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Health authorities racing to contain cluster as NSW records 14 new COVID-19 cases


NSW Health authorities are racing to contain a COVID-19 cluster that has spread from a gym in Sydney’s CBD to suburbs in the city’s north, west and as far as the Central Coast.

Eight of the 14 new cases detected in NSW in the last 24-hour reporting period are linked to the Sydney CBD cluster that is believed to have stemmed from the gym at the City Tattersalls Club on Pitt Street.

Workers go into the City Tattersalls gym to deep-clean it on Wednesday.

Workers go into the City Tattersalls gym to deep-clean it on Wednesday.Credit:Nine

The new cases take the cluster’s total to 23, with health authorities warning the cluster is likely to grow.

Of the eight new cluster cases, three attended the City Tattersalls Club, three are known contacts of previously reported cases and two are household contacts of previously reported cases, NSW Health spokeswoman Dr Ch...

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‘Nobody wants a lockdown’: Warm weather clouded by worries about more beach closures


Waverley mayor Paula Masselos said she is confident beaches will remain open, but is “absolutely” concerned about large crowds flocking to Bondi and Bronte as temperatures rise.

Sunbathers stretched out on the sand and grassed areas, swimmers braved the chilled water and the promenade along Bondi Beach was filled with walkers and joggers on Saturday under the watchful gaze of police, lifeguards, rangers and council ambassadors.

North Bondi's outdoor gym was busy with muscle-bound men flexing and posing on Saturday.

North Bondi’s outdoor gym was busy with muscle-bound men flexing and posing on Saturday.Credit:Steven Siewert

Cr Masselos said “everyone seemed to be behaving well”, but with warmer weather forecast on Sunday, she said beachgoers should avoid the beach if it looks busy.

“We need to remember that we are still in a pandemic and we need to adapt our behaviour to
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Photos of the week, August 27, 2020


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Bondi’s lifeguards will use the warm weather on the weekend as a test run for summer. Currrently beachgoers must sit at least a “towel length” apart and individual groups must consist of no more than 20.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Hazard reduction burns in Westleigh, northern Sydney. The benefits of hazard-reduction burning delivered has been shown to deliver mixed benefits in reducing bushfire risks during the record-breaking 2019-20 season.
Credit:Nick Moir

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Buses transport 366 guests in hotel quarantine at Travelodge in Surry Hills, Sydney, to another location, after it was determined their current location not suitable. Police reviewed infection control protocols for hotel quarantine staff after two security guards tested positive for COVID-19.Credit:James Brickwood

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria reports 94 new COVID-19 cases; NSW hopes clusters reduce as Australian death toll jumps to 602

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Cupcakes, as everyone knows, serve a single, noble purpose: they lift the spirits.

And so when one of my daughters, living in country Victoria, baked a batch of cupcakes, she thought of her sister and baby niece locked away in sombre, curfewed Melbourne.

Cupcakes ready for mailing.

Cupcakes ready for mailing.Credit:Tony Wright

Frosting her creations with swirls of chocolate icing, my daughter set to thinking about how she could have one of these mood-enhancing dainties delivered to her sister and baby hunkered behind the ring of steel that is Victoria’s capital city these days.

Carefully snugging a cake into a little plastic container, she hurried to...

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Five-year-old boy critical after alleged assault in Cabramatta home


A five-year-old boy is in a critical condition after allegedly being severely beaten with a wooden stick in a Cabramatta home overnight.

Police have charged a 20-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman after finding the child suffering serious injuries at the home on Chadderton Street at 9.50pm on Friday.

The boy was transffered to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a critical condition.

The boy was transffered to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a critical condition.Credit:Edwina Pickles

The boy was treated at the scene before being taken to Liverpool Hospital. He was then transferred to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead where he is in a critical condition.

Officers from Fairfield City Police Area Command arrested the man and woman – who are known to the child – were arrested at the home.

Police allege the child was seriously injured during a domestic-r...

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria aims for less COVID-19 cases; NSW hopes clusters reduce as Australian death toll jumps to 584

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  • Victoria will aim for a lower number of new cases after recording 113 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths on Friday.
  • NSW recorded 13 new cases on Friday and Premier Gladys Berejiklian has asked people to keep up social distancing this weekend with warm weather expected.
  • Queensland reported three new cases on Friday with all connected to the Queensland Corrective Services Academy.
  • Victoria’s hotel quarantine program cost the $130 million and infected the state.

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NSW Health has strongly advised all people who live or work in greater Sydney or the Central Coast to refrain from visiting aged care facilities for 14 days ...

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Time to admit our national shame


Those who talk of closure in murder cases have never sat with the families, numb, bewildered and caught in an impenetrable bubble of grief.

Those who think that anger dies have never met Phil Cleary – whose sister, Vicki, was murdered 33 years ago this week.

Phil Cleary, his sister Donna and their mother Lorna in 1989, two years after Vicki's murder.

Phil Cleary, his sister Donna and their mother Lorna in 1989, two years after Vicki’s murder.Credit:The Age

I use the term murder deliberately, even though the killer was acquitted and convicted only of the lesser crime of manslaughter.

The trial, jury result and the subsequent jail sentence were insults to the victim, an indictment on the system and an official ratification that women were second-class citizens to be blamed for their brutal fate.

The furnace of Phil Cleary’s rage grows brighter as the monstrous injustice ...

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In praise of cupcakes, the post office and good hearts along the way


Cupcakes, as everyone knows, serve a single, noble purpose: they lift the spirits.

And so when one of my daughters, living in country Victoria, baked a batch of cupcakes, she thought of her sister and baby niece locked away in sombre, curfewed Melbourne.

Cupcakes ready for mailing.

Cupcakes ready for mailing.Credit:Tony Wright

Frosting her creations with swirls of chocolate icing, my daughter set to thinking about how she could have one of these mood-enhancing dainties delivered to her sister and baby hunkered behind the ring of steel that is Victoria’s capital city these days.

Carefully snugging a cake into a little plastic container, she hurried to the local post office, hoping to catch the afternoon mail.

One of the post office assistants spied my daughter hunting for the most suitable packaging and o...

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There’s something odd about watching Donald Trump’s women spruik for him


President Trump has a woman problem: they have turned from him in droves since the last election. So who better to tout his credentials, and gloss over his flashes of overt misogyny than his wife? Surveys have shown she is the most effective of all the Trump surrogates at shaping the way people – especially, crucially, independent women – think of her husband. Which is why Trump’s campaign officials have been trying to coax her out of the shadows, urging her to take more of an active role.

This week out she came, clad in militaristic-styled khaki as she praised the “warrior” parents of America, to put the case for her husband at the Republican National Convention. She spoke in a cool monotone but expressed a kind of empathy the President has not appeared capable of...

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‘You bastards sacked me.’ When the climate sceptics arrived

On the first day of the new Abbott government, Australia’s climate scientists got a pretty clear message. It was September 18, 2013, and within 24 hours of the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Yarralumla, the new environment minister, Greg Hunt, had called the head of the Climate Commission and sacked him.

“It was a short and courteous conversation,” Dr Tim Flannery recalls. “I’m pretty sure that cabinet hadn’t been convened when they did it. My very strong recollection is that it was their very first act in government.”

Flannery’s colleague on the commission, Professor Will Steffen from the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute, was also sacked, along with all the other commission mem...

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