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Coronavirus pandemic

Yesterday

Grim Chalmers looking for excuses to tax and spend: Taylor

The shadow treasurer says the government is too pessimistic, and the budget can return to surplus if spending is contained.

  • Phillip Coorey

Would you lie to Jamie Dimon?

At JP Morgan, executives told junior staff they didn’t have to attend work, contradicting orders from the bank’s famous CEO.

  • Aaron Patrick

This Month

More US workers are back in offices. It’s still nothing like before

Office occupancy in the United States remains below half of what it was in 2019, with a growing divergence between office attendance on the coasts and elsewhere.

  • Taylor Telford

Poor COVID-19 data reporting points to need for an Australian CDC

The shift to weekly updates was meant to create a reliable national snapshot of the pandemic. Instead, it led to a rash of errors and data that defied common sense.

  • Tom Burton

Japan welcomes end to tourist drought

With their livelihoods decimated by border closures, tens of thousands of Japanese tourism workers from rickshaw drivers to owl cafe owners are celebrating the return of international travellers next month.

  • Michael Smith
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COVID-19 borders come tumbling down in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong

The Asian nations are preparing to rejoin the rest of the world and remove COVID-19 border controls, leaving only China and North Korea with restrictions in place.

  • Michael Smith

Lockdowns hurt mental health more than case numbers, deaths

Australian National University researchers have for the first time studied the links between lockdowns and life satisfaction.

  • Tom McIlroy

COVID-19 booster for young children gets provisional approval

The medicines’ regulator has given provisional approval to a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster for children aged five to 11.

  • Maureen Dettre and Dominic Giannini

CSL wins reprieve in the battle for Mexican donors

In a long-running legal battle against the US border protection agency, it appears CSL can finally welcome back Mexican donations.

  • Carrie LaFrenz

COVID-19 wave will be lower and slower: Sutton

Victorian chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton has softened his prediction of a repeat of winter’s crippling omicron wave.

  • Tom Burton

Authorities plan response to ‘substantial pressure’ of long COVID

The Albanese government on Monday extended more than $1.4 billion in funding for COVID-19 programs, including aged care and infection control.

  • Tom McIlroy

Frugal is the new cool for young Chinese as economy falters

This new frugality, amplified by social media influencers touting low-cost lifestyles and sharing money-saving tips, is a threat to the world’s second-largest economy.

  • Albee Zhang and Tony Munroe

Australian businesses urge Hong Kong to abolish quarantine

The financial hub is under growing pressure to scrap hotel quarantine before the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament and other big events.

  • Michael Smith

New weekly COVID reporting is ‘useless’

New weekly COVID reporting has been described as messy, useless and uncoordinated after a mishmash of reports were released Friday.

  • Tom Burton

Big drop in sick leave as COVID-19, flu cases plunge

Lower rates of influenza B and falling coronavirus infections are keeping more Australians on the job.  

  • Tom McIlroy
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Super early access delayed unemployed returning to work

The $38 billion scheme looks likely to have added at least $600 million to Australia’s welfare budget.

  • Tom McIlroy

Mental health bounces back for young Australians post-pandemic

As the post-pandemic recovery continues, new research has found lower levels of psychological distress and loneliness among Aussies aged 18 to 24.

  • Tom McIlroy

COVID-19 leave payments capped after red flag over rorts

About 13 per cent of claims for taxpayer pandemic assistance are from individuals claiming four or more times.

  • Tom McIlroy

Why China is unlikely to abandon its zero-COVID policy

In the Communist Party’s dogmatic adherence to its plan, zero COVID is beginning to resemble China’s former one-child policy.

  • Michael Schuman

Pandemic leave payments set to be extended

More than $2.2 billion in pandemic leave payments have been paid out since the start of the crisis.

  • Tom McIlroy