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Covid-19 returns to Sydney via Melbourne

By ALEC SMART Victorian health authorities allowed a man who tested positive for coronavirus to leave his quarantine early and travel to Sydney, where he returned to work in a Woolworths supermarket in Balmain. The man, who flew into Melbourne on June 11 after a trip to Bangladesh, was initially ordered to self-isolate in a […]

Herds begin hoarding loo paper again

By ALEC SMART Toilet paper, dried foodstuffs and essential items are being hoarded again across NSW in anticipation of a ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 infections, despite there only being 5 new infections in the state’s population of 7.544 million during the past fortnight. Most of them were overseas travellers returning to Australia who are now […]

The Big Issue with Covid-19

By JOHN MOYLE Even in the pre-Covid hustle and bustle of city life, the one sight that was welcomed and we always had time for was our local The Big Issue vendor. Along with much of our city life, The Big Issue retailer has been missing from the landscape for around three months as more […]

Best Endeavours

by ALEC SMART The voyage of the replica of Captain James Cook’s ship HMB Endeavour, which was scheduled to circumnavigate Australia from March 2020 to mark 250 years since Cook’s April 1770 anchoring in Botany Bay, has been postponed indefinitely. However, many of the nationwide events and displays associated with the cruise will still proceed, […]

BLM rally a difficult but necessary choice

Opinion by JOSEPH O’DONOGHUE Concerns over the health risks caused by the Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday 6 June, were valid. After two months of lockdown, we’re finally beginning to see some thaw. Day-to-day life has been inching back towards normal again. A mass gathering that threatens these valuable gains is surely a risk. […]

Bondi Beach in the wake of COVID-19

By ALLISON HORE Interview with Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos As much of Bondi reopens for business, City Hub spoke to Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, about what’s in store for the iconic beach and its surrounds in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Waverley, and neighbouring Woollahra, were considered NSW “hotspots” early in the pandemic. […]

TB link to cursed Ruby Princess cruise ship

By ALEC SMART In a startling new revelation, passengers on the infamous death ship Ruby Princess, the luxury cruise liner responsible for over 850 - more than 10 per cent - of Australia’s total Covid-19 cases, were warned that they might also have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) while on board. In a letter dated […]

Transport chaos expected as Sydney eases Lockdown Laws

by ALEC SMART On 8 May the Australian Government announced a three-stage strategy to ease the restrictions introduced on 22 March to halt the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency measures, which saw the country enter a near-total ‘lockdown’ on March 30, are being repealed and ‘stage three’ - where society returns to a […]

Downunder backpackers in Covid limbo

By JOHN MOYLE In recent weeks we have seen the great Covid safety net fall into place for Job Seekers and Job Keepers while many hospitality workers and entertainers still fail to qualify. There has also been much written about overseas students, who also do not qualify for any support, but little has been heard […]

Testing, attesting.. COVID-19 testing

By ELIZA SPENCER It began with a fever. That’s all it takes to qualify for COVID testing, when you live in a transmission hotspot. The nurse speaking on the coronavirus hotline advised to find a facemask and wander down to the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital’s COVID clinic ‘just to be sure’ it wasn’t more […]