of July, meaning nearly 90 percent of cases have occurred over the past three months.

The report also finds that more than 10 percent of all pediatric infections have been diagnosed within the last two weeks.    

As of October 22, 792,188 US children have tested positive for coronavirus, making up 11% of all cases in the US (above)

As of October 22, 792,188 US children have tested positive for coronavirus, making up 11% of all cases in the US (above)

As of October 22, 792,188 US children have tested positive for coronavirus, making up 11% of all cases in the US (above)

Over the last two weeks, 94,555 new child COVID-19 cases were reported, which is a 14% jump from the previous two weeks (above)

Over the last two weeks, 94,555 new child COVID-19 cases were reported, which is a 14% jump from the previous two weeks (above)

Over the last two weeks, 94,555 new child COVID-19 cases were reported, which is a 14% jump from the previous two weeks (above)

Up to 6.9% of all pediatric COVID-19 cases have resulted in hospitalization and up to 0.15% have died. Pictured: Penny Brown, age 2, is held by her mother Heather Brown as her nose is lightly swabbed during a test for COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, August 28

Up to 6.9% of all pediatric COVID-19 cases have resulted in hospitalization and up to 0.15% have died. Pictured: Penny Brown, age 2, is held by her mother Heather Brown as her nose is lightly swabbed during a test for COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, August 28

Up to 6.9% of all pediatric COVID-19 cases have resulted in hospitalization and up to 0.15% have died. Pictured: Penny Brown, age 2, is held by her mother Heather Brown as her nose is lightly swabbed during a test for COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, August 28

According to the report, the overall rate of pediatric coronavirus cases is 1,053 infections per 100,000 children in the population.

An astonishingly high 94,555 new child COVID-19 cases were reported between October 8 and October 22.

The jump from 697,633 to 792,188 means there has been a 14 percent increase over the last two weeks.

Currently, there are 11 states that report 15 percent or more of their cumulative cases are among children: Wyoming, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Dakota, New Mexico, Minnesota, Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

Wyoming has the most with more than 25 percent of all the state’s cases among its youngest residents. 

Meanwhile, just two places in US – New Jersey and New York City – have reported fewer than five percent of their cases are among kids. 

Currently, there are 11 states that report 15% or more of their cumulative cases are among children (above)

Currently, there are 11 states that report 15% or more of their cumulative cases are among children (above)

Currently, there are 11 states that report 15% or more of their cumulative cases are among children (above)

Additionally, over the last two weeks, nine states have seen a 25 percent increase in child cases: Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Since the pandemic began, children  have made up for between five percent and 16.9 percent of total state tests.

As of October 22, between 0.6 percent and 6.9 percent of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization 

Up to 0.15 percent of all children with the virus have died, and 16 states have reported no pediatric deaths.

‘At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children,’ the AAP report reads.  

‘However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations, and mortality by age and race/ethnicity so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored.’

The AAP recommends that children, like adults, wear masks, avoid large crowds in public places and socially distance.

The group also suggests that children six months old or older get a flu shot before the end of October to avoid a possible ‘twindemic’ this upcoming winter.   

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Over the summer, President Donald Trump constantly asserted that children are ‘essentially immune’ from COVID-19 during his calls for schools to reopen. 

‘There may be a case, a tiny, a tiny fraction of death, tiny fraction, and they get better very quickly,’ Trump said during a press briefing at the White House in August.

‘I think for the most part, [kids] don’t get very sick, they don’t catch it very easily, and…they don’t transfer it to other people, or certainly not very easily.’

However, at least 1,000 children who have had COVID-19 or have been around someone with the virus have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a condition in which different body parts become inflamed.

Additionally, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report of an overnight summer camp in Georgia seemed to indicate that children are susceptible to the coronavirus and can infect others.

Out of the 344 campers and staffers tested, 260 were diagnosed with the virus after spending less than a week together, primarily without wearing masks. 

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Nearly 800,000 US children have been infected with coronavirus – and 94,000 in the past two weeks

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Coronavirus infections among American children make up 11 percent of all cases in the US, a new report finds.

As of October 22, 792,188 youngsters have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Only about 100,000 children had tested positive by the end of July, meaning nearly 90 percent of cases have occurred over the past three months.

The report also finds that more than 10 percent of all pediatric infections have been diagnosed within the last two weeks.    

As of October 22, 792,188 US children have tested positive for coronavirus, making up 11% of all cases in the US (above)

As of October 22, 792,188 US children have tested positive for coronavirus, making up 11% of all cases in the US (above)

As of October 22, 792,188 US children have tested positive for coronavirus, making up 11% of all cases in the US (above)

Over the last two weeks, 94,555 new child COVID-19 cases were reported, which is a 14% jump from the previous two weeks (above)

Over the last two weeks, 94,555 new child COVID-19 cases were reported, which is a 14% jump from the previous two weeks (above)

Over the last two weeks, 94,555 new child COVID-19 cases were reported, which is a 14% jump from the previous two weeks (above)

Up to 6.9% of all pediatric COVID-19 cases have resulted in hospitalization and up to 0.15% have died. Pictured: Penny Brown, age 2, is held by her mother Heather Brown as her nose is lightly swabbed during a test for COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, August 28

Up to 6.9% of all pediatric COVID-19 cases have resulted in hospitalization and up to 0.15% have died. Pictured: Penny Brown, age 2, is held by her mother Heather Brown as her nose is lightly swabbed during a test for COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, August 28

Up to 6.9% of all pediatric COVID-19 cases have resulted in hospitalization and up to 0.15% have died. Pictured: Penny Brown, age 2, is held by her mother Heather Brown as her nose is lightly swabbed during a test for COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, August 28

According to the report, the overall rate of pediatric coronavirus cases is 1,053 infections per 100,000 children in the population.

An astonishingly high 94,555 new child COVID-19 cases were reported between October 8 and October 22.

The jump from 697,633 to 792,188 means there has been a 14 percent increase over the last two weeks.

Currently, there are 11 states that report 15 percent or more of their cumulative cases are among children: Wyoming, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Dakota, New Mexico, Minnesota, Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

Wyoming has the most with more than 25 percent of all the state’s cases among its youngest residents. 

Meanwhile, just two places in US – New Jersey and New York City – have reported fewer than five percent of their cases are among kids. 

Currently, there are 11 states that report 15% or more of their cumulative cases are among children (above)

Currently, there are 11 states that report 15% or more of their cumulative cases are among children (above)

Currently, there are 11 states that report 15% or more of their cumulative cases are among children (above)

Additionally, over the last two weeks, nine states have seen a 25 percent increase in child cases: Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Since the pandemic began, children  have made up for between five percent and 16.9 percent of total state tests.

As of October 22, between 0.6 percent and 6.9 percent of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization 

Up to 0.15 percent of all children with the virus have died, and 16 states have reported no pediatric deaths.

‘At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children,’ the AAP report reads.  

‘However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations, and mortality by age and race/ethnicity so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored.’

The AAP recommends that children, like adults, wear masks, avoid large crowds in public places and socially distance.

The group also suggests that children six months old or older get a flu shot before the end of October to avoid a possible ‘twindemic’ this upcoming winter.   

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Over the summer, President Donald Trump constantly asserted that children are ‘essentially immune’ from COVID-19 during his calls for schools to reopen. 

‘There may be a case, a tiny, a tiny fraction of death, tiny fraction, and they get better very quickly,’ Trump said during a press briefing at the White House in August.

‘I think for the most part, [kids] don’t get very sick, they don’t catch it very easily, and…they don’t transfer it to other people, or certainly not very easily.’

However, at least 1,000 children who have had COVID-19 or have been around someone with the virus have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a condition in which different body parts become inflamed.

Additionally, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report of an overnight summer camp in Georgia seemed to indicate that children are susceptible to the coronavirus and can infect others.

Out of the 344 campers and staffers tested, 260 were diagnosed with the virus after spending less than a week together, primarily without wearing masks. 

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