COVID-19

Rugby Australia CEO admits July series with Ireland 'highly unlikely' to go ahead

The Wallabies are set to take on Andy Farrell’s Ireland in Brisbane on July 4 and Sydney on July 11, before playing Fiji in Townsville on July 18.

Yet with the global rugby calendar facing huge uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, those games look set to be postponed, or even cancelled.

Rugby Australia held their annual general meeting on Monday, where they revealed a $9.4 million operating deficit for the World Cup year of 2019.

Wellington Phoenix coaching staff diagnosed with coronavirus

The club has confirmed the news, although they have not announced which coach has contracted the virus.

The announcement came just a few hours after the Newcastle Jets, who also play in the A-League competition, confirmed one of their players has also tested positive for Covid-19.

"The club is cooperating fully with all the relevant health authorities, and is focussed on supporting staff, as well as ensuring that all government protocols are being closely adhered to," they said.

Covid-19: Air New Zealand to start cutting staff after revenue slashed

In a message to staff, chief executive Greg Foran said international travel made up two-thirds of the company's revenue and that was gone now for the forseeable future.

The airline is now expecting to earn less than $500m year. Before Covid-19, Air New Zealand had annual revenue of around $5.8 billion and a profit of $374m.

Foran said the only way the financial situation would improve was if New Zealanders embrace domestic travel after the lockdown was over.

Coronavirus: Deaths fall in Italy and Spain introduces tougher measures

Fewer deaths in Italy but restrictions look set to be extended

There have been 756 deaths in Italy in the last day, bringing the total to 10,779 - more than a third of all deaths from the virus worldwide.

There were 133 fewer deaths than the 889 deaths reported on Saturday, when the numbers fell from a record high of 919 on Friday.

While the total number of confirmed cases rose to 97,689 on Sunday from a previous 92,472, it was the lowest daily rise in new cases since Wednesday.

Palau shores up defence for likely Covid-19 cases

On Sunday, the National Emergency Committee (NEC) said all hands were working on "developing and implementing plans and measures to better prepare and prevent the entry and spread of Covid-19."

On Friday, the construction of a Covid-19 testing facility began and was expected to be completed this week.

The NEC and the Ministry of Health were also working with numerous hoteliers that had offered their properties as isolation sites for passengers' 14-day quarantine.

Belarus Premier League attracts global attention as it plays on

The Belarusian Premier League rarely gets a mention in normal circumstances yet it is attracting attention from foreign fans as one of the few places around the globe - and the only place in Europe - where football is still being played.

On Saturday, there were six top-flight games in the eastern European country including the derby between FC Minsk and Dinamo Minsk watched by a capacity 3,000 crowd in Belarus' capital.

"It so happened that this derby was practically the only official football match on earth," read Dinamo's match report after their 3-2 defeat.

Diversion Order – March 28, 2020

  1. Name of the conveyance (aircraft): Fiji Airways.

Expected Date of Arrival between the 29th of March 2020 to 4th of April 2020:

  • Monday 30/03/2020 FJ211;
  • Tuesday 31/03/2020 FJ211;
  • Thursday 02/04/2020 FJ211;
  • Saturday 04/04/2020 FJ211.
  1. Name of the conveyance (aircraft): Air New Zealand.

Expected Date of Arrival between the 29th of March 2020 to 4th April 2020;

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Dr Anthony 

What if COVID-19 happened in 2005?

I just about remember seeing the newsflash about President Kennedy being shot. The fall of the Berlin wall and 9/11 are seared in my memory. But nothing compares to this pandemic in terms of the impact on everyday life. 

But as I spend my day holding video-conferencing sessions with colleagues, FaceTiming my son and granddaughter stuck in a flat across London, and updating my various social networks, one thing strikes me: what if this had happened in 2005, just before the smartphone era began? 

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