A scan might have found the cancer now killing Daniel van Roo. Instead his doctor gave him 50 STI tests, which van Roo believes was because he is gay.If I hadn’t taken action and if I hadn’t seen a doctor then, you know, then where I am is just where I am. But because I did do those things, I am probably going to be upset about it when I am laying in the hospital bed at the end.
Australia's chief health officers have urged against travel to six local government areas in Melbourne, as authorities switch to more targeted measures to ward off a second wave of Covid-19. On Sunday night the Australian health protection principal committee strongly discouraged travel to and from six hotspots for new cases: Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin. Over the past week, Victoria recorded 116 new cases of Covid-19, representing more than 83 per cent of new cases in Australia. Two family clusters account for 25 cases and include residents in the Hume, Brimbank, Moreland and Cardinia areas. Victoria Police will ramp up patrols in the “hotspots” and impose tougher enforcement of restrictions. There are concerns of racial profiling in Covid-19 enforcement. Overnight, Victoria tightened restrictions limiting the number of visitors in homes to five, and limiting outdoor gatherings to 10.
Concern over the situation in Victoria comes as a new report from public policy thinktank the Grattan Institute urges people to work from home as long as they can, warning workplaces pose a high risk of triggering a second wave of Covid-19 cases in Australia. The report says schools should enforce social distancing policies and close their doors if a Covid-19 case is detected, that mandatory quarantining of international arrivals must remain in place, and that a second wave of mass infections should be met with reimposed lockdowns.
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute will today detail how foreign actors targeted Facebook users during Australian 2019 election, as the thinktank gives evidence to the Senate’s select committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media. A submission from ASPI points to operations relating to West Papuan independence activism and the People’s Republic of China targeting political dissidents, reports Guardian Australia. “In the case of the Hong Kong protests, social media actions have ranged from vitriolic attacks on Twitter, to targeted harassment of key protest organisers including posting their personal details online to intimidate and deter,” the submission says. “These activities have the potential to skew Australia’s political discourse, influence voting behaviour and affect electoral outcomes.” The committee will also hear from witnesses from the Stanford Internet Observatory. Labor senator Jenny McAllister, chair of the probe, said the first hearing would focus on what has happened during the coronavirus crisis.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at a Brisbane park on Sunday demanding the release of 120 asylum seekers detained in a nearby hotel. The demonstration was limited to two hours, after police successfully applied to a Brisbane court to place a time constraint on the rally to limit disruption to traffic and local residents. Detainees include 23-year-old Rohingya refugee Abdul Sattar, who has spent nearly one-third of his life in immigration detention facilities. “My heart became such a rock that I can't feel that I'm human anymore,” he told the ABC. Supporters have been camping outside the hotel and sometimes in the rain for more than a week to stop the men being relocated elsewhere. Some protesters then blocked traffic on the nearby thoroughfare of Main Street. One protester was arrested on Sunday night ($) and taken to the city watch house.